“I’m determined to make sure our country isn’t just fit for heroes but supports them too.”
Councillor Mike Smith-Clare is a Labour Councillor in Norfolk. Since the coronavirus crisis started, Mike has been working hard to continue to support his community – despite all the new challenges. He talks about his experience supporting his local community and the fundraising he and other Labour councillors are doing to support a local foodbank.
Blog by Councillor Mike Smith-Clare
These have certainly been an interesting few weeks. My household has been battling virus like symptoms while coping with the challenges of home schooling five constantly hungry kids, two constantly hungry dogs and two mightily fed up cats!
But alongside these challenges so many of us are facing – we’ve also painted rainbows, baked, tidied, gardened, kept fit and clapped until our hands turned red.
In between the domestic chaos I’m still dealing with a regular flow of resident’s questions and issues, which fortunately can still be speedily resolved online. I’ve also learned how to zoom, FaceTime and hold regular virtual conferences with colleagues.
We are determined to make sure we can keep this valuable work going for as long as necessary.
The bedroom has become the new boardroom, with the excitement of wearing pyjama trousers matched only by the sudden appearance of a Peppa Pig clutching toddler leaping precariously beside you.
Before our quarantine started I happily supported the local food bank. Now our quarantine is over, I’ll continue distributing supplies for our Labour group and as a pharmacy distribution volunteer.
We Norfolk Labour county councillors got together with Labour district councillors to support the Food Out Friday project which supports families with food supplies during the emergency. Food Out Friday delivers to food banks across Norfolk, and at this time of greatest need, it’s imperative that we keep this essential supply going.
So many people across Norfolk require support from foodbanks and it’s only right for us to help the foodbanks and the amazing work they do.
We know that people across Norfolk use foodbanks over the year and that’s why we decided to do the Food Out Friday – 365 Virtual Fund Raising Challenge. Since May 22 ten Labour County Councillors have been walking/running/crawling 3.6kms a day for ten days, to raise money for the project. By the end we will have clocked up a combined total of 365kms!
I’m really proud to be helping my community. There’s still so much to face, although once we’re through this – I’m determined to make sure our country isn’t just fit for heroes but supports those heroes – our key workers – who have kept us going through all this.
This post was reproduced using content from Norfolk Labour. You can find out about Food Out Friday and the work that Norfolk Labour are doing on their Facebook page.
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