The Community Action Response is led by a group of organisations from different sectors with the joint aim to encourage everyone to do what they can to support their communities, and particularly vulnerable and isolated people, during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.
The Community Action Response has been created because of the unprecedented challenge that Covid-19 presents for people in every neighbourhood in the UK. Together, we are calling for everyone to take steps that will help communities cope through the worst of this virus.
Peter Stewart, Executive Director of Eden Project Communities said:“Neighbourly support can make a huge difference in a world fraught with challenge. Our relationships with people living nearby are the lifeblood of any healthy community and help us to stay happy and strong. Imminent difficulties may directly impact us and those living closest to us, but our neighbours, family and friends can help us overcome them. It is more important than ever that we unite and look out for each other. That’s why we’re joining forces with our friends and partners to call on everyone in our wider community to take positive and direct action to collaborate, support and care for each other in the coming weeks and months.”
Dawn Austwick, CEO The National Lottery Community Fund said: “As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we know community life and connections can help to build bonds of support during difficult times. Being kind, offering support and thinking of one another makes neighbourhoods and communities stronger together. This is particularly important for those who are more vulnerable and isolated. At The National Lottery Community Fund we support communities to thrive, this is why we’re pledging our support for this call to action in the coming weeks and months.”
Let's come together, as safely as possible, to maintain community strength, and support the people around us:
- Download our free poster, and pop it up around your community
- Share our social media graphics, to let others know that their actions matter
- Use the resources and try out the ideas on our action pages
- Keep up-to-date on all things community and Big Lunch by signing up to our newsletter.
Award-winning cartoonist, Tony Husband, has created bespoke cartoons for our four community actions. Please see below.