Cumbernauld Resilience was established as a community response to the Covid 19 pandemic. Originally the brainchild of Councillor Gillian Fannan, the group has quickly taken off and is now run by a coordinating team of 8 community activists, supported by the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart and St Lucy’s churches. They are Tony Murphy (food sourcing coordinator), Tilda Murphy (food sorting and packing coordinator), Maureen Avis (catering coordinator), Kenny McGeachie (funding and statistics coordinator) Chris and Julie McGowan (accounting and purchasing coordinators), James McPhilemy (telephone and leaflet team coordinator) and Suzanne Macleod (volunteer and media coordinator).
The group operates under the name Cumbernauld Resilience and is affiliated to Cumbernauld Together, a registered charity within the New Town Area. All finances are managed via the Cumbernauld Together bank account which was already established. This allows us to properly account for income and expenditure. We have partnerships with Paul’s Quality Butchers, Lanarkshire Food and Health Partnership, VANL, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Baby Bank (supply of baby and toddler items such as milk and nappies), with Cumbernauld Colts and Rowlands Pharmacy (prescription deliveries) and with Cumbernauld Covid 19 Group (dog walking and errands). We also associate with an individual offering small repairs and light gardening chores on a private basis.
The group operates a volunteer network of over 140 members who help with all aspects of our work, in sourcing our food, sorting and packing it, in cooking and in delivery of food packs. Our food packs are designed to supply healthy and nutritious food for three or four days and we supply on an ad hoc or regular basis. We include fresh fruit and veg, bread, milk and a range of pre-cooked meals for re heat at home. We have a safeguarding policy and a confidentiality policy which we issue with each delivery.
In the six weeks since inception we have:
- Had 946 referrals;
- Fed 2182 people (1422 adults and 762 children);
- Provided 19638 actual meals;
- Provided other items such as tea, coffee, juice, treats, household products such as toilet roll, soap, washing up liquid, and baby products, nappies and milk;
- Started cooking our own ready meals, delivered cold for re-heat – in 3 weeks, we have delivered 1494 delicious meals;
- Fed 121 dogs and 48 cats;
- Raised in excess of £50,000 in either cash or in kind food donations (it costs us around £5000 per week to run our service ;
- Leafleted 15,000 properties in the town;
- Used around 2700 volunteer hours!
So what’s next? This week we are working on more funding bids, delivering our parcels, completing risk assessments and keeping our volunteers safe.