Coronavirus getting you down? Here are 5 ways to help. (09/05/2020)

Updated: Jul 17, 2020

Help coronavirus support efforts!

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

1. #COVAKchallenge

This week we launched the COVID-19 Acts of Kindness (COVAK) Challenge, to encourage people to carry out simple acts of kindness and find small ways to help. 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 at least three friends to have a go. 

2. The Forgotten Emergency

Coronavirus is certainly keeping everyone very busy, with many new ways that we can support those who have been impacted and make a positive contribution. We must make sure, however, that other issues that are of importance to us stay at the forefront of people’s minds, such as the climate emergency. We must continue to fight for what we believe in. Sign this petition and join WWF in the fight against climate change. Whilst you’re on their website, why not check out this quiz on identifying animal poo?

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

Have a look at other petitions you can get behind on our Petitions page.

3. Keep Learning

Living that furlough-life, or maybe you just have a bit of extra time on your hands at the moment? Whilst we shouldn’t feel the pressure to become a whole new, fully improved Instagrammable-at-all-times version of yourself during this time, having a distraction that we can fully immerse ourselves in and learning something new can be a positive thing. There are plenty of free online courses you can take, whether it’s to support your career or education, or maybe just for fun, why not have a look?

Future Learn has a great selection of courses for you to sign-up to. Popular at the moment is a course on Managing Mental Health and Stress.

4. Ethical Retail Therapy

Many of us have taken up new hobbies, are reading more, and are generally doing more online shopping. Whilst enjoying your retail therapy, ensure that you’re doing so ethically and responsibly.

Here are some top tips:

  1. Use second-hand shops when you can

  2. When cleaning out your wardrobe, don’t throw things away! Hold onto them until after the lockdown and then donate to charity. What difference is a little more time at the back of your wardrobe going to make?

  3. Check where your items are being made

  4. Shop locally, support your local community

If you’re interested in finding out more about sustainable shopping, why not check out Ethical Consumer, who provide easily digestible and important information to help us make the best decisions possible.

Have a look at more actions you can take on our Actions page.

5. Support Refuge, for women and children experiencing domestic violence

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge, saw a 49% increase in calls in the three weeks after the lockdown. @BootsUK and @UKSAYSNOMORE have introduced Safe Spaces in consultation rooms, where people can go to find support and call the helpline, but more support is needed to ensure they can continue to run their vital services. To find out more about Refuge and the work they do, and to donate have a look at their website.

Refuge’s helpline is open 24 hours and is free to call: 0808 2000 247, please signpost people to this number if you have any concerns about their safety concerning domestic abuse.

To find more charities you can financially support, have a look at our Donations page.

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!

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