£10k fundraiser set up to help five Solidarity Funds this winter

Katherine Johnston (23 November, 2020)

The scheme, created by Mutual Aid groups, helps neighbours in need

40682Volunteers from Herne Hill solidarity fund handing out flyers before the winter lockdown

The volunteers behind five ‘solidarity funds’ giving no-strings financial support to struggling Londoners have launched a Christmas Crowdfunder.

Created by Mutual Aid groups, the grassroots solidarity funds include grant-making bodies covering Herne Hill, Goose Green, SE15, SE16 and East London’s Newham. 

All money is donated by residents living in the same area, and given to applicants who are struggling financially due to the pandemic – with no selection criteria.

The fundraising drive aims to raise £10,000 to help see people through the winter. Already, £23,000 has been given out to help cover basic costs from food to bills. 

One person to benefit from the SE15 fund told its administrators the payment was the difference between “having food and fuel – or not”.

Seth, one of the fund’s administrators, explained how the simple idea is a cost-effective and quick way to help people living round the corner.

“The solidarity funds in our network grew from a desire to create something different. There are no barriers to accessing the funds, the aim is to redistribute wealth locally a little. 

“Another lockdown means increased pressure on the most vulnerable in our community, and when combined with the rising heating bills that winter brings, we predict the need for the various funds will be greater than ever. 

“That’s why we’ve decided to join together with a target of raising £10,000 to be shared between the funds and help as many people as possible.”

To donate, visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/london-solidarity-fundraiser 

If you are interested in starting up a Solidarity Fund where you live, contact solidarityfundfederation@gmail.com

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