The sunshine outside makes for a false sense of security in these troubling times.
For many of us, that is forcing us to stay in at home and perhaps change our shopping habits, but for some in our community, the prospect is much more challenging.
Fortunately for many, the Covid-19 Mutual Aid network has sprung up in the last few days to try to alleviate the inevitable difficulties to come, with collections, deliveries, telephone contact and signposting for the vulnerable and isolated. The first priority of these organisations is to keep its volunteers and beneficiaries safe, so guidance is issued and signposted, to help all involved minimise the risks.
We believe that this type of support, for those who have the inclination and whose situation allows, is very much in line with Lib Dem values of community and as you may have seen in the recent email from Ed Davey, he is fully endorsing this type of community volunteering initiative.
To get involved in Reigate, Redhill and surrounds, please visit and register via the Facebook page
‘Reigate & Redhill Covid19 Mutual Aid’
or register online directly through the following form link:
More information about the Mutual Aid UK operation is here:
Individual wards and areas in and around Reigate and Redhill also have their own open Facebook pages using the names ‘[area e.g. Earlswood] Covid19 Mutual Aid’. This can be found if you search in Facebook groups.
Other volunteering opportunities may be available if you register with Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead at:
I should note that if you are affected and are looking for support for yourself or someone who relies on you otherwise, while the network is in rapid preparation stages, the organisers can be reached at [email protected] .
They have a bank of volunteers already registered who should be able to help or signpost assistance.