NEIGHBOURHOOD TELEPHONE CHAINS

NEIGHBOURHOOD TELEPHONE CHAINS – HELP NEEDED

Keeping in touch with friends and neighbours at this time is important – it might even save a life – but phoning even just a few people once a day simply to ask “Are you okay?” can take a lot of time. So here is a practical idea that organisations or neighbourhood groups might want to adopt.

The idea is simple. One person agrees to lead a chain – for the sake of this explanation, let’s call them the chain coordinator. The coordinator compiles a list of each person in their chain, along with their phone number. Each person in the chain is given the name and phone number of the next person along the chain from them and also given the name of the person before them. (They will probably be given a list of all the people in their chain so that they can feel some affinity with the group, but as a minimum all a person in the chain needs to know is who will be phoning them, and who they should phone next.)

HOW IT WORKS

On a daily basis:

    • The chain coordinator phones the first person on the list – simply to say “Hello, are you okay?” They can have a chat if they want, as they only have one call to make, but the purpose of the phone call is to pass a chain message.

    • The person who has just been called then phones the next person in the chain and so it continues to the end.

    • The final person on the list phones the chain coordinator completing the loop. If the message goes all the way around the chain, then we can be assured that everyone is OK.

What if something goes wrong?

If someone phones the next person in the chain and there is no answer, they shouldn’t immediately panic, but try again shortly after. If they can’t get an answer, they should then phone the chain coordinator who will decide what action to take. It might be a call to a neighbour, or if they are seriously concerned call for appropriate help.

Having dealt with that issue, they can call the next person in the chain so that the normal work of the chain continues.

FURTHER EXPLANATION: I have prepared a document explaining the idea in more detail. If anyone wants a copy or is interested in establishing this in our local community, let me know via a comment or message. My email is pete@peteheywood.co.uk if you want to request a copy that way.

Crosshouse Parish Church invites you to a ‘virtual Church Service’.

Crosshouse Parish Church invites people to participate ‘together’ whilst in lock down in your own home in a ‘virtual Church Service.
Find out more on the Crosshouse Parish Church page on this website. You will also find information there about how to contact us if you need pastoral care, prayer – or practical help if we are able to provide it. Crosshouse Parish Church

Coronavirus – A local response

In response to an appeal from East Ayrshire Council’s ‘Vibrant Communities’ team, we are developing this website as a community resource and contact point. It’s use will be largely up to organisations and people in our local area. At the moment the website is being developed by Pete Heywood, a local resident. I am also a member of Crosshouse Community Council although at the moment I am doing this in a personal capacity. My thinking is that various organisations might want to make use of this site. As a ‘volunteer’ Pete is happy to work alongside any other local people with appropriate technical or communication skills, or to help train anyone who would like to contribute content to this website.

Artie’s Singing Kettle Halloween Singalong, Crosshouse, Sat Oct 26th, 2019, 2pm

Poster for Arties Singing Kettle Halloween Singalong show

Artie’s Singing Kettle Halloween Singalong, Crosshouse, Sat Oct 26th, 2019, 2pm Artie returns to his Singing Kettle roots with a special revival for Halloween. Join in with the dangerous Bunny Fou, go on a trip over the Irish Sea with Pirates and listen to some giggly ghost stories. If you enjoyed the Singing Kettle show then you’ll love Artie’s Singingalong Show.

The show starts at 2pm in Crosshouse Church Hall. This event is presented by Crosshouse Community Council. Tickets are £5 per Family. (Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.) Tickets are available on-line – www.crosshouse.org.uk/tickets/

Artie’s Singing Kettle Halloween Singalong, Crosshouse, Sat Oct 26th, 2019

Artie returns to his Singing Kettle roots with a special revival for Halloween. Join in with the dangerous Bunny Fou, go on a trip over the Irish Sea with Pirates and listen to some giggly ghost stories. If you enjoyed the Singing Kettle show then you’ll love Artie’s Singingalong Show.

The show starts at 2pm in Crosshouse Church Hall. This event is presented by Crosshouse Community Council. Tickets are £5 per Family. (Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.) Tickets are available on-line – www.crosshouse.org.uk/tickets/

Artie’s Tartan Tales – Sunday Nov 5th, 2017, 2pm

Artie’s Tartan Tales is coming to Crosshouse on Sunday Nov 5th, 2017, 2pm at Crosshouse Church Hall. For many years Artie was the main man, along with his wife Cilla, as The Singing Kettle. If your children or grandchildren enjoyed that show – then Artie’s Tartan Tales is for them. This event is presented by Crosshouse Community Council. Tickets are £5 per Family. (Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.) Tickets are available on-line – www.crosshouse.org.uk/tickets/