Covid19 Info, Advice & Support

We have put together a few links below that we hope you will find useful during this Covid-19 crisis.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups informations.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
A selection of links to help you get fit, learn something new, teach your children, find something to watch, listen to or read etc. or just be fancifully distracted.

Donations and Help Wanted


Hackney Food Bank are looking for donations and volunteers STILL URGENT

Hackney Giving coronavirus response fund: we are appealing for funding so that we can support grassroots community organisations affected by the coronavirus crisis with a rapid response programme

North London Action for the Homeless: Covid-19 Emergency Fund
During this crisis, we are operating a take-away service, as well as offering deliveries and regular phone calls to homeless people, people on the margins or without support network.

Please make a donation to the Homerton Hope Charity at Homerton Hospital

Support Hackney Pupils to access learning: Around 400 laptops are urgently needed for pupils from three primary schools who do not have access to technology at home.

Streets Kitchen is a UK & Ireland grassroots group working to help the homeless community, providing daily outreaches with food, clothing and information that benefits our streets. We work in partnership with others across the UK and beyond.

The Access to Justice Foundation, the London Legal Support Trust and its partners across the funding community have come together to fundraise for an emergency appeal that will support a national advice fund that will be available to all free legal services.

Under One Sky: On 4 April 2020, Under One Sky started running an EMERGENCY FOOD ACTION for the homeless still on the streets of London during the Covid-19 lock-down. Despite promises by the Government and Mayor of London, many remain on the streets. In fact, it seems the numbers are growing, fuelled by increasing illegal home evictions and the early release of prisoners. 570 new volunteers have joined us since we started. They are serving an average 200 meals a day in 4 teams. By 25 April 2020, we served over 5000 meals. Please support us if you can.

Spare Hand: We help community organisations find and manage volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

CovidCall provides a free phone service for volunteers to provide local people in self-isolation with local advice and social contact.

Supporting Local Business


No need to wait for a delivery slot from big supermarkets, we have lots of dedicated independent suppliers here in Hackney

Ridley Road market is open for food and essential items, this Twitter account has updates and photos of what is on offer

Central Dairies - Local Milkmen

Dishpatch: Great independents, delivering food & drink

Useful document listing Food Delivery services available in Hackney

Nourished Communities: We bring the finest quality seasonal home-grown produce & products from the English countryside straight to your door.

My Virtual Neighbourhood was born of a desire to keep small businesses going throughout the Coronavirus outbreak.

Plant Pack: Our Plant Packs rescue quality plants destined to be scrapped during lockdown.

Word Up! Support independent bookshops by placing orders via phone, email and online

How to avoid Amazon: the definitive guide to online shopping – without the retail titan

COVID-19: A comprehensive directory of London food+drinks businesses offering delivery and takeaway during lockdown

Serendipity Botanist - Hackney Wick

Jaguarshoes Collective – Foodbox delivery in East London

Stoke Newington business (including non-food)

Spitalfields Shops Open for Business

Organic and sustainable groceries at wholesale prices

Five Points Ale

London Fields Brewery

Tower Green Hamlets Veg Boxes: Affordable, local and seasonal fruit and vegetables

List your business in Forever Local from iZettle

Hackney shops supporting communities in the Corona crisis Facebook Group

Pages of Hackney offering free delivery on books by bike

Stokey Bookshop are similarly offering books and jigsaws

6 ways you can support your Deliveroo driver

Local Support In Hackney


If you want to connect and get involved in your local community the Hackney Covid 19 Mutual Aid Facebook group is a great resource for sharing information that people in Hackney would find useful when supporting each other in our local areas.

It also lists WhatsApp groups you can join for each local ward, some of these also have sub groups at individual street levels. Join your local group to get more details.

If you are worried about elderly relatives in other parts of the country, especially those who are not computer literate, it can be helpful to put them in touch with their local group.
A full list of Mutual Aid groups are here
Alternatively a Facebook search will usually bring up a community group in their area and you can ask them to get in contact.

NHS Nightingale Hospital Volunteers

The NHS will be opening a 4000 bed hospital at the ExCel Centre in London for COVID-19 patients and two further NHS Nightingale Hospital's in Birmingham and Manchester.

Generation Medics are working with the NHS to make a list of people who would be willing to volunteer to work in non-clinical roles at the hospitals.

Hackney Council Volunteer Hub

Hackney Council has launched a volunteering hub to help coordinate the various local efforts that have sprung up in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Also have a look at Volunteer Centre Hackney

Hackney Council Community Support

Use this form to tell us that you or someone you know needs help.

Hackney Council Activities and Support Pages 

Other Groups

Akwaaba: Here is our COVID-19 response local services flyer which we distributed last Sunday to members.

Dalston Subgroup

LGBTIQ+ group for those at risk or able to support others

London COVID-19 Mutual Aid Migrant & Asylum Seeker Support

Local group for supporting those with dogs in isolation

Blackstone Estate Mutual Support Group

General Advice Pages


WHO Myth Busters

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do

Hackney Council Support Pages

A Handy List of Reputable Coronavirus Information and how to spot disinformation online

Modelling and computational data

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Public Law Project: COVID-19 and Universal Credit Advice

Guidance for current students

Government Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

Hackney Resources Gallery, listing

There With You: Essential list of groups, networks and organisations during the coronavirus outbreak

Subscribe to Hackney Council Coronavirus Newsletter for local updates


Rent Advice

London Renters Union - Is the Coronavirus crisis making you worried about how you’ll pay rent? You’re not alone. Help and Advice

Government support available for landlords and renters reflecting the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Rent Strike London


Advice for Small businesses and Self Employed

Coronavirus financial support for businesses: a complete guide

Hackney Council Hot Meals Grant 2020- Application Form
This hot meals grant application invites existing charities, non-profit organisations and social enterprise providers that are already delivering hot food to express interest in financial support from Hackney Council to scale up the existing production and delivery of meals provided to vulnerable residents.
Click here to access application form

Hackney Council: Business Rates Advice

Federation of Small Businesses - Advice Pages

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) - Advice Pages

COVID-19: support for businesses

HM Treasury: How to access government financial support if you or your business has been affected by COVID-19

Closing certain businesses and venues

Hackney Business Network: Latest information, guidance and support for businesses

Coronavirus emergency grants digest, a useful list of emergency grants for businesses and charities that you might want to apply to and links to funders' websites

A regular update from thought leaders in marketing and beyond on how to address the challenges presented by the COVID 19 pandemic


What are my employment rights?

Need an isolation note for your employer? Get one here


Support and Information for Artists

Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers

Support letter from Hackney Mayor

Lessons of Lockdown: What creative freelancers will be doing differently when things return to normal

Yugen Creative Network for sharing job opportunities/availabilities, as well as ideas and helpful resources

Funding sites for artist and designers

Arts Council: Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers

Arts Council: Financial support for organisations outside of the National Portfolio

Arts Council: Support for individuals from Government and other sources

Arts Council Digital Culture Network : Offering advice, guidance and support in handling your digital endeavours during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond.

Arts Marketing Association Help and Advice

Join the Voluntary Arts #creativenetwork

Arts Fundraising: Power Hour Every Day

Organisations Offering Support


Age UK East London
0800 169 6565 
Charity helping older people
They have published a useful help pack here

Citizens Advice
Please note face to face services have been suspended
Adviceline: 0203 855 4472 or Text on 07860041446
(Monday to Friday between 10.00-12.00 & 14.00-16.00)
Email [email protected]

Toynbee Hall Free Legal Advice Centre
Call: 020 7392 2953
Email: [email protected]
Free legal advice including employment and debt counselling

Hackney Community Law Centre
Helplines weekdays 11am to 1pm
Employment, Housing, Asylum & Immigration, Welfare Benefits

Hackney Council’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Service
Telephone: 020 8356 4458 (Monday-Friday, 9-5pm)}
Email: [email protected].

Online debt advice

National Debtline
Advice line, web chat and online tools for debt advice

Housing advice

Provide free immigration advice over the phone on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm and additionally on Thursday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm. Call 020 7749 7608 or 020 7749 7605.

Hackney Migrant Centre
We will run a remote immigration and housing advice service for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis. This service will be run by phone. Call 07961 014182 on Mondays, between 10am – 1pm. During the call we will book an appointment for an assessment later that week.

A full range of services can be found here

Self Care and Mental Health


You need to be aware of your mental health during this period, be kind to yourself, try not to constantly consume the news and remember others are probably feeling the same way as you - reach out as much as you can.

Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners.

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

NHS: Every Mind Matters
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

If you have an eating disorder, the coronavirus outbreak might be causing additional stress. You're not alone – the charity Beat has seen a 30% increase in demand for its services in recent weeks and is providing invaluable support.

Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

WHO: Mental health and psychological resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic

Online counselling platform for children and young people

The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) have published a comprehensive Well-being resources hub

Support for adults in crisis including Domestic Abuse

Report Domestic Abuse to the Police here

Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

Samaritans: What to do if you think someone you know isn't okay.

Samaritans: Information on what to do if you're feeling low or struggling to cope.

Remember, if you're struggling to cope and you feel like there's nowhere to turn, the Samaritans are always available to listen round the clock.
Call 116 123 or email (response time 24hr) [email protected]

For those struggling to work at home, don't beat yourself up, you are not working from home; you are at your home during a crisis trying to work.

Activities for Isolation

Theatre. Poetry and Literature

New Yorker Fiction Podcast

Creation Theatre: Live Zoom call of The Tempest

Soho Theatre On Demand: New theatre, comedy and cabaret

This gripping dramatisation of a 1612 rape trial brought by the gifted painter Artemisia Gentileschi roars down the ages centuries after it shocked Renaissance Rome.

Poet Luke Wright is doing readings every evening on twitter

Free downloads in support of the Trussell Trust.

Shakespeare's Globe Player

Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University have brought together poets from around the world to write new poems about the recent days past and the weeks ahead.

The Secret Life of Books: Confessions of an English Opium Eater
John Cooper Clarke explores Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and discovers how this addiction memoir avoids the cliches of modern 'misery-lit'.

Artist Kate Tempest hosts a night of poetry that includes her epic new story Let Them Eat Chaos and performances from three of her friends

Free National Theatre at home, including Anthony and Cleopatra

Home Fitness and Stretching

Online Yoga Classes

NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos

NHS Pilates

Politics and Environmental Activism

Extinction Rebellion: Reset TV is a large and comprehensive programme of online workshops and more, using the video conferencing service Zoom

The Anthropocene Project combines art, film, virtual reality, augmented reality, and scientific research, the project investigates human influence on the state, dynamic and future of the Earth.


Who Will Call Me Beloved: Writer Tania Hershman on the word ‘beloved’ and commemorating single people when they die.

Filmed before the coronavirus crisis, Rhod Gilbert takes on one of his toughest challenges yet - being a carer. Even in more ordinary times, the work of carers is so valuable, if not always valued.

Wolfgang Tillmans, Vivienne Westwood, Peter Kennard, and more contribute to Dazed’s art project that will raise funds for NHS trust Barts Charity

Singing With Nightingales - Earth Day 2020 will take you on a journey into the woods of Sussex to hear the unforgettable song of the nightingale.

Black Music in Europe: A Hidden History. Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe, from the birth of recorded sound to the height of the jazz age.