While we navigate around the challenges COVID-19 brings, it is important to maintain a heart of gratitude. Be thankful for the small things, and share it with others. For a small idea, see our Connected Thankfulness video here.
Many people feel isolated and lonely during our period of lockdown, especially while we are unable to see our loved ones. Stay connected with people, perhaps havea practice of phoning someone different every day. FaceTime and Zoom are a good way of face-to-face conversations, or consider writing a letter which is always personal.
It is always a good thing to support local trade where possible. Lockdown restrictions mean that many small businesses are struggling – consider giving them your support. Many restaurants are offering delivery for you to enjoy a ‘meal out’ in the comfort of your own home, and local garden centres are also taking orders.
Giving blood saves lives – it is a really positive thing to be able to do for others. The NHS is continuing to encourage people to donate safely, and blood donation is considered essential travel. Click here for more information.
Find places and organisations through which you can volunteer safely. Information on this can be found on the .Gov website by clicking here.
Help local food banks
You can donate food, support financially, volunteer, or support the Trussell Trust online to raise awareness of what needs to happen now. You might want to call first to ask what they need. For more information on how you can help, and to find your local food bank, click here.
Shop for someone
Many vulnerable people are unable to go out for essential supplies – perhaps offer to shop for someone who isn’t able to themselves.