How you can help following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
If you're wondering how you can show your support during the coronavirus outbreak - we've got you covered. With the news changing daily, knowing what to do can feel overwhelming to say the least - but there are plenty of ways you can help do your bit.
We've put together a guide to let you know how you can support the thousands of people and charities in need during this time.
The National Emergencies Trust will collaborate with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money and support victims at the time of a domestic disaster. So, at times like this, it’s the strength and desire to help from the public that will make the most difference to those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Helping the homeless
Charities such as Crisis, Shelter, St Mungo's, The Salvation Army, Centrepoint and Focus Ireland can help rough sleepers who could likely have pre-exisiting health conditions lack access to washing facilities and are unable to isolate, making them more vulnerable to the virus.
Health and Medical support
Providing outstanding care is paramount all year round for these charities. Right now NHS Charities Together and St John Ambulance are responding to increased demand as a result of Coronavirus, whilst the Intensive Care Society are pioneering critical care research to improve patient safety and save lives.
Donating to foodbanks
The impact on supporting people is fairly unknown right now, but it's possible the demand on food banks will increase. Trussell Trust are preparing to help people in need of these services. Whilst Akshaya Patra Foundation and Fare Share are supporting children in poverty access food in case of school closure.
Supporting those in isolation
Charities like the British Red Cross, Irish Red Cross, Samaritans, Scope and Royal Voluntary Service are offering their services and support to people who have been quarantined. Refuge and Women's Aid continue to support vulnerable women and children who feel unable to flee domestic abuse.