Thousands of people across the country are coming together to help the most vulnerable in their communities during the Coronavirus pandemic – by volunteering their services.
From getting and dropping off shopping to delivering medicines or post – mutual aid groups are being set up to help people who are self-isolating in their neighbourhood.
One of the organisations is Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK with a branch in Bristol where those wanting to help can register as volunteers on a Facebook page or website. Homes are then leafleted about the help on offer and contact details, along with a message of support.
It also offers tips, advice and links to useful websites including around mental health, debt as well as useful recipes.
Community Union Acorn has set up Coronavirus community support groups in seven cities, including Bristol, organising local volunteers to support people in the community if they are stuck at home. https://acorntheunion.org.uk/corona/
Bristol City Council has also joined forces with Volunteer Bristol and those wishing to volunteer can register on the Can Do website: https://candobristol.co.uk/activity/coronavirus–covid-19-[official-volunteering—register-interest-w-bristol-city-council
In a video to the city released last week Mr Rees said: “…It’s been a real source of pride for me that so many people have come forward to offer help – we need to stand shoulder to shoulder as a city in the face of this challenge.
Next Door is an app which can also connect people to their local neighbourhood to can find out what’s going on and available services. https://nextdoor.co.uk
With many older people not using the internet, Knowle West Alliance has produced flyers which are available at venues or can be printed out to encourage local residents to look after their neighbours and offer help if needed. https://knowlewestalliance.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/neighbour-help-offer-and-health-advice-17.03.pdf