If you can help during these unprecedented times, here is a list of organisations that need your support.
The recent government advice around Coronavirus is already having massive knock on effects for many people. For some, social isolation is something that can be done without too much negative impact – it’s even a chance to catch up on TV or attempt batch-cooking. However, for many it’s already devastating as they face not earning, businesses failing and childcare demands, not to mention health concerns.
If you are one of the lucky ones and want to know how you can help those in real need, we’ve compiled a list of organisations that would relish your support right now.
Let’s remember this time as one of kindness and connection (without touching obvs).
We’ll keep updating this list so do let us know if there’s anyone we should include.
NHS workers can’t work if they are hungry. But thanks to Meals For The NHS, you can help feed staff at your local hospital in the middle of their shift tonight. By making a donation, you are buying daily meals for NHS staff, direct from local restaurants (who can’t open right now). It’s win win.
If you’re looking for a good cause to support right now, check out Made in Hackney’s Crowdfunder which will offer a free food home delivery service, taking healthy food directly to the doorsteps of the most vulnerable community members.
Donate to the Trussell Trust food banks, who are facing shortages thanks to people panic buying.
Join your local Mutual Aid group and find out how you can support those in your community.
Buy local. Taking the advised precautions, we are still able to shop for groceries. Choose to purchase from local and independent shops as these are the most likely to be suffering the consequences of reduced trade.
Join Age UK’s telephone befriending service and chat to older people in need of a friendly voice.
Do you have a local Nextdoor or online message board? Offer your services – someone isolating themselves may well need help with groceries, medicines or loneliness.
Our favourites Artbox have made an artistic care package filled with supplies so you can create your own masterpieces at home. All proceeds go to their work supporting people with learning difficulties and autism through art.
Bankuet allows you to donate a food bundle in a few clicks to food banks in need.
Social enterprise restaurant, Fat Macy’s have put together a nutritious care package which you can purchase to be delivered to loved ones you are unable to visit.
Cancer patients are very high risk, and still need to go to hospital regularly for treatment. In an effort to continue providing vitamins, supplements, juices and nontoxic practice consultations, wellness centre Hello Love, has set up an emergency fundraiser.
Orders placed at sustainable fashion accessories brand, BEEN LONDON are usually packaged and posted by a team of Londoners with learning disabilities based at Mailout in Camden. In line with the government’s advice, they are now at home, and like lots of us might be feeling isolated. You can send a message of support to those employees here.
Social Starters have set up a fund to support social enterprises as they are generally low on cash reserves. Since these businesses also support vulnerable communities it would be a disaster for many if they were to close.
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