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Share your stories of kindness with #LondonTogether

Written by Alice Skeats

The impact of Covid-19 will be felt by all in some way, be it direct health impacts, mental wellbeing or loneliness, financial insecurity, supporting loved ones and those in isolation, working on the frontline, or making drastic lifestyle changes. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected and to recognise the good things we are doing to support one another. 

That’s why we’ve teamed up with the Mayor of London to officially support the #LondonTogether campaign. Through the campaign, the Mayor is encouraging everyone to use the hashtag #LondonTogether to share their positive stories and messages of thanks over the coming weeks across social media sites, including Nextdoor. 

At the heart of this campaign is the belief that our best chance of getting through this challenging time is by maximising the power of community. Just because we have to be apart, doesn’t mean we’re not working together. 

#LondonTogether will bring together key messages and highlight examples of goodwill and support that will help keep spirits high and show that good stuff is happening all across London. The hashtag is a way to share key public health information, to promote resources that offer support for mental health and businesses, and to express gratitude and thanks to our key workers. 

The Mayor of London is partnering with Nextdoor to promote the use of #LondonTogether and to develop local support networks to boost community spirits. By telling others about what you are doing in your community and by using the hashtag #LondonTogether, you will be supporting your neighbours to remain connected at a time when they need it most. We’d love to know if you have helped your neighbours or local community through Nextdoor.

To get involved, share a post on Nextdoor using the hashtag #LondonTogether and tell us about a local neighbour, business or entire community that is making a difference. Don’t forget you can share photos and videos too! 

By using the hashtag #LondonTogether, you may be contacted to have your post re-shared on Mayor of London social media channels. The Mayor may also highlight some of the best stories each Friday during his weekly video round-up.  

Take some inspiration from Alex in Bermondsey. Alex posted on Nextdoor after watching the Prime Minister’s press conference outlining the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alex didn’t just want to sit by and do nothing – she was worried for her community and was determined to help. Being single, she felt it was important to get connected with her neighbours in case she herself became ill and isolated and might have to reach out to her community for help if the time came.

She posted on Nextdoor offering to help anyone who needed it and received over 50 responses within hours of encouragement and assistance. 

Vanessa, a local who’s in her 80s, reached out to Alex to ask if she could pick up her new glasses from the opticians and some shopping. Alex dropped the items off at Vanessa’s doorstep and the two chatted between the window for over 30 minutes. 

Alex says “We got on fabulously and have agreed that I’ll come round for tea once this all clears. I feel like I’ve made a new friend who I never would have met otherwise and I think we are both very grateful for that.”

If you want to get more involved in your local community during this difficult time, why not raise a digital hand and let your neighbours know you’re available with our Help Map. Our Help Map is an interactive map of your neighbourhood, where you can mark yourself as someone who is available to help out and support a neighbour in need. Nextdoor members can add themselves to the map detailing the errands or support they can provide to elderly and vulnerable neighbours or those at risk. The map then lets you see your neighbourhood and the people available to help. It could be as simple as digitally checking in on someone via Nextdoor. 

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