1. Local help with tasks in the community

The church is being flooded with requests to help elderly, isolated and vulnerable people during this time of crisis. So far we are supporting 30 people in our local community, but to continue doing so, we need your help.

Are you able to:

- Make regular phone calls to check in with someone? This can be done from out of London.

- Run errands, like shopping, picking up prescriptions or other small tasks that mean that person can stay home and stay safe?

You can do this by being paired with an individual who you will support on a weekly basis, or by just volunteering a few hours/days here and there on an ad hoc basis. It's helpful if you have a car but not at all essential. 

If you are able to help, drop Laura an email on hello@stdionis.org.uk to discuss options and capacity!

2.Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank

During recent months, the food bank have been experiencing unprecedented demand for their services. The numbers of people who benefit from their food parcels has risen from an average of 250 people per week to over 200 people every day.

Having moved their operational base to the National Hall at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, they are now rehousing to the old PC World by Wandsworth Bridge. 

Unfortunately, the council provision of taxi drivers to deliver the food boxes has now stopped so Foodbank are trying to recruit volunteers to help them deliver the boxes. They need people who are available at some point during the week for 3 roles:

1. drive a hire van - here volunteers will be paired up with a volunteer passenger and deliver in 3 hour shifts to residents

2. volunteer passenger in van - as above

3. drive your own car: the shifts are 9am - 12pm  or 1pm - 4pm
(you can sign up for just one shift a week or more).

Contact Sian (info@hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk / 020 7731 3693) if you can help out in this way.

Watch the short video below which Hammersmith & Fulham Council have made about their Olympia operations, where they were safely packing and delivering more than 150 food parcels each day, (with the capacity to pack up to 400 parcels per day as demand increases.):

Please, if you can, continue to donate:
- long life and tinned items (especially corned beef (or other meats but NOT PORK)
- mash potato
- tinned tuna
- tinned fruit and vegetables

via the supermarket collection baskets located in Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose stores.

3.Regenerate RISE

Regenerate Rise are putting together weekly provision boxes to support the elderly who have to isolate.

To help contact Mo:
07774 116 972

4. Crisis & other homelessness charities

Crisis are asking if, in principle, you would be interested in volunteering for an organisation working with homeless people in London. This might be Crisis, or another fantastic charity that we work with, so that together we can provide the best support for people who are homeless across our city. There is no commitment at this stage and we will be in touch with you with more details. 

Please only express your interest if you are not in an at-risk group identified by the current government guidelines.

Click here to express your interest

5. Crosslight Debt Advice

Crosslight Advice is an independent, community-focused charity working to alleviate poverty caused by problem debt and lack of financial capability.

They have a vision to restore dignity and hope to those in need by reducing debt-poverty and improving financial capability through the provision of free face-to-face advice, money education, and ongoing support. Their heart is to meet people at their point of need and support them through to full restoration, however long that takes.

Can you volunteer with Crosslight?
Take a look here.

The Money Course is a simple, effective, online budgeting and money education resource run by Crosslight Advice designed to equip you with tools to get on top of your finances. 

The next course begins on July 9th. Sign up here

6. Volunteer with Safe Families

Can you
- be a 'FAMILY FRIEND' offering simple advice & providing practical support
- be a 'HOST HOME' providing a child with a bed for a night or two
- be a 'RESOURCE FRIEND' providing useful items or skills such as cooking/gardening

for local families who need our support?

Find out more here: www.safefamilies.uk/volunteer/