Firstly…you’re amazing! Now, please have a look below for some ways you can offer to help in your local community.
The Guardian newspaper recently reported that “the need for supplies [for food banks] is greater than ever.”
“It’s really concerning,” says Emma Revie, the chief executive of the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest network of food banks. “We are anticipating a significant increase in users as more people are unable to work.”
There are 3 main ways to help:
- VOLUNTEER: If you’re not in an at-risk group and you have some time, please volunteer. You can sign up to volunteer for the Trussell Trust food banks here. There are also many other independent food banks, so please do a local Google search to see if there are any others that might need your support.
- KEEP DONATING FOOD: Your donation is now more important than ever. Find your local Trussell Trust food bank here.
- MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION: If you’re self-isolating, you can make a donation to the Trussell Trust food banks directly on their website.
The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock recently stated that Briton’s over the age of 70 will be asked to stay at home for an extended period of time to protect themselves from the Coronavirus.
As we can all imagine, if and when this does happen it will have a huge impact on the over 70s – mentally, emotionally, physically and practically.
However, there are ways we can help as outlined in this BBC article. Here’s some of them:
- MAINTAIN CONTACT: via the phone, post or online.
- THINK OF PRACTICAL WAYS TO HELP: such as running errands and picking up supplies of food and medication
- MAKE A PLAN AS A FAMILY: such as setting up a family group chat or arranging for a trusted neighbour to step in if necessary
- VOLUNTEER: AGE UK have currently stated on their Facebook page (as of 15 March 2020) that they are currently working out how they “can best connect people with local volunteering opportunities.” I’ll update this as I get more detail. You can always get in touch with your local Age UK office by contacting them here.
There have already been many amazing local initiatives started by wonderful people for their local communities.
I will keep this list of local initiatives updated so that you can share them with anyone that they will be helpful to.
Check out these lovely thank you messages to all the amazing people on the frontline:
Here are some of the lovely thank you messages that I’ve been receiving to share for the amazing keyworkers
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