Community spirit blooms in partnership with Kirklees mutual aid groups
Over 4,000 people have made contact with us through our helpline or using our online forms since the launch on 25 March. Working alongside volunteers, Third Sector Leaders and mutual aid groups, this co-ordinated response has meant vulnerable residents can easily get the support they need in this time of crisis.
Working in partnership between local organisations
One such successful cooperation is the newly working partnership between local organisations, Clem’s Garden, Lindley COVID Mutual Aid Group and Food Buddies of Golcar.
Like many businesses Clem’s Garden based in Lindley, was forced to temporarily close due to the nationwide lockdown but it didn’t mean the end of the blossoming of hundreds of beautiful flowers.
Not wanting their carefully nurtured stock to go to waste and to show their thanks and appreciation to local health workers, their volunteers delivered flowers to NHS staff at the nearby Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
With the help of our Community Response team, Clem’s Garden pooled their resources with other local organisations and now deliver a fresh bouquet of flowers along with essential food and medical items to bring a little joy to people’s lives during these difficult times.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said:
“I am really proud to see how local community groups and organisation have responded with their fabulous gestures of goodwill during the Covid-19 lockdown. These organisation have worked together for the common good.
It’s very inspirational and shows how pulling together makes such a huge difference in showing our appreciation to our great NHS workers & carers and key front line staff. Gestures like this mean so much to our workers who are risking their own health and wellbeing and I am deeply touched with what Clem’s Garden have done, it means so much. There are many other similar gestures of goodwill that have been shown and I am grateful and so proud of them all.
It’s so important that we work together to bring a little happiness to the people of Kirklees at this time. This is just one fantastic example of how the council, local enterprise, volunteers and organisations are working together to make sure that no-one is left alone during the current crisis.”
A Clem’s Garden spokesperson said:
“We hope that these flowers will bring a little bit of spring cheer at such a difficult time, and a reminder that they are not dealing with this on their own. We would like to thank those organisations for including our flowers to essential deliveries.”
What is Clem’s Garden CIC?
Clem’s Garden CIC is a social enterprise in Lindley, Huddersfield and is run by local volunteers 50+, who don’t have children or grandchildren to channel their care, skills and experience into. They work together to grow and sell flowers, supporting local charities and community projects.
To access support call our Covid-19 Community Response Freephone number 0800 4561114 (8am to 6pm weekdays, 10am to 4pm weekends and bank holidays) or visit our website and complete the online form.