I’m Shirley Hussein and I’m proud to be a resident, treasurer, committee member and organiser of Dawson Heights Community Kids Club.
I‘m also in charge of resident coffee mornings, summer and winter social events and planned trips out which are free to all residents and are funded by Southern Housing Group.
I’ve been running social clubs and events for the past two years and would love to do so in the future.
COVID-19 has proven that additional support is needed for our local community.
As a result, I set up a group of resident volunteers alongside our wonderful local councillor, Maggie Branning.
So far, we have been successful in reaching out to residents who are either elderly, vulnerable or struggling financially by applying for the Hardship fund via Southern Housing Group.
We have also received support from Southwark Council and residents, who kindly donated essential items and food that could be allocated to those who need it most.
My group also runs medication collection and drop offs and create activity packs, food parcels, certificate handouts, puzzles, books, crafts and games for local families. On top of it, I carry out welfare calls and door knocking.
We are a dedicated team of amazing and passionate resident volunteers, who are regularly reaching out to our neighbours to ensure they are not suffering alone with anxiety, depression or mental health issues.
Volunteers have also asked each household to post their contact number through their neighbours’ door so that every household has the number they can contact if they feel they need someone to talk to.
This is a crucial time for all, and humanity really does make such an impact and difference.
I believe together we can make changes that are needed and matter most…
Supporting one another is important, and it's been proven that these clubs, events and togetherness have changed many lives for the better.
Our volunteers are willing to give focus, time and care without asking anything in return. We are there because we want to be and choose to be.
If you can do one thing today that doesn't cost a penny or much time … I would advise to just reach out to your community.
A door knock to that one neighbour can make a huge difference... It's those little things that count, so make them count.