Community comes together to respond to COVID-19

We are living in unnerving times, as to what the repercussions of COVID-19 might mean.  At time of writing, things seem to be changing on a daily basis. As of last night we are all asked to stay at home.  As greater numbers of people find it necessary to self isolate, this situation could be devastating for some people who do not have friends or family close by to support them.

Thankfully, I am pleased to report, it is not all doom and gloom, droves of local people have stepped up to work together to support our community in anyway they can.

There may well be further groups established than the ones featured in this article, but we are pleased to share information on a few vital support networks in our local area that are determined to do their best for local people.

Facebook Page: COVID-19 Help, Support And Volunteering South Glos and Bristol

Natalie Harrison who set up this support group via Facebook told us, “I founded this group with my friend Matt Palmer. It originally stemmed from an idea to post on our local Facebook page that if anybody needed help with shopping whilst self isolating, just to let us know. We had such a big response to that post that we set up a support page. Over the coming days the group grew and grew to an astounding amount of members (over 4,000 as we went to print on 19th March!), people offering help, people asking for help, even people saying how they felt safer knowing there was help available.  We have a dedicated admin team (that I must give a shout out to they’re totally invaluable to our team!) creating leaflets, teams for different areas and even offering posts with things like activities to do whilst in isolation. As a whole, the team are totally overwhelmed with the response and kindness of everybody on this page. It’s something I can say I’m incredibly proud of and I’m certain I can speak for the whole team in saying that.”

If anyone would like to enlist the help of this group please do get in touch via their Facebook page.

Facebook Page: Stoke Gifford/Bradley Stoke  COVID-19 Help and Support

This group has been set up by locals to offer help and support to those in the Bradley Stoke/Stoke Gifford area during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is only for those either seeking help or offering support.

Help your community in a crisis

The Red Cross can help you share your kindness with those who need it most. By becoming a community reserve volunteer, you will help your community get back on track in the event of a major local emergency. This may be particularly important right now and we are working with the authorities to support the COVID-19 response in the best possible way.   Anyone can become a community reserve volunteer; no specialist skills are required and quick training is provided at the scene. You just need to meet the criteria below.

· I am 18 or above

· I understand I will be called upon in a crisis

· I understand I will only be asked to help in my local community.

Sign up at: www.reserves.redcross.org.uk

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