Resources to help your
neighbours

You're about the enter the world of mutual aid. Good on you, and thanks for helping out. It's people like you, moving up to take on this task, that will help us pull together in this crisis. 

 

If you're not sure how to help, or you're just looking for more information, this page has background info, resources and stories that will be useful. 

  1. Here's a template for a flier you can print out offering your help, and put into your neighbours' letterboxes.

  2. Check out this document on how everyday people can help their communities - it's regularly updated by mutual aid volunteers organising across Australia.

  3. If you're keen to start a group in your area to help at risk people around you, check out this guide by Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK. 

Keep in mind...

 

When offering help there are two concepts that have to be recognised; power and control. These two concepts fit seamlessly with 'helping' and can be abused. This can lead to an abuse of human rights. Be guided by mutual aid by letting the person being helped have power and control to choose how they are helped.

 

When you offer help, make sure you are leaving any 'ism behind. Ableism, ageism, sexism, racism, classism. Leave trans and queer phobia behind. When you help, be present for the person in front of you. Everyone deserves help without judgement or prejudice.

 

It is also important to remember that our work is not to cover up the failings of the existing political or economic system. Whilst we are helping and building new social fabric keep an eye out for how the system has failed so that we can change it later. The time will come for us to seek answers to the questions we have now.

If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

Nothing on this website is a replacement for health advice - consult the World Health Organisation or a medical professional if you need medical advice. This website is built and run by volunteers, and asks and offers for help are not vetted. Please use this resource at your own risk.

Wherever we are in this country, we respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land and their Elders past, present and future.

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