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Positive action in a crisis

During these difficult times, it’s always inspiring to hear about people go the extra mile to help others. From delivering shopping to fundraising for vital causes, and teaching others, we wanted to share a few of the amazing things people we work with are doing to support their communities; in addition to continuing their day job at RMC.

Alongside sharing these positive actions, we’ve also included a few things you can do as well to get involved if you wish.

1. Supporting the NHS

With huge pressures on the NHS right now, help is needed more than ever.

Our Casework support volunteer, Ravi has registered with the NHS to become a clinical volunteer, providing support and putting his skills to use to help others.

2. Entertaining and fundraising

Our superstar volunteer Holly has been taking positive action by streaming some of her singing performances live from her garden to Facebook, with more than 2,500 people watching.

Her latest performance raised over a staggering £750 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital!

“I’ve been a singer for four years so I decided to put my talent to benefit others. I set my equipment up in the back garden and sang for an hour. Neighbours watched from shed tops and back gardens were singing and cheering.”

3. Teaching new skills

RMC volunteer Ghazwa is currently volunteering at Code Your Future as a support buddy for students. She finds out about their interests, helps with coding and provides general help. Alongside this she also works as a teaching assistant providing advice with their homework.

I enjoy it so much because I feel I am really helping other people to make their future brighter and help guide them. It also makes them feel better and realise that they are never alone. Knowing that you are impacting other people’s life positively can make you feel better in a way I cannot really put in words.” 

Ghazwa (top right) supporting her students

RMC Life in the UK tutor, Richard, has redeveloped his course for the current situation, to be able to still provide people the essential information from the Home office to prepare for the Life in the UK test. His weekly emails to clients give them engaging ways to learn and refers to them to official Home office booklets which he makes available.

4. Providing essential items

Many organisations are still urgently required to provide essential items such as food, clothes and hygiene products to those in need. You can volunteer with them or refer people to their service for help (check out the links at the bottom of this article for more information).

As well as volunteering with these organisations, some of our staff members like Manoj and Pam have been doing community food runs, delivering shopping to those who are unable to get out themselves.

5. Show support and solidarity

One of the best ways people have recently shown support and positivity en masse is the influx of wonderful rainbows on display. The RMC kids have been busy!

6. Get involved!

If you are able to help out, there are lots of ways to offer community support, be it delivering food parcels, dropping off prescriptions, making check-up phone calls and other key tasks.

There are also local volunteer centres coordinating community support, with a more specific focus on what is needed in the local areas:

You can still get support from RMC as usual by calling our office numbers or completing an online form. We are here to help!

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