There are many differences from the busy world of before. I count myself as one of the lucky ones as in lockdown, not only was I still working but living with my family and playing online games with my friends. I escaped what looked like the worst parts of lockdown: loneliness and financial worries. I am a Donor Carer for the NHS, taking blood on the mobile unit. In my role I briefly chatted to hundreds of donors and it felt like we had become a social hub, for many people this was their only journey outside in weeks, and unlike the supermarket, here they got to talk to people. There were many new donors and the overwhelming feeling that people were desperate to help in some way because of the suffering from the virus. It was both sad and heart-warming to see.
Despite the negative effects the virus has had on people, I cannot help but notice how healthy the local environment looks. I live near the middle of a town and a pheasant appeared on our road, the air is cleaner, and the roadsides of my commute look brighter. Everyone is gardening, building many spectacular flower gardens which I have seen an abundance of bees visiting. I hope that as people slowly return to normal life that they will see this too and be motivated to protect it. Having seen nature build so quickly, and with the general knowledge that we need a healthy natural world, it should seem feasible to everyone that we can at least look after our local spaces better.
Interested in volunteering in health? Most opportunities in health are coordinated locally so you should visit the web pages of your local health organisations for more information on what opportunities are available.
For more information about volunteering in general and to find local opportunities you can visit or contact your local volunteer centre, or search via https://do-it.org/. Alternatively, you can visit the NCVO (National Council for Voluntary organisations) web page ‘I want to volunteer’ for everything you need to know to get started or you can also search for volunteering opportunities in your local area on the Volunteering Matters web pages.
New or existing blood donors can use our online service to book an appointment to give blood in England. New donors must be aged between 17-65. Visit the NHS blood doner registration page for more details: https://www.blood.co.uk/the-donation-process/registering-online/
Most people can give blood. You can give blood if you:
are fit and healthy
weigh between 7 stone 12 lbs and 25 stone, or 50kg and 158kg
are aged between 17 and 66 (or 70 if you have given blood before)
are over 70 and have given a full blood donation in the last two years.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice
Please keep donating, particularly if you are:
male – men can donate more often than women
black – Ro blood is needed and is a common type for black donors
O negative – hospitals need this blood type most regularly, as it can be given to all patients
For more information go to the NHS website: https://www.blood.co.uk/who-can-give-blood/
The environmental changes wrought by the coronavirus were first visible from space. Then, as the disease and the lockdown spread, they could be sensed in the sky above our heads, the air in our lungs and even the ground beneath our feet.
For many experts, it is a glimpse of what the world might look like without fossil fuels. But hopes that humanity could emerge from this horror into a healthier, cleaner world will depend not on the short-term impact of the virus, but on the long-term political decisions made about what follows.
Read more in the Guardian article: Climate crisis: in coronavirus lockdown, nature bounces back – but for how long?