Ulverston Resilience Group
Festivals are back! Retro Rendezvous was a great success. Saturday 11th Sept is Ulverston Charter Festival, and the start of Ulverston Walking Festival. The Lantern Festival takes place on 25th Sept.
About Ulverston Resilience Group
At the start of the first Covid-19 national lockdown in March 2020, Ulverston residents were amongst the first in the UK to set up a temporary voluntary support organisation known as the “Ulverston Self Isolation Group”. The group aimed to assist the elderly and those self-isolating in the LA12 area.
Within a year it took on the remit of Ulverston’s Emergency Planning Group to form the single Ulverston Resilience Group. It is now becoming a charitable incorporated organisation so that it can support its community in the longer term as a bad weather friend and a good neighbour rolled into one.
At the beginning, a committee of 11 members was formed, led by Caroline Smith-Dance and Neil Fleming. The group was able to get going quickly by utilising the existing ulverston.com news website and automated phone system. A new Facebook page was created, and 15,000 leaflets were quickly printed and distributed by volunteers to households in the area. Announcements were made in the local press and on the radio.
Almost 400 volunteers were recruited in the first week, and members of the public and local businesses donated money towards buying food and other essential supplies, such as toilet rolls! Within a week, the group had fully established a helpline rota and a call management database, and had taken 500 phone calls. The enthusiasm and goodwill in the town towards the undertaking was quite overwhelming.
The group sent weekly email newsletters to a mailing list of 1,000 people, and still does so, now on a fortnightly basis. Over 4,000 people have joined the Facebook group, and it continues to be very active.
Initially the group offered shopping services, prescription collections, mail posting, friendship calls and dog walking. Dog walking was quickly dropped due to insurance difficulties. The group worked with local professional caterers to provide food parcels and frozen meals, in many cases delivered to people who were not entitled to access the food bank. It quickly became clear that the lockdown was affecting individuals and whole families who had never previously needed support, and so the group tried to help them as best it could.
Thanks to a generous donation from Cyril Flint Befrienders, the group was able to provide “random acts of kindness” such as bouquets of flowers or takeaway meals. The group has worked closely with other local groups, such as Ulverston Food Waste Project and Ford Park Community Group, and has helped with the logistics of delivering food parcels and Christmas dinners.
In 2021, the group took on the role of recruiting and organising volunteer stewards for the Covid-19 vaccination clinics at Ulverston Health Centre. It has received further donations and grant funding, to enable the purchase of rota management software, safety equipment, training, and insurance. Work is ongoing to update the constitution, and to plan for other activities, such as stewarding festivals, and operating a reception centre in the event of a major incident.
Here to Help
This website is the online home of Ulverston Resilience Group, a voluntary organisation providing good-neighbour support in the LA12 area. The group is funded by South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County Council, Ulverston Town Council, and by various business and personal donations. Use the buttons above to sign up for the email newsletter, and to join the group. Volunteers have opportunities to help in the community in different ways, such as festivals stewarding, or operating a reception centre in the event of a major incident.
This calendar features events in Ulverston and other towns and villages in South Cumbria, including Barrow, Dalton, Cartmel, Millom, and Bowness. Please check the location details of each event before making plans to attend. You may need a car or other form of transport in order to get to the event.
Event listings for 2021 are indicative, and are subject to change or cancellation due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please check notes in the event footer for last update source, date and summary of changes.
Walk to Remember 2021
24 September @ 8:00 pm
St Mary’s Walk to Remember event is back! On Friday 24th September St Mary’s is excited to be back and asking you to be part of something special by stepping up for St Mary’s and joining our ten mile much loved fundraising walk.
Registration fee: Adult £10, Child £5.
Minimum sponsorship: Adult £30, Child £10.
All events and venues are listed at the sole discretion of Ulverston Ltd. We reserve the right to reject or withdraw the listing of any event or venue without explanation. We endeavour to provide up-to-date and accurate information, but we will not accept liability for the accuracy or currency of the information provided by third parties or for the content on any linked or related web sites. Listings of events on this website should not be taken as an endorsement of that event by Ulverston Ltd. Event information may change at any time without notice. We will not accept liability for any consequences arising from your attendance at the events described. Before attending any event or incurring any significant expense, we recommend you confirm dates, locations, and other important information relating to the event at the event organiser’s website or by contacting them directly. Please see our full Terms & Conditions.
Event listings for 2021 are indicative, and are subject to change or cancellation due to Covid-19 restrictions.
To add or update an event on this website, or to publish an item in our fortnightly email newsletter, please use the Contact Us form.
Ulverston Resilience Group is grateful to the following for providing funding
The Northern Line
Cumbria County Council
Ulverston Town Council
The Ulverston Resilience Group Committee also acknowledges the hundreds of personal and business financial donations, and the thousands of volunteer manhours donated by members of the LA12 community, which have enabled the group to form, grow, and blossom.