Here’s how you can help and support others during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.
Look out for your neighbours
The simplest thing everyone can do right now is look out for their neighbours and offer help with shopping getting medicine and essential other errands.
It’s not just about neighbours who are self-isolating or vulnerable. Other people in the community who might also appreciate help are:
- stretched medical staff and volunteers
- staff and volunteers in other key worker roles
Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint – your help will be even more crucial in a few weeks’ time. For now, the best thing to do is to check in on neighbours and friends.
Stay safe when supporting others
- Keep washing your hands often for 20 seconds
- Stay at least two metres – about three steps – away from people you’re helping.
If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues – don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services.
- Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call.
- Offer to run errands for people, but stay outside of people’s homes.
- Let family and friends know what you’re doing.
- Don’t take on too much – it’s often better not to offer at all than to let someone down.
It is heart-warming to know that many of the local groups that have set-up to provide community support during the coronavirus situation have already had dozens of people offer to help.
In addition, hundreds of thousands of people signed-up to be NHS Volunteer Responders to support our health service during the covid-19 outbreak.
Once registered and checks are complete – NHS Volunteer Responders will be provided a log-in. When they switch to ‘on duty’, they will see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from near where they live.
We are conscious that many of the volunteering roles we started advertising on our website before ‘lock-down’ and those we listed on the national volunteering database Do-it.org, are no longer relevant. At the same time, many people who previously volunteered for local charities and community may not be able to now, if they’re being advised to stay at home because they are in a high-risk group or they are a key-worker.
We will be removing redundant roles from our website and Do-it.org and replacing them with details of vital roles that need to be done during this time.
We have already started to get in touch with all voluntary organisations locally to find-out what particular help they need during the coronavirus situation.
There’ll be more information on our website about volunteering roles in the North Wealden area in the coming days and weeks. So please come back to our website and look at the Be a Volunteer page.
Support a Charity
Many charities are going to be financially stretched. Lots of fundraising events that would’ve taken place have been cancelled and many traditional sources of donations have dried-up, such as income from charity shops and collection boxes.
If you can afford to, consider supporting a charity you feel passionate about that might currently be strapped for cash or facing increasing demand.
For ideas of local organisations that might need help, please see a list of our charity members on our website.
Article adapted from information on the NCVO website.