Syston Helping Hands – Community Group

This is a new facebook page that has been set up on behalf of Sean Baker who during the first lock down set up a network to help those in isolation with the Coronavirus as well as anyone else in need.

Sean has been recognised by both Charnwood Borough Council and Leicester Mercury and received awards for his work in the community.

So now he has become part of a group to help spread the word and help more people in this current lockdown.

He said that his reasons for being a part of the group was to widen what he had achieved earlier in the year by enlisting volunteers to leaflet drop with contact details in their area or street to offer assistance with shopping, collecting medication or simply for a chat.

To help signpost and share information among the members of the group via a Whatsapp group with a lead volunteer, also to offer reassurance and guidance to those in the community groups caring for their neighbours.

There has already been a good response to the request for volunteers in different areas of Syston and they will be posting out the leaflet shown below, so if you receive one and need help please contact the person on the leaflet.





Sean has been helped by Rosie Rollings and Mark Lowe who have set up similar support groups in Thurmaston and Birstall.

He is also liaising with Syston based charities to try and bring a lot of the support together through one facebook page, not an easy task.

He was anxious to stress that this page is not a replacement for all the great charities and support groups we have here in Syston and is working with them.

The idea of this support group is to help support anyone who needs it, young, old, single, married, a family or vulnerable, this group is for everyone!

He has been in touch with a range of Syston charities and community groups including: M.A.D.S, Michelle the area health co-ordinator, WasteNotLeicestershire and The Leicestershire Community Cupboard. He is continuing to expand the Helping Hands groups and has now set up one for East Goscote, Queniborough and Rearsby. Sean will be joining the M.A.D.S team when restrictions are lifted, they meet on Wednesdays between 10.00 and 12.00 noon in the Syston Community Centre.

Sean said; “We have a great community in Syston who are raring to get involved. We have helped a lot of people since the first lockdown and will continue to do so even when this lockdown is over.  One good thing that these hard times have shown us is that there are loads of support from the community in Syston and its great.”