Podcast: The Rise of Mutual Aid

July 13, 2020  

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The public response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of much-needed hope.

Thousands of spontaneous, voluntary Mutual Aid groups have emerged to support the most vulnerable people in our society. They are supplying food and medicine, connecting with those who are lonely, and organising community resources. In many cases these groups have been able to help people far more rapidly and flexibly than traditional public services.

This podcast is a companion to a research project from New Local focused on Mutual Aid. We explore the impact of this movement, the role of local government in supporting it, and how to sustain this community spirit in future.  

Authors Dr Simon Kaye and Luca Tiratelli their findings from months of interviews with Mutual Aid groups across the country. We also hear from Dawn Hirons and David Howard – the couple behind the Howden Helpers in Yorkshire – a remarkable Mutual Aid project that saw neighbours offer shopping, perscriptions and wellbeing services to each other. 

Music by Ruth Bulman: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ruth-bulman-a5b062107