How to be a good neighbour in times of need
- Everyone has an opportunity to get involved and help their neighbours through COVID-19.
- Below is a quick and simple 6-point guide to supporting people if they are self-isolating or vulnerable.
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, need essential shopping.
- Gather group of helpers
They may be: Family, friends, neighbours, other local volunteers by messaging, calling or posting a note.
- Let local leaders know
They may be: Local councillors, community leaders, faith-group leaders, business leaders, by messaging, calling or social media.
- Help neighbours in-need
By: Making contact via post or phone with neighbours (avoid if possible physical contact), dropping-off basic shopping, contacting medical or local services if needed, regular check-ins. e.g. #ViralKindness.
- 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
Do’s and Don’ts
- Do: keep safe, respect others, listen, act responsibly, follow government updates.
- Don’t: have physical contact with others, go into other people’s homes, share people’s names and addresses, ask for or receive people’s bank cards or PIN.
Community action is a really good thing, but if you see this is being misused or you suspect a crime is being committed locally, please contact the Police.