Councillor Life in the Heart of a Fine City
Updated: Apr 21
I'm Julie Brociek-Coulton, the County Councillor representing the Sewell District in Norwich.
During the last weeks of the Corona Virus isolation lockdown I have been very busy working from home. I have had several residents get in touch with me who have vulnerable people
they care for or who are family members and how to get food for them delivered during these trying times. The Covid-19 Mutual Aid group that has been organised in Sewell is fantastic and just a message to their coordinator and the family member joining the group helped their loved one to receive food and told them how to pay for the food too.
I have been part of the Norfolk Labour sub group project helping to get food to foodbanks in Norfolk. As Labour County Councillors, we collectively gave £500 to kickstart the project from the unwanted increase we received to our Councillor allowance. Using this, we have distributed large amounts of food purchased from Fareshare over the past weeks.
As a group we reached out to Labour Party members in Norfolk to ask for donations to our project and have had many generous responses, increasing the size of our deliveries from Fareshare for many more weeks to come. Several of our Councillors have been distributing the food and it is going to foodbanks that have shortages of different items.
Locally in Sewell ward we have been helping Hidden Treasures who have been delivering parcels to around 22-50 people daily around our ward. Eric the owner has really been doing outstanding work to help support residents of our ward.
In my role Norfolk County Council's Carer's Champion, I have been in touch with Officers at the Council to raise issues on behalf of our hardworking carers. I have also been exploring issues raised by Personal Assistants, who are employed by residents with disabilities to help them but, like so many of us, are finding their jobs have changed or been resistricted because of the global pandemic.
Finally, I have been publicising all the good information that has been coming out from the Officers working tirelessly at the County Council to my Facebook page and other Facebook groups that I look am part of.
Stay safe everyone.
Cllr Julie Brociek-Coulton