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Never not a community UEL

Never Not a community: we’re coming together during the crisis

Our lives have been turned upside down in these last few weeks. Normal life is on pause and we are all faced with uncertainties.

One thing that is certain though, in the wake of Covid-19, is how University of East London students and staff are exercising kindness, showing compassion and acting more selflessly.

At the University of East London, we’re never not helping. We’re all about our united community and are working together with the government and the NHS during these unprecedented times.

University staff and students are volunteering their skills and expertise at the recently opened NHS Nightingale. We’ve made our accommodation at the Docklands Campus available for NHS staff working at NHS Nightingale, students are volunteering in mutual aid groups and our Allied Health academics are providing their equipment and expertise.

Staff throughout the University are working tirelessly to ensure everyone is safe, kept in the know and well looked after - more info on this can be found here. We are encouraging you stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives but we’ve also collated a round-up of all the different ways you can show your support for the University, our NHS and the country. Do your bit – even if that is just sitting on the sofa.

Support our NHS

Our NHS needs us now more than ever. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can help. You can stay home with Netflix, ensure you are following government guidelines on social distancing, or, if you are over 18 with no symptoms, you can register to volunteer with the NHS. You can sign up to be an NHS Volunteer Responder here and help vulnerable people stay safe and well in their homes. Join an army of volunteers throughout the country and help battle through these unprecedented times. Most tasks can be undertaken while social distancing and volunteers will receive guidance through the 'getting started pack'.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK

Mutual Aid groups have popped up throughout the UK and thousands of people have signed up to help their communities. People are offering to pick up shopping, deliver medication and check-in on people who are either self-isolating, have no family support or struggling with their new lockdown reality. If this sounds like something you can get involved in, then find your nearest Mutual Aid Group here.

Feed our NHS staff

We’ve all clapped for our NHS and now it’s time to feed them too. Because nobody can save the nation on an empty stomach! Meals for the NHS gives you the power to donate meals for medical staff at local hospitals, all from the comfort of your home. You donate, they order food from local restaurants and hospital staff eat.

Corona Care Challenge

Help the Corona Care Challenge deliver care packages for the elderly and vulnerable in isolation as well as taking meals to frontline NHS staff. Since launching mid- March, they have already raised £30,000 and with your support they can achieve so much more. You can donate money as well as household items in grand demand like loo roll, frozen meals and other non-perishables. More information via their gofundme page here.


Foodbanks are vital for many people throughout London. They provide an essential community service for anyone who cannot afford food. But they are suffering during lockdown. Many, including one in Hackney, have put out calls for volunteers, food and money. Make sure to donate anything you can at the collection point in your local supermarket but do also check the Trussell Trust website for more information on how you can help your local foodbank (there are 74 in London).