VISIT TO KINGSWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE AND CAFE, ALBERTA CLOSE, CORBY BY TRH THE EARL AND COUNTESS OF WESSEX ON 8TH SEPTEMBER 2021
On Wednesday the 8th September 2021, Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, to thank staff and volunteers from the Kingswood Community Support Group. The group was established in November 2020, to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic
During the pandemic, Kingswood Community Support Group have been preparing food parcels, packed lunches for children, personal hygiene and cleaning parcels, personal protection equipment packs for the children returning to school, recipe boxes, and support with providing furniture / soft furnishings to those on the estate in need. Staff and volunteers also carried out welfare checks on residents in the area and provided any additional support needed. The group has also set up a youth club, sponsored by Kingswood Primary Academy, for children aged 5 – 18 yrs. This creates a safe, fun, environment for the young people on the estate.
Mrs Lynn Johnston, manager of Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, said “It was a total shock when I heard there would be a visit from The Earl and Countess of Wessex to say thank you for the support the staff and volunteers have given to the Kingswood local community. It was an honour for our small community organisations, staff, and volunteers to be recognised. The visit is an event that I will never forget.”