People across south east London and Dartford are rallying behind their local communities and offering up their free time and resources to support those who need it during the coronavirus outbreak.

With 480 confirmed cases in London alone, 55 deaths across the UK, and new advice advising more at-risk people to self-isolate, there is more need than ever for communities to rally round and support each other.

In Greenwich, the council has started signing up volunteers to "support the response to Covid-19" within the borough.

On Sunday, council leader Dan Thorpe thanked everyone who had been getting in touch with them to offer to help organise a community response to the outbreak.

Over 400 people signed up within a few hours, and in order to get all interest in one place, Greenwich Council are asking people to fill in this form.

Towards Kent, a Facebook group called the 'Covid-19 mutual aid group Dartford' has been set up by a local resident and Labour Councillor Kelly Grehan.

The group, which already has well over 2,000 members, is offering guidance and services such as food drop offs, urgent supplies and even online yoga classes to the isolated and elderly.

Kelly said she started the group on Saturday because: "I felt that people were looking for a way of helping each other out and needed an avenue to do so.

"I also felt that there was a bit of a gulf of information that needed to be filled before rumour took over.

"I'm really pleased so many people have offered each other help. I'm so proud of our community."

People in the group are offering services ranging from dropping off basic supplies to a friendly call with someone stuck in isolation.

Tammy Foster, a yoga and kinesiology therapist is one of those helping, offering daily video tips on yoga movement (including chair yoga for those less mobile), breathing and meditation techniques.

She said she lived in this community and wanted it to be a supportive one, adding that in times like these our mental health will suffer if we don't have tricks up out sleeves to stay healthy mentally and physically.

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The Dartford Deeds Not Words Foundation collects toiletry donations all year round, and this week has been taking supplies to elderly care wards and homes.

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The group are also taking Mother's Day presents to women at Rosewood Mum's and babies unit.

Another offering help is the Landlord of the Bird in Hand on Dartford Road, who has been requesting food donations from patrons and local residents to deliver to elderly residents and vulnerable people, and are now just looking for those in need to get in touch.

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One person on the group is offering elderly neighbours or relatives in isolation free dog-walking services, whilst many others are on the group offering their own services or simply a phone call to those who need it.

If you'd like to get involved or join the group, follow this link.

There are now mutual aid groups across the country, follow this link to find your local.