Good Neighbours Network is a collection of over 120 local groups run by local people for local people all offering a helping hand to others in their community. The groups provide both practical help, with tasks and emotional help though befriending schemes and an expanding range of social activities, from film club to bike club. Each group is unique and operates autonomously. Many offer much needed transport to medical appointments or a hand with the shopping. We also have two Dementia cafes in the Network. All of the groups aim to reach out to isolated people and deliver what is needed in their community.
The National Charity for the elderly and their pets. Peace of mind for owners, love, care and safety for beloved pets. When staying at home is no longer an option, our Pet Friendly Care Home Register lists care homes and retirement housing happy to accept residents with pets, and providing previous arrangements have been made with us we will take on life time care of a bereaved pet. If you are concerned about a pet please contact them on the number below
Social media is going to be a vitally important link for people who are self-isolating – both for practicalities like shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking etc, and for emotional support and social contact. Even people who have resisted joining sites such as Facebook or Instagram might consider signing up to take advantage of the benefits they bring, at least for the duration of the Coronavirus crisis, as a way of safely keeping in touch with friends and neighbours.
www.nextdoor.co.uk is a dedicated site for local community groups – sometimes as small as a single road. Joining a local group like these connects you to your near neighbours, whether you need help and support yourself or you are able to offer help to others.
Voluntary Action South West Surrey is working with local Borough Councils and the University of Surrey Students Union to ensure that vulnerable people who have to self-isolate get the help they need. If you would like to help out then please get in touch with them and they can connect you with to someone who needs help. You can contact them on 01483-565456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This list below is mainly drawn from the site Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK, and Eagle Radio FM and is growing all the time. Local communities are setting up pages as we write, and some are still in development – these are the ones that are definitely up-and-running so far. Sadly there is no uniformity in what they call themselves – just click on the links