PUBLIC HEALTH CREE NETWORK RECOGNISED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

16th Mar 2022

Congratulations to the organisations that form part of the Public Health Cree Network (a total of 23 organisations, 40 Cree groups supporting more than 500 County Durham residents) for their recent achievement in being recognised for their combined contribution to Public Health by supporting communities throughout the pandemic.

The Crees were nominated by Susan Tron, Community Development Officer for Durham Community Action who said:

“Cree Groups in County Durham represent men, women or young people and all focus upon providing group activities to those with low levels of mental health or wellbeing. Most participants would describe themselves as having little or no social contact and of feeling isolated.

These groups were particularly relevant during the pandemic when other services were unavailable, and fear and loneliness prevailed. Crees worked hard to stay in touch with their members despite the challenges Covid-19 restrictions presented and offered weekly services when many could not.

The Cree is all about building strength and resilience and emotional wellbeing for those that would be classed as the most vulnerable. Feelings of anxiety had been heightened during the pandemic and often individuals had nowhere to turn to. Support from their Cree Coordinators was crucial in helping members make sense of their situation.

Cree sessions provided consistency in a time of uncertainty and there is no doubt that was greatly appreciated. The impact of the virus, the lockdowns and restrictions have shown us how important connections and communities are and has highlighted more than ever the role the Cree Groups play in supporting the health and wellbeing of their members.

The groups have worked tirelessly throughout the Pandemic and now form an important foundation in people’s lives on the road to recovery.”

The announcement of the achievement was made at the virtual Cree Network meeting on 18th February by Amanda Healey, Director of Public Health for Durham County Council.

For more information on the County Durham Cree Network please visit their website here

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