Community

Is this the birth of a new culture?

Our client, Tricia Waterhouse, eloquently sums up a perspective that we know is shared by many:

All Change?

What a happy release. Throwing off the demanding fast pace of society…….
Time to enjoy the home we have created.
Time to appreciate what we have got.
Time to work out what REALLY matters and throw away those we thought mattered.
Do we really need a new dress, handbag and shoes when we already have plenty in our cupboards.
Time to be grateful for what we have and not to hanker after more.
Time to mend and make do.
Time to enjoy our gardens and nature.
Time to appreciate and care for others.
Many of us ‘Vulnerables’ have so much more than we did during and after the war.
Will the new high-tech generation take heed and veer away from the “I want and must have” syndrome and having to keep up with friends and neighbours, minute by minute.
Maybe this could be the birth of a new culture and way of living.
A focus on what matters……. community spirit rather than self-interest.
Being more a David Attenborough than a Donald Trump!
The choice is ours. May it be a wise one!

Captain Tom

Wow. What a difference one person and social media can make.

However, not everyone is best placed to raise money on this grand scale.

The simplest thing everyone can do right now is look out for their neighbours and offer help with shopping and other errands.

In a position to help

You can volunteer remotely, for example to befriend people who are isolated people or share official information, such as from the GovernmentNHS or Public Health England, by telephone or online.

It’s not just about neighbours who are shielding, self-isolating or physically distancing from others. Other people in the community who might also appreciate help are:

  • Stretched medical staff and volunteers
  • Staff and volunteers in key worker roles
  • Supermarket workers
  • Delivery drivers.

Volunteer with organisations providing support

Charities are working with the government and local authorities to create ways for people to get involved.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • If you don’t have a particular charity you want to support in your local area, contact your local Volunteer CentreCVS or visit the Do-it website. They can help you find out where your help is most urgently needed.
  • You can sign up to NHS Volunteer Responders who are supporting the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is to support the 1.5m people in England at most risk from the virus to stay well. Once you’ve registered and checks are complete, you will be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to ‘on duty’ and you’ll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from near you.

Other ways to help charities

All charities are going to be stretched.

The best thing to do is keep supporting the causes you care about. Any support you can give, including as a volunteer or trustee would be incredibly valuable.

Other ideas HarperLees knows about:

  • Local food bank Support. Many supermarkets offer collection facilities. However, you may decide to provide greater support. The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks providing emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. Full details and a list of the foodbanks in your area can be found here
  • Supporting local businesses. We know the ‘click and wait for delivery’ from major companies and organisations is easy and part of modern life. Now more than ever, there are many local retailers ranging from restaurants, book and records shops, small garden centres and farm shops that have adapted to provide delivery services.