Caledonian & Barnsbury Wards Covid Mutual Aid

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Coordinates mutual aid in the Caledonian/Barnsbury wards of Islington

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89 individuals and 2 organizations have contributed

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11 individuals have contributed

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Top financial contributors

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Rachael

£520 GBP since May 2020

2
Incognito

£500 GBP since Apr 2020

3
Melanie Johnson

£500 GBP since Aug 2020

4
Robert Hoare Nairne

£400 GBP since Apr 2020

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Incognito

£350 GBP since Apr 2020

6
400 Caledonian Road Community Fund

£350 GBP since Apr 2020

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Incognito

£300 GBP since May 2020

8
Bright Start East

£300 GBP since Jun 2020

9
Stephanie Cheung

£300 GBP since Aug 2020

10
Ray Jones

£290 GBP since Apr 2020

11
Incognito

£200 GBP since May 2020

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Incognito

£195 GBP since May 2020

13
Gudrun Vickery

£180 GBP since Apr 2020

14
John Farndon

£150 GBP since Apr 2020

15
Harriette Ashcroft

£113 GBP since Aug 2020

Organizations

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Highbury Vale Blackstock Trust

£2k GBP since Jun 2020

2
Highbury Vale Blackstock Trust

£800 GBP since Sep 2020

3
The Social Change Nest Collective

£100 GBP since Apr 2020

4
Canonbury Mutual Aid

£100 GBP since Sep 2020

What's new with Caledonian & Barnsbury Wards Covid Mutual Aid

Stay up to dates with our latest activities and progress.

Our foodbank needs your help!

It’s been a pretty rough five months since the pandemic started, but we are so proud of what we have achieved in our community. Ordinary folks from across the Caledonian and Barnsbury Wards have pulled together to provide really important s...
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Published on August 24, 2020 by Kevin Smith

Our food bank in action

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far
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Published on May 25, 2020 by Kevin Smith

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See how money openly circulates through Caledonian & Barnsbury Wards Covid Mutual Aid. All contributions and all expenses are published in our transparent public ledger. Learn who is donating, how much, where is that money going, submit expenses, get reimbursed and more!

Monthly financial contribution to Caledonian & Barnsbury ...

from Incognito9/25/2020

+£50.00GBP
Completed

Financial contribution to Caledonian & Barnsbury Wards Co...

from Highbury Vale Blackstock Trust9/10/2020

+£800.00GBP
Completed

Monthly financial contribution to Caledonian & Barnsbury ...

from Incognito9/10/2020

+£100.00GBP
Completed

Today’s balance

£3,390.89 GBP

Estimated annual budget

~ £12,670.14 GBP

Caledonian & Barnsbury Wards Covid Mutual Aid is all of us

Our contributors 96

Everyone who has supported Caledonian & Barnsbury Wards Covid Mutual Aid. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

Robert Hoare ...
Admin

Total contributions

£400 GBP

Highbury Vale...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£2,400 GBP

Highbury Vale...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£800 GBP

Rachael
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£520 GBP

With huge gratitude to K, P and S for their months of sterling work in getting the shopping done : )

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£500 GBP

Melanie Johnson
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£500 GBP

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£350 GBP

Stay strong everyone!

400 Caledonia...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£350 GBP

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£300 GBP

Bright Start ...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£300 GBP

About

We are a group of people who live in the Caledonian and Barnsbury wards of Islington who have come together to promote and coordinate mutual aid during the Covid-19 lockdown.

This fund has been created to both  help complement food donations for our weekly food bank in which we deliver food parcels and hot meals to households in need and to cover the costs of providing some basic needs for those self-isolating and unable to cover these costs. This would be used in emergency scenarios as we do not want to replace the day-to-day payment of people picking up groceries and prescriptions.

We intentionally DON'T want to create a large pool of money with this. We just want to have a small pool of ongoing money that we can use to cover expenses where necessary. We don't want this fund to replace the day-to-day payment of people who are picking up groceries and prescriptions.

Our group does not have any external affiliations except loose ones to other local mutual aid groups. Our group of about 12 coordinators for the wards of Caledonian and Barnsbury mostly did not know each other before we came together a few weeks ago. A few of us happen to be members of political parties e.g. the Labour Party, but most are not and it’s absolutely not a requirement for coordinators or volunteers to have a particular external political commitment. We won’t tolerate any kind of spam, abuse or demeaning language in our groups, but other than that we welcome people of all political persuasions.

That doesn’t mean there are no politics at all involved in mutual aid - it’s just not politics in the usual sense. For example in our coordinating work we place an emphasis on helping the disadvantaged, as they are even worse affected by this crisis, and some of their current problems stem more from structural economic disadvantages than the virus.

In addition, mutual aid has a long history that carries with it commitments to a few important ideas:

Mutual aid is just that, mutual, it goes both ways. There are no specialised classes of helpers and helpees. This is good because it means we all can both give and take, build our capabilities, and trust one another in the neighborhood. In this way it’s not like a charity, no one is a saviour and no one should be embarrassed to ask for help.

Mutual aid is also not like charity in other ways. Except for a very very small reserve of money to help buy food for the food bank if requests happen very suddenly, we don’t handle money, and generally avoid being part of the “nonprofit industrial complex”. No one gets paid, etc.

In addition we don’t have rules about who qualifies for help. We try to trust people to tell us what they need, rather than regulate them.

We’re also not part of the government. While we work from time to time with the local council because it’s in the best interest of the community (e.g. following NHS guidelines, coordinating with NHS about discharge patients, coordinating with the council about the food bank and food vouchers), we make decisions separately from them, and are well aware that there are issues with e.g. government policies or, for example, the way the police operate.

There are minimal hierarchical structures. We try to make decisions in a transparent way, by consensus and (as you can see) devolve decision-making to small local groups as much as possible. 

The goal is firstly the health of our community at this difficult time, but also the building of mutual support in the community for the long run.

We hope this makes sense and would be more than happy to answer any questions that you have about this. You can also see some good resources on the long and fascinating history of mutual aid here: http://bigdoorbrigade.com/what-is-mutual-aid/