Coronavirus and the power of kindness

Coronavirus: eight ways to be kind to your neighbours – and yourself

Looking for the best way to help people in your local community right now? 

The Red Cross believes that little acts of kindness are important, now more than ever, and really do go a long way in times of crisis. We've also provided a range of free and engaging online resources on the power of kindness for children, young people, parents and teachers.

How to help your neighbours

If you are safe and well:

 Keep in touch regularly with family, friends and neighbours – a quick chat on the phone or a message on social media will raise their spirits and yours.

– If you can, be the eyes and ears of your community (but keep that social distance!) by checking on people who may be vulnerable or isolated and finding out what they might need – can you pick up shopping or medicines safely and leave them where they can access them?

– No one needs trolley loads of toilet roll! Only buy what you need so that there is enough for everyone, especially for those who can’t afford to buy ahead.

– Do look after yourself – eating, sleeping and exercising safely (even indoors) will help keep you well and more able to support others.

And if you have to self-isolate:

– Keep talking about what you’re going through with family, friends and neighbours – speaking to people always helps.

– If you can, stick to your routines around the house, as this will help you feel more in control.

– No one needs to go through this alone. There is plenty of support out there – jot down a list of numbers e.g. charities, your local council, who can give advice.

– Do remember that we’re all in this together, you’re not alone and people care, so use all the contacts and networks you can to get through this challenge.

Want to volunteer to help?

British Red Cross community reserve volunteers are a network of people ready to help safely in any way needed, from sharing public health messages to safely helping those who are the most vulnerable.

You can register your interest here.