How are you? 🖐 I know it's been a difficult few days. 💚
Below are listed some ways to help you look after yourself, and to look after others if you are able, we hope some of it is of interest.
We are also working on other activities to help members connect with each other, more details as we have them and ideas welcome.
👨👨👧👧👩👩👧👦 Some of us may be isolated but none of us are alone 👩👩👦👦👨👨👧👦
More next week.
💚 Hackney Green Party
Please be aware that the Mayor strongly advises that ALL Londoners must follow stay at home advice and not travel unless they absolutely must.
This is the only way to give the NHS the chance to save as many lives as possible. The full statement from the Mayor can be found here
Green Party Online Mini Spring Conference
Join us this Saturday 21 March for our first ever 'Virtual Conference'! Members will be able participate in some of the panel and fringe sessions that would have been held at our Spring Conference in Brighton, and attend Policy Working Group and Special Interest Group meetings. There will even be an exhibition and opportunities for networking!
Full details and tickets here
Local Support and Aid Groups
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.
LGBTIQ+ group for those at risk or able to support others
Local group for supporting those with dogs in isolation
6 ways you can support your Deliveroo driver
Subscribe to Hackney Council Coronavirus Newsletter for local updates
Blackstone Estate Mutual Support Group
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
NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos
The Sofa Singers is a free & weekly online singing event that aims to bring people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.
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.
Small Business Support
Please support your local independent businesses by using them when you can, they are at the heart of our community, our friends and neighbours, and what help make Hackney such a great place to be.
Pages of Hackney offering free delivery on books by bike
Stokey Bookshop are similarly offering books and jigsaws
The impact of COVID-19 is a critical threat to Arcola Theatre and to the livelihoods of all those who work in the arts. Most of Arcola’s funding comes from people like you, coming to see our performances. Without these performances, the vast majority of our income is gone. Please help by donating
Facebook offering small business grants
Chancellor announces additional support to protect businesses
Hackney Business Network: Coronavirus - latest information, guidance and support for businesses
Donations and Help Wanted
Hackney Food Bank are looking for donations and volunteers
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.
Caroline Lucas: Disaster can bring out the best in us if we let it
Windrush review to call for reform of ‘reckless’ Home Office, critics fear hard-hitting report on scandal will be buried amid coronavirus crisis
Live theatre, opera and music streams from US and Canada
Coronavirus phone scam warning
Dalston Library of Things- Coming Early Summer 2020
‘Good for the soul’: Singers set sights on saving their community choir
'Tip of the iceberg': is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19? As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics
Merkel: Coronavirus is Germany's greatest challenge since World War Two
Campaigning and Petitions
Sign open letter demanding calling for the Government to make urgent changes to ensure the safety of migrants in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Green Party: Fighting the virus together needs an economy that works for everybody
Petition: Implement Universal Basic Income to give home & food security
Petition: Include self-employed in statutory sick pay during Coronavirus
Petition: Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry
Petition: Cancel the Festival of Britain - Save Britain's Grassroots Culture
Petition: Tell Spotify to stop exploiting musicians during the COVID 19 outbreak
Petition: Make Coronavirus testing and treatment free
Petition: #LeaveNoOneBehind: Prevent the Corona catastrophe now - also at the external borders!
Resources for Home Schooling
FREE online education resources - A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
As a response to school closures, Literacy Trust have developed a comprehensive web portal for parents
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Hackney Council Consultations
Below is a list of consultations by Hackney Council that are closing in the next couple of months. If you want the Hackney Green Party to respond officially or you would like us to investigate and discuss an issue in more depth then get in touch.
Gainsborough Bridge Consultation
Albion Drive - Queensbridge Primary School - School Streets proposal
Draft S106 Planning Contributions SPD Consultation
Help Shape Early Help In Hackney
Your views on the Council's publications
Feedback form for Faggamuffin Bloc Party 2019
Nye Bevan Estate Concierge Consultation
Graham Road Bus Priority Proposal for Routes 38, 242 and 277
New Homes for the De Beauvoir Estate Phase 2
Have your say on changes to motorcycle parking in Hackney
Full list here https://consultation.hackney.gov.uk/
We need your help to grow 🌱
We are getting closer realising our dream but not there yet of having a part time staff member to help us step up activities here in Hackney and help ensure we get Greens elected.
Our plan is to increase donations by around £350/month and we're 56% there already! 😀
Can you get us to 100%? 📈
We could get there by:
✅ 18 people giving £10/month, or
✅ 9 people giving £20/month, or
✅ 12 people giving £15/month
We've had a shared staff member for short periods in the past and it makes an amazing difference having someone who can be focussed on keeping our campaigns organised and our members co-ordinated.
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@example.com
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.