Earlier this year, Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) partnered with other churches and local aid organisations to collaborate on #nietalleen, an online platform where those in need can seek help with day-to-day tasks, and facilitate those who can lend a helping hand to do so. Over the next few months of partial lockdown, thousands of requests for help were linked to churches, and organisations that had registered with #nietalleen.

People saw the best of Netherlands as groceries or medicines were delivered, dogs were taken for a walk, telephone calls were made to older congregation members and food was collected for the food bank. The #nietalleen telephone line continued to be kept open to link requests to local initiatives, or for those who simply need a chat. Visit https://nietalleen.nl/ if you are able to offer or need assistance.