Who are we and where did it begin?
Snaith, Cowick and Rawcliffe Volunteer Support Group, also known as SCRVSG CIC, is a volunteer group that was formed during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic.
In November 2019 nearby Doncaster was battered by heavy rain and floods Stuart Smith one of our lead volunteers had been assisting the Rotary Clubs of Doncaster manage the flood recovery work to which only a few months later after heavy rain from Storm Dennis allowed the River Aire to burst its banks flooding areas of the then, quiet town of Snaith and Cowick
Members of the community as well as people from across the country came to show their support and volunteered their time and help to assist the town to which unbeknown to many in a matter of weeks the whole Country was going to be locked down due to a virus. . Stuart offered his volunteer skills and knowledge as support to the local authorities.
As Covid-19 or known to many as the Coronavirus swept through the Country, many schools, businesses began to close under Government Guidelines. A small group of volunteers that had been assisting with the floods as well as some new volunteers came together to create a support network which subsequently turned into SCRVSG.
Stuart originates from Somerset. Over the past 6 years he has built up a strong knowledge and skill set of volunteer management. Stuart first started volunteering back in 2014 when he to the lead role of coordinating all volunteers throughout the Somerset Levels flooding.
Since then Stuart has assisted throughout the UK in the aftermath of a number of disasters including the Cumbria Floods of 2015 and most recently Doncaster Flooding of 2019.
Stuart posses a number of excellent skills which has made him a key and vital member of the team.
Born in Bentley, made in the Royal Navy.
37 years service as a Marine Engineer has given Phil a sound grounding in Operational and Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery. On retirement from active service in 2007 he first worked as a commissioning manager in NHS Primary Care, before running the Hampshire OOH GP service.
After 45 years in exile he returned to his roots to look after his father in 2016 and settled in Snaith.
Eleanor is from Rotherham and spent 10 years as a secondary school teacher of Religious Education in Rotherham.
In 2010 she was ordained in the Church of England and served her Curacy in Stainforth, Doncaster. She was appointed Team Rector of Great Snaith in 2013 and especially enjoys engaging with the local communities. She also serves the wider Diocese of Sheffield on various committees including the Bishop’s Council and is a member of The General Synod.
In her spare time, she enjoys crafts, including Knitting, Crochet and Cross Stitch. She is married to Paul and has a mischievous Westie called Millie.
John originates from the Wirral and settled in Snaith in 2004. Initially he worked as a research botanist before qualifying as a teacher. John retired in 2018 after a 30 year career in education.
John now works as a volunteer for the RSPB and supports the community through his membership of the Rotary Club of Goole