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#GiveLocal in 2021

Local Charities and Community Groups Need Your Help to Support People in Lockdown

Following on from our successful #GiveLocal This Winter campaign over the festive period, we’ve decided to continue the theme with #GiveLocal in 2021 and give you some ideas of how you can support local charities, community groups and mutual aid groups, whilst staying at home and safe during lockdown.

You can still donate money, food, toiletries and other items to your local foodbank, baby bank, mutual aid group or other community group.  Some are collecting stationery and old, unused devices (phones, tablets and laptops) to give to children who are homeschooling.

You could follow a local charity on social media and support a particular campaign or fundraising appeal, take part in a raffle or lottery or buy something from their online shop.

If you are donating food, toiletries, clothes or other items, please check where your nearest donation points are and whether the organisation is open and accepting donations at the moment.  Please don’t just turn up or leave things outside their building.  Many have collection bins in local shops and supermarkets, or outside their premises.  Please also remember that, during lockdown, you should limit the number of journeys you make and shouldn’t be going out without a good reason.

Most groups are accepting donations of money online as well, or they may have an Amazon Wish List of things they need buying. Alternatively, you could choose to donate to them when you spend via Amazon (using Amazon Smile) or find a charity that you want to support via Paypal Giving and make a donation or set them as your ‘favourite’ and donate at the checkout every time you pay with PayPal.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Community and Mutual Aid Groups 

  • Arts & Crafts 

    • MHA – If you can knit or crochet could you make a fidget blanket for a resident living with dementia.
  • Trustee Roles

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Covid-Safe Volunteering

If you are volunteering in lockdown, please make sure that you are staying safe and are up-to-date with the current rules and guidance.

If possible you should be staying at home and should volunteer from home. If your volunteering is essential and has to be done outside of the home (for e.g. if you are volunteering in a foodbank or are supporting people in your community) please make sure that you are following the guidelines to stay safe.

If you are looking for a volunteering role, you could search for Covid-19 roles or volunteering from home roles on our I Want To Volunteer

Find out more about the lockdown rules for volunteering