Have Your Say – Letter to all the Volunteers who Worked with Henley Mutual Aid Group

As the core team responsible for setting up and running Henley Mutual Aid we wanted to write one last time to express our huge thanks for everything that you did as a part of Henley Mutual Aid. It was truly a joy for us to work with such an amazing group of people who went so far above and beyond to ensure that no person was left behind during the pandemic.

Whilst current news makes it clear that the pandemic rumbles on, we have decided as a core team that the time has come for us to step away from Henley Mutual Aid. One of the wonderful things about this group is that it has helped to develop amazing new links, communication channels and friendships amongst neighbours. The huge power of that means that there is no longer a need for a central team and help requests have now dwindled to almost zero. Coupled with much more robust systems of support from existing organisations it feels right to step back at this point.

Therefore, our website is no longer online and we have deleted all volunteer data. We will keep our Facebook group and email (HenleyC19aid@gmail.com) active in case it is needed again in future, so do encourage you to join the Facebook group if you haven’t already so that we have a way of staying in touch if necessary.

At the start of the pandemic a number of local organisations and individuals donated to Henley Mutual Aid. We are delighted to say that today we transferred all the remaining funds to Nomad and Riverside Counselling. These two charities have played a huge part in supporting the local community mentally and physically throughout this pandemic and we are so pleased that the funds will be used to support local people.

All that remains to be said is a huge thank you to each and every one of you. Whether you delivered 1 bag of shopping or 100, reassured a neighbour, dropped off a prescription or forged long term friendships – you made a difference. We are so proud to have been part of setting up this group and so grateful for each of you for making it work.

With very many thanks,
Cheryl, Emma, Nikki, Jo, Kellie and Harriet

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