It’s crucial that in times like this everyone pulls together – as a community, as councils working together, and with business and our other partners. We’ve already had a number of enquiries from local people and groups asking how they can help their neighbour or in their communities. We are as always humbled by the amazing community spirit of Westminster’s residents. We have set up Westminster Connects to coordinate volunteers with those who need help.
The council is maintaining its essential services which you can contact in the usual way.
If you are an individual or organisation who would like to help, please register below.
To ensure that we are able to co-ordinate efforts and promote the work of local volunteers and volunteering groups to those who need help, we would like to hear from you.
We are setting up a system to connect volunteers to those who need help. Anyone who thinks they would like to help out, please leave your details.
By volunteering to help you may be asked to do any of the following tasks:
COVID-19, and the measures taken in response, continue to impact all of us. The COVID-19 Health Champions network is empowering thousands of Westminster residents to remain up to date on the latest advice about COVID-19.
The council keeps Champions informed of the latest advice and guidance so that they can help their family, friends and other community members to make sense of the latest facts about the virus. By having and sharing clear information, our volunteers can help their friends, family and community to make informed choices.
Health Champions are residents across Westminster and can be anyone in the community. You might be the person that everyone knows and trusts. You might be someone who wants to help in whatever way you can.
Sessions are held for champions online on Thursdays at 6pm, please register to receive an invitation. Once you have joined, there will be weekly drop in sessions on Wednesdays at 6pm and Fridays at 10am for a chance to share what you have been doing, give any feedback from conversations you have had, and meet other champions
You can also help by:
You can also donate to The World Health Organisation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
If you want advice about how to set up a local COVID-19 group of volunteers willing to help neighbours, please visit COVID-19 Mutual Aid, run by a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the outbreak. They focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.
Please send through the details of your newly formed group to us so that we can keep track of all the work going on in the communities and help to publicise your activity to those who need help.
If you are volunteering to help someone, please take the below steps to make sure you do not contribute to the spread of COVID-19. These include:
Make sure you check the advice every day for updates on Covid-19. The situation is changing quickly so visit NHS.UK for the latest advice.