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Issue of the Week (30th March 2020)

Living in these unprecedented times, now that school is closed, you’re likely to be spending a lot of time online in the coming weeks and months. We know that, as Debate Mate students, now that your sessions aren’t running you’ll be wanting to keep your minds occupied!

This is why you should read Debate Mate’s Issue of the Week. Each week we are taking on the burning issue that the world is talking about, giving you tips and tricks to cope with quarantine, and informing you of all sides of the argument. Not only that, you’ll also be able to watch our #AdeAsks Series to see what the Debate Mate Team’s views on the topic are. And, you’ll also be able to get involved in our socials, win prizes and contribute to the national conversation.

In the first week of quarantine, the question on everyone’s minds has been: How can I help my community?

(You can watch our #AdeAsks episode to see how the Debate Mate Team has responded.)

You may be wondering why community is so important when we are all self isolating? Well community plays a key role in all of our lives – whether or not we are in the midst of a global pandemic. Communities usually come together to support vulnerable populations, to share knowledge, to be united by a common goal, to change the system and to build resilience in difficult times. All of these functions of a community have now been cast into the limelight, making them a crucial part of the world’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Quarantine Tips

So what can you do right now to help everyone out?

  1. The easiest thing you can do is STAY AT HOME! More broadly speaking, you should keep up to date with and follow the government’s advice. They are making daily broadcasts to update the nation. Lucky for you, we are summarising all the key information every day on our Insta story.
  2. You can provide support to vulnerable people and the elderly in your area through Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK. This grassroots, volunteer-led organisation is providing help for people who are unable to support themselves. Make sure you prioritise safety first at all times and read the guidelines to ensure you don’t spread the virus further.
  3. You can self-report any symptoms that you do (or don’t) have using this app set up by King’s College London. The data will help the scientists identify high risk areas in the UK, better understand the coronavirus symptoms, and measure the speed at which the disease is spreading.
  4. Help those in your household. Most will be feeling more anxious than usual, and so it’s critical that families and co-dwellers stick together and foster a supportive environment at home.

This Week’s Motion 

As the UK has made an unprecedented offer to cover 80% of employed and self-employed workers’ wages up to £2500 per month, it has begged the question as to whether we should all be provided with a Universal Basic Income? Want to find out more about what this means? You can head to our featured motion: This House Would Introduce a Universal Basic Income  to learn the Prop and Op arguments and even set up a debate on the issue with your friends and family.

When communities come together, they have the power to change the world for the better. Whether through finding common solutions to global issues, building resilience in difficult times, or supporting those who are most in need – let’s start now!


#AdeAsks is a thought-provoking series where you can stay up-to-date with current issues that affect you. You can even suggest topics for Ade to cover in a forthcoming #AdeAsks! These are a great way to broaden your knowledge, and discuss an important current issue with friends or in your Debate Mate club.

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