Want to help fight Covid-19? Get behind these organisations

There are groups across New Zealand who are helping those impacted by Covid-19

27 March 2020

Across New Zealand, businesses, charities and community groups are turning their attention to fighting the impacts of Covid-19.

If you’re wondering how to get involved, without breaking the rules of the lockdown, here are some inspiring organisations you can get behind or volunteer with:

1. Support Crew

Support Crew has been around since 2015 as a website to support people dealing with life-changing events. They help organise everyday things like transport and meals for people in times of need.

Given the widespread need for self-isolation during the Covid-19 outbreak, especially among older and vulnerable New Zealanders, it’s easy to see how Support Crew are well-placed to deliver crucial help.

Ways that Support Crew volunteers help include dropping off meals, collecting prescriptions or grabbing groceries on behalf of those who currently cannot. You can sign up to volunteer on their website.

2. The Student Volunteer Army

Founded during the Canterbury earthquakes, the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) is calling for volunteers from across Aotearoa to join their Covid-19 response.

To volunteer, you need to be at least 16 years old and in perfect health. Among the ways in which you could help are:

  • Collecting and delivering groceries to vulnerable people.
  • Looking after healthcare workers’ children (childcare / babysitting experience required).
  • Phone volunteering roles.

3. Home Guard NZ

This one’s just for those working in healthcare who might currently be out of the workforce – for example, because they’re recently retired or have overseas registration.

Home Guard NZ aims to bolster the country’s healthcare capacity in the face of the expected pressure from Covid-19. They’re calling on professionals including doctors, nurses, radiographers, medical receptionists, pharmacists, midwives, medical laboratory scientists, dentists, dental nurses and social workers to join their movement, and help support frontline staff.

On top of this, they’re also hoping to mobilise medical students. Already, this group in particular has matched with doctor families who need urgent childcare support due to school closures.

4. Friends in need Auckland

Another great organisation aimed at helping those who are self-isolating due to Covid-19, Friends in Need Auckland exists to support members of the community who need an extra hand.

Volunteers are matched with a family or person in need, and can support them through a range of measures including:

  • A daily check-in via phone call, Skype, video chat or text.
  • Delivering groceries.
  • Collecting prescriptions.

There are heaps of community groups like Friends in need Auckland popping up across the country, so take a look on Facebook and see if there’s one near you to get involved with. If not, start your own!