Oxfordshire All In has been mapping and co-ordinating the various grassroots volunteering efforts around Oxfordshire, providing both groups and individuals with resources to support them during the COVID-19 crisis. Their base is the charity organisation KEEN Oxford.
In the current situation, the charity has redeployed its expertise and infrastructure to support an effective voluntary sector and public sector response to Coronavirus.
Through Mapping – Supporting – Coordinating – Simplifying – Oxfordshire All In’s mission is simple: to help support a joined up approach to Covid-19 across the county that is effective, efficient, resilient, and which reaches the most isolated and vulnerable.
The map allows anyone to search their area to find out what support is being offered to help people cope with the epidemic. This includes both the armies of street champions that are emerging offering to collect provisions or care for pets when people have to self-isolate, and the established charities and community groups that have adapted their existing services to support the most vulnerable.
They are building a sophisticated tool for individuals, volunteer groups, community organisations and public bodies alike in the Oxfordshire response to Covid-19.
The website is aimed at individuals wanting to get involved with a volunteer effort in their area, and at people who might be vulnerable and are looking for support from their community. The partnership is working with the networks created to also reach people who may not have internet access.
Resources for community groups are included (and this list continues to grow based on feedback) around governance, safeguarding, hygiene, shopping and medication.