Despite everyone facing their own individual challenges, the Bankside community has come together to support one another in times of need, from food donations, fridge/freezer loans, offering services, freebies and discounts to NHS workers and more. We want to shine a light on the positive news to come from the community.
1) The local branch of Waterloo Foodbank at St George-the-Martyr Church on Borough High Street has seen a huge influx in surplus food and meals, kindly donated by not only local residents but also many local restaurants and cafes who have sadly had to close their doors. So much so they have been running out of cold storage. After an appeal on twitter to borrow space in any local fridges, many people responded offering theirs, including local co-working space, Fora.
2) Leon and Pret, Silka and more have been delivering meals to NHS workers at local hospitals for them to enjoy on shift.
3) NipNip Cycling - free bicycle servicing and repairs so you can get to work safely. Show NHS ID card to redeem. service [at] nipnip.co.uk (subject: NHS%20bike%20repairs%20and%20servicing%20enquiry) (Email) to book
172 Great Suffolk St, London, SE11PE
4) Borough Market has partnered with Feed the Frontline, a new charitable initiative that has been established in response to the COVID-19 crisis, which will see thousands of parcels of fresh produce packed and delivered to NHS hospitals by market trader Turnips Borough, with funding to set this up from one of the market's trustees.
5) Tate Modern is among various museums and art schools donating their protective equipment, including face masks and gloves, typically used in collection care, for use by healthcare workers.
Ways you can get involved to support your community:
- Help St George-the-Martyr keep its Community Fridge and food bank schemes running by supporting its fundraising appeal. The church's team is working hard to cook and prepare meals using fresh food donations as well as collecting store cupboard essentials so that it can continue delivering food parcels to people in the local area who are vulnerable or self-isolating.
- Donate to our local food bank - donations of food can be taken to St George-the-Martyr for the foodbank and community fridge scheme. Alternatively, if you're not in Bankside but would like to help them, please donate a parcel of supplies online via Bankuet, to support the Waterloo Foodbank, as St George-the-Martyr is part of this. To support a food bank near where you live, the Trussell Trust has a searchable map.
- Join the NHS Volunteers Scheme or your local mutual aid group - if you are based in Bankside, this is a great way to help our local community, but equally, right now, there will be people where you live who need your help.
NHS volunteers: find out more and sign up
COVID-19 Mutual Aid: find out more and sign up
- If you have parking space in Bankside or elsewhere, could you make it available for NHS key workers to use so that they can travel safely to work in our local hospitals? Find out more and register your spaces.
- Support our local hospitals, Guy's, St. Thomas' and the Evelina children's hospital so that they can provide emotional and practical support to staff during this critical time: find out more and donate.
- Help provide meals for NHS workers: local business Leon has launched its Feed the NHS appeal to help it expand its service to deliver food to hospitals in London, whilst Meals for the NHS has been delivering hot food to St Thomas' hospital.
- The Southwark Community Response Fund is run by United St Saviour’s Charity and has been kick-started with £450,000 from local charitable trusts. You can help by donating to the Southwark Community Response Fund. All money raised will go towards helping vulnerable people in Southwark get the support and help they need during at this difficult time.
For details of other volunteering opportunities, Community Southwark is coordinating details of support needed by charities and community organisations across the borough, or to find information about how to support local communities in other parts of London, the Mayor of London lists key contacts for all London boroughs.