Don’t hang up your helmet just yet. If you’re looking for an excuse to get on your bike and also help your local community, why not use your bike to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic?
Although there has been a temporary pause on applications to become an official NHS Volunteer Responder, there are still many ways you and your bike can help at this difficult time.
1. Helping family and friends
First and foremost, if you’re looking to help someone during the coronavirus pandemic, start close to home. A lot of people find it difficult to ask for help, even from their nearest and dearest, so reach out to them and see if there’s anything you can do to assist them at this time. Whether it’s simply picking them up some pasta or their prescriptions, these little tasks can mean a lot at this time.
The little things can really make a difference at this time. Do you have an abundance of books, DVDs or puzzles for example you could trade with family or friends?
2. Don’t forget about your neighbours
Our lives aren’t a soap opera, and the chances are you’re not as close to your neighbours as the TV would make out you should be. Why not reach out to your neighbours to see whether they require any food or medical assistance? This can be done while social distancing by popping a note through people’s doors and seeing if they need help.
3. Local Facebook groups
Since the pandemic started there have been a lot of new Facebook groups appearing to help support vulnerable groups in the local area. If you haven’t already been added to one for your city, town or village, spend a little time searching the groups section in Facebook and seeing if there’s anything you can help with. Not only will you be able to ride around to people’s houses and help out, you might just make a new friend for when this has all blown over.
4. Food banks
Many supermarkets have lifted the limit on the number of products you can buy. This is because food banks were struggling with the drop in donations. So, why not grab a few extra bits and pieces next time you’re in a supermarket and ride these around to your local food banks.
The Trussell Trust has a handy find your food bank section on their website you can use to find your nearest location.
5. Donate blood
Whether you’ve donated before, or you're a first time donor, now is a great time to give blood. Due to the pandemic, there has been a drop in the number of people giving blood. It’s vitally important that donations carry on during this time, and if you’re fit and well, now is a great time to hop on your motorcycle and donate. Just take a few minutes before hitting the road afterwards so that you can be assured of arriving home safely, as giving blood can make you a little lightheaded.
6. Food courier
One thing people are craving while they’re stuck indoors is their favourite food from local restaurants. If you have a scooter or bicycle, now’s a great time to help out with the demand and hop on your bike to deliver food, plus you’ll make a little money too. There are loads of options available, from the big brands, such as Deliveroo to Uber Eats. Or, why not get in touch with local companies and see if they need help?
Please be aware, if you’d like to sign up to be a delivery driver, you’ll need delivery rider insurance.
We will be trying our utmost to update this article as and when we get more information about what you can do to help.
Have you been doing anything to help out during the pandemic? We’d love to hear your suggestions - so please do leave a comment.