Start a ‘Street Crew’ to look after people in your neighbourhood
As concern about the spread of coronavirus grows, we are getting lots of emails and messages from wonderful people wanting to know what they can do to help vulnerable people in their neighbourhood and community.
People are looking to join a coordinated approach. They are hoping to find an organisation who is ready to connect volunteers with registered ‘vulnerable people’ or those self-isolating.
The reality is – a large scale ‘matching’ of volunteers is just not possible in this situation. Supporting vulnerable people who are self-isolating must be a grassroots community response. And we all have a role to play.
Your help is needed more than ever…
YOU can be ‘that’ person. The one who brings people together. The one who leads the way. The one who identifies vulnerable people and coordinates support.
Gather My Crew is ready to support all of the vulnerable people out there – but we need YOU to create the ‘Street Crew’.
‘Street Crews’ are organised and connected communities of neighbours who are looking out for each other. They support one another, are able to quickly identify who needs additional help, and they make sure no one is left to cope alone during these uncertain times.
Creating a ‘Street Crew’ is as simple as (i) registering an account with Gather My Crew (this is done via our homepage) and (ii) inviting your neighbours to join the ‘Street Crew’ via the invite function in the account. You can then use our ‘chat function’ to keep up to date with everyone and add requests for help via the ‘task function’ as needs are identified within the neighbourhood.
We recommend setting this up right now – even before there is need for extra help in your street – as it is a great way to build connection and camaraderie with your neighbours and will have emotional and psychological benefits from just knowing we are all part of something ‘bigger than ourselves’.
Setting it up now means that, when someone needs help, the ‘Street Crew’ is already established and ready to provide the support needed…
This is particularly important in a world where the need to self-isolate may occur with little warning and could be for a prolonged period of time – and, as we have heard in the media lately, it is the vulnerable with their limited mobility and cash flow who are already at a significant disadvantage at a time of panic buying and stockpiling.
Ways your ‘Street Crew’ can support each other include;
- Drop off bread and milk
- Leave thoughtful ‘food offerings’, such as baked goods or fresh fruit
- Drop over books, games or movies
- Collect deliveries and/or parcels from the post office
- Post letters and/or parcels
- Collect medications
- Collect ‘non essential’ items – such as extra wool for a knitting project or paint for a painting
- Organise regular skype calls or phone ‘check ins’ to provide social connection
- Walk the dog
- Drop off toilet paper
- Shop for fresh food
It is the vulnerable members of our community who should be our focus right now. These people are our shared responsibility. These people are OUR people. Lets get ready to look after them as part of a connected and supportive community.
Join the movement. Create a ‘Street Crew’ today. Check out how easy it is by clicking on the ‘Street Crew’ link on our home page or click here. ❤