At this time many of us want to help in our communities, particularly people who have existing health conditions, are elderly or who are self-isolating.
If you would like to help, why not look to your neighbours and street first? Is there someone that is lonely or anxious and needs a chat - a phone call could make all the difference. Is there someone who needs help with shopping or collecting prescriptions? Maybe they need their dog walking or some help with finding the right help? A bit of support with online shopping or helping them to call Solihull Connect for advice on food or finances?
You can also help by making donations to existing food banks. They desperately need tinned food, toiletries and nappies - but please only donate if it is safe for you to do so. You can donate in the north or south of Solihull, or online:
- Around Again Social Supermarket, 100 Chapelhouse Road, Fordbridge - but please email - firstname.lastname@example.org - first to arrange a time to drop off
- Online - renewalcc.com/helpinghands/
Another option is to get involved with existing charities and community groups through your local Parish Councils, community centres and faith groups. Working with local groups, the Council’s Here 2 Help Solihull team has details of voluntary groups that need you - just call 0121 704 6811 or email email@example.com.
Across the country people are setting up community aid groups. You can find out about these through Covid-19 Mutual Aid.
Please make sure you follow government guidelines on social distancing and be careful not to spread the virus.
If you’re setting up a group you will also need to consider cash handling, volunteer expenses, safeguarding and security and how to look after people’s personal information safely.
If you take things further and become a formal organisation or want to get some funding Solihull CAVA can help. Please contact Verity on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07966380289. To keep updated on the latest news relating to COVID-19 please subscribe to CAVA’s free e-newsletter.