We’ve compiled a giant list of Facebook groups filled with people offering help in their local areas.
It’s a confusing time for everyone at the moment but some people are sending a simple and lovely message to one another — we have your back.
Self-quarantine can be a difficult experience for those who struggle with their mobility, with health problems, and those who live on their own. However, in the UK, thousands of people are doing their utmost to try and ensure nobody gets left behind, and it’s pretty heartwarming.
The approach of kind-hearted Brits is two-fold and incredibly organised. There’s the #viralkindness campaign, as well as mutual aid groups popping up on Facebook every day. Each of these consists of healthy individuals offering their time to run errands for those in need. The two work symbiotically and people are already beginning to benefit from them.
People are showing true compassion by posting simple slips of paper through doors (in the most sanitary way possible, of course). This is super helpful and important because a fifth of Britons do not use the internet and these people are generally of the older generation. We have Becky Wass of Cornwall to thank for initiating the #viralkindness campaign.
The idea is to offer whatever help you are safely able to offer, using the flyers. For some people that will mean a phone call with somebody who is feeling the strain of social isolation. Whereas some people have already been shopping for those who cannot leave the house. People are even picking up prescriptions and parcels for those in need of assistance!
And it’s not just kind individuals, either. Businesses and religious organisations across the UK are responding to this call to action, offering free food to those in isolation.
WhatsApp groups are also emerging to support people who need it. Some are also helping people to find items like toilet paper and paracetamol — items that can prove hard to find in shops. They do this by alerting people to shops who now have re-stocked on necessities. Often they are used to urge others not to buy more than necessary, echoing the sentiments of major supermarkets and many residents in the UK.
In light of these uplifting attitudes by the good people of the UK, we have compiled a list of some the Facebook groups in each area in and around Manchester:
Chester Covid-19 Support Group
KNUTSFORD COVID-19 Practical Support Group
Congleton Macclesfield Stoke-on-Trent Coronavirus News and Support Group
Congleton Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Support Group
Carlisle Covid-19 community help group
West Cumbria Covid-19 Mutual Aid
Cockermouth Covid-19 mutual aid
Currock and Upperby Covid-19 Mutual Aid
Flimby Covid 19 Mutual Aid Group
Grange Mutual Aid for Self Isolation Group
Moresby Parks Covid-19 Mutual Support
Hyndburn COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group
Blackburn Life – Bringing us all Together COVID-19
Lytham St Annes COVID-19 Mutual Support
Manchester and Greater Manchester
Failsworth Mutual Aid Community Group
Tameside Mutual Aid (COV-19 support)
Didsbury, Withington and Burnage COVID-19 Community help
Rusholme & Moss Side Coronavirus Support
Reddish Covid-19 virus – self isolation neighbourhood outreach
Milliners Wharf and Hatbox Residents Covid-19 Volunteer And Support Group
Marple Covid19 Mutual Aid Group
Greater Manchester Mutual Aid Network
Offerton & Great Moor COVID-19 community group
Manchester Coronavirus Support Network
Clifford (Old Trafford) Neighbourhood Aid
Leigh/Atherton & Surrounding Area Covid-19 mutual aid & support
Leigh Community Coronavirus Support
Heywood Coronavirus Support Group
Chorlton Coronavirus Community Response
Marple & New Mills Essentials Help
Bootle/Sefton COVID-19 Support Group
Wirral Support during Coronavirus
Liverpool Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group
Sale and Ashton Village Assistance
Covid-19 Southport & Formby Support Group (Corona virus 2020)
Calderdale Covid19 Action Group
Covid-19 Mutual Aid – Wakefield Working Together
Horbury COVID-19 Community Support
Hebden Royd Covid19 Action Group
Huddersfield Covid-19 Mutual Aid
Leeds COVID 19 Mutual Aid – Action Room – stop the spread-support community
Meltham Community Covid 19 Corona Virus Response Group
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[Originally published on Secret London]