Here are a few simple ways you could ‘Care For 10’ this summer and beyond:
Check in on your neighbours. As we continue to ease out of lockdown, many older or clinically vulnerable people may still be shielding and could do with a helping hand. Take a moment to call round and ask how they are. If you know someone who has been self-isolating, ask if they need groceries or medications collecting.
Help with small errands. Even the smallest gesture (such as offering to sweep someone’s path or posting some letters) can make a huge difference. Ask someone if they need help, whilst being mindful of COVID safety and existing lockdown restrictions.
Pick up litter at your local park/beach. This kind deed is three-fold; help to maintain pride of our natural spaces, exercise and breathe in that wonderful fresh air, and ensure that the next people to visit will enjoy clean, rubbish-free surroundings.
Drop off a donation to a food bank. Whether you have taken advantage of a BOGOF deal at the supermarket, or have some spare tins lurking at the back of your cupboard, food banks will be so grateful for your contribution – especially during a time when job security has been jeopardised and families are in dire need.
Bring your neighbours’ wheelie bins in for them. Show some community spirit on your street by wheeling rubbish bins away once the binmen have come round. Even if you aren’t close with your neighbours, it’s the perfect way to show kindness and sense of pride for your neighbourhood.
Offer to mow your neighbour’s grass. Adhering to social distancing guidelines, this is one household task which could mean the world to someone, especially if they are elderly or physically not able to perform such a task.
Pay it backwards. Offer to buy a coffee for the person behind you in the queue. You may receive a polite decline, but be brave and offer anyway!
Take 10 minutes to call a friend/relative and reach out. This might sound so simple, but it is often a task we forget to do. Life can get busy at times, but it is important to remember to reach out to family and friends – especially during this pandemic. Even if someone seems fine, it’s crucial that we get in touch. Remind loved ones that you’re thinking of them and that you care.