Mutual aid

Wednesday 18-03-2020 - 16:20
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Mutual Aid Guide

With coronavirus cases growing, it's easy to get swept up in the doom and gloom. Whilst the key to combating this virus is looking after yourself and maintaining social distancing, if you have the time and resources to go above and beyond, there are vulnerable people in your community who could do with your help.

It’s easy to feel powerless and overwhelmed at the moment, but there are easy steps you can take if you want to help ease the burden for more vulnerable people. You’ll be joining tens of thousands of people across the world, who are volunteering! From picking up shopping, delivering medicine, to even just being a friendly voice on the other side of the phone to help defeat boredom and loneliness - There are ways you can get involved and help.

Here are some things you can do:

Speak to your neighbours!

Many people have been posting calling cards through their neighbours doors. Here people can print their details, and any vulnerable neighbours who need support can get in touch and state what kind of help they need. Why not post a few around your neighbourhood? Not only will you be helping the more vulnerable and lending a hand to those who need some extra support, but you might make a friend as well!

Is this something you would like to do? You can download a template for the calling cards here: Calling card template


Join a community group!

There are plenty of mutual aid groups popping up around Oxford, so get in touch and see what ways you can help out.

Oxfordshire All In Oxfordshire All In is an organisation coordinating over 200 community groups across Oxfordshire in their corona responses and are in urgent need of more volunteers, specifically in: community engagement, social media and publicity, data collection, phone check-ins and mapping.

Oxford Hub - sign up to become a Community Champion here.

Oxford Covid-19 Mutual Aid 

Oxford Virus Action Group

If you aren’t based in Oxford and want to help out where you are, or just want more access to resources, check the Covid Mutual Aid website: https://covidmutualaid.org/.

If you are delivering any food or resources, please have a read of these protocols to make sure you are operating in a safe and hygienic way!


Use your resources!

If you aren’t able to get out and about to help, but have a bit of extra cash, there are still ways you can help, like donating resources to a foodbank or local charity. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive - even donating one bag of pasta will make a difference. Every little counts!

The Oxford Foodbank

Oxford Homeless Project

SOFEA Community Larder

Oxford Food Surplus Cafe

Disclaimer: you should always check with the organisation what they actually need before sending something or dropping something off. Foodbanks often do not have enough fridge/freezer space and will be prioritising certain items at this time, so drop them a message asking what they need before you send them anything!

Are you doing something to help already?

We want to shout out all you incredible volunteers, who are already making a difference in the communities. Whether it’s dropping a carton of milk round to a neighbour, or picking up the phone to give someone a call, we want to hear all about it. Get in touch, let us know and let's help spread these positive, good news stories to the Brookes community and beyond.

To get in touch, you can:

Email us on su@brookes.ac.uk

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