As London returns to normal and we all stop jumping every time we hear a siren, let’s not forget that many people are still rebuilding their lives and livelihoods after the riots. There are many ways that you can help: @riotcleanup on Twitter have been leading the national charge, providing people with the latest news of where they can volunteer, donate and, of-course, clean. Communities all around London have been coming together to help rebuild and reclaim the streets, people have been generously making donations and come out in force to show their support, from drinking an anti-riot cup of tea (over 300,000 people have now joined Operation Cup of Tea) to raising money for small businesses.
Want to help? Here are a few ways you can donate and volunteer:
– Tottenham Green Leisure Centre (1 Philip Lane, N15 4JA/020 8489 5322). They are currently collecting phone chargers, pots, pans, plates, cutlery, sanitary products, toiletries and baby products.
– Help rebuild Reeves furniture store in Croydon by donating to pledgebank.com/RebuildReeves.
– Donate to 89-year-old Aaron Biber the Tottenham Barber whose shop was wrecked during the riots at keepaaroncutting.blogspot.com.
– Find out how you can help the Croydon clean-up at croydon.gov.uk.
– Hackney shopkeeper Siva Kandiah’s Clarence Convenience Store was destroyed on Monday evening but you can donate at helpsiva.com.
– Calling all carpenters, electricians and trades-people of any kind – @riot_rebuild are co-ordinating volunteer labour. Go to riot-rebuild.posterous.com.
– Help PIAS-distributed independent record labels suffering from the Sony DADC fire in Enfield at recordlabellove.com.