Helping your neighbours

The simplest way to help is to start with those closest to you – self-isolating neighbours or family members who you could do a bit of shopping for, or check in on.

But you need to know how to keep both of you safe and you make want to go a little further and help people who live near you but who you don’t know well, or at all.

Both Support Staffordshire and Staffordshire Council are running schemes to guide us on how to offer help to neighbours during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis.

Support Staffordshire’s scheme – Be a Good Neighbour – includes advice, a template for a letter or note to drop through neighbour’s doors, and excellent factsheets on safety issues – including handling food or money. Details and links here.

Staffordshire County Council’s Coronavirus Kindness page is a really useful summary of advice on helping each other – some of it linking back to Support Staffordshire – and includes links to other useful things, such as online library services and general NHS advice.

And Tutbury’s St Mary’s Priory Church have published a simple card you could use to pop through a neighbours door – here.

For information about how to get involved in broader projects, visit this page.

Volunteering calls and support

If you have information to add this page, or an appeal for help you’d like to post, please use the form on this page to contact me.

Globe Foundation – food boxes

The Globe Foundation, in Uttoxeter, is an Eco Centre with a recycling workshop, education room and a Zero Waste shop. They have funding to donate FREE pantry food boxes to people in need or to NHS workers who live in the local area in Uttoxeter and surrounding villages, this includes Tutbury (not Burton).

If you are struggling financially OR you are a frontline NHS worker or carer and you’re struggling to feed yourself or your family, then please apply for the free long-life food boxes. These are delivered to your door and it’s all free.

To apply visit

Star Foundation

The Star Foundation, based on Derby Road in Burton, is offering all of their transportation to help the most vulnerable and at risk. They are supporting members of the community to provide basic shopping services.

If you could help, or would like to know more, please contact Pete Tryner on 07779096467 or email

Winshill support

Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre, are a very well-known and supported community centre helping out in their community. They are looking for support to help their community in a variety of ways. If you would like to know more please contact 01283 740871 or email

Food parcels/Red Cross

East Staffordshire Council, working with the British Red Cross, is coordinating the collection and delivery of emergency food parcels to vulnerable people in the region.

If you have a car and some time to help, there’s information on how to get involved as a Red Cross community reserve volunteer and register to help here.

If you’re someone who is hoping to get a parcel delivered but isn’t sure how to access the service, this page gives you more information. Be aware that even if you’ve had the letter from the government identifying you as one of the vulnerable people who needs to self-isolate for 12 weeks, you will still need to register here or call 0800 0288327 to get a food delivery or other help – it isn’t automatic.

Home care

Are you able to help provide care for an isolated vulnerable person in their home? Staffordshire Council has launched iCare to help support our over-stretched home care support and is looking for people to get involved. It’s paid work, with training and there’ll be a DBS check but you’ll be at the front line of helping some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in our community. There’s a registration form here, but do read the information on the link here first.

If you’re someone who currently has personal care at home, and pays for that yourself, this page has an advice on how to manage that during the Covid-19 crisis.

NHS Volunteer Responders

You’ll have seen the call for former NHS and care staff to return to help the service during the crisis, but the Responders service is for those who want to get involved in a more general way – taking people to and from hospital appointments, dropping off medicines or just calling to check on someone. The number of people already signed up means the service is currently paused while admin is put in place, this page has more information.

If you are someone who needs to contact the NHS helpline for help or support, and you received one of the letters from NHS saying you’d been identified as extremely vulnerable, call 0800 028 8327. If you didn’t receive that letter but are self-isolating and need help, Staffordshire Council operates an emergency helpline – Staffordshire Cares – on 0300 111 8050. There’s more on how to access these services here.

Careline Calling volunteer callers

Careline is registered charity offering free telephone befriending services to people in East Staffordshire and the Derbyshire Dales. They’re looking for more volunteers to phone and chat with their isolated members. If you could help, volunteering details are here.If you’d like to make use of the service, and become a member, there’s more information on this page.

Cinnamon Trust dog walkers

Could you help look after or walk a dog belonging to someone who is in hospital or unable to leave their home? The Cinnamon Trust is a nationwide charity providing immediate help for dog owners who are elderly or terminally ill and unable to look after their pet. Volunteers offer dog walking or short-term foster care and the charity has this page, updated weekly, listing its most urgent cases.

Mutual Aid groups

A number of local projects have already been set up through the Covid-19 Mutual Aid network to help coordinate local activities. Most operate through Facebook pages, including ones in Uttoxeter, Barton-under-Needwood, and Winshill, with coordinators who – like me and this website – try to provide a platform for volunteers and those needing help to find each other. The Facebook pages are a good source of information on what’s currently happening locally.



If like me you’ve found yourself wanting to do more to help others during the Covid-19 crisis but have struggled to find out what or how, I hope this site will help.

I’ll post up appeals for volunteers, particularly from local groups and charities (if you’d like me to mention a project, please use this form) and, if I can, I’ll try to link up people in the village who need help with local volunteers and groups.

The aim is find the simplest and safest ways for us to help each other locally. Guided by Support Staffordshire, other voluntary agencies and the local authority, there are so many ways that we can help our neighbours and our community through the next few weeks. Not only with the big, difficult stuff but with small gestures to show we care about each other – a phonecall for a chat; a song outside a window; a drawing from a child.

If you’re interested in helping, go to this page to find out more.

If you need, or think you might need, our help then go to this page.

I’m Sue by the way. I live Tutbury with my husband Greg. I’m a university teacher and he runs (was running…) a small family engineering business. We’re both currently working from home and helping out as Red Cross community volunteers in Staffordshire. 

Interested in volunteering?

There are all sorts of ways you might be able to help, and it doesn’t have to be a regular commitment.

If you’d prefer to work through a charity or volunteer organisation, or are looking for more of a volunteering commitment, this page has links and guidance on the latest calls for volunteers in the region – including delivering food parcels or meals to vulnerable people and helping out on phone banks and advice lines. Click here for more.

If you are thinking of setting up to set up a limited project on your street or close by, this page has information on how to set up your own good neighbour project for your street or group of neighbours, including how to help each other in safe ways. Click here for more.

If you’d like to help in less regular or more informal way, use the form below to let us know what you could offer and we’ll try to link you up with people or groups that need you. Perhaps a bit of gardening for someone trapped in their home? Maybe you’re happy to chat on the phone, or could walk a dog for someone too ill to go out, or drop off some magazines? Get in touch via the form below.

Looking for a little help?

We all need help sometimes, and these are pretty extreme times so please don’t feel shy or embarrassed if you need a little help or support. You may be isolating or shielded for health reasons, you may be a lone parent, carer or NHS worker with no-one to support you in this crisis.

This page has information on local charities and organisation already offering help, as well as how to contact them to ask for help or information.

But if you just need a little help, use the form below and we’ll put you in touch with someone. Alternatively, call or text us on 07745 789 339 and we’ll call you back.