#BrumTogether: Essential lockdown supplies and support

Individuals, families and vulnerable residents in Birmingham are being encouraged to contact #BrumTogether, the city’s coalition of voluntary, community and faith groups, for essential supplies and support.
 
The #BrumTogether campaign includes more than 60 community partners and organisations from across Birmingham, who have joined forces to provide local people with the following services:
 
1. Emergency food donations
Food deliveries are being co-ordinated by The Active Wellbeing Society in conjunction with the Real Junk Food Project Birmingham, which is collecting and distributing the food. There is also a huge network of more than 60 partner organisations working together to provide those most in need with essential support and services.
 
To request a food parcel, visit https://theaws.co.uk/food/
 
2. Dignity deliveries
Thanks to donations that have kindly been made by local businesses to the #BrumTogether campaign, dignity deliveries of hygiene products, baby packs and children’s activity packs are also being made available to local residents. The packs include items such as nappies, deodorant and craft activities and period products
 
To request a hygiene, baby or children’s pack, visit www.theaws.co.uk/coronavirus
 
2. Befriending phone service
Being isolated at home or having little social contact can be frustrating and lonely. Anyone feeling worried or lonely, or that just need’s somebody to talk to, can get in touch with The Active Wellbeing Society’s dedicated befriending service.
 
To arrange a call, visit https://theaws.co.uk/friend/
 
4. Virtual wellbeing activities
To help people keep active during the lockdown, The Active Wellbeing Society have developed a schedule of regular online activity - which is updated every week and contains all sorts of live-streamed sessions, ranging from Zumba and Pilates, to Chair Based Exercise and Poetry with Punch.
 
To view the activities, visit https://theaws.co.uk/virtual/
 
You can also find out more about #BrumTogether network of partners as well as local services at www.theaws.co.uk/partners   
 
Karen Creavin, Chief Executive of The Active Wellbeing Society, said: “Across our city, local people and communities are working together to help each other out and make sure we all get through this difficult time together.
 
“Through the #BrumTogether campaign, we are all working together -  community groups, organisations, faith groups, charities and groups of citizens- charities across Birmingham to help co-ordinate a collective response and get much-needed support to our most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
 
“We’re keen to make sure residents know that support is available to them, their friends and their families right now, and that we’re doing all we can through #BrumTogether to make sure they aren’t without access to everyday essential supplies and services.”
 
To find out more about the specific #BrumTogether services click the links above. More general campaign information, including advice on managing anxiety, organising food collections and support for volunteers and organisations, is available here https://theaws.co.uk/coronavirus/ or by calling 0121 728 7030.