Army of students provides the antidote to self-isolation with an app that connects young and old

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Since the global outbreak of Covid-19 companies all over the world have joined the fight against the disease. As the contagion is forecast to peak in the UK over the coming weeks, one company is turning its hand to making sure that the old and vulnerable have the supplies and support they need. 

UniTaskr, the student task app founded by entrepreneurs Joseph Black & Oliver Jacobs in 2016, is mobilising its army of 10,000 low-risk students, to safely deliver essentials to those in isolation. We’re very proud to be supporting UniTaskr’s efforts with marketing, PR and exposure for the initiative via The Viral Group’s social platforms.

UniTaskr, based in London and Manchester, launched their #Task4Help help initiative last week in a bid to recruit more helping hands and thousands of students have already pledged their support.

How it works:

  • The public post a delivery task, on the UniTaskr app or website outlining key information, such as what they need, when they need it and where they need it delivered.
  • Local students are notified and can apply for the task.  
  • The original poster can then assign a student to the task and are put into a private chat to communicate the finer details.
  • When goods are purchased, the student sends through an image of the receipt alongside an updated task price for the buyer to release payment and delivery can then be made. 
  • The student can choose to waive the cost of the items purchased or time given. 

The #Task4Help initiative is available throughout the UK, to anyone who requires assistance, whether that be an elderly person who is unable to leave their home or a single mum who needs nappies for her child. Whatever the task, big or small, UniTaskr has an army of students ready and willing to help those in need.  The UniTaskr platform can also be used by family members or friends to post a task on someone’s behalf.

Member of UniTaskr & student, Chi Chin (21), from Manchester said, “At first I did the task to make a little bit of pocket money while my usual job is on hold, but messaging and hearing about vulnerable people not being able to get their shopping is really heart-breaking. I thought I’m not doing anything useful in my house anyway, why not go out there and actually help people who need it? It was a simple task, they didn’t ask for many things, and I got to go out and have some fresh air while helping someone in need. It’s great!”

The founders of UniTaskr, Joseph Black and Oliver Jacobs, have always had a strong sense of corporate social responsibility and built UniTaskr on an ethos of ‘people before profits’ – the decision to do something meaningful amid the coronavirus crisis is no different.

Joseph said, “When the virus started to impact the economy, we immediately started to think about how we could help the most ‘at-risk’ people and at the same time, empower our army of students”.

UniTaskr user, Nina (82), from Hertfordshire said, ” UniTaskr has been my saviour as I am alone and isolated. It was easy to use and the delightful, friendly young people that have helped me have been incredible. Even had chats from my window. Thank you to these lovely young students and to UniTaskr.”

UniTaskr can be accessed via both website and app. (www.unitaskr.com) and is available on both Android and IOS app stores.

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