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We’re in this together: Echo’s response to Covid-19

By Sarah Henderson

*Content pasted from our newsletter, Tuesday 17th March 2020*

We are grateful to be part of such a positive, creative and supportive community with you all, and in these worrying times, we need each other more than ever.

We hope that Echo can be a useful tool in this period of uncertainty and anxiety, so we’ve put together a few suggestions for how we can help each other out and share skills and support.

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– Ideas for sharing your skills and talents remotely

– Support for freelancers, small businesses and people working from home

– Ways to keep your spirits up

Stay well, take care of each other and please let us know if we can help.

We are spending time over the coming days exploring how Echo can be of most use during this time. If you have ideas or suggestions, we would love to hear from you!

Team Echo 💛

Sharing skills and talents remotely

One of our favourite things about Echo is bringing people together IRL (in real life) – but where meeting in person becomes more difficult, there are lots of skills and services that can be shared remotely, via video, phone or email.

If you’re finding yourself with some extra time on your hands, and/or you’d like to offer something to your fellow Echo members, why not add some listings for services you could offer remotely?

A few examples of things that can work well…

– Creative services such as design, branding, copywriting, web development

– Language learning or conversation

– Admin tasks like data processing, transcribing or setting up systems

– Creative classes or lessons like music, art and craft

– Wellbeing services like meditation, coaching and yoga

– Strategic support and advice like business planning, budgeting and finance, project management

– Support or advice for freelancers and small businesses dealing with the current challenges

– Whatever you can dream up!

You can head on over to the marketplace to add a new offer or update an existing one.

You can simply indicate within your listing that the service will be offered remotely. We recommend tools like Skype or Zoom to host video calls, and Google Drive to create and share documents and spreadsheets etc.

Support for freelancers, small businesses and people working from home

We know this is a scary time for freelancers and small businesses. We don’t have all the answers, but we’ve collated a few sources of support below. We are also exploring what remote workshops / webinars or other support programmes we can offer to small business owners struggling during this time. Again, please let us know if you have ideas.

– The latest government information on support available for small businesses can be found here

– London Growth Hub has collated loads of useful info and guidance for small businesses on responding to Covid-19 here

– There is information here on how small businesses can apply for a Coronavirus Interruption Loan

– We found this resource which you may find helpful – with ideas ranging from transitioning your skills online, to alternative ideas for work

If you’re adapting to working from home, we’re also exploring what support we can offer to help create structure for home workers, and support positive mental wellbeing during this time.

And a note for all of us – wherever possible, please keep supporting local small businesses with your custom, even if it’s more remotely via purchasing online. It really makes a difference.

Keeping your spirits up

We’re feeling cheered by some of the fantastic community responses to the crisis, and different ways that people are looking out for each other. Here are a few  resources and sources of support you might find useful.

– Viral kindness cards – to share local support particularly with those who are vulnerable

– A list of Mutual Aid Groups – FB groups in pretty much every area of the UK to share local help and support

– Echo member Francesca Elisia is running a short 5 – 10 minute daily meditation via Instagram live at 7pm – a nice way to ground yourself each day

– We love this instagram account @artofsocialdistancing which shares work from art exhibitions impacted by the pandemic

Please do send us anything that’s keeping your spirits up currently, and we’ll share in our next community email.