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covid:aid

covid:aid is the UK's first national COVID-19 charity. Dedicated to those affected by the pandemic across the country, our ambition is to provide a vital range of digital support to adults, young people, and children.

covidaidcharity.org

Charity

Registered charity no. SC050843

Member since April 2021

About us

Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the UK, both positively and negatively.

Factors include the sheer scale of the number of deaths, the proportion of the population who have had a positive test result, the number of people – roughly estimated to be one in ten – who exhibit symptoms for 12 weeks or longer, as well as the direct and indirect effects on mental and physical health and wellbeing for a significant proportion of the population. With no UK-wide initiative or charity specifically dedicated to supporting those affected by the pandemic, we believe that there is a vital need for a new charity as the pandemic enters a new phase – from crisis to chronic. It is evident that the effects of COVID-19 will be with us for years to come, as we enter a period of recovery and reflection.

Need

Is there a need for a COVID-specific charity? After all, the public and social sectors, charities, community groups, and other local organisations have all been doing amazing work – and refocusing existing services. The simple answer is Yes. All of the above organisations have enviable reputations in their respective fields, however, we would argue that a more joined up and holistic approach is required. This would involve organisations working collaboratively with existing services to identify and fill the gaps within service provision. There needs to be a recognition that the role of health in economic development – which has traditionally been peripheral at best – will likely form a more important and explicit part of national and local rebuilding.

Purpose

Launching in May 2021, covid:aid will be the first UK-wide charity and initiative dedicated to providing the widest possible range of guidance and support digitally to adults, young people, and children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, directly or indirectly.