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.