Do you know an RCT Neighbourhood Hero?
This unprecedented year has brought significant challenges to our communities, firstly with the devastation brought by Storm Dennis and then closely followed by the coronavirus national emergency. Throughout, our communities have shown remarkable resilience and togetherness, with thousands coming forward to give their time to help others when they need it most.
To celebrate these acts of kindness and compassion, the Council is using the Neighbourhood Watch Awareness Week (7th – 13th June) to highlight the amazing responses across our communities and is encouraging residents to nominate individuals, community organisations and businesses who have been your RCT Neighbourhood Heroes. Here are some of our Heroes below:
To nominate an individual, a community group or business who you think deserves to be recognised, send an email requesting an application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In support of the campaign, the Council is also encouraging residents to place “RCT Hearts You” signs in their windows to show their appreciation for the help they have or are continuing to receive from frontline heroes, community organisations, businesses, or neighbours, family and friends no matter how big or small. The idea is that people put the name of someone that they want to thank for their kindness in the middle of the heart and then put the poster in their window for all to see. It could be an organisation, like the NHS, a community group or their neighbour who has been helpful and done their shopping for them. The signs are available to download here.
Throughout the coronavirus national emergency, residents across RCT have been sharing their messages of thanks with frontline staff in the NHS and social care, as well as the Council’s own recycling crews and other services; but the Neighbourhood Heroes provides a chance for the “hidden heroes” in our community to get the recognition they deserve.
Councillor Rhys Lewis, RCT Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “It’s fair to say that 2020 has been a truly unprecedented year in terms of the challenges our communities have faced with firstly the worst flooding in a generation and now the coronavirus national emergency.
“In spite of this adversity, however, our residents and communities have shown a truly amazing level of community spirit, with thousands of people giving up their time to support the Council and other services in the fight against the coronavirus and also during the recovery operations following Storm Dennis.
“In addition to this, we have many more thousands of residents who are each playing their own role in helping others – whether it be through caring for a loved one, collecting shopping or medicine for a neighbour, or any other form of support – it is important that we give them the opportunity to be recognised for their efforts.
“Downloading and displaying a sign may seem like a small gesture but these make a big difference to those going the extra mile.”
Other activities will be arranged for people to join in with during Neighbourhood Watch Week RCT and residents can look out for them on our social media pages between 7th - 13th June.
Don’t forget to tag the Council’s social media channels (@RCTCouncil on Twitter and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council on Facebook) with your images of the “RCT Hearts You” signs, using the hashtag #RCTNeighbourhoodHeroes.
Posted on Friday 29th May 2020