There With You – Mutual aid group set up to help isolated Exmouth residents
PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 March 2020
A new Facebook group has been launched to bring together everyone who is willing to volunteer their time to help those self-isolating from coronavirus.
As the virus’ spread continues to escalate, a mutual aid group has been set up on Facebook where people can offer their support to those in self-imposed lockdown or to reach out on their behalf for help.
Vicky Walkley set up the mutual aid group when she noticed there wasn’t one for Exmouth.
She said: “It’s a local group of volunteers – a local branch of a national movement Mutual Aid Covid-19 UK.
“There’s hundreds and hundreds of groups popping up all over the country.
“We are setting up now to gather as many volunteers as we can and provide a well-coordinated approach.
“I think we all need to pull together at times like this.
“Hopefully we can all help our neighbours, but this group provides a central community of those people who are not quite sure on the best way to assist.
“I think community support should be there at times of need - there are a huge number of people that want to help – it gives hope to people.”
Vicky, who is a coastal engineer by trade, said there is a small group of coordinators to help her with the requests for help and she is hoping to develop that into neighbourhood teams.
“As demand increases, we are going to have a hub that organises the incoming requests that can then be sent out to the relevant neighbourhood teams,” she said.
“The group of coordinators I have got have been really helpful to me.”
Vicky said people are offering several different services including grocery pick-ups, dog walking and phone support.
She said the smallest thing anyone can do is to help their neighbours, adding: “Let your neighbours know that you are there – that can be really valuable.
“Even if it’s just putting a note through a neighbour’s door and letting them know you can help if they need it.”