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Coronavirus: Support in the community

PUBLIC INFORMATION PAGES FROM CAMDEN COUNCIL

02 April, 2020 — By Camden Council

PUBLIC INFORMATION PAGES FROM CAMDEN COUNCIL

The Council is working with Camden’s voluntary and community organisations to support, encourage and mobilise the huge community spirit that exists within the borough.

#AloneTogether: 30 creative ways to stay together this April, even from afar

North London Cares is a community network of older and younger neighbours, who usually get together at weekly Social Clubs.

Now, to find new ways for north London neighbours to be together remotely, they’ve launched #AloneTogether – an activity pack full of creative distractions for every day in April. These packs have been posted to over 1,000 over 65s in their network, and are available online at bit.ly/AloneTogetherActivityPack

Peggy, 94, said: “I have been a bit lonely, I’ve been in for 20 days now so I am beginning to feel it, but I received your pack and think it’s a brilliant idea… I’ll certainly be getting on with it. I think this is excellent!”

Emily Groves, Head of Programmes at North London Cares, said: “We hope #AloneTogether is shared widely – among colleagues, community partners, key workers, friends, neighbours, grandparents and housemates – anyone who could benefit from a daily distraction this April, and a feeling of togetherness at a difficult time.”

You can share your daily creations with the team online by tweeting @NorthLDNCares #AloneTogether

Council volunteers deliver food packages to at-risk households

The Council would like to say thank you to the team of 10 volunteers who packed and delivered emergency food packages to residents. Deliveries were made to those who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill if they catch the virus, and therefore are unable to leave their home. Staff from across the Council took part last weekend, including library staff, who pitched in by calling nearly 200 residents to check in on them and see whether they needed food parcels.

And lastly, thank you to the staff at Booker on Camley Street for coming to the rescue when the Council ran low on supplies, and to the London Irish Centre for letting volunteers use the building as a base. Everyone’s efforts last weekend made a huge difference to some of Camden’s most vulnerable.

If you’d like to help on similar projects, go to camden.org.uk/coronavirus

Camden Council has launched an online directory to help residents find local organisations who can assist them with everyday tasks they’re struggling to do themselves.

From walking the dog to picking up a prescription, visit coronavirus-help.camden.gov.uk and add your postcode to be matched with a nearby organisation.

Volunteering

There has been an incredible response from the local community pledging their support to help. To find out more about how you can join the efforts, and for guidance for groups on how to volunteer safely, visit camden.gov.uk/coronavirus

Camden Council has contributed £100,000 to the Camden Giving COVID-19 fund. Registered charities, community interest companies and non-profits delivering COVID-19 supplies to Camden residents can apply for grants of up to £6,000. The deadline to apply is 1pm Monday 6 April. For more details and to apply, please visit Camden Giving at camdengiving.org.uk/covid19fund

You can also donate at camden.gov.uk/donate-to-your-community

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