Tell Us – Covid-19
The TimeBank Tell-Us Covid-19 volunteering project allows us to continue to work with our volunteers and delivery partners following the end of our largest project Talking Together, supporting grassroots community networks in response to the Covid-19 outbreak outbreak in London and Birmingham thanks to funding from the Big Lottery.
The idea for TimeBank Tell Us came about as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic we were delivering volunteer-led face-to-face English classes to women across London, Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry. To deliver the classes we built relationships with small grass roots delivery partners. Following the lockdown, we went back to the delivery partners to ask them what we could do to support women in their communities. Listening to them, it became clear that above and beyond the practical application of learning English, the women learners really enjoyed the sense of community they found with other learners and being able to talk outside their immediate family and friends. The delivery partners were also concerned that government Covid-19 guidance was not always reaching the communities they work in, especially those with limited English.
We’ll be running a series of free workshops on Zoom led by our former Talking Together volunteers. The workshops will focus on health and wellbeing, both in terms of the impact of Covid-19 and looking more generally at the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. The aim of the workshops is to increase participants understanding of what they can do to improve their mental and physical wellbeing, particularly in relation to adjusting to the new normal. The workshops will also offer participants a chance to practise their English in a relaxed and friendly environment.