Mutual Aid Plus

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New programme offers support and brings together London mutual aid and hyperlocal community groups
 

Mutual Aid Plus has launched to help support and bring together London mutual aid and hyperlocal community groups that have played such an important role for in helping those
affected by Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
 
As we slowly transition out of the third lockdown, the level of activity and involvement for
these groups has, understandably, reduced from a year ago but there are still huge numbers
of very engaged groups supporting their local community. Many of these independent and
unique groups do not seek any support other than perhaps to promote that they are very
much ‘still here’ whereas others are looking to adapt to a Covid-19 recovery world.
 
Whether the group’s aim is to stay small, focused and independent or partner with a
constituted organisation or develop into one themselves or simply learn from the
experience of others, Mutual Aid Plus will help make this happen for groups all across
London. This short-term but high impact programme will offer mutual aid and hyperlocal
community groups a multi-access engagement to free support on their terms through a
number of channels:
 
·      Facilitated peer networking and support sessions [dates to be announced shortly]
·      Mutual Aid Café – online ‘drop-in’ informal support with groups who want it
·      Online platform to access and share useful materials
·      Telephone and email support
·      Workshops and training based on needs identified by groups
 
The project is funded by the Greater London Authority and delivered by two volunteering
charities working in partnership, Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre and Volunteer
Centre Camden. Both charities have worked with these groups, including the production of
the Covid-19 Good Neighbour Guide which some groups used and adapted, and through this
programme are keen to help them to continue to do the great work they have been carrying
out.
 
Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre Chief Executive Dominic Pinkney said, ‘the
development of mutual aid and other hyperlocal community groups truly shows how resilient
and cohesive communities can be with so many people wanting to give up their time to help
others. The speed at which many groups developed sophisticated operations and not just
joined up to but embedded in local authority Covid-19 response services was amazing and
inspirational. As we enter a Covid-19 recovery phase, Mutual Aid Plus will help these
fantastic to keep doing what they are doing or adapt if they wish to do so. This support is not
forced upon them, but here for them to engage with if they want it.’
 
Mutual Aid Plus programme manager Phil Boye-Anawomah said, ‘Our aim is to provide
tailored support to the wide range of mutual aid groups, from larger formal, to small
volunteer led groups and informal faith-based groups. We are looking to assist and
encourage groups that request support without looking change their character which has
allowed them to be so effective and responsive.”

 
If any mutual aid or similar community group would like to find out more, including the
dates of the networking sessions as well as the Café and other support, please email Phil
Boye-Anawomah: philip@hfvc.org.uk or call 020 8741 9876

 

Networking Dates

Mutual Aid Plus Links and Documents

 

The HFVC Group. Charity Number 1062032. Company Registration Number 3176924.