COVID-19 Coming Together (Langley) Facebook page is open to the public

COVID-19 Coming Together (Langley) Facebook page is open to the public

Groups aims to use platform as a chance to support and connect with neighbours during pandemic

A locally operated Facebook page – billed as a mutual aid network – is open to the public to offer support, company, and news during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Coming Together (Langley) was launched at the end of March in response to the coronavirus by Langley City councillor Rosemary Wallace and her daughter Desiree.

Modelled after a similar Vancouver-area page, the initial focus was to connect neighbours and community members to one another with direct requests for help and responding to support one another during the onset of the pandemic.

“We launched this Facebook platform in alignment with the initial Coming Together group in Vancouver to serve as a mutual aid network for the Langley community. The initial focus was to connect neighbours looking for help to those offering support during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Desiree said.

“However, it has also been a space to share resources, information and services to uplift the diverse demographics of our community in this challenging time. In amplifying initiatives that serve our society’s most vulnerable individuals, we are building solidarity, equity and creative solutions that will outlive this crisis. Coming together on the local level to participate in a wider movement across the country,” she continued.

READ MORE: Realtors rally community together to feed Langley’s hungry

The description of the Facebook page calls the project “a labour of love,” and goes on to define its goals for the community.

“We welcome all those who are interested in collaborating to come on board. This is a group created by community members for all of us in the Langley area to come together, connect, and support each other in this critical time. Let’s show up for each other in a big way.”

“As COVID-19 unfolds, it has been highlighting the way pandemics disproportionately and unevenly impact different populations, such as migrants, racialized people, people with precarious work, poor people, housing-insecure people, disabled people, and seniors,” the description later reads. “Now, more than ever, it is important that we recognize these injustices and work to build networks of solidarity and support that centre vulnerable and targeted communities.”

Desiree said she recognizes Facebook is not a platform that is accessible to everyone, but want to make the wider community of Langley aware of this nonetheless.

As of May 1, there are 424 members with multiple posts being made daily on topics such as volunteering or caring for children during social isolation measures.


Is there more to this story?


Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley Township Civic Facility. (Langley Advance Times files)
Housing, RCMP, Fort roads all discussed at Langley Township budget meeting

A Monday meeting touched on priorities for this year and beyond

Table for sale took a bit more work than first thought. (Mariana Aramburu/Special to The Star)
Ryan’s Regards: Clearing the clutter

Most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by this point in the year

Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or in writing.
LETTER: Cloverdale man said public pressure only convinces church goers they are right

Engageing churches in discussions on how to reduce transmission would be more effective than bans

When the pandemic forced the shut down of playgrounds in Langley this past Spring it sparked creativity for these Langley grandparents Herb and Cherri Kwan, who found themselves picking up a paint brush to help keep the local kids occupied. (Bernadette Amiscaray/Special to Langley Advance Times)
PHOTOS: Pandemic park closures spark artistic rock creations for retired Langley grandparents

Herb and Cherri Kwan started hiding painted rocks in Routley Park when playground closed

Shortreed Community Elementary. (Langley School District/Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Parent Advisory Council raises concerns over Langley school district power outage response

Fifteen teachers at Shortreed Community School in Aldergrove staged a sit-in strike last Wednesday

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou on Vancouver Island

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Frustrated family denied access to B.C. Indigenous woman’s police shooting report

Independent investigation into B.C. woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Dezi, a Delta police dog, retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

Nurses collect samples from a patient in a COVID suspect room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
5 British Columbians under 20 years old battled COVID-19 in ICU in recent weeks

Overall hospitalizations have fallen but young people battling the virus in hospital has increased

Most Read