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COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Resident helps sets up community group for Chalfont St Peter area

 Published on: 22nd April 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Ryan Toms from Chalfont St Peter has helped set up a community initiative that gives local residents a central place of all information relating to the village during the coronavirus pandemic. 

After seeing a post on Facebook, Ryan was keen on helping and helped set up a website to go with the group which makes in easier for volunteers to come forward.

Speaking to ChalfontsNews, Ryan said: “I have been genuinely overwhelmed and entirely underestimated the task in truth, but it has been one of the most rewarding things I have done.

“The amount of people who want to help in the village is amazing, but there is also a lot of people that need the help. It has been brilliant to speak to as many people as I can.”

The group currently has more than 300 members and the initial mission was to deliver a leaflet to each household, with the hoping of getting a ‘Street Buddy’ for every road.

Matt Hackett, also a member of the group, offered to create the website free of charge and as a joint effort, they collected all the necessary information and made it live.

Ryan continued: “The idea of a ‘Street Buddy’ was to be the go-to person for the road, as a point of contact if you needed help. 

“I truly believe that the actions over the past weeks and the coming weeks will bring this community far closer together and at the end of it all, we can have a beer or a glass of wine and actually put faces to names.

“One of my stand-out moments was being contacted by a lady in Australia, who needed to get some support for her mother in the village. You hear of those things on TV but to happen in the group was just amazing and showed the power of social media.”

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