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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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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]
Hackney Community Law Centre
Helplines weekdays 11am to 1pm
Employment, Housing, Asylum & Immigration, Welfare Benefits
Online debt advice
Advice line, web chat and online tools for debt 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.
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
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.
If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at [email protected]
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.
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