WAYS TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY DURING COVID-19

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We take a look at what we can do as individuals to help out our local community at this time of crisis. From shopping locally to considering others, this is you can have your input

Words: Emily Georgieva

Photography: Cherry Laithang

21 March 2020

With everything that is currently going on around the globe, we must look for ways to help one another. While self-isolating and trying to refrain from being in contact with others is the main thing we should do, there are still ways to make sure we are taking care of our own communities. Coronavirus has caused a lot of stress and panic among many. Some families' members are more at risk than others and we must help with anything we can. Although isolated, we must stay strong together whilst keeping our distance.

Our team takes a look at what we can do as individuals to help one another out.

KEEP IT LOCAL

Small businesses are struggling more than chains do and can really benefit from more customers. You can support your local businesses by making sure they are the places you spend your money at. Regardless of whether you decide to pick up coffee from your independent local coffee shop or order from the family owned restaurant at town, you'll be helping small businesses to try and stay afloat. Buying gift card from a local business is another easy thing to do in times like this as you won't have to use it straight away, but rather keep it or even give it to someone who would need it more than you would.

THINK OF OTHERS

In light of the recent events, we have seen many posts on social media and the news about empty supermarkets and supplies disappearing from shelves almost as soon as they have been stocked. It is important to consider the elderly people in times like this. They are the ones most at risk and will need supplies more than ever. Whilst we are not suggesting struggling yourself, we do want to remind you that it is a good idea to have a think about the older people in your community. Consider whether they would need help getting anything from supermarkets and help them by delivering it if you can. Remember that whatever you do to help others, make sure you're safe and healthy first.

DONATE TO FOOD BANKS

Maybe you have stocked up more food than what you thought you need to, or maybe you've got items you can't use or some that are going out of date soon. Donate any food you won't need to food banks so you can help others. There are charities that provide hunger relief and it is easy to get a hold of them. If you have a business that is about to close soon, consider donating all the food you won't necessarily be using to people from your local communities.

HELP THOSE AT RISK

Think of the people you know. If there is anyone at risk, consider helping them or even join a volunteer group to help more people. This is a good way to make sure everyone stays connected and nobody is suffering alone in silence. helping sometimes means running simple errands, which doesn't require much and can be done by most like posting letters, taking out the trash, etc.

STAY IN TOUCH

Self-isolation is difficult, but it can be tougher for some more than others. Mental health issues can be triggered when people don't feel like they have a support system so make sure to call your family, friends and loved ones regularly to check up on them and make sure everything is okay. This is an easy way to stay on top of things and a fun way to spend your time as well. Even if you are stuck at home alone, this way it won't completely feel like it. Organize Facetime or Skype sessions with friends and family members, listen to podcasts together or even watch movies simultaneously. Use this time to catch up with people you usually don't have the time to. Maybe even help out your cousins or younger siblings to pick up a new hobby. This is an opportunity to reconnect with others so use it wisely. Stay isolated, together.

REARRANGE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS

The travelling industry is also suffering during this time of crisis. There is no need to cancel your travelling plans just yet. Instead, rearrange them. Have a think about when you can postpone them to and do it if possible. This way you'll have something to look forward to and you will do your bit o strengthen the economy and the travel industry when the time comes. Use this time to do some more research about the places you want to visit so that you've got more knowledge about their cultures and traditions and are prepared for your future visit. 

Stay at home as much as possible. We're in this together and we can get through it the same way. Stay strong. Be safe.

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