Semble is working together with friends and partners to support community groups with the tools and resources they need at this time. Read up on the 5 step community action response guide for ideas and inspiration to keep the community spirit going.
Think of others
If you’re healthy and low-risk now’s your moment to become a community champion. Don’t panic buy. Instead, take your neighbour’s dog for a walk or help them out with their grocery shopping. Support local and community run businesses by buying from them and if they’re closed then purchase a gift card to use at a later date.
Connect with neighbours
Nearly three quarters of the UK population feels they don’t know their neighbours. Now’s the moment to change that. Be inspired by the footage of Italian neighbours coming together by playing music on their balconies. Send a post card through your neighbour’s door and offer your support. People across the country are using this print-at-home postcard created by a neighbourly woman in Cornwall. Simply wash your hands, print it out, fill it in and pop it through your neighbour’s letterbox.
Use online groups
Reach out to your neighbours through your local Covid Mutual Aid group here or sign up to Next Door here. If you run a regular meet up – whether crafts, sport or tea and cake – make the most of online services like skype, zoom or google hangouts to keep up your work and stay connected.
Support the most vulnerable & isolated
Donate to your local homelessness services. Look to organisations like Bloody Good Period and Exeter Foodbank or other food banks in the Trussell Trust network. They need our support now more than ever.
Share accurate information
First and foremost, remember to take all advised precautions. Keep up to date with trusted information sources such as the UK government website, and sign-post others to reliable advice. While you’re at it, why not help us all remain positive? Try sharing something uplifting on social media.
For full details of the Community Action Response visit Eden Communities here.
Whether you’re a community leader, a project champion or a neighbour ready to spark hope and support the most vulnerable, you are integral to the community response to this health crisis.
Join us for a FREE online workshop 5-6pm on Wednesday 25 March to share your ideas and experiences of community action in response to the continuing Covid-19 outbreak
To find out more and register go to the event page here.
Keep safe and well and continue to spread the community spirit
Please note: this blog was posted 18th March 2020. Due to the quickly changing situation be sure to check trusted websites such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK Government Response for all necessary advice and information.