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COMMUNITY STRENGTH: Residents set up Mutual Aid initiative to help people who are self-isolating

 Published on: 23rd March 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents in Rickmansworth have set up a Mutual Aid initiative in order to help with people who are struggling amongst the recent coronavirus outbreak.

The group will support any elderly or vulnerable people in the Rickmansworth and Mill End areas, offering support in what is a telling time for the community.

Whether it is picking up shopping and medication, topping up electric or gas keys or even a friendly phone call, the community of Rickmansworth are keen to support people in need.

The group was initially set up as a WhatsApp group, but very quickly, members began to join, and it’s now escalated to a Facebook group with over 50 members who will all be volunteers.

The volunteers have distributed a leaflet into people’s homes so if they need support, they can contact Georgia or Emily, who set up the initiative, via email or telephone.

Georgia said: “People have volunteered all over Rickmansworth and Mill End try and help the vulnerable as much as they can. I think it says a lot about our community, we have more than 50 volunteers in just over a week.

“A lot of people are feeling helpless at the moment and don’t really know what to do, and this is a small thing you can do to make a big difference to support people in your local area and really need help.”

When the Facebook page was set up, one of the members posted: “This is the place to find out information for those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Please respect each other, be kind, considerate and thoughtful.

“We are a wonderful community with a lot to give and should not let ourselves be overwhelmed with fear which leads to unkindness. Stay mindful everyone.”

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