A free online service that matches people with others to share knowledge and skills via video call – whether you need a maths tutor or want to learn how to cook – has adapted to match volunteers with people who need help during the Covid-19 crisis.
CareToShare, now free to use until July next year, uses geolocation to show volunteers if there are self-isolating elderly and less able people nearby who need help food shopping and getting medicine or who could do with some emotional support.
It’s hoped the site will help bolster the already growing sense of community in the UK as people come together to support each other through the public health emergency.
Co-founder and CEO Nicholas Segrue said: “As the reality of the enormity of the COVID-19 crisis dawned on us, we immediately switched into a state of ‘what can we do to help people using the technology we have?'”
As the coronavirus crisis grew across the globe, CareToShare saw a 400 per cent surge in traffic – both from people looking to help out vulnerable people in their area and from those who had lost streams of income and hoped to earn some extra money through tutoring or sharing other skills.
“We soon realised people would continue to learn new skills using our website,” Segrue added. “We then rapidly built a Covid-19 support tasks section so that users could take advantage of our geolocation function to assist the elderly and vulnerable near them that needed help such as getting their food shopping, collecting prescriptions and providing phone calls for the lonely.