HGP Greenvine 27th March 2020

Hackney Green Party

How are you this week? 🖐

Remember you are not alone 👩‍👩‍👦‍👦, below are details of organisations that can help you or that you can support if you are able - plus some useful distractions if you are being a stay at home hero 🙋‍♀️.

We have also included links to help you if you are having employment or debt difficulties, need essential items delivered, or are confused about your rights plus much more..

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 https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

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.



Other Groups

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

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.

Chefs in Schools: No child should go hungry during the Covid-19 crisis. We’re providing free school meals to eligible pupils who are now at home and we’re helping schools feed the children of key workers. Please donate to help us continue this vital work.

Government Advice


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

COVID-19: support for businesses

Closing certain businesses and venues

Government support available for landlords and renters reflecting the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for current students

Government Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

General Information Resources


Financial Times Coronavirus update has the figures and the graph you see everywhere, it is free to view https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest

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

Hackney Business Network: Latest information, guidance and support for businesses

DIY Info - Postman COVID-19 API Resource Center

What are my employment rights?

Victoria Park Closed 😢

Hackney’s market traders have been asked to suspend trading unless they sell food or essential household items after huge crowds flocked to stalls over the weekend.

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.

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.

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

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]

Activities for Isolation


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.

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

Adobe Is Giving Everyone 2 Free Months of Creative Cloud

Poet Luke Wright is doing readings every evening on twitter

Free download of Rachel Fairburn's her majesty in support of the Trussell Trust.

Read all issues of Prospect Magazine free

12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch

Shakespeare's Globe Player

New Yorker Magazine Podcasts

Home Delivery Resources


No need to wait for a delivery slot from big supermarkets, we have lots of dedicated independent suppliers here in Hackney

Useful document listing Food Delivery services available in Hackney

Hackney Supplies is a community based social enterprise aiming to deliver supplies to those in need during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

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

Reading Room

Caroline Russell helped secure 100% rent discount for small businesses based in railway arches

Coronavirus: Town Hall data on vulnerable residents reveals scale of local impact

HGP Member Alex Armitage on Panorama urging the public to follow the government's guidance.

For the first time in its 12-year history, the Hackney Citizen is sad to have to announce that it will not be printing its monthly newspaper, due to the coronavirus crisis.

Nurses sent to London as capital faces ‘tsunami’ of virus patients

Coronavirus Bill: the greatest loss of liberty in our history

High court rejects call to free 736 detainees at risk from coronavirus

Jonathan Bartley calls for Universal Basic Income to provide financial protection

'Nature is taking back Venice': wildlife returns to tourist-free city

Coronavirus pandemic leading to huge drop in air pollution

Industry leaders have issued an urgent plea for British people to work on farms and help feed the nation amid a burgeoning labour shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Why not encourage cycling during the coronavirus lockdown?

Marina Hyde: When Johnson says we'll turn the tide in 12 weeks, it's just another line for the side of a bus

'Lambs to the slaughter': 50 lives ruined by the Windrush scandal

Campaigning and Petitions


COVID-19: Urgent action to protect Syrian detainees

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.

Donate to help refugees rebuild their lives

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!

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
Hackney Council has been made aware that some members of the public did not receive the initial consultation letter regarding Gainsborough Bridge. As such, Hackney Council has decided to extend this consultation to the 27th March 2020

Albion Drive - Queensbridge Primary School - School Streets proposal
Hackney Council is gathering views on a proposed School Street scheme to improve local air quality and make it safer and easier for children to walk and cycle to school. Albion Drive would become a timed pedestrian and cycles only zone at school opening times and closing times whilst maintaining access for residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

Draft S106 Planning Contributions SPD Consultation
The draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out the Council’s approach to securing planning obligations. We are now holding a 6-week consultation on the draft s106 Planning Contributions SPD. This consultation is your opportunity to tell us what you think about this draft SPD.

Help Shape Early Help In Hackney
Hackney Council are currently reviewing how we approach children's and young people's Early Help services at Hackney Council and we want residents' and partners' feedback on what would make an effective Early Help offer for people in the borough.

Your views on the Council's publications
The Council is reviewing its print publications in light of the High Court judgement and to ensure that they reflect what Hackney’s residents want to be informed about – especially those who may not use or have access to digital channels.

Feedback form for Faggamuffin Bloc Party 2019
Faggamuffin Bloc Party 2019 took place in Bohemia Place, Hackney Central, on Sunday, 8 September, as part of Hackney Carnival. If you attended, please give us your feedback so we can make our 2020 event even better.

Nye Bevan Estate Concierge Consultation
In June 2018, Clapton Park Management Board made the decision to hand the concierge service (run by a company called Horizon) on 53-98 Nye Bevan Estate back to Hackney Council. The Council now wishes to consult with residents living at 53-98 Nye Bevan Estate about this so that we can make an informed decision about the future of the service.  

Graham Road Bus Priority Proposal for Routes 38, 242 and 277
Hackney Council are seeking views on proposals to improve the local road network for buses and make Graham Road safer for all road users including parking proposals on Graham Road between Mare Street and Royal Oak Road.

New Homes for the De Beauvoir Estate Phase 2
Hackney Council are working alongside the local community to develop plans for Phase 2 of the De Beauvoir Estate project. They claim to provide more genuinely affordable homes for estate residents in housing need and some of the 13,000 families on Hackney's housing waiting list. Follow the link for their early ideas for this Phase and they would welcome your feedback. They are particularly interested in finding out your views on the public spaces in the Phase 2 area.

Have your say on changes to motorcycle parking in Hackney
Hackney Council would like your views on a number of proposed changes to rules governing 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

YES I would like to help Hackney Green Party fund a staff member

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.

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.

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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