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ACORN army leading city-wide effort to support vulnerable people affected by Covid-19

ACORN army leading city-wide effort to support vulnerable people affected by Covid-19
Angus Walker
  • On 2nd April 2020

ACORN, a community union with hundreds of members across Brighton, have amassed a ‘volunteer army’ to protect vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The 350 strong Brighton volunteer group is part of a network of over 3,500 volunteers across the country, who have been making deliveries of food and essentials to those self-isolating. They have also made hundreds of phone and video calls to check-in on people and help combat loneliness.

ACORN have so far responded to over 500 requests for support in the Brighton and Hove area. The Union is now taking requests for support from other volunteer organisations to ensure help is getting to where it is needed most.

ACORN’s Brighton organiser, Paul Williams, said:

We have been amazed by how many volunteers have responded to the calls for support. The amount of elderly and vulnerable people asking for help shows how vital our work has been so far.

Over the past two weeks, we have recruited over 350 volunteers to our ACORN army, ready to be deployed where they are needed most. We have already been working with community groups across the city with great results. Our city will face huge challenges as this crisis develops so we want to let other organisations who need support to know that our volunteers are ready to help.

The Union has already started work with some local community groups, such as the Sussex Beacon, Possability People, and a community food co-operative helping to get hot meals to elderly and vulnerable people who live on the Bristol Estate.

Bryan from the East Brighton Food Co-operative said the Union’s support has been invaluable: ‘The ACORN volunteers have been awesome, the East Brighton Food Co-operative salutes you all’.

Volunteer organisations can put in a request for help on ACORN’s website, where individuals can also register as volunteers.

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