Mutual aid refers to individuals joining together as peers to assist one another either emotionally, socially or materially – particularly in a time of great need.
The group has been set up with the sole aim of helping others in the community who may need a bit of extra help during the coronavirus pandemic. The group has no ulterior motive other than to offer each other practical and emotional support. We are a group of volunteers and not affiliated with any organisation.
All volunteers who are part of our network are joining as individuals. The aim of Wellbeing and Community Aid North Lincs is to support and facilitate all these individuals across the county. We are also linking in with the council and other businesses as and when opportunities may arise. You can follow this on our Facebook Page.
You can read more on the council’s website too about Community Support / Mutual Aid groups at the following link and this has all the groups in the area too. North Lincolnshire Council’s Community Support Page.
Ten simple ways we can help each other:
1. ASK to find out what people need. If you can, call or text, or if you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours you could use the flyer template in the resources section to let them know you’re here.
2. If you know someone is ill and are cooking an easily scaled up meal like chilli or a casserole, cook a little extra and place in microwaveable pots. Leave at their door and pop a note through.
3. Pets can be easily forgotten! Could you offer to dog walk or take in a small caged animal to ease the burden?
4. Elderly and vulnerable people may be worried about repeat prescriptions. Could you help them talk to the doctor or pharmacist to arrange delivery of prescriptions to them?
5. Help vulnerable people set up online shopping accounts so they can order groceries easily. If they have no access to the internet perhaps you could do an online shop for them or pick up essentials.
6. Being at home is BORING. Can you lend or give books, DVDS or games to keep adults and children occupied?
7. Set up a WhatsApp book or film group, read or watch at a designated time and come together in the group to talk.
8. Pop a bunch of £1 daffodils on the doorstep of someone who is ill or self isolating. A small gesture can mean the world.
9. Working from home can seem very lonely. Rather than emailing colleagues Skype or video call, it can make a big difference.
10. Smile, be patient and humble, especially with shop assistants and NHS staff!
PLEASE make sure you follow all the infection control guidelines when helping others showing symptoms or self-isolating. Eliminate or at least minimise face to face contact, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, disinfect surfaces, all the common sense stuff really.