The CAR workstream considers the ways in which psychology can inform, support and amplify community level responses to Covid-19 and our recovery from the pandemic.
Information in other languagesShow content
Google drive with information/advice on Covid-19 in many different languages.
Words matter: how we talk about Covid-19Show content
Articles which encourage thought about the use of language. Recommendation for the use of ‘Physical Distancing’ rather than ‘Social Distancing’.
Strategic messaging and communicationsShow content
How to frame progressive messages/communications to reach different audiences re Covid-19 from the Frameworks Institute.
Tips for social justice communicators on how to talk about the coronavirus
Amplifying the voices, stories and experiences of the marginalised, citizen journalism (eg. On Our Radar).
Not buying into an individualising, depoliticising ‘mental health/illness/disorder’ narrative, with likely increased prescribing rates, etc.
- Why it's healthy to be afraid in a crisis
- We Are All in This Together
- Covid 19 Resources - We're all in This Together
- Sky News - Lucy Johnstone - Normalising messages around mental health and Covid-19
- Covid-19: not a ‘mental health crisis’, healthcare experts warn
- We are nothing if we are not together
Not losing the links with root causes such as environmental destruction and climate change.
Innovation mappingShow content
International and national government innovations spreadsheet - some of which may be of interest (eg. Falkirk Council identifying persons at-risk).
Scholars and activists affiliated with the Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance (FaDA) declare that the crisis we face as a global community can only be addressed justly, equitably, regeneratively and humanely by way of a feminist degrowth transformation.
Presentation and evaluation of the Community Capitals framework.
Community Circles website. Includes a framework for creating circles of support around people
A reference tool for the delivery of strategic approaches to community resilience development at the Local Resilience Forum level in collaboration with non-statutory partners.
An article discussing how this framework can be applied for organising social change.
Mutual aid groupsShow content
Article by Carl Walker about role of mutual aid/preventative solutions in communities.
NEON Movement - webinars about mutual aid and history of mutual aid
Community Tool Box - a website with a variety of resources for social action in many domains.
The Commons - a collection of resources about stopping the spread of Coronavirus and setting up mutual aid by a social change library, Updated regularly.
Viral Kindness - a site that is “bringing communities across Scotland together to spread kindness and help anyone who is vulnerable and struggling with self-isolation.
Covid-19 Mutual Aid - UK website which enables you find what support is available for different groups during the coronavirus outbreak.
Examples of UK solidarity during lockdown and the emergence of mutual aid groups.
- North East Bylines (14 Aug 2020) - A little bit of kindness
- The conversation (13 July 2020) - Leicester lockdown: blame on minority communities needs to be challenged
- Bylines Times (24 June 2020) - Communities Need to Take Contact Tracing into their Own Hands
- Sakellaropoulou, R. (16 Jul 2020) - Research in the time of a pandemic: Coronavirus, Class and Mutual Aid in the UK (John Preston book)
- The Guardian (5 June 2020) - Making up with the Joneses: how Covid-19 has brought neighbours closer
- The Guardian (26 May 2020) - UK volunteering soars during coronavirus crisis: Ten million have helped in their community – most plan to continue after lockdown ends
- The Guardian (14 May 2020) - 'The way we get through this is together': the rise of mutual aid under coronavirus
- The Guardian (3 May 2020) - NHS coronavirus crisis volunteers frustrated at lack of tasks
- Tribune (29 April 2020) - How Austerity Is Undermining Mutual Aid
- The Guardian (13 April 2020) - A million volunteer to help NHS and others during Covid-19 outbreak
- The Guardian (12 April 2020) - Paramedics and pet clinics: how stranded Britons are helping out
- Balgburn, F. (26 Mar 2020) - Inside the rise of covid-10 mutual aid
- The Guardian (16 Mar 2020) - Community aid groups set up across UK amid coronavirus crisis
List of Mutual Aid Groups in the UK.
- Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK - Covid-19 Mutual Aid: Local organising to support the most vulnerable in our communities
- Freedom News – UK COVID-19 Mutual Aid Groups
- Volunteer Scotland - Inventory of Mutual Aid Groups in Scotland
International examples of solidarity/mutual support during Covid-19.
- Mohanty, S. (22 Sep 2020) - From communal violence to lockdown hunger – Emergency responses by civil society networks, Delhi, India
- The Atlantic (12 May 2020) - How Hong Kong Did It: With the government flailing, the city’s citizens decided to organize their own coronavirus response.
- Gurba, M. (14 May 2020) - PoC draw upon their previous mutual aid in covid-19. Plus guidance for mutual aid
- BBC NEWS (7 April 2020) - How coronavirus inspired a gangland truce in South Africa
- The Guardian (31 Mar 2020) - The horror films got it wrong. This virus has turned us into caring neighbours
- The Guardian (28 Mar 2020) - Three weeks of lockdown in Italy has given us vital perspective – and small comforts
- Hogan, G. WNYC (19 Mar 2020) - Neighbors Mobilize To Help Each Other During Coronavirus Pandemic
- The Guardian (10 Mar 2020) - Under coronavirus lockdown, Italy is finding a fragile sense of solidarity
- Sitrin, M. & Sembrar, C. (2020). Pandemic solidarity: Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 Crisis Pluto Press: London
Worldwide community solidarity responses.
- Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Ball State University, USA - Altruistic stories and COVID-19
- ECPA, SCRA, and CTB - The New Bank for Community Ideas and Solutions
- Community Tool Box, University of Kansa, USA - Coronavirus Response Tool Box
Resources for supporting and sustaining mutual aid groups.
- Hughes, T. (5 Oct 2020). Building Back With: A Handbook for Involving Communities in the Covid-19 Response and Recovery
- Manchester Local Care Organisation (July 2020) - Learning from Covid Mutual Aid Groups in Central Manchester
- Queercare (13 July 2020) - Delivering items to someone in self-isolation protocol.
- Soden, R., (2 July 2020) - Crisis Informatics and Mutual Aid during the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Research Agenda
- Open Democracy (12 June 2020) - Creating a hyperlocal infrastructure of care: COVID-19 Mutual Aid Groups
- Open Global Rights (15 May 2020) - Making a Community Action Net (work): organising in the times of COVID-19
- Communities Prepared Team (20 Mar 2020) - Responding to Coronavirus: Communities Prepared launches Public Health Volunteer training
Role of authorities/ existing structures in relation to mutual aid groups.
- Community organisers (1 July 2020) - Community organizing Locally rooted: The place of community organising in times of crisis
- Stansfield, J. et al., 1 June 2020 - The community response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Power to Change (5 May 2020) - Local Heroes: How to sustain community spirit beyond Covid-19
- Domínguez, D. et al (2020). Leveraging the power of mutual aid, coalitions, leadership, and advocacy during COVID-19. American Psychologist, 75(7), 909-918.
- Covid-19 Research in Scotland - Scotland’s volunteering response to the COVID-19 crisis and recovery phase should be informed by robust research evidence.
- Emma O’Dwyer, LSE - COVID-19 mutual aid groups have the potential to increase intergroup solidarity – but can they actually do so?
- Marco Felici, Bennett Institute - Social capital and the response to Covid-19
- Luca Tiratelli and Simon Kaye, NLGN - Communities vs Coronavirus: The Rise of Mutual Aid.
- Chris Cocking, University of Brighton - Spontaneous volunteering and mutual collective support seen in Brighton and Hove
- Housing and Communities Group, LSE - Mutual Aid Groups and community responses to COVID-19
- Angie Hart et al., University of Brighton - Nothing about us without us: civic activism as a mental health intervention
- Megan Vine and Ronni Greenwood, University of Limerick - Experiences of Community Solidarity in Ireland
- Dominic Abrams, Fanny Lalot et al.,, University of Kent - Beyond Us and Them Perception of Covid-19 and Social Cohesion
- Michael Roy, Glasgow Caledonian University - Solidarity in a time of crisis: the role of mutual aid to the Covid-19 pandemic
- Tom Wein - New Solidarity: How mutual aid may change Britain
- Carly Walker-Dawsonm, London School of Economics & Political Science - Young people’s volunteering during the pandemic
- Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham - Communities responding to Covid-19
Digital exclusionShow content
Operation wifi campaign. This is a campaign to open wifi networks to people in marginalized groups.
Heart of southwest local enterprise partnership website. Toolkits about online working and skill building for digital connection.
Digital skills resources. A spreadsheet of resources and links for building digital skills.
Marginalised groupsShow content
A paper on including people in dialogue around risk, community planning and Covid-19
- Covid-19: How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement
A rapid review on the impact of Covid-19 on excluded groups e.g. Gypsy and Roma communities. With recommendations included for policy makers
All Party Parliamentary group for social integration. A call for evidence about covid-19 and social connection for isolated groups. Policy consultation opportunity.
Financial support and information for marginalised groups