Whilst there have been many virtual and local support networks springing up in the early weeks of the coronavirus lockdown period, including Mutual Aid groups, the Forum was able to act as a platform for collating and sharing information.
This included the Noticeboard website and our social media platforms, but also via our newsletter. We know from the feedback we receive that many people find newsletters direct to their inbox an easier way to consume local news.
“Thank you so much for this brilliant compilation of information and solidarity.
It was especially helpful to make it clear that the food bank can receive financial donations, also the links for Brixton Soup Kitchen and South London Refugee Association.”
“I’ve just moved in to the area and would love to get signed up to the newsletter that an ex-resident just forwarded to me, looks like a great initiative”
The Forum has been able to balance necessary and useful information on help available in the local area, with updates from local community groups, businesses and organisations. We have had success in sharing requests for help from local sheltered housing, liaising with local councillors, Mutual Aid and the Foodbank to put support teams in contact with those in need.
We have also supported and shared information from local shops and non-profit groups who have turned their skills to making and supplying PPE equipment, and fundraising drives from King’s College Hospital Charity.