In line with our values as an open, collaborative charity, we share our monthly reviews and quarterly reports with trustees, volunteers and the public. This means we can show our progress and hear your feedback on how to better support those affected by Covid-19 across the UK.
Stress Awareness Month was our charity focus throughout April as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the mental and physical wellbeing of people across the UK. As a result, we experienced significant growth on our Support Community and were able to expand the information and resources we provide. Thanks to all volunteers, ambassadors and experts who contributed this month.
April also saw covid:aid being shortlisted as a finalist for Charity of the Year in the Scottish Charity Awards 2022! This is a great honour for our charity as we approach our first year anniversary next month and highlights the incredible amount we have achieved in a short period of time. You can help us to win the People's Choice Award (potentially in addition to Charity of the Year!) by voting for covid:aid as your favourite finalist. Winners will be announced on 15 June.
April highlights include:
Charity of the Year Nomination: We are nominated for the headline Charity of the Year award in the Scottish Charity Awards 2022. This qualifies us for the People's Choice Award too, which you can vote in by clicking here.
Expert Tips and Advice: Charity Ambassador, Gavin Perrett, shared his invaluable expertise throughout Stress Awareness month, providing our community with tips on how to deal with Covid-related stress and anxiety.
Community Growth: We now have 600+ users on our Support Community with daily active members up by 161%. The platform is fast becoming a hub for Long Covid support, courses and live events, and the new home for many groups in need of a micro-community space.
Fantastic Fundraisers: covid:aid Founder and CEO, Michael MacLennan, took on the 22.6 mile Kiltwalk in Glasgow while our Head of Fundraising, Dani, asked for donations instead of presents for her birthday - both helped to raise £1,200 for covid:aid this month! Get involved here.
Thanks to all who continue to support our charity. In May, we celebrate our first birthday, marking a time to celebrate all we have achieved in the last year and look forward to the support we can provide for communities affected by Covid-19 in the year ahead. While attention in the UK shifts away from the pandemic, we will continue to keep Covid on the agenda by flagging the need for crucial health and wellbeing support.
Click here to view the April monthly highlights report in full-screen.