Active Citizens UK

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Give blood

You can still give blood and platelets during coronavirus. Blood donation is considered essential travel.

Centres are open and blood donation is still taking place, so you can book an appointment and donate as normal. have more information.

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Volunteer with the NHS

750,000 people have already volunteered to help with the NHS. Although recruitment is paused, check back periodically to see if you can join NHS Volunteers.

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS and the care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. Volunteers are needed who can support vulnerable people in England most at risk.

Help the blind remotely

Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

Sighted volunteers can lend their eyes to solve tasks big or small, and help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.

Help the blind...
Join a community group

Join and take part in local community groups that have formed near you.

You can connect with your neighbours and local community, build relationships and care for each other.

Please also read the GOV.UK advice on helping safely.

Halo coronavirus communities... Nextdoor communities... GOV.UK Help safely...
Join a mutual aid group

There are over 3000 very local volunteer groups across the UK.

You can join these groups and help vulnerable people who live nearby. You might be helping with shopping, medical supplies, or having a chat with people who feel lonely in isolation.

Please also read the GOV.UK advice on helping safely.

Find a group... GOV.UK Help safely...
Volunteer directly

There are several different services where people can share needs, and volunteers can help directly. You might be helping with shopping, medical supplies, or having a chat with people who feel lonely in isolation.

Please also read the GOV.UK advice on helping safely.

Local Helpers... Self Isolation Helpers... GOV.UK Help safely...
Donate computing power

Folding@home is a research project to simulate the way COVID-19 proteins form. It's essential to understanding how the virus works.

These calculations are enormous! You can help by downloading folding@home and donating your computer's efforts whenever it's idle.

Each simulation you run is like buying a lottery ticket. The more tickets we all buy, the better our chances of hitting the jackpot.

Donate computing power...
Curate essential information

The Coronavirus Tech Handbook is a vast resource of crowd sourced information, which sections on:

  • Tech responses
  • Medical information
  • Government responses
  • Volunteering
  • Charities
  • Academia
  • Home and work

It's growing every day, and the London College of Political Technologists need help curating all the content.

Become a librarian...
Offer business support

Use this service to tell the government how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus.

You’ll be asked some questions about the type of support you can give. You’ll then be contacted as soon as possible if your support is needed.

You’ll need your company number if you have one.

Offer support...

There are various charities and organisations working around the clock to help those in need...

Listed are a few opportunities to donate to projects and humanitarian work.

Red Cross... Coronavirus Tech Handbook... Oxford COVID-19 vaccine research...
Code against COVID

There are a number of distributed online hackathons where you can show up with a team, join a team, or work alone to develop new projects to help people during the crisis.

These hackathons often have prize categories, and some have cash prizes for the best new innovations.

Join a hackathon...
Donate an old laptop

There are plenty of organisations that could use extra equipment, such as laptops.

Before you can donate a computer, it's important to clear out all your personal data.

If it's a particularly old one, it may also need a new operating system as Windows might be too slow for it.

Prepare your laptop...

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