Bright Start support families in Islington with children who are under 5. They are offering Family Support Surgeries, Monday-Friday between 9am-12 noon. Bright Start East - Tel 020 7527 8376, Email [email protected]. Bright Start South Tel 020 7527 8512, Email [email protected]. Bright Start West Tel 020 7527 8531, Email [email protected]

Centre 404 Supporting Families Team are currently offering appointments over the phone or on Skype to help family carers to fill out forms including PIP, blue badge and to apply for grants. We also provide support with appeals and wellbeing of Family Carers in North London.

  • For casework enquires, appointments and other related information, please contact Monika on [email protected] or 07943251774.
  • If you have an open case with them or need general information and advice please contact Eva on [email protected] or 07572787287.
  • For queries related to workshops, activities and general questions about the service please contact Beatriz on [email protected] or 07572790532.

Childline are still able to offer support over the phone on 0800 1111 and their calm zone has calming activities for children.

Choices Islington offer help and support for women facing an unplanned pregnancy or other form of pregnancy crisis. They offer support and counselling over the phone and online. They can also offer befriending during pregnancy and can still help with baby clothes and equipment, nappies and formula. Please email [email protected] or call 07838304378. 

Family Information Service is a telephone and web-based information and advice service for children, young people, their families and practitioners working with them. Currently offering a telephone helpline on 020 7527 5959 and an email service [email protected].

Free school meal vouchers - the government has set up provision of vouchers for children eligible for free school meals. Schools will contact parents and either issue a digital voucher or send a gift card. If you think your child is eligible but you have not heard from the school, you should contact your child's school. 

Grandparents Plus are the national kinship care charity offering support and advice to grandparents, siblings or any other relative or friend who steps in to bring up children. 

Heatwave 2020 is Islington’s summer activities programme for children and young people. It is definitely on this year, offering a range of activities for children and young people of all ages in July and August. Some activities are taking place online and others socially distanced, to keep everybody as safe as possible due to the coronavirus situation.

Islington Bereavement Service is offering bereavement support from volunteers by telephone only. For information, email [email protected] or Tel 020 3317 5774.

Islington Council - If you are concerned about the safety of children, you can call Islington Council’s Children's Services Contact Team on 020 7527 7400 or the Disabled Children's Team on 020 7527 3366. To report concerns about vulnerable adults, contact Islington's Access Service by telephone on 020 7527 2299 or email [email protected]

Little Village are offering an essentials pack, clothing and moses basket/ mattress to families of newborn babies (mums 26 weeks or more pregnant and newborns up to 3 months old), and of children 3 months to 5 years with nothing (for example due to domestic violence rehoming or asylum). You have to be referred to them by another organisation for this help so contact us for more information.

Mama Get Your Voice On! is a free weekly online support group for mothers with young children. It's run by Elizabeth House.

Ma Shanti are offering online support to Asian single mothers and their children online activities include yoga, arts & crafts, support groups and cooking club. They are also providing group support via WhatsApp. Please call 07340 990119 or 07904 034 278, Mon - Fri 9am - 3pm or email [email protected] or [email protected] 

Mental health support for young people in Islington is available from the Council's Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) Service. 

The Parent House is offering phone telephone support and a range of other services to parents. Please call 0207 837 1383. Please call 0207 527 7400 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Rose Bowl (Isledon Arts CIC)is offering advice and support for young people who need it over the phone or on-line. Contact them on 07826 700 700.

The Toy Project can provide free toys to families in need. You have to be referred to them by another organisation for this help so contact us for more information.

School closures - information from the Government on the closure of educational settings for parents and carers.

Guides to help children and young people understand Black Lives Matters 

Yoopies has put together a Parent's Guide to Black Lives Matter

Guides to help children and young people understand Coronavirus

Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under. Designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.

Dr. Dog is a collaboration between illustrator Lydia Monks and Professor James G Logan from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Dog was created as a friendly face who can educate and reassure young children about the Coronavirus outbreak.

Mencap's Easy Read guide to Coronavirus

Mind's guide to Coronavirus and wellbeing for young people.

Place2Be's guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing.

Young Minds' guide to talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing.

See our Be Active and Keep learning pages for some ideas on keeping kids active and home learning.