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The Black Plague: Public officials lament the way that the coronavirus is engulfing black communities. The question is, what are they prepared to do about it?
Greta Thunberg: We must fight the climate crisis and pandemic simultaneously
NHS boss: 'I need gowns, can I call Burberry?'
For millions, lockdown is not novels and quality family time but food parcels and hardship
Police release guidelines on what they think constitutes a reasonable excuse to leave the place where you live
More than 200,000 more employees could now be furloughed following changes to the government scheme to help pay people's wages.
Hackney primary schools raise £10,000 in week for students without laptops
A touching triubute to climate scientist and IPCC chair John Houghton
Leaked guidance for death certification from an NHS Hospital Trust
Price of high-demand food bought online in UK rises sharply
Coronavirus: Campaigners say families with special educational needs left to ‘fend for themselves’
Criticisms of the Government Response
We scientists said lock down. But UK politicians refused to listen
'A National Scandal' A timeline of the uk government’s woeful response
To the coronavirus crisis
The Coronavirus Hit Germany And The UK Just Days Apart But The Countries Have Responded Differently. Here’s How.
I don't understand the British media. I really, really don't.
Marina Hyde: With 1,000 deaths a day, our leaders should be facing far tougher questions
View from Ireland: Virus crisis reveals Boris Johnson's astonishing incompetence
Experts divided over comparison of UK and Ireland's coronavirus records
Green Party Comment
Molly Scott Cato argues that the public-school approach of fighting COVID-19 like a wartime enemy results in needless casualties and no exit strategy.
Molly Scott Cato: It’s time to take back control of the epidemic
Natalie Bennett: The Government must reduce the growth dependency of our economy
Jonathan Bartley: The coronavirus crisis could show people new ways of doing things
Changing What is Normal
Coronavirus: Only 9% of Britons want life to return to 'normal' once lockdown is over
Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: Over half of adults (54.9%) said they have a sense of belonging with other residents in their local community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hackney Council announces plans to "filter" streets, to protect people from rat running drivers and ease pressure on parks and open spaces during COVID 19 crisis
Pop-up bike lanes help with coronavirus physical distancing in Germany
London pedestrians and cyclists may get more space on roads
Amazon to Suspend Operations in France Over Coronavirus Dispute
Covid-19 has changed my thinking on universal basic income
The UK Was Not in a Healthy State Before this Pandemic Descended
Care Home Crisis
Green Party: Government must urgently provide care homes with direction and support to prevent fatal spread of coronavirus
Hannock's shiny badge? Emblem of a scamper into Tigger mode
The Care Badge was actually launched last year.. (?!)
Coronavirus: Matt Hancock ridiculed after announcing badge to support care sector workers
Coronavirus: How big is the problem in care homes?
We owe care workers so much more than a badge and some applause
Shelter: Email your MP to help avoid a homelessness crisis
Petition: Don’t close parks – open up golf courses so there’s more space to exercise safely
Coronavirus: Calls to ease No Recourse to Public Funds conditions
45 climate activists ‘treated as terrorists’
The most important US energy chart of the year is out: 8 big takeaways
No.10 Completely Rules Out Brexit Transition Extension
Donations and Help Wanted
Hackney Food Bank are looking for donations and volunteers STILL URGENT
Appeal for donations of smart devices so quarantined patients can video-call relatives
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.
Felix Project: Over the past few weeks we have tripled the amount of food we send out across London.
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.
Activities for Isolation
New Yorker Fiction Podcast
Poet Carol Ann Duffy chooses poems from her library to comfort and inspire in times of isolation
Enjoy the arts at home with a series of films by Arts Society Accredited Lecturers, published every fortnight.
Stop In With Siân Berry - Episode 2 - Guardians of the Arches and Spokescats
Presidential candidate Joe Biden's Here's The Deal podcast
Comedian Katherine Ryan can’t help telling everybody everything.
A guidebook to being a fully functioning adult without screaming all the time
Death Of 1000 Cuts is a podcast for fiction writers
All New Yorker Magazine Podcasts
Poetry: The Saved by Tamara von Werthern
Creation Theatre: Live Zoom call of The Tempest
RSA Talks and Online Events
Institute of Arts and Ideas Player
Hay Festival Hay Player
Soho Theatre On Demand: New theatre, comedy and cabaret
Opera and classical concerts to watch at home
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 Adam Buxton's Old Bits in support of the Trussell Trust.
Shakespeare's Globe Player
XR Regen Colouring In Book
Jitsi Meet: A free and open source alternative to Zoom
Settings for Preventing Zoom-Bombing
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
Dishpatch: Great independents, delivering food & drink
Useful document listing Food Delivery services available in Hackney
Nourished Communities: We bring the finest quality seasonal home-grown produce & products from the English countryside straight to your door.
Plant Pack: Our Plant Packs rescue quality plants destined to be scrapped during lockdown.
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
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 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.
Akwaaba: Here is our COVID-19 response local services flyer which we distributed last Sunday to members.
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
Hackney Council Support Pages
A Handy List of Reputable Coronavirus Information and how to spot disinformation online
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)
Toynbee Hall Free Legal Advice Centre
Call: 020 7392 2953
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
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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