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Apart but not Alone: Neighbour support and the COVID-19 lockdown

Biddle, Michele; Jones, Mat

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Mathew Jones Matthew.Jones@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Public Health



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Our presentation covers the following themes: (a) Characteristics of neighbour support during the UK COVID-19 lockdown, including a comparison with more formal voluntary and statutory sector support; (b) relationship between area-based deprivation and neighbour support; (c) impact of social capital on the experiences of lockdown; and (d) successes and challenges of neighbour support, including the role of social media platforms in creating hyper-local communities. We draw upon evidence from the ‘Apart but not Alone’ study, which aims to understand the characteristics of neighbour support during the UK COVID-19 lockdown and associations with area-based deprivation. This study comprises three phases: (1) an online survey of people engaged in neighbour support in the initial period of lockdown, promoted through several channels including postcode-based Facebook mutual aid groups; (2) in-depth interviews with some survey respondents to better understand the lived experiences of lockdown; and (3) a follow-on survey focused on neighbour support following the easing of UK lockdown restrictions.

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Biddle, M., & Jones, M. (2020, September). Apart but not Alone: Neighbour support and the COVID-19 lockdown. Presented at Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research e-Conference 2020 - ‘Times like these’: Researching civil society responses to and recovery from COVID-19

Presentation Conference Type Other
Conference Name Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research e-Conference 2020 - ‘Times like these’: Researching civil society responses to and recovery from COVID-19
Start Date Sep 7, 2020
Deposit Date Sep 9, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 9, 2020
Keywords Community activism, mutual aid, informal care, social capital, inequalities, crisis response and recovery, voluntarism
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6666953

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