What can you do during lockdown?
Not many of us are frontline workers but we all want to contribute.
We all need to do something positive with our time.
Choose to make your community stronger. There are 66 million of us in the UK and we’re all in this together.
What can you give them? Your lifetime of experience and skills. This is one of the most valuable things you have: a wealth of knowledge that could benefit everyone. Perhaps you don’t know how much you know. Perhaps you don’t know how valuable it could be to everyone else. But it's there, and it is valuable – we promise you.
The exercise of preparing to share your knowledge is a great one. It forces you to think through what you know, how people would learn it and how you should communicate it. It makes your knowledge valuable. Try it.
So take action. Do something positive. Do something for everyone. Share a skill today.
Some of us can bake. Some of us fix bicycles. Some of us know accounting or marketing. Start with a simple video. Use your mobile phone or PC. Here are our tips for that.
When you’ve done it, post it on social media or share with your community on a whatsapp group. If you post with the hashtag #66ofus, we’ll know that you have done it and we can highlight your video here. You can submit your video directly and we’ll put it up for the world to see straight away.
The best thing you can do is to give a live class. It’s so easy now. So many of us are now used to talking to people on Zoom, Skype or Houseparty. You can show everyone what you are doing and they can show you as they practice it.
Actually helping someone learn something – live, in front of you – is a wonderful experience. Of course they won’t get it right the first time. Nor will you. But they will gradually learn; and they will use that skill for years to come; and every time they do, they will remember who shared it with them. It is on these bonds that community lives.
66 of Us is free and run by volunteers. It has no commercial links. We’ll do it as long as it helps and then we’ll go back to our day jobs.
If you want to get in touch, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on social media.
… and a quick shout out to the team!
Leo Austin, Andy Jacobs, Claire Antsey, Neil Tadman, Sam Deans, Nathaniel Kumar, Jason Glassick, Helen Couchman and James Brilliant. Special thanks also to Nikki Wordsmith, Gareth Owen, Nik Soni, Alex Austin, Rupert Ponsonby, Rosamund Barton, Gavin Hewitt and many, many more.