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This bumper edition of Greenvine 🌱 includes all the help and advice you need to get through this extended bank holiday weekend indoors 🌞 😒. Plenty of links in the Reading Room this week, some are even good news stories.. and a long list of isolation activities for the stay at home heroes 🙋♀️🙋♂️.
More next week.
Covid-19 threat requires a true public health response
“Parallels between the war on drugs and policing under lockdown are striking on a global scale.” Hackney Green Party members Carrie Hamilton, Zoë Garbett and Alex Armitage, Co-authors of Green Party’s Drug Policy, highlight how law and order methods, adopted in the war on drugs, should be avoided in containing the Covid-19 pandemic and call for an effective and egalitarian public health response.
Victoria Park will reopen on Saturday 11 April from 8am.
London Mayor The Planning for Walking Toolkit: Tools to support the development of public realm design briefs in London (pdf)
What Lessons Does the AIDS Crisis Offer for the Coronavirus Pandemic?
NHS staff forbidden from speaking out publicly about coronavirus. Draconian measures prevent some healthcare professions discussing their work during pandemic
Local doctor who warned prime minister about PPE dies with COVID-19
MPs offered extra £10,000 each for home working expenses
Amsterdam to embrace 'doughnut' model to mend post-coronavirus economy
Marina Hyde: The horror of coronavirus is all too real. Don't turn it into an imaginary war
First grants announced as the London Community Response total reaches over £10m
Covid-19 underlines the need for resilient food systems
Special Report: Johnson listened to his scientists about coronavirus - but they were slow to sound the alarm
Coronavirus: New York has more cases than any country
Air pollution linked to far higher Covid-19 death rates, study finds
Easter Bunny 'essential worker', says New Zealand PM
The Secret Life of Plants: How They Memorize, Communicate, Problem Solve and Socialize
Immigration, Migrants and Refugees
Allow refugee healthworkers to join the COVID-19 response
Our heroic NHS doctors are stretched to breaking point. At the same time there are hundreds of overseas-qualified doctors, many of whom arrived in the UK as refugees, that right now are not permitted to practice.
In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, the Home Office felt it necessary to state that: Care workers, Nurses, Hospital porters, Cleaners, Logistics personal, Postal workers…etc Will not be able to apply for visa under the new immigration system.
Give foreign nationals in NHS indefinite leave to remain, say MPs, Priti Patel urged to allow workers and their families right to stay in UK in honour of role in coronavirus fight
20 organisations are calling on the government to immediately suspend the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) system for the duration of this public health emergency (pdf)
Free School meals extended to thousands more children
The damning Windrush scandal review has been buried under the coronavirus crisis for a reason
The hostile environment is creating a coronavirus crisis for Britain's migrants
Punishing migrants: Stubborn Home Office covid response puts everyone at risk
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK: Guide for Supporting Migrants During Coronavirus
Migrants Organise Covid19 Emergency Appeal
We are assisting the hardest hit in this terrible pandemic - migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers who don't have safety nets of support.
Children's Society Petition: Thousands of children are facing extreme poverty because strict immigration rules prevent their families from accessing benefits – even if they cannot work during the Coronavirus crisis. Ask the Government tostep in and provide an urgent lifeline for all.
Petition: Pay all "Key Workers" at least £15 an hour
Caroline Lucas: I've written to the Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about what needs to happen to ensure everyone has access to nutritious food, smaller food shops are supported alongside supermarkets, and how we shift to a sustainable, resilient and healthy food system
‘No DSS’: how Shelter is fighting housing discrimination
Strategic litigation to ensure that the Government plans to continue education online does not leave those without computers, internet and a settled home life behind.
Petition to tell ASOS to uphold the rights of its delivery drivers, rather than using loopholes to have the drivers callously dismissed during a pandemic!
#SavePeopleNotPlanes: Red Lines for Aviation Bailouts
Don’t close parks – open up golf courses so there’s more space to exercise safely
Save Lea Marshes has a new film on its website made by Sheridan Flynn as part of a campaign to stop a licence being granted by the London Borough of Waltham Forest for Dance Music festival for this year and the next two years.
Donations and Help Wanted
Hackney Food Bank are looking for donations and volunteers STILL URGENT
Please make a donation to the Homerton Hope Charity at Homerton Hospital
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.
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.
Scrubs for the NHS: Fundraiser cover the costs of materials for the scrubs Hackney Sewers currently making
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
Word Up! Support independent bookshops by placing orders via phone, email and online
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
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
Activities for Isolation
Stop In With Siân Berry - Episode 1 - Community organising to combat Covid19
Lockdown was supposed to be an introvert’s paradise. It’s not.
Have you got Zoom fatigue? Why you’re finding video calls so exhausting
Settings for Preventing Zoom-Bombing
Jitsi Meet: A free and open source alternative to Zoom
Soho Theatre On Demand: New theatre, comedy and cabaret
'Quarantine soirées': classical music and opera to stream at home
Romantic Comedy: I am The Prize, Live Streamed
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 download of richard herrings' we're all going to die in support of the Trussell Trust.
Shakespeare's Globe Player
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
The 100 Day Writing Challenge is a free fiction writing course, by podcast.
New Yorker Magazine Podcasts
Children and Home Education
Hackney Online Youth Hub: We have a packed programme of virtual activities for you all to get stuck into, from games and sports to discussions and quizzes, there’s something for everyone.
Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education
Audible offering free streaming of childrens' stories
Online courses from Royal Holloway, University of London
History resources - Topic: Revolutions
Family Resources for Covid-19 Social Distancing
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
NEON Movement Building Webinars
The Post-Apocalyptic Colouring Book: Lockdown Edition
East London slow fashion non-profit Fast Fashion Therapy are running interactive mending sessions (to encourage you to mend your clothes) details via their newsletter
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
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Support for adults in crisis including Domestic Abuse
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.
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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