Coronavirus Response

How can I support my community?

Here are some ideas as to how you can support the at risk people around you.

  1. Be part of a group. There are lots of offers of help, but they need to be co-ordinated to be effective. Is there already a group operating in your street or area? The best register is at https://covidmutualaid.org. It is really simple to register a group, and the more local it is the better. If everyone in Prestwood and Great Missenden used this resource to start or join a group we would be really efficient. 
  2. In Prestwood the response is being co-ordinated through the Your Prestwood & Great Missenden Coronavirus Community Group Facebook Group. You can use this group to:
    • Volunteer to help
    • Ask for help
    • Let us know of a friend or relative you can't help yourself but needs help.
    If you are not on Facebook please email Lesley—we will pass the information on.
  3. Be clear about how you are helping and who you are helping. More than anything else people who are at risk need consistency. Are you able to drop shopping off twice a week? Are you happy to pick up medicines? Have you thought about doing other people's shopping for them—and how will it paid for? Are you concentrating on your street, or some particular people you know? Who else is offering help around you? This is why working in a group is so important. Some people might be offered too much help, some not enough. Come up with a plan or a rota.
  4. Be Safe. If you are going to help people you must do it safely. Please read this safeguarding advice.
  5. Be aware of who needs help. How will you find out? Who might be slipping through the net? 
  6. Be social (at a distance). Keep communicating with your group. Set up a Facebook/WhatsApp Group to make it easy to keep in touch.#
  7. Be educated about the help that is around you. You can find local resources at www.htprestwood.org.uk/coronavirus and www.missendenchurch.org.uk/covid19help
  8. And lastly... remember that not everyone is online. Many of the most at risk are even more isolated because they are not online.
Some more resources from our friends in Great Missenden church.
Last modified on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:50
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