Whether struggling with the virus, the worsening effects of other illnesses or increased social isolation, across 2020 and 2021 the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns have seen more and more people struggle to get by.

Throughout this time, a partnership between Accelerating Ideas innovators GoodGym and the British Red Cross has helped 1,000s of people access help and support from local volunteers.

GoodGym is a community of runners who provide support and company to people who need it. They take referrals from organisations working in communities and have worked with the British Red Cross supporting people awaiting hospital treatment or being discharged from hospital since 2016. But the pandemic saw the relationship take on a new life as more and more people required support and help.

At the heart of the partnership is the principle of people helping people: communities coming together to support those coming out of hospital, recovering from illness, or struggling to complete certain household tasks. These are just some of their stories.

You can read more about the partnership here.