Volunteering in the local community
Richmond residents wishing to volunteer in the community in response to the Covid19 situation should use existing voluntary organisations, which will have safeguarding practices already in place for volunteers and users. Age UK Richmond suggest contacting Richmond's Council for Voluntary Service on 020 8843 7945.
Here are some established neighbourhood organisations you can contact:
Richmond Council have set up a Community Hub helpline as a first response for residents, particularly those elderly and/or vulnerable without support networks, who need support to access medical/care services and food supplies.
Richmond Rugby has joined forces with The Dons Local Action Group - The charitable arm of AFC Wimbledon in offering extensive support to the most vulnerable communities in South West London during the COVID-19 lockdown:
‘Every Saturday, our Community Department will have a drop off point at the Richmond Athletic Ground from 12pm – 4pm, where you can donate food and second-hand tech, which will be collected by The Dons Local Action Group and then delivered to those most in need across South West London.
The food items we are focusing on include: Non-perishables, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, rice, pasta sauces and cereals. You can also donate second hand tech items which will be donated to children across South West London and beyond. These could include any old laptops or tablets that could be donated to help kids who cannot keep up with their learning or keep in touch with their friends.’
For further information or if you’re interested in volunteering to help at the drop off point every Saturday, please contact Dom: CommunityDept@richmondfc.co.uk
In North Kingston, BRaG is a local community group for Burton, Adelaide and Gibbon Roads. It has created some WhatsApp support groups for specific roads, which can be found here.
Age UK Richmond along with 19 other local charities and Richmond Council are working together to support older and most vulnerable residents. They will take donations of food and household items which will then be delivered via a trustworthy network of third sector staff members and DBS checked volunteers. Non-perishable donations needed include tinned soup, fruit and vegetables, tinned meat and fish, powdered milk, rice, pasta and sauces, cereals, biscuits, crisps, toilet rolls and personal care items (for example baby wipes, incontinence pads and cleaning products). Donations accepted 0900 to 1400 until further notice at Twickenham Wellbeing Centre, Arragon Road, Twickenham, TW1 3NH.