As prices are rising, and the cost of living becomes more expensive, it is up to us as a community to support one another. Below is a quick and simple six-point guide to supporting people if they are vulnerable, unwell, or lonely.
I want to help what do I do?
- Found in-need neighbours?
They may be: Elderly or unwell, isolated, and vulnerable, have no support around them, needing emotional and / or physical support.
- Gather group of helpers
They may be: Family, friends, neighbours, and other local volunteers.
- Let local leaders know
They may be: Local councillors, community leaders, faith-group leaders, or business leaders. They can be approached by messaging, calling, or social media.
- Help neighbours in-need
By: Making contact via post, phone, or in-person with neighbours, dropping-off basic shopping, contacting medical or local services if needed, and making regular check-ins.
- Share good stories
By: Telling your local leader what you’ve done, using social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc.).
- Encourage friends to do same
By: Contacting friends, family, neighbours and local volunteers to do the same.
These six points provide a good basis for community support; however, they are guidance only - everyone is different, and individuals will require tailored support.
Do’s and don’ts
- Do: keep safe, respect others, listen, act responsibly.
- Don’t: share people’s names and addresses, ask for or receive people’s bank cards or PIN, or provide unwanted attention.
Community action is a brilliant thing, but if you see this is being misused or suspect a crime is being committed locally, please contact the Police.