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Kindness in Communities

Posted April 16th 2020 by Liz Highet

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Kindness in Eaglesham and Waterfoot

Community Connections is an Outside The Box project based in Eaglesham and Brechin. It works towards improving social connections, information and communication for people living in and around these areas.

Eaglesham and Waterfoot have stepped up to the plate in response to the blight of Covid-19 in our communities.  Residents swiftly formed the Eaglesham & Waterfoot Self-Isolation Helping Hands Support Group ensuring every street in the neighbourhood was covered by a willing volunteer keen to ensure everyone housebound due to the virus or otherwise had access to food.  Three weeks after it was set up, their Facebook page has 498 members!

Other things I’ve heard of and seen have been the local Guides delivering tablet and Eaglesham Nursery children delivering home-made cards to residents in Montgomerie Court to brighten up their day.

Yellow and green handmade cards Letter to care home residents from a local nursery class

Fairy trails, happy birthdays and connecting with Facebook

Some kind people painted rocks and made a delightful Fairy Trail for other families to search for a discover.Eaglesham Fairy Trail collage showing 11 painted rocks

The village have organised a competition for the “best dressed” window for Easter coming along with prizes donated by 10 local businesses!

Comments on my Facebook page have included – “My lovely neighbours e-mail and keep in touch mostly offering the services of their adult children.  So gratifying to know this lifeline is on tap.  I’m fit and well but on the wrong side of 70 so adhering to Government advice”.  “Everyone is looking after the people who need the help the most”.

The local butchers and gift shop are managing to continue by offering a delivery service to people.

Basket of tablet from Girlguiding Eaglesham

And finally for now, one chap was going to be celebrating his 96th birthday which was picked up by an eagle eyed neighbour on Facebook.  They alerted other neighbours who all sneaked round and decorated his front garden with banners and balloons.  They called him out and sang him Happy Birthday from a safe distance! He was overwhelmed with their thoughtfulness, as am I!

Hats off to the milk of human kindness!

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  • Posted by Kindness in Communities - More stories from Eaglesham & Waterfoot! - Outside The Box on May 7th 2020
    […] our blog on community members’ kindness in Eaglesham and Waterfoot, we have more inspiring examples of how people in the areas area supporting each other through […]
  • Posted by Maria Hendry on April 20th 2020
    That’s amazing what people are doing, it’s so lovely to read about all the kind and positive things people are doing for people in their community. I was particularly touched by the story about the 96 year old man who’s birthday it was and the kind people who decorated his garden and sang happy birthday to him. He must have had a tear in his eye, so lovely. Thanks for sharing Liz 😄x
  • Posted by Shirley on April 17th 2020
    Wonderful and heart warming to read, thank you for this Liz you are a wonderful person❤ stay safe
  • Posted by Shelagh McHugh on April 17th 2020
    What a great community in which we live! So touching every week too to see neighbours clapping and cheering on their doorsteps! As the daughter in law of the 96 year old mentioned , it is comforting, in these times, to know that the neighbourhood is pulling together for everyone! Never has an Ozzie soap theme been more relevant!

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