Greenvine 3rd April 2020

Hackney Green Party
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How are you? 🖐 💚

We're thinking this week about all the key workers that are keeping us safe and fed, the NHS doctors, nurses, porters and admin staff, the shop workers and the delivery drivers, the carers and the teachers and all those that have to go out to work. 👏👏👏 We hope you are able to keep positive and healthy. 🙏

Below is our weekly round up of useful links to the services and help available in Hackney plus some more activities for you stay at home heroes 🙋‍♀️

More next week.

💚 Hackney Green Party
http://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/


Local Support 

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/280285692955390/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/280285692955390/permalink/280307612953198/

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
https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/
Alternatively a Facebook search will usually bring up a community group in their area and you can ask them to get in contact.

NHS Volunteer Responders

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

Sign up here https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

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.

https://nhsvolunteers.generationmedics.org.uk/volunteer-now/

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.

https://volunteering.hackney.gov.uk/

Hackney Council Community Support

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

https://community.hackney.gov.uk/

Other Groups

Dalston Subgroup
https://www.facebook.com/groups/280285692955390/permalink/291704545146838/

LGBTIQ+ group for those at risk or able to support others
https://www.facebook.com/groups/646616226125829/?hc_location=ufi

London COVID-19 Mutual Aid Migrant & Asylum Seeker Support
https://www.facebook.com/groups/193855082039231/

Local group for supporting those with dogs in isolation
https://www.facebook.com/groups/280285692955390/permalink/282955626021730/

Blackstone Estate Mutual Support Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3014714241912618/

Donations and Help Wanted

Hackney Food Bank are looking for donations and volunteers URGENT
https://hackney.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is launching a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak.
https://nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk/coronavirus/

Help community cookery school Made In Hackney feed society's most vulnerable and keep our charity going during the COVID-19 crisis.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/made-in-hackney-4

Local charity Hackney Giving launches a fundraising plea for a Coronavirus Response Fund, which it says will help channel money to small organisations caring for the borough’s most vulnerable residents.
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/03/26/hackney-giving-fundraising-appeal-coronavirus-response-fund/


Advice Pages

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WHO Myth Busters
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for current students
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-current-students

Government Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp
https://twitter.com/DHSCgovuk/status/1242813027189239811?s=19

Hackney Resources Gallery, listing
https://airtable.com/shrDtrVJmWmRcgkgE/tblQyv9WahSteQAHs?blocks=hide

There With You: Essential list of groups, networks and organisations during the coronavirus outbreak
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/health/there-with-you-essential-list-of-groups-networks-and-organisations-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak-1-6576398

Subscribe to Hackney Council Coronavirus Newsletter for local updates
https://hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus

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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
https://londonrentersunion.org/c19rentcrisis/

Government support available for landlords and renters reflecting the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-support-available-for-landlords-and-renters-reflecting-the-current-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Rent Strike London
https://twitter.com/RentStrikeLDN/status/1243621229539532800?s=19

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Advice for Small businesses and Self Employed

Federation of Small Businesses - Advice Pages
https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) - Advice Pages
https://www.acs.org.uk/advice/covid-19-coronavirus

COVID-19: support for businesses
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

HM Treasury: How to access government financial support if you or your business has been affected by COVID-19
Covid-19_fact_sheet_18_March.pdf

Closing certain businesses and venues
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Hackney Business Network: Latest information, guidance and support for businesses
http://investinhackney.org/coronavirus

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Support and Information for Artists

Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers
https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-guidance-for-artists-and-arts-organisers/

Arts Council: Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/financial-support-artists-creative-practitioners-and-freelancers

Arts Council: Financial support for organisations outside of the National Portfolio
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/financial-support-organisations-outside-national-portfolio

Arts Council: Support for individuals from Government and other sources
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid-19/covid-19-support-individuals-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.
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/developing-digital-culture/digital-culture-network

Arts Marketing Association Help and Advice
https://www.a-m-a.co.uk/covid-19-resources/

Join the Voluntary Arts #creativenetwork
https://www.voluntaryarts.org/creativenetwork

Arts Fundraising: Power Hour Every Day
https://twitter.com/artsfundraising/status/1240216422074253312

Employment

What are my employment rights?
https://eachother.org.uk/coronavirus-what-are-my-employment-rights/

Need an isolation note for your employer? Get one here
https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/


Organisations Offering Support

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Age UK East London
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/eastlondon/
0800 169 6565 
Charity helping older people
They have published a useful help pack here
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/east-london/coronavirus-help-pack.pdf

Citizens Advice
http://www.eastendcab.org.uk/hackney/
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 advice@eastendcab.org.uk

Toynbee Hall Free Legal Advice Centre
https://www.toynbeehall.org.uk/
Call: 020 7392 2953
Email: advice@toynbeehall.org.uk
Free legal advice including employment and debt counselling

Hackney Community Law Centre
https://hclc.org.uk/
Helplines weekdays 11am to 1pm
Employment, Housing, Asylum & Immigration, Welfare Benefits

StepChange
https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/debt-and-coronavirus.aspx
Online debt advice

National Debtline
https://www.nationaldebtline.org/
https://www.nationaldebtline.org/EW/factsheets/Pages/coronavirus-advice-and-support/help-and-advice.aspx
Advice line, web chat and online tools for debt advice

Shelter
https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help
https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus
Housing advice

Praxis
https://www.praxis.org.uk/
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
https://hackneymigrantcentre.org.uk/drop-in/
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
https://hackney.gov.uk/find-support-services


Supporting Local Business

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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
https://twitter.com/RidleyUpdates

Useful document listing Food Delivery services available in Hackney
https://docs.google.com/

COVID-19: A comprehensive directory of London food+drinks businesses offering delivery and takeaway during lockdown
https://myhungryvalentine.com/

Jaguarshoes Collective – Foodbox delivery in East London
https://jaguarshoescollective.bigcartel.com/

Stoke Newington business (including non-food)
https://www.myvirtualneighbourhood.com/stoke-newington

Organic and sustainable groceries at wholesale prices
https://www.goodclub.co.uk/

Five Points Ale
https://shop.fivepointsbrewing.co.uk/

London Fields Brewery
https://www.londonfieldsbrewery.co.uk/

Tower Green Hamlets Veg Boxes: Affordable, local and seasonal fruit and vegetables
https://towergreenhamlets.com/

Hackney shops supporting communities in the Corona crisis Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/496629754553992/?hc_location=group

Pages of Hackney offering free delivery on books by bike
https://twitter.com/pagesofhackney/status/1239534735354990594?s=19

Stokey Bookshop are similarly offering books and jigsaws
https://twitter.com/StokeyBookshop/status/1239263358873997314

6 ways you can support your Deliveroo driver
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157974985764454&set=gm.282869066030386&type=3&theater


Self Care and Mental Health

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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.

Samaritans: What to do if you think someone you know isn't okay.
https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/worried-about-someone-else/

Samaritans: Information on what to do if you're feeling low or struggling to cope.
https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/signs-you-may-be-struggling-cope/practical-ways-help-yourself-cope/

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Support for adults in crisis including Domestic Abuse
https://www.hestia.org/

The Covid-19 Social Study is a panel study of the psychological and social experiences of adults in the UK during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, run by University College London, to take part go here
https://www.marchnetwork.org/research

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) jo@samaritans.org
https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

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

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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.
https://www.newdiorama.com/whats-on/its-true-its-true-its-true

Ten Free Ebooks from Haymarket Books: At Haymarket Books, our mission is to publish books for changing the world. Now more than ever, the need to do just that is at the forefront of our minds.
https://www.haymarketbooks.org/blogs/112-ten-free-ebooks-from-haymarket-books

Read your way through the streets of Hackney
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/03/30/coronavirus-read-your-way-streets-hackney/

History resources - Topic: Revolutions
https://www.history.org.uk/historian/categories/14/news/3816/dont-panic-there-is-always-history

Good list of creative resources from the MARCH network
https://www.marchnetwork.org/creative-isolation

10 Ingenious Ways To Entertain Your Dog While Stuck In Isolation
https://secretldn.com/entertaining-dogs-in-isolation/

Incredibly long list of mainly science based resources
https://www.facebook.com/InsufferableIntolerance

50 things to do when you’re stuck at home
https://www.timeout.com/things-to-do/best-things-to-do-at-home-stuck-inside-bored

Linguist Aid is a project to connect together volunteers who are literate in, or fluently speak one or more foreign languages, with mutual aid groups who need help to translate materials or interpret to or for vulnerable people.
https://www.linguist-aid.org.uk/

Pitchfork’s Recommendations for Music to Ease Self-Isolation
https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/coronavirus-songs-and-albums-to-ease-self-isolation/

Audible offering free streaming of childrens' stories
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Family Resources for Covid-19 Social Distancing
https://www.facebook.com/familyresources4covid19

The 100 Day Writing Challenge is a free fiction writing course, by podcast. 
http://www.timclarepoet.co.uk/the-100-day-writing-challenge/

NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

NHS Pilates
https://www.nhs.uk/Video/Pages/pilates.aspx

Poet Luke Wright is doing readings every evening on twitter
https://twitter.com/lukewrightpoet

Free download of richard herrings' we're all going to die in support of the Trussell Trust.
https://www.gofasterstripe.com/cgi-bin/website.cgi

Shakespeare's Globe Player
https://globeplayer.tv/

New Yorker Magazine Podcasts
https://www.newyorker.com/podcast


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

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