Charity begins at home
17th August 2020
‘’Your greatness is not what you have, but in what you give’’ Alice Hocker
Over the past few months, we have all had to take a long hard look at our finances – professionally and personally – and many of us will have streamlined these commitments in order to batten down the hatches as we move into the second half of the year.
The world feels like a complex and overwhelming mix of do’s and don’ts, and in some ways our time is even more stretched than it was before lockdown.
Some sectors within the business fraternity are frantically busy, overwhelmed with work, struggling to meet demands, while others are finding it increasingly difficult to keep afloat.
What is clear is that there are more and more people who need help – it is the small and sometimes random acts of kindness, that go a long way.
The team at NG have been busy helping people in their local communities by:-
– Including some groceries within their local weekly shop for neighbours who were shielding
– Watering and tending to a relatives garden while they were isolating at their parents’ house
– Buying an ice cream for a Dad and his children when he’d lost his wallet
– Raising money for keyworkers by completing the ‘5-5-5’ challenge – run 5, donate 5, nominate
– Writing a note to neighbours making sure they were ok and leaving their contact details so they could get in touch if they needed anything
– Distributing homemade goodies to family and friends
What has become apparent is the continued difficulties charities have encountered during the pandemic, and many of these critical organisations are at the very heart of the community, helping the most vulnerable people in society.
As Co-Founder of Derbyshire-based Every Cloud, we are lucky that by volunteering our time as a committee of eight women and having very limited financial commitments to ensure the continued smooth running, we have been able to continue to help people during the period of lockdown.
But this isn’t the same for lots of other charities – their main income streams have been critically affected. People who usually fundraise and those who volunteer their time have not been able to do so.
The government has issued detailed advice for charities affected by Covid-19 via the Charities Commission. Access to funding remains an issue, and whilst some charities will start to reopen and work their magic once again, it is estimated that 1 in 10 organisations won’t reopen their doors.
Now it is even more important to do our bit.