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.

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.