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Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.


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Human interaction and support from friends and family are crucial lifelines to help us through times of crisis. But the pandemic we face has brought social distancing measures that are making those usual routes to support redundant. With increased demand across the health, care and voluntary sectors, organisations are being forced to reinvent how they provide urgent support to those most in need.


Voluntary initiatives have been established across the country over the last few weeks, harnessing the time and skills of local people. Wondering how to contribute with your knowledge, experience and time? Whether it's with specialist skills that are in high demand or volunteering initiatives in your local community, find ways to support the effort to respond to COVID-19. This is an evolving resource and we welcome suggestions for additions within the existing sections, or for new ones at [email protected].

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Mutual Aid groups have been set up around the country to support the most vulnerable in communities. Find out how to become part of their network.

Nesta grantee GoodGym offers support to anyone self-isolating, whether they need special deliveries or help around the house.

Digital connectivity during COVID-19 has become a lifeline for the most vulnerable. ScotlandIS have set up an initiative to find, equip, train and support everyone in Scotland who lacks access to digital services.

Add any spare time you have to a map of people and businesses who are offering to help out those who have self-isolated.

Volunteer an hour of your time on a call with a charity that needs digital advice. From adapting to remote working, to delivering programmes online, help charities affected by COVID reach their charitable aims.