We're so proud of the lengths people are going to to care for others. If you're volunteering, you may need some financial support to help provide supplies, support local workers and businesses and to protect the most vulnerable.
Support your local community
If you've set up a community volunteer group or are interested in doing so but not sure about how to fund it, crowdfunding could be your answer.
Create a centralised pot of money and ask people to add their contributions towards food and essentials for the most vulnerable. Find out more.
Support people working in your industry
If you're able to club together to support those who may have fallen on difficult times, any contributions (big or small) welcomed. We've already seen pages set up for musicians, comedians and theatre workers, coming together to support each other.
Freelancers such as fitness instructors, teachers and tradesmen could offer their work in return for a voluntary contribution via a crowdfunding page.
Support local businesses
Support businesses who are no longer able to open in your local area by creating a crowdfunding page to help them stay afloat.
If you are a business owner ask for the support of your community during this time.
This local cafe is raising funds for a delivery van
This volunteer group, from a local cafe, are raising £2,000 to buy a van to help them continue to collect and distribute food. Local cafes are donating surplus food to food banks, or to their customers who are vulnerable or isolated.
Help comedians stay afloat during Covid-19
NextUp are supporting comedians in need of financial support whilst comedy venues are closed due to Covid-19. They are also livestreaming special gigs to cheer people up with comedy at a time when we need it most.
Open Kitchens is on a mission to feed those in need
Working with restaurants and communities, Open Kitchens is asking people to donate £1.85 so they can produce a meal for children reliant on free school meals, the homeless and most vulnerable.
Other ways you can support your community:
Support charities in your local area
Homelessness, the elderly, local food banks and your local NHS staff all need support through this time. Take a look here at what charities are doing and how you can support them.
Nextdoor is a website that lets you keep up-to-date with what's going on locally to you. Plus, you can offer your support to those in your community. For example, doing a shop for or having a phone call with an elderly neighbor, and offering your books or toys to a new home.
If you set up a crowdfunding page share it to the Nextdoor app to help get support from neighbours and friends.