There has been much publicity surrounding the sudden and extreme panic buying. It is without any surprise that this approach has left the most vulnerable extremely exposed.
These difficult times test the resolve of the very best amongst us; and all those who we have conversed with have expressed what we already knew; and that is that the vast majority want the best for their fellow neighbour and citizen. We are aware that many of you will go beyond your means to help but are not sure how to help, particularly with the current restrictions.
It is worth stating at this stage that when helping others please make sure you stay safe and do not go beyond what you can safely do so not to leave yourself vulnerable or at any risk; any increased risk will simply prolong the suffering for everyone.
How to help:
Local mutual aid groups are springing up all over the UK. Help could involve activities from running errands to the shops, to making phone calls, to providing a friendly voice of reassurance. An online group called COVID-19 Mutual Aid has a list of local groups on its website. Groups are being added all the time. These groups are autonomous and communicate online, through social media and email.
For the avoidance of doubt, we have no association with any group and must urge you to ALWAYS consider your approach carefully and this best done with constant consultation and review of NHS guidance, you can find this by clicking on the link below.