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Four in 10 pandemic-era mutual aid groups still active, UK data suggests

Four in 10 of the mutual aid groups that were set up at the start of the pandemic to make it easier for neighbours to help each other are still active and many have become established charities helping local people cope with the cost of living crisis, analysis suggests.

When the pandemic began, an estimated 4,000 mutual aid groups sprang up to offer assistance to those in need with a range of essential activities, from food shopping to collecting prescriptions and providing Covid information.

Analysis by the We’re Right Here campaign of 1,000 mutual aid Facebook groups that launched in March 2020 found that 41% were still offering support to their local communities 25 months later. With fewer people self-isolating, they have moved on to help people in other ways, for instance through community kitchens, food banks and skills exchanges.

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