Promoting community spirit during COVID-19

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With everything in the news feeling quite doom and gloom over the last few days, it’s natural to have questions or worries about the situation concerning coronavirus.

With many people in self-isolation, you may be concerned, particularly if you rely on the help of carers, or will struggle to see friends and family during this time.

SHOPPING

There are simple steps you can take if you’re deemed ‘high-risk’, or simply want to limit your time outside.

Ordering your shopping online means you don’t have to head outside to get your groceries, and can avoid the frenzy of panic buying. You’re also more likely to be able to find the products you’re looking for, rather than going all the way to the shops to find out they’re sold out of pasta and soap.

Major supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’sAldi, Iceland and ASDA offer delivery, and if you spend a certain amount, your delivery will be free.

Your groceries will be taken straight to your kitchen (unless you’re self-isolating, in which case you can request they’re left at your door). If you need help putting away your shopping, delivery staff are usually more than happy to help.

COMMUNITY

At times like these, there’s nothing more important than community spirit, and we can all do our bit to help those who are less able.

This postcard made by university lecturer, Becky Wass, encourages neighbours to extend a helping hand to each other.

Local community groups are popping up to help out with tasks such as shopping, dog walking, picking up prescriptions or even just arranging a phone call for a chat.

Veterans are known for being resourceful and staying calm in stressful situations, so are great people to have around during difficult times such as there.

If you’re able to support someone in your local community who is in need, you should contact your local community group to find out how you can help.

SUPPORT

No matter what your situation, support is always available to you in a variety of different forms.

If you receive support from any charities, such as SSAFA, Age UK, Combat Stress or Help for Heroes, you can get in touch with them to find out how they can help you during this time.

For example, some members of the public have been contacting charities to discover how they can help the Armed Forces community. The charities have then been able to buddy them with a veteran in need of support, to help with shopping and even just provide the simple pleasure of a cup of tea and a chat.

If you’re concerned about coronavirus and it’s starting to affect your mental health, the charity Mind has information available to help you manage any feelings of stress and anxiety.

We all have our part to play at times like these, and whether you’re in need of some support, or want to offer it to others, there are ways of means of getting through this time as a community.

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