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District leaders unite to say thank you – and you can nominate the heroes in your community

Published: Friday, 19 March, 2021

Stroud District Council’s political group leaders have thanked everyone who have gone above and beyond to help the district through the Coronavirus pandemic, as the first anniversary approaches

And they are inviting you to nominate your Stroud District Heroes who have made the difference during the past year.

As the nation prepares to mark the first anniversary with a national day of reflection on Tuesday, March 23, Stroud District Council leader, Councillor Doina Cornell said:

“The past year has been like no other and people have stepped up to help each other get through it.  Public sector workers continue to work hard behind the scenes to protect our communities, charities and community groups have risen to the challenge, and businesses have found innovative ways to meet peoples’ essential needs.

“We are incredibly grateful for everyone's efforts and we know there is much more work to be done.”

If you want to nominate an individual, a community group, an organisation, or a business that has been making the difference to your life during the pandemic you can do so on our social media accounts using the hash tag #strouddistrictheroes.

Charity Marie Curie is staging a National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23 March, when those who have died in the pandemic will be remembered. There will be a minute’s silence at noon, and flags will be lowered to half mast on public buildings.

Green group leader, Councillor Martin Whiteside said: “We are also thinking of all those lives which have been lost and the loved ones they leave behind. The effects of the pandemic will be felt for many years to come.

“I am proud that we have been able to support brilliant charities, community groups and social enterprises with funding and support in kind to make sure that everyone gets what they need.”

So far, 75 community groups and charities have been supported financially through SDC and Gloucestershire County Council’s joint £100,000 Community Resilience Fund - which is still open at https://www.stroud.gov.uk/health-wellbeing/coronavirus-update/extra-support-services/funding-for-covid-19-response-groups

When the pandemic hit, SDC reprioritised the way it works so that essential services keep running and so protect our communities.

As part of our coronavirus response we have distributed £36million in government grants to businesses in need, supported local businesses with marketing campaigns to promote safe shopping, ensured bin collections run as normal, contacted every household in the district by letter twice to make sure they were safe and well, put up signage around the district to keep everyone safe, helped the Long Table charity distribute 3,500 Christmas meals, and run free exercise classes online through The Pulse leisure centre. On top of that, normal day-to-day services have continued to serve residents and businesses.

“We are proud of the role that Stroud District Council has played in its response to the pandemic - our own staff, many of whom live in the communities that we serve have gone above and beyond to help you, from desks in spare rooms, bedrooms and even kitchens,” said Councillor Ken Tucker, Liberal Democrat group leader.

Conservative group leader, Councillor Stephen Davies added: “So many people have done so much for their communities and continue to do so. It's really important that that work is not undone. Please remember to stick to the rules as lockdown eases - if everyone continues to play their part the better the chance that we can get back to normal more quickly.”

To watch our #strouddistrictheroes video, visit https://youtu.be/2Cpqfx0r3Hk 

More information on how lockdown will ease is at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary  

For all Stroud District Council updates, help and advice on Coronavirus visit our social media channels and www.stroud.gov.uk/coronavirus

Contacting the council:

Many of the answers you need are available at www.stroud.gov.uk/coronavirus - there are more than 30 ways to report issues, pay for services and apply for council services.

Email: customer.services@stroud.gov.uk

Website: www.stroud.gov.uk/coronavirus

Telephone: 01453 766 321

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