This year of all years, I want to pay tribute to our local community across Barry for the incredible response to the Coronavirus pandemic since March. Our community came together, with people looking out for their neighbours, helping to deliver food and medicine to the most vulnerable and making sure that those around them were supported. This is what makes Barry such a special place to live.
During the first peak of the pandemic, I highlighted some of the individuals who were going above and beyond – the Unsung Heroes, who don’t usually receive the recognition for their efforts but make a real difference to the lives of others. I know that these were just a few examples of the many Unsung Heroes across Barry and I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of everyone, to thank you all!
These individuals not only coordinated the delivery of shopping, hot meals and prescriptions but also engaged with people through a range of different activities to keep spirits high and fight back against the serious threat that lockdown posed to our mental health. They spent time calling those who felt lonely and arranging fun initiatives to appeal to a range of different people – from exercise challenges, to sharing books and organising quizzes.
As the year draws to a close, we can all be incredibly proud of our community pulling together in this way.
Looking ahead, although things may seem dark and depressing now, I am incredibly optimistic for the year ahead. The Coronavirus vaccine is being rolled out across the UK and as this begins to take effect, it will have a huge impact on the loosening of restrictions and returning to normal life.
But, we’re not through this yet. With the finish line in sight, please be aware of the risks and continue to be safe over the holiday period. Remember, a smaller Christmas is a safer Christmas.
Wishing you and your families a merry Christmas and a happier and healthier New Year.