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To the 165 Sudbury Community Network volunteers who delivered, shopped for and supported Sudbury & Great Cornard residents in need. To our local foodbanks, charitable organisations and community groups who have been and continue to be a lifeline for so many. To the Sudbury Community Warden Team who have been the backbone of Sudbury's response to the COVID-19 crisis.  To our temporary Crisis Coordination Team who made the leap from Tourist Information to Volunteer Management in a matter of days. To our NHS and keyworkers who always have and continue to put the welfare of others before there own.  To our local independent businesses who've had to adapt, re-invent and re-imagine to survive and though it all have provided exceptional and essential services with a smile. To everyone who has made a commitment to support local businesses and charities now and in the future. To all the Sudbury businesses, makers and creators who have turned their skills to the production of PPE for front line staff.

Sudbury we salute you and your response to the COVID-19 crisis.  

#SudburyLove #SupportLocal #KeepSudburySafe

Photos courtesy Diverse Capture Photography, part of The Front Step Photography Project documenting Sudbury during the COVID-19 crisis.

The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe has had an unprecedented impact on our communities. In order to delay the spread of the virus, we are all being urged to play our part by following government and NHS guidelines.  In Sudbury, a town known for our community spirit (we've even won awards for it!), there has been an outpouring of support for vulnerable residents, parents and families.


Over 165 active volunteers have supported 200 local people in need through lockdown via the Sudbury Community Network (SCN), thank you. The Network, managed by our Crisis Coordination team (our temporarily re-assigned Tourist Information Team) together with our Community Wardens have match volunteers and their skills with needs created by the COVID-19 emergency.


As we enter UK Government's 'roadmap to recovery' we are now reducing the emergency work providing by the crisis support network, whilst ensuring those who have been dependent on our support are connected with any services they may need going forward. We are still here on the phones, where you can seek advice from our Customer Access Point, now re-open at The Town Hall with COVID-19 Secure measures in place.

Despite some sense of normality returning, we must all play our part in controlling the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our community safe by following NHS and UK Government Guidelines. Please consider how you could help our local community by checking in on neighbours, donating to or helping out your local foodbank, or simply calling friends, neighbours or family for a chat.

Sudbury Community Network Steering Committe: Chaired by Ciaran Griffin; Town Clerk, Sudbury Town Council, Cllr Louise Fowler, Sudbury Town Council; Rev. Andrew Stewart-Darling, Stour Valley Vineyard; Rev. Chris Ramsey, St. Andrews, Gt. Cornard; Vicky Leonard, Storehouse Food Bank; Rev. Tom Munford, St Gregory's Church and Haidee Stephens, Storehourse Food Bank Volunteer.


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Photos by Diverse Capture Photography, part of The Front Steps Photography Project documenting Sudbury's Community and Businesses during lockdown. See the ever growing 'Independent Businesses of Sudbury' Album on Facebook here.