24 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Connecting helpers with those in need

7:31 pm on 24 March 2020

A charitable trust that matches volunteers to good causes has launched help for those needing chores run during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Male carrying bag in his hand after shopping. Closeup of bag full of fruits and vegetables.

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HelpTank says the support could include collecting prescriptions, dropping off groceries or making time for a regular phone chat with a vulnerable or self-isolating person.

The online platform has written to its 700 volunteers to let them know how they can help and to suggest people who might need support.

A spokesperson said the platform is normally used by skilled volunteers who are matched with projects people upload to the site.

It has made some changes so people can ask for help for themselves, a friend or relative affected by covid-19.

"As we all look to socially distance ourselves and start working from home, we will also start using the internet as it was always meant to be used - to connect with one another, share information and resources and find ways to help those who are struggling," she said.

"We all know there is no true substitute to in-person interaction, but as we find new ways to maintain connections with one another, using technology in different ways can act as a bridge across physical distances."

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