Social Renewal Advisory Board: Communities, Kindness and Compassion – Fiona Lees, Chief Executive of East Ayrshire Council
Covid-19 may be a global pandemic, but its impact and our response is found in local communities. In the worst of times we have seen the best of humanity. People have reached out to help one another and communities have felt empowered to do what needed to be done. Kindness and compassion have shone through and people have realised their strengths.
In recent weeks, building on the work of councils in local communities, people have been coming together virtually, in their communities, to take part in listening events. These events, held across the country, will help inform the work of the Social Renewal Advisory Board and have highlighted the challenges that people have faced during the Pandemic, including what changed, what worked and what a good life looks like. Community spirt was a recurring theme and it was clear that the support that meant most to people came from their community.
So, as we talk about recovery and renewal, this is not a race back to normal, that is why the work of the Social Renewal Advisory Board is so important. Communities have changed and to best serve them, we all need to change too.
Fiona Lees, Chief Executive of East Ayrshire Council