Charities you can help during the Coronavirus crisis

  • 2 April 2020
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Charities you can help during the Coronavirus crisis
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How you can help...


We know that times are incredibly tough. Yet we can’t help feeling heartened by the way that people across the nation are coming together to support one another.


If you’re looking for ways to lend a helping hand, check out this list of great charities. Pulled together by the team at our charity, OVO Foundation.


You can contact each one directly or use the links we’ve popped below. If you know of others that should be here, please fill out this form to let us know.


Location Organisation and purpose Link to further info What you can do to help
England NHS // NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this, they need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Click here Sign-up to volunteer
Nationwide Nextdoor // Nextdoor is the neighbourhood hub for trusted connections and the exchange of helpful information, goods, and services. Join your neighbourhood. People are currently using it to both ask for and request help. Click here Sign-up and see if there’s anyone you can help locally
Nationwide Covid Mutual Aid // Mutual aid groups are self-organised groups of people setting up individually to support and help people in their communities. Members of the groups are volunteers. Click here and here Set up your own group or join a local one
Nationwide Local Helpers // Local Helpers is there to connect people in affected communities to support one another with essential tasks like food shopping or collecting medicine. Click here Sign-up and see if there’s anyone you can help locally
Nationwide The Trussell Trust // The Trussell Trust is working to stop UK hunger and poverty. Their network of food banks provides emergency food and support to people in crisis. Right now they need help with food distribution to help people who are self-isolating.  Click here
  1. Donate food

  2. Volunteer to help with food packages and distribution

Nationwide FareShare // FareShare is the UK's largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. They save good food from going to waste and redistribute it to frontline charities. They need help right now to turn surplus food into food parcels that can be delivered to families and individuals. Click here Volunteer to help create food parcels and distribute
Nationwide Olio // Connect with your neighbours to share food and other things, rather than chuck them away. Click here Sign-up and explore ways to share food
Nationwide Give Blood // The need for blood never stops. Centres are open and you are still allowed to travel to give blood. They are following government guidelines to put special safety measures in place for social distancing. Click here Sign-up to donate blood
Nationwide The Big Give: National Emergencies Trust // The Big Give is matching donations to the National Emergencies Trust (NET). NET, in partnership with the British Red Cross, has launched a fundraising appeal to raise and distribute funds to support communities made most vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak. Click here Donate funds to the National Emergencies Trust via The Big Give, who will double your donation
Nationwide - volunteer online Stemettes // Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK & Ireland and beyond to inspire and support young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers (known collectively as STEM). Click here Volunteer to support online events set up in response to schools closing
Nationwide End Youth Homelessness // End Youth Homelessness (EYH) is one of OVO Foundation’s partners and supports the most vulnerable young people in the UK, those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. They are concerned that the COVID19 crisis will prevent services from running and leave young people unsupported, without food or worse. Click here
  1. Donate to EYH and share their fundraising appeal on social media

  2. Let them know if there’s anything else you’d like to do to help by emailing Annie:

Bristol 1625IP // 1625IP is one of OVO Foundation’s partners through the ‘Future Builders’ programme. They support young homeless people in the South West and are responding to the immediate challenges of Covid-19. This includes supplying young people in and around Bristol with toiletries, food, smart phones and laptops. Click here Donate items or help 1625IP to purchase items through financial donations
Bristol Can Do Bristol // A platform for supporting social and community action in Bristol by connecting people with groups and communities with opportunity. Click here Sign-up to volunteer


Square Food Foundation // Square Food Foundation is one of our OVO Gives Back charities. It teaches people from all walks of life to cook good food from scratch. They are also providing free meals to vulnerable families and children during Covid-19 and expect to feed 500 families a day. Click here Donate to Square Food Foundation

Off the Record // Off the Record (OTR) is also one of our OVO Gives Back charities. It’s a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.


It’s important to look after our mental health just as much as our physical health in a challenging time like this so OTR are posting wellbeing tips on their social media accounts.

Click here Follow OTR on Twitter and Instagram and share their messages with any young people in your lives
Bristol and London Support your local restaurants // Here is a comprehensive list of Bristol and London restaurants offering takeaway and delivery Click here and here and here for Bristol. Click here for London Support your local restaurants
London Felix Project // The Felix Project collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold. They deliver this surplus food to charities and schools so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in our society. Click here Volunteer and/or donate
London City Harvest // City Harvest helps put fresh surplus food to good use in a sustainable way by redistributing to organisations that feed the hungry. Click here Volunteer and/or donate


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@Tim_OVO This is fantastic! 

Can I also add two things too. @Nancy_OVO Will like this one! 

Download festival are selling T-shirts where all profits go straight to the NHS to help with the COVID-19 crisis.

And EMP Online also have an amazing t shirt! I don’t believe it helps the NHS. More of a gimmick t shirt. I will not be able to post the back of the t-shirt from a certain word. But the design of the front looks awesome!