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Coronavirus volunteer: “I felt that I cannot sit this one out”

With thousands of people isolating at home in the UK, depression and a feeling of being “left out” are already at epidemic levels, especially among the vulnerable ones. In what ways Britain is willing to tackle the abandonment among the lonely ones?

Thousands of volunteers gather around areas such as London, Cornwall and Norfolk to help those self-isolating.

Many people are joining Facebook groups offering food, support and other types of help for struggling families due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

According to GOV.UK, volunteering is now crucial in the response to Coronavirus especially during the lockdown.


A 27-year-old man, who has just received training from the outreach programme run by The Bridge of Heroes charity, is now ready to hit the streets.

However, Martin’s focus has now been shifted away from home-visits; instead he is running a press office and covering all their remote activities such as online cooking classes and exercises.

According to Martin, volunteers are provided with all the required PPE such as overalls, boot covers, face masks, eye protection, gloves and they are trained to implement decontamination procedures during the “shifts”.

The home visitors will also provide disposable face masks and gloves for the person they are visiting.

“I could either sit this one out and watch the pandemic evolve and unveil itself from the comfort of my own home, but instead I chose to get involved and help in whichever way possible.” – Martin said.

He said: “I felt that I cannot sit this one out. Instead I am going to receive as much training as possible to help those who are vulnerable.”better res

UK Coronavirus lockdown: what do you need to know?

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced strict restrictions for the efforts of tackling too frequently occurring Coronavirus cases. Boris Johnson announced the UK lockdown on March 23rd in order to stop virus from spreading.

Restrictions include:

  1. Only shopping for necessities are allowed, excluding any other shops, such as beauty supplies and electronic shops (encouraged to use delivery services where possible);
  2. One form of exercise per day is allowed, such as cycling or running alone or people you live with;
  3. You can only travel for work, but only if you cannot work from home;
  4. You can leave your home to take care of a vulnerable person or if you have to do so because of the medical care needs;
  5. No crowd gatherings, no more meeting friends or being around more than one friend at a time (including weddings, churches).

According to Boris Johnson, if people do not follow the rules police will have the power to address fines and disperse gatherings.

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Clothing to have the largest negative footprint

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has found that clothing has the 4th largest environmental impact after housing, transport and food.

With the bi-annual Paris Fashion Week being held on February 24th, 2020, the event reminds about a negative footprint of quick fashion. Studies suggest, that the fashion industry is producing extreme amounts of waste.

Generally, this year’s fashion was heavily focused on sustainability, hoping celebrities would reuse their previously worn dresses and tucks in social events such as BAFTAs and Oscars. None of these requirements were mandatory, yet it was expected that celebrities would follow the green theme. But not many did.

More environmentalists are emphasising the importance of reducing fashion events’ carbon footprint, because fashion industry is criticised for generating too much waste.

According to WRAP, around 1,100,000 tonnes of clothing are purchased every year in the UK. As their Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 (SCAP) suggests, one of the ways to re-invent or simply extend life of clothes is purchasing items from charity shops.

Find yourself second-hand treasures in our favourite Central London’s charity shops using the map we provided.