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Renew's friend Francesca Tabor has launched the Corona Crisis Collective, an online platform of medical experts, innovators, entertainers and community volunteers, united together against the threat of COVID-19.
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Joe Wicks hosts a home workout every morning at 9 am on his YouTube channel.
Renew's ex-leader Annabel Mullin has launched We Got You, an onlibne platform connecting volunteers with communities, neighbours, friends, family, mutual aid groups. It's a space where one can both offer and ask for help during this time of crisis and self-isolation.
Although utterly devastating and life-altering, the comunity spirit demonstrated in the face of this pandemic has been both uplifting and inspiring.
Some of our fantastic members and friends have been involved in community efforts, helping the most vulnerable within society, and we wanted to share their good deeds with you:
Roger Burston, in North London, has been volunteering within his local community, collecting shopping and prescriptions for those who are most at risk and therefore self-isolating.
June Davies, all the way in Usk, Wales, has helped co-ordinate volunteer groups within her local community in Monmouth, helping the most vulnerable within her community. You can read more about her efforts here.
Dræyk van der Hørn, who lives in Devon, is a Parish Councillor, and has been working with the clerks to post news-sheets through the doors of the locals, as well as hosting a Facebook hub that coordinates volunteers and a weekly village zoom “drop in space”. His village is getting into the spirit by giving impromptu concerts (adhering to the social distancing regulations of course!) and socialising through shared food ordering and online dinners.
David Britten, based in Battersea, set up a community response team with the support of local organisations: St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Katherine Low Settlement. He and his team ordered and delivered 10,000 leaflets, seeking not only those self-isolating and in need of help, but also volunteers, in 48 hours. David also volunteers with the Coronavirus Angels, providing telephone support, as well as helping manage their database.
Julie Alexander-Cooper, in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, has been volunteering with Kenilworth COVID-19, a local initiative set up to help and support residents in isolation. Read more here.
Carla Burns, from Liverpool, works in the NHS, and shares how she has been supporting front-line staff within her role.
Have you been involved within your local community? We want to hear about it! Drop us an email.