26 March 2020 | Prithvi Pandya
Property professionals from Greystar, SAY Consulting, deverellsmith, and Be Original have joined forces to create a central register whereby the real estate industry can pledge support to the NHS and healthcare workers fighting Covid-19.
The initiative repurposes the Do Some Good platform, which launched earlier in the year when MIPIM 2020 was cancelled to encourage delegates to use the time for charitable endeavours instead.
The website will act as a 'one-stop shop' for businesses to offer space, supplies, manpower and other resources to help NHS personnel to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
The property industry and its supply chain can sign up and offer help through Do Some Good in three main ways:
- Providing space, such as temporary beds for workers or car parking;
- Sourcing medical supplies and personal protective equipment; and
- Offering operational support, such as logistics or facilities management.
The Do Some Good team will consolidate the industry's efforts to allocate resources more efficiently and is also interested in hearing from volunteers.
Adina David, founder of Ladies in Real Estate and director of Flexible Housing at Greystar, said: "Now, more than ever, the real estate industry must come together as a community to support the NHS. Real estate is a people-focused industry. It is vital to take care and give back to our heroes in the NHS and healthcare industry, who are working valiantly to look after us during this time. We must do our part as individuals and as an industry to ensure that healthcare workers on the front line have the support required."
Andrew Deverell-Smith, founder and CEO of deverellsmith, said: "The real estate industry has always had people at its heart - now is the time to make sure that the people on the front line have the right resources and supplies to truly make a difference. Offering operational support, storage facilities and equipment where possible will play a crucial role in alleviating pressures on the NHS."
Do Some Good is looking for volunteers to pool offers of assistance with the following:
Space (in support of the UK Apartment Association initiative):
- space for critical care beds
- space/accommodation for NHS workers to self-isolate in (no individual flats)
- car parking spaces
- storage space and medical supplies
Medical-grade masks (e.g. n95 masks, existing PPE or 3D printed)
- single-use gloves
- face shields
- respirators and other medical supplies
Operational support and other supplies (for temporary accommodation for NHS workers)
- management of residential facilities
- management of logistics/storage
- furniture procurement
- procurement and cleaning of linen
- cooked meals
- food or other donations