01 May 2020
1. Join your local mutual aid group
Across the country, communities are coming together to support each other through this crisis. Mutual aid groups have been set up to provide support to those in our communities who need it most. Members help each other with food shopping, picking up prescriptions and emotional support. Find your nearest mutual aid group now.
When working with other groups it’s important that you follow all of their guidelines – especially guidance around safeguarding to keep you and your community safe. Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK has guidelines on this and we strongly recommend that you read and follow them when supporting this work.
2. Check in with people
Social distancing shouldn’t mean social isolation. Make a special effort to check in with people regularly by phone, text or online (video conferencing platforms like Zoom help get the whole family together on one screen). Put your phone number through neighbours’ letter boxes and say you’re here for them if they ever want to chat. And remember that the 2 metre physical distancing rule doesn’t mean you can’t interact at all if you see people – a smile, wave and a hello will go a long way right now.
3. Share what’s working for you
We’re all learning new ways to stay physically and mentally healthy while staying indoors. So why not share your tips with others online or over the phone. Have you reconnected with an old hobby? Do you have book recommendations? Have you found some great resources for home schooling? Share what’s working for you with your friends and family.
Cat from our Activism Team is using the time she once spent on her commute to join yoga classes on YouTube. She's also introduced "theme nights" into her week (like board game night, movie night, pub quiz night) to break up the monotony a bit.
4. Think about the future
It’s already clear that this crisis is bringing communities closer together. But if we're to solve future crises, then we need to make sure that these community connections remain strong once the pandemic is over.
Start thinking about how you’ll play your part in maintaining and strengthening these relationships. From street parties and community gardens to neighbourhood support systems – start imagining what your community could look like in the future.