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Coronavirus - Helping others in the Grange
PlanningPostMarch 18, 2020, 23:16
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At this difficult time, many are seeking ways to help others in the community. In the Grange Association, we are offering to act as co-ordinators to connect those who are able to help with those who are isolated and need assistance or contact. We have set up a web page with links to online forms for people to register their willingness to help, and to register if they might need help during this period, or if they know of someone else needing help. The help could be shopping, collecting prescriptions or newspapers, walking the dog, or just periodic phone calls to check.

Please register if you can “offer some help” in the Grange.

Those who are not members of the Grange Association are very welcome to register as helpers. We are validating the postal addresses of non-members who register, to protect against scammers and anyone who might seek to exploit others.

For yourself, or for someone you know in the Grange who is isolated and may require assistance, you can use our online form to register someone who would “welcome some help”.

Street-level initiatives

We know that there are a number of local street-level initiatives already under way to offer support to near neighbours. There are WhatsApp groups, Facebook groups, and small groups of neighbours sharing contact details by postcards, as well as wider initiatives by Neighbourhood Watch and local churches. We are keen to support such local activity; we are not seeking to replace it. If you are part of such an initiative, please let us know by emailing chair@grangeassociation.com.

Spreading the word

Those who stay in the Grange use a wide range of communication methods, from WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and email to good old phone calls and notes through the letterbox. We want to take advantage of all of these. Please send a link to this forum thread to anyone you know in the Grange area who might be interested in registering as a helper, or who might need some help themselves over the coming weeks.

Our preference is for people to sign up using our online forms. However, we have also produced this leaflet which you can download and print. (It includes a sheet that can be printed double sided to be cut into two A5 leaflets for distribution.) Please pass copies of this leaflet to any of your neighbours who are not equipped or comfortable to use email or web forms, to help us spread the word. If you distribute more than just a few of these leaflets, please let us know, as we are planning a wider leaflet distribution throughout the Grange and we will aim to avoid duplication.

Keep watching our web page for updates on how to stay safe and how we can help each other:

http://www.gaedin.co.uk/wp/coronavirus

membershipPostMarch 21, 2020, 12:43
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Message in Neighbourhood section - about people trying to exploit the vulnerable at this time.

You should sign up for your own alerts such as this.

membershipPostMarch 24, 2020, 09:32
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We have had a tremendous response to this. More later.

PlanningPostMarch 28, 2020, 21:52
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It has been just over a week since we launched the Helpers scheme in the Grange. The response has been phenomenal, with 343 helpers registered by 28 March. Our safeguarding policies require us to validate helpers and so only 220 of those are currently active as helpers but the remainder will be available as soon as we can validate their postal addresses.

This has placed us in a good position at this early stage of the C19 outbreak, as we have nearly eight times as many helpers available as the number of people requesting help (28). However, we expect the number of people needing help to continue rising as the outbreak progresses. The number of helpers will plateau now that our leafleting and email campaigns have concluded. You can see the trends of the numbers in this graph. The latest numbers of helpers are on our Helpers' page, which includes details of the process for matching helpers with people requesting help.

Please keep spreading the word and encouraging your neighbours and friends to sign up as helpers. These are extraordinary times. Alongside the stress and anxiety of this health crisis, we are seeing magnificent examples of our community working together to help each other. By offering to help others, you are showing that generosity of spirit that will see us all through this pandemic and which demonstrates the innate kindness of the people of Edinburgh. Thank you.

PlanningPostApril 3, 2020, 12:39
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At the end of the second week of the Helpers scheme, we have 370 registered Helpers. Of those, 281 are available right now. We have already identified 35 people who need help with shopping or other support and put them in touch with a Helper nearby.

As the outbreak continues, we expect the number of people seeking help to continue to increase. If you know of a neighbour who could do with some help, and who should not be going to the shops themselves, you can let us know on their behalf using this form. You should check with them first that it is OK to give us their details.

If you are one of our Helpers, please keep us informed about your own availability. As the new requests for help come in, we try to connect people quickly so please do not wait to receive a request to help before telling us you are unavailable.

With thanks to all our Helpers for this great contribution.

membershipPostApril 9, 2020, 12:35
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I'd like to remind you of the significant numbers of volunteers etc … bumped to the top.

PlanningPostMay 21, 2020, 18:37
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We have included links to our Helpers scheme on the Mutual Aid Wiki, which includes a number of groups nearby. While we still have many more Helpers available than people requesting help, this could be useful for those Helpers looking more widely for opportunities to volunteer.

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