A set of tech companies including a leading proptech firm have launched an initiative to help those who have been left isolated and lonely by the fast-developing Coronavirus crisis.
CoronaFriend.com has been built and launched in under two weeks and will help local people shield and assist elderly and vulnerable neighbours.
Inspired by the recent phenomenon of local champions who have put leaflets through the doors of neighbouring homes, the website includes an interactive map that enables local champions to take responsibility for a street, helps local volunteers to coordinate their activities and identify which addresses and residents need help.
Volunteers can use the proptech platform to download a ready-made leaflet to print off and post through neighbours’ letter boxes, offering help with things like shopping and cooking or to simply arrange a chat to combat loneliness.
The free service has been created by a group of tech company pioneers including Orla Shields of Kamma, which is a service that provides letting agents, lenders and local authorities data and analysis about select and HMO licensing schemes around the UK.
“In the face of the appalling human cost of the COVID-19 virus, the outpouring of community support has been so inspiring, and we wanted to do what we could to help,” says Shield.
“I am so proud of my team for working tirelessly to use our expertise to bring structure to the massive volunteering effort, allowing volunteers to more easily provide their support where it is needed.”