Adur Community Gateway volunteers

Adur Community Gateway

The Adur Community Gateway is a mutual aid community group that was formed at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic to provide much-needed support across Shoreham, Southwick & Fishersgate.

Many people in the area were already living on or below the poverty line before the pandemic. Two Facebook groups were set up encouraging local volunteers to look after vulnerable neighbours, help with shopping, prescriptions and feelings of isolation. Volunteers from the community stepped forward to keep the local Foodbank operating, and a further group volunteered to shop for people in need.

Magali has volunteered with the ‘Gateway Hub’ since 2020. “I was working from home and found it quite isolating. I thought volunteering would help me meet my community and it did. I get involved with anything that is needed, from creating on online office space for the organization, to packing bags. For me it is a real success story as I made lovely friendships and used a lot of my skills to help develop the organization. I love coming together with other volunteers and finding solutions to go forward. It’s been a catalyst.”

One volunteer agrees with Magali about the sense of community and friendship the Gateway Hub has created. “It is inspiring to meet helpers willing to give their time and effort in order to brighten someone else’s day. We have formed strong friendships amongst volunteers and our service users.

Another volunteer recalls “picking up a spare Christmas dinner which was offered in the community & dropping it off to one of my ‘referrals’ without warning as a surprise. She opened the door & was absolutely over the moon.”

To date, Adur Community Gateway has around 1,300 community members on Facebook, over 100 street level volunteers, a reliable group of trusted volunteer shoppers & befrienders, and have referred around 50 new volunteers to the Foodbank.

“To date, Adur Community Gateway has around 1,300 community members on Facebook, over 100 street level volunteers, a reliable group of trusted volunteer shoppers & befrienders, and have referred around 50 new volunteers to the Foodbank.”

“To date, Adur Community Gateway has around 1,300 community members on Facebook, over 100 street level volunteers, a reliable group of trusted volunteer shoppers & befrienders, and have referred around 50 new volunteers to the Foodbank.”

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