If like us at tastecard HQ you’re wondering how to help during Covid-19, we’ve done our research to find the best charities to donate to, apps to download and groups to join in such a turbulent time. Have a read on to find out how you can do your bit.
From donating money, to food, to blood, there’s a lot “do-gooding” that you can play a part in. The four listed below are just a few charities and causes we’ve been donating to at tastecard HQ. And it’s worth knowing that all four fit within the government’s social distancing requirements.
UNICEF: Supplying vital medical supplies like gloves and masks, educating communities and putting prevention campaigns in place. Donate here.
Global Giving: Sending frontline responders to communities in need, getting medical supplies to hospitals, delivering essentials to those in need and feeding children who rely on school meals. Donate here.
The Trussell Trust: Accepting food donations and providing the vulnerable and those in need via local foodbanks across the UK. Find your local food bank here.
Give blood: Taking blood donations for the NHS and vulnerable. Find out more about giving blood here.
2. Digital sharing is caring.
We’ll all be ramping up our screen time with new apps over the next few weeks (hello, Donut Dog). But there are a few you can download and use to make a real difference during Covid-19.
COVID Symptom Tracker.
A collab between researchers from King’s College London and Guy’s & St Thomas’ hospitals as well as nutrition advice start-up ‘Zoe’, the COVID Symptom Tracker does what it says on the tin. Users can log their symptoms daily to help experts track high-risk areas, see how quickly the virus is spreading and understand who’s most at risk.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (inside your house of course), you’ll have heard of Houseparty. A video chat app that lets you and your pals play games like Heads Up, Pictionary and more, you’re guaranteed the same bonding and board-game night arguments from separate sofas.
Stay Home Instagram sticker.
We’re all in the same rocky but anchored boat at the moment, so it’s comforting to see what everyone else is up to whilst social distancing. Even if it’s just making a cheese toastie in the kitchen. Pop the Instagram ‘Stay Home’ sticker on your story and you’ll make your way into the ‘Stay Home’ feed along with everyone else.
If you’re itching to help in a more proactive way, the NHS are currently looking for volunteers. From helping deliver equipment to lending an ear to those self-isolating, there’s enough to go around. A few requirements all volunteers must meet:
- All must be 18+ years old, fit, well and have no coronavirus symptoms
- Those in the high-risk group (pregnant, 70+ years old or wit underlying health conditions) can help with over the phone volunteering
- Patient transport driver volunteers will need a DBS check
The four volunteering options.
At the end of the application, you’re asked to select which of the below volunteering options you can take up, whether it’s just the one or all:
Community Response volunteer: Collecting and delivering shopping, medication and essential items to those self-isolating
Patient Transport volunteer: Transporting patients fit for discharge from hospital to home and making sure they’re settled.
NHS Transport volunteer: Transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites. May require assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.
Check in and chat volunteer: Speaking with those self-isolating and at risk of loneliness over the phone, from your home.
Fill out an application here.
4. Covid-19 Mutual Aid Facebook groups.
It’s the simple things that take a day from boring to better for the people self-isolating alone. Covid-19 Mutual Aid groups are set up by individuals from certain areas to provide support for the vulnerable in their area. Found over on Facebook, simply search for “Your area Covid 19 Mutual Aid”, like the page and find out how you can help.
- Running errands like walking their dog, doing shopping, cutting grass
- Sharing contact information of those without internet access
- Emotional support for those struggling
- Leafletting to raise awareness of the community group
If you’re coming into contact with any neighbours, be sure to follow government guidelines.
5. Social distancing.
The easiest way to do your bit right now and the one that takes the least effort is social distancing. The phrase of the moment, it essentially means staying is in the new going out. If you aren’t sure exactly what social distancing is, here are some government recommendations to follow:
How to social distance.
- Do not leave the house if you have coronavirus or are showing symptoms
- Avoid contact with people displaying symptoms of coronavirus
- Avoid non-essential public transport use
- Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, even with friends and family
- Only head out for exercise one a day, essential travel to work and to supermarkets
- Keep 2 metres between you and anyone you come across out of your home
- Contact your GP or other essential services via telephone or online
If you’re thinking of putting any of the above to practice, please be sure to stay safe and look after yourself.