Just two weeks after the devastating attack in Manchester, London faces its second terror attack in three months. Sometimes, we just want to help and don’t know how.
Charities play a vital role bringing communities together, celebrating what unites us, not what divides us and comforting those suffering in crisis. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved with organisations on the front lines, supporting citizens and communities:
- Attend a first aid training course with St John Ambulance or British Red Cross
- Prepare yourself with the citizenAID App, designed to help ordinary people support each other in the face of emergencies.
- Donate blood with NHS Blood and Transplant
- Read up on talking to children about terror attacks with advice from Winston’s Wish and NSPCC
- Support charities that offer counselling to those affected, like local charity Talk, Listen, Change (TLC) did after the Manchester terror attacks
- Report hate to TellMama, the non-governmental organisation tackling anti-Muslim hatred
- Take part in the community events like The Great Get Together, inspired by Jo Cox to celebrate all that we hold in common.
- As James Hatts, editor of the brilliant London SE1 community website, suggested, a community event taking place on Sunday 18 June has taken on a greater significance. The Bankside Open Spaces Trust is inviting people – residents and those who work in the area – to get together to celebrate all that we hold in common. Event organisers are looking for volunteers so if you are free on the 18th and want to show your support why not get in touch? For more details about the event click here.
- Find out more about the British Red Cross' Solidarity Fund, to help the victims of terror anywhere in the UK
- Need support? If you’re under 25 or supporting someone under 25, ask them to consider joining The Mix’s online community or find out about getting support for those feeling anxious about the news
The Home Office have published information about support that is available for people affected by the attacks. Click here for guidance on support services available for victims, witnesses, family members and those affected by the attacks.
The NSPCC have produced resources to help in talking to children about terrorism which can be accessed here.
South London and Maudsley hospital have also released an information sheet designed to offer brief tips about self-care and self-help to anyone affected by Saturday's attack. You can download it here.