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

Local Support 


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 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

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.

Hackney Council Community Support

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

Other Groups

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

Donations and Help Wanted

Hackney Food Bank are looking for donations and volunteers URGENT

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is launching a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak.

Help community cookery school Made In Hackney feed society's most vulnerable and keep our charity going during the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

Advice Pages


WHO Myth Busters

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

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

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


Support and Information for Artists

Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers

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


What are my employment rights?

Need an isolation note for your employer? Get one here

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

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

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

Useful document listing Food Delivery services available in Hackney

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

Jaguarshoes Collective – Foodbox delivery in East London

Stoke Newington business (including non-food)

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

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

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.

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.

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Support for adults in crisis including Domestic Abuse

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

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


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.

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.

Read your way through the streets of Hackney

History resources - Topic: Revolutions

Good list of creative resources from the MARCH network

10 Ingenious Ways To Entertain Your Dog While Stuck In Isolation

Incredibly long list of mainly science based resources

50 things to do when you’re stuck at home

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.

Pitchfork’s Recommendations for Music to Ease Self-Isolation

Audible offering free streaming of childrens' stories

Family Resources for Covid-19 Social Distancing

The 100 Day Writing Challenge is a free fiction writing course, by podcast.

NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos

NHS Pilates

Poet Luke Wright is doing readings every evening on twitter

Free download of richard herrings' we're all going to die in support of the Trussell Trust.

Shakespeare's Globe Player

New Yorker Magazine Podcasts

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.

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