Communities play an important role in our lives. We have communities in our friends, family and neighbourhoods. From the teams we support to the food we eat; community unites us. During uncertain times, community reassures us through security and support. Now more than ever we are relying on neighbours to help individuals who are impacted by the current struggles of daily life. From volunteering opportunities to supporting the NHS, below are a number of ways you can connect and contribute to the community at this time:
Mutual Aid Groups
The Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group offers several resources and ways to connect people to their nearest local group, willing volunteers and those in need. Please find your local mutual aid group and see how you support your community.
- Next door is a neighbourhood hub that provides members with hyperlocal updates from fellow neighbours. Share news, recommendations or directly message a neighbour and keep tabs on the goings-on.
- Olio invites individuals to offer up surplus food to those around them in local neighbourhoods in the hope of reducing food waste. For more guidance read Olio Covid-19 Q&A.
More people are encouraging those who can help others to let them know they are available and what they can do to help. The type of help which could be offered includes:
- Staying in contact via telephone, text or skype
- Collect and deliver shopping: leaving groceries on the doorstep or in a safe place in accordance with government guidelines to avoid close contact
- Recommend local shopping options and trusted suppliers
- Deliver magazines, book and materials to support hobbies
- Reassure people with up-to-date and accurate information
- Help manufacture facemasks for NHS staff with Shield NHS.
- If you are a manufacturer and can produce assembled shields, fill out the supplier’s form
Find an opportunity to volunteer in your local community: