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Birmingham Community Coming together to help vulnerable people during the Corona virus pandemic

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Over the last month we have seen a lot of changes to the way we live, work and move around our community. It is a challenging time and we don't yet know how long we will be in this situation for. 

One thing we are sure about, however, is that local residents, neighbours of all ages and all over the country have joined a call for supporting those of us who are more vulnerable right now. 

It has been fantastic to see the response of locals who are finding ways of looking after each other and finding that together, we are getting through this because we are strong and resilient.

 750,000 people answered the U.K. government's request for volunteers for the NHS, and lots of people are also helping food banks with packing, collecting and deliveries.

Thousands of local groups have been founded across the country in response to the virus where people are helping others on their street, and responding to the needs of people where they live. Find your local group here.

The positive response from people in our country is a testament of how much we care for one another, and the strength that lies within our communities.

  • Children have created handwritten notes and drawings, rainbows for their windows and to share with their neighbours.
    • The internet is giving us stories of people Trekking to Everest basecamp by climbing the stairs at home, and this national arts competition is encouraging people over 70 who are having to self-isolate to write stories
    • There is of course the clapping for NHS, carers and key workers
    • Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype and video calling on Facebook is keeping people in touch with each other - where they are able to see each other from the safety of their own home. Digikicks is providing guides on how to connect on these platforms and apps. In Birmingham, The Disability Resource Centre is providing free support with using Zoom. If anyone would like any one–to–one support with getting acquainted with Zoom. Feel free to give Michael a call, or schedule some time in with him via email:  or by calling 07887 42 69 47  

So, while we have to physically distance ourselves from each other to protect our health, we are getting through this together. 

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