Coronavirus: ways you can help your community
There are lots of ways you can help people in your community. We’ve pulled together some of them.
If you need support we can connect you to people who can help. Or if you'd like to support people in your community, here's how you can offer support.
Other ways you can help people locally
Download and print this viral kindness postcard created by Becky Wass from Falmouth. Fill it in and post it through the door of someone you think may need help. For example: someone who’s over 70 and considered high risk.
Remember to follow the government guidance on hand washing and hygiene before you do this.
Visit homes where people will recognise you and trust your offer is genuine. Try to understand that people may be cautious about accepting help if they don’t know you well and have the right to refuse your help.
You can also:
find support groups in your area – we've been given these details by local authorities and people in communities
donate your 5% Co-op member reward to our members' coronavirus fund – to support foodbanks, a funeral hardship fund and local community causes
direct people to mutual aid groups set up to help people in local communities who are considered high risk. Find a local group
donate money through Fareshare, an organisation that's helping to get food to people who need it
donate what you can to food banks – visit the Trussel Trust website and find a food bank in your area
Volunteer with recognised organisations
Sign up to volunteer at:
NHS GoodSAM – recruitment is paused for a few weeks
Donate money to charity
You can give money through the National Emergencies Trust. This charity is co-ordinating the UK coronavirus disaster voluntary relief effort. It provides a single place for online donations from individuals and companies.
Help people worrying about finances
share this advice on claiming benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions
Help people with legal worries
guide them to Citizens Advice for free, independent and confidential advice on any legal issues they're facing during the Covid-19 pandemic
listen in to a free talk to understand how to help vulnerable family members with a Lasting Power of Attorney
Share accurate advice
You can also signpost people to:
Guides to support you
Find out how to set up or attend an online activity or event, and things to do at home.
How to be a Co-op food delivery volunteer
How to volunteer safely
How to enjoy the arts at home
How to learn new skills
How to find activities for over 50s
How to find cooking and baking inspiration
How to attend online activities
How to look after your mental wellbeing
How to keep fit during lockdown
How to keep your child entertained at home
How to get support safely
How to get help with homeschooling
How to stay healthy and entertained at home
Thank you to the Moss Side Leyland Co-op store we now have weekly fresh bakery items donated by Warburtons to add to our weekly care packs. These provide people who are shielding or needing support essential food items.
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