Covid-19

Although the ‘lockdown’ here in Spain is understandably wide-reaching, there are things you can do to help those people in your immediate neighbourhood that may be struggling. Here’s a few ideas on what you can to do to help friends or neighbours with practical stuff like their shopping, or keeping their spirits up at this difficult time.

5-Step Response to COVID-19

1. Keeping in touch

Phone your older friends and neighbours and ask if they need anything and, if they do, let them know you can help out. And while you’re on the phone, why not have a chat?

You could set up a rota with other friends and neighbours to make sure someone is regularly giving them a ring to see if they’re OK.

This might also be a useful time to introduce older friends and neighbours to technology that might prove helpful during lockdown, such as Skype or FaceTime. We have a helpful guide to video calling, which you can download.

2. Lend a hand

If you’re feeling well, why not offer to pick up shopping or go to the pharmacy for an older neighbour or friend who might not be able to, or is too worried to go out?
If you do help someone make sure you follow these simple guidelines:

  • keep it small-scale: only ask your immediate friends and neighbours;
  • don’t make a special trip: only shop for someone when you shop for yourself;
  • keep you distance: only leave shopping on the doorstep and step back two meters.

Don’t forget, if you drive to a supermarket it’s only one person to a car. Also, when you’re travelling it is a good idea to have id with you and to retain the shopping/pharmacy receipt to prove why you are out and about.

3. Show you care

Why not make homemade cards, send a postcard, even post small gifts to keep people’s spirits up or just write a good old-fashioned letter to an older friend or neighbour?

Are you getting creative with contacting people during lockdown? Why not share pictures or videos of what you’re up to on ASSIST Alicante’s Facebook page.

4. Share these contact details

It can be helpful to know where you can get the latest updates and where you can get emotional support, especially for those feeling isolated.

  • For official information on Spain’s lockdown regulations issued by the UK Foreign Office:
    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/coronavirus
  • For comprehensive news on all aspects of Spain’s lockdown regulations posted by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau Spain:
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.es
  • If you’re feeling anxious and require emotional support, contact Samaritans in Spain:
    900 525 100 (Freephone)
    10.00 to 22.00hrs Monday – Saturday; 10.00 to 18.00hrs Sunday

5. Donate and volunteer

There will doubtless be a high demand for services offered by the charity sector over the coming months as society gains control over the spread of COVID-19 and Spain’s current regulations are eased.

ASSIST Alicante, with its partners, aims to be at the forefront in providing help for people in need. Please register with us as a volunteer now, so we are equipped to meet any new challenges in the future.