We have been so inspired by the actions within our community to help and support each other during the Coronavirus outbreak. From shopping for a neighbour who is self-isolating, to speaking to someone on the phone who may not have heard another voice for days, people are coming together in love and solidarity with each other. We wanted to create a space to share these stories, to find comfort in the beauty of human beings in this worrying and unprecedented situation. If you have a story to share or know someone who has been carrying out acts of kindness, then please fill in the form below or email [email protected] and we will publish them below.
If you are carrying out acts of kindness, please make sure that you do so within the guidelines set out by the government. Please make sure that you are taking the social distancing measures necessary to keep yourself and others safe and following the correct hygiene procedures if you are dropping items off to people. Information on how to socially distance, including translations into several other languages, is available here.
Delivering humanity (and coffee) with a smile
“I went out to do some shopping, and noticed a woman sat on the usually busy street. There was barely any footfall on the street, and I know that Bristol’s homeless community will be extremely affected by the advice for people to stay home. It was a bitterly cold day so I went to have a chat with her, whilst respecting her distance, to see if there was anything I could do to support her. I ended up searching high and low for a cafe that might be open and selling takeaway coffee, having insisted to her that somewhere would be open. Unable to find anywhere that was open, but determined not to let her down, I ended up going back to mine to make the coffee which I then delivered to her. Having been up and down the street a few times, I found myself offering them to more people who were homeless, and ended up having a whole delivery of coffees to make (obviously in a way that respected both theirs and my need for social distance!) I also delivered a couple of hot water bottles to people. I think it is so important to keep the human connection going, especially for people who are often overlooked.” Leonie*, Redland.
Cafe in the Community
Baraka Cafe in Easton have come with an ingenious way of making sure people in the community get the essentials they need. Recognising that there are those in the community who will be struggling to get food at this time, they have created boxes of staple ingredients including rice, chicken and carrots. In partnership with Fare Share, they also add in fresh produce such as cheese and bananas. The boxes cost less than £10 to produce and are completely free for families who have been identified as vulnerable. They are raising money to provide these in two ways. Firstly, they have set up a crowdfunding page for people to pay their kindness forward, donating to make sure that families have a meal on their table. On Thursday and Friday evenings, they also have a set menu available for delivery. With a team of volunteer cyclists at the ready, the food is dropped off to the people who’ve ordered it, whilst a safe distance is maintained. They then use some of the money raised through these takeaways to provide the boxes of staple ingredients. It is an incredible operation that really demonstrates how the community can work together.
Treats at the doorstep
“I want to acknowledge my best friend and what a rock she has been for me. I have OCD and, unfortunately, this pandemic has not been kind to my mind. I tried to go to the shop yesterday and found it such a difficult experience that I had to come home. A few hours later there was a knock on my door and (you can guess where this is going) she’d gone to the shops and bought a lovely array of treats. That one gesture turned a rubbish day into something so much more positive, and I’m so grateful to her.” Anonymous