#GivingTuesdayNow is here!

#GivingTuesdayNow is here!

We at Community Southwark feel overwhelmingly proud of our borough’s response to the coronavirus crisis. The voluntary and community’s sectors reaction has been incredible, and we would like to take the opportunity today, #GivingTuesdayNow, to say a huge thank you! 

Today's #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that is taking place on 5 May 2020, (rather than its usual December date), as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. 

#GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity, to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal. 

At every level the sector has pulled together to offer an outstanding level of support. Charities and groups have been working beyond their capacity and have had to recruit new armies of volunteers. It’s been such an amazing volunteer response, thousands of individuals in Southwark have not hesitated to offer their time. People who have been furloughed, or doing this on top of their day jobs, are out driving food delivery vans for charities such as Pecan or phoning isolated elderly people for groups like Link Age Southwark.

Southwark Council, along with the local NHS and GP surgeries, charities and community and volunteer groups, has set up The Southwark Community Hub, a one-stop place for people to get support. Southwark Council have partnered with these different sector groups, including Community Southwark, in order to reach more people and to make sure that everyone in the community gets the right support.

Support from organisations and groups:

The Southwark Community hub includes partners Age UK Lewisham & Southwark and Pembroke House. Alongside these two charities, there are many others across the borough who are playing a vital role in providing much needed emergency support. A big thank you to all our support organisations and groups!

Support from Funders

Our Southwark Funders have put in place a variety of emergency funds in response to the coronavirus crisis. They are continuing to release emergency funding and update the current funding information and deadlines. We are keeping our emergency funding page updated with all the latest Covid-19 funding information. A big thank you to all our funders!

Support from volunteers 

Not to be forgotten of course, are the fantastic and vital support from all of our volunteers, including the Mutual Aid (MA) groups. It has been a wonderful example of local social action. The MA groups mobilised themselves into volunteer groups quickly and effectively, in order to help support the most vulnerable and isolated within their local communities. Hundreds of people wanting to volunteer have contacted Community Southwark and we have been directing them to groups in much need of extra help. A big thank you to all our volunteers!

How Community Southwark has been responding 

Here at Community Southwark we have been working to provide you with the best possible support at this time, including collaborating across the sector and the council on the Community Hub. Here is an overview of what we have been up to, as well as the Southwark-wide response to Covid-19. This includes an overview of what the incredible team at Healthwatch Southwark have been doing. A huge thankyou to everyone who has inputted into this!

Steve Smith, our Partnerships and Policy Officer, share’s his experience of having a partner who works on the NHS front line:










‘’My partner works on the front line with the NHS and suffered with Covid 19, albeit quite mildly, but was out of action for 10 days. My two daughters are back from university and keeping occupied with completing assignments and final dissertations plus lots of social media quizzes, online socials and fitness classes. There's also lots of baking and DIY hair styling going on. It's nice having them around again even although its under tragic circumstances. My one outing a day is for a run and I've been doing some decorating and music recording in my spare time. Because we don't know whether Sue has build up antibodies and how immune it will make her in the coming weeks, we are all being very careful not to physically engage with anyone outside the household. It was only 12 weeks ago since we were in Rome as a family. Such a lot has changed in such a short space of time. Every day seems pretty much like another at the moment. But we count ourselves as fortunate in that we do have important work to do, a garden for some fresh air and importantly each other.’’

Some activities for #GivingTuesdayNow:

Virgin Monday Giving have launched the #DeclutterAndDonate Challenge for #GivingTuesdayNow. They have teamed up with World of Books Group and trade-in site Ziffit to give you an innovative new way to raise funds quickly, easily and safely. By decluttering at home, supporters can donate their unwanted Books, CDs, DVDs and Games through trade-in site and app Ziffit, and 100% of the trade value will go directly to your good cause. It's that simple. To find out more visit #DeclutterAndDonate.

Emma at Reason Digital, a digital agency working with charities and pro-social organisations, has come up with five tips to help charities to make the most of #GivingTuesdayNow. Take a look.

What are your activities for the day?

Please let us know what you are up to for #GivingTuesdayNow by tagging us @cosouthwark on Twitter and Instagram. Also use @givingtuesdayuk for the Giving Tuesday team. 

You can download and access resources to use for the day on the #GivingTuesdayNow website here.

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