5 new ways to help and support this week (17/05/2020)

Updated: Jul 21

We know that it can feel overwhelming when there’s so much information flying around, so we’ve collated our top five things for you to get involved in this week to help and support coronavirus efforts. Whether you do one or all five, you can make a difference!


1. What Can We Do? #COVAKchallenge


We’re encouraging everyone to get involved in the Covid-19 Acts of Kindness (COVAK) Challenge, to help and support others through simple acts of kindness. Your act of kindness could be anything, from donating to a charity, to sending a card to a loved one, to meditating for fifteen minutes – because we have to remember to be kind to ourselves too! Post what you’ve done on social media with the #covakchallenge and @whatcanwedoworld and nominate three friends to have a go.


You can check out Random Acts of Kindness Foundation who have some fantastic ideas!


2. Only open schools when it is safe to do so


Back the National Education Union and help and support teachers to ensure that schools are only opened when it’s safe to do so. Sign to ensure the safety of both children and staff. This petition calls on the government to provide information, allowing the NEU to make informed decisions to protect staff and pupils.



If you missed it, have a look at our blog on why you should sign petitions.

Spare 2 minutes to get behind more petitions on the What Can We Do Petitions page.


3. The boy who lived


Lose yourself, yet again, in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Listen to Daniel Radcliff, reading the first chapter of The Philosopher’s Stone, and check back each week for the next instalment. It comes accompanied with illustrations, and you can submit your own artwork to go alongside the next chapters.


4. Radio 1’s Big (virtual) Weekend


Get your bucket hat and glitter ready – from 22nd-24th May Radio 1’s Big Weekend is coming to your living room. Join the likes of Sam Smith, Jonas Brothers, Anne Marie, Becky Hill, Biffy Clyro and Mabel (to name just a few) and bust out some moves from the comfort of your own home.


The online festival is totally free to attend, so if you’re able to, why not make a donation to support the arts. Support a local theatre, venue, art gallery or museum, who will normally rely on donations from those who visit in person.


For options of organisations which need your help and support and donation, see the What Can We Do Donation page.


5. Support The Good Grief Trust


This week we’re putting the spotlight on The Good Grief Trust. They support anyone who has been affected by a bereavement and is in need of support, advice and guidance.

They have new advice pages on their website, specifically for coronavirus, and a COVID-19 bereavement helpline, open 8am-8pm.. The line is operated by NHS staff who are trained to work closely with those who have experienced a bereavement. They will be signposting people on to the best information and support available.


If you have lost someone either due to coronavirus or otherwise, get in contact on 0800 2600 400.


If you can, please consider making a donation to The Good Grief Trust, who like many charities, are struggling during these difficult times.


Have some more time to give? Check out our website and social media channels for more inspiration? You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and our website.






Come back again next week for more ideas on how you can get involved. If you know of any initiatives in your community that you think we should promote get in touch to tell us about them. Also let us know if you want to be a guest contributor for the blogs and let people know about initiatives you care about!


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