Talk and listen, be there, feel connected

It's important to stay connected.

The simplest way to stay connected is to pick up the phone and talk to friends, neighbours and family. Get in touch with people to check that they are okay and to lift your and their mood. If you are able to talk to people via WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, etc.

Here are some organisations that can help you to stay connected during the Coronavirus crisis.

AgeUK Islington is supporting clients by phone and email, rather than through face-to-face meetings and have temporarily suspended social and support groups. They are providing wellbeing support on their Age UK Islington Helpline Tel 020 7281 6018 or email [email protected], Mon to Fri, 9 – 5pm.

BlindAid provide telephone support for blind and sight impaired people across Islington.

Carers UK is  here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don't have to care alone. Caring can be extremely complicated get the support you need on their website from their online forums and fact sheets.

Centre 404 offers a range of high quality services to assist children and adults with a learning disability and their family carers. For general enquiries, please ring  020 7607 8762 or email [email protected]. They are supporting families through COVID-19 with additional resources online. 

Cosmic Shambles Network have a Stay at Home Festival with free daily shows from leading comics and entertainers including Professor Brian Cox, Jo Brand and Stephen Merchant.

Coffee and Computers offer free support and resources on using technology. They have a useful guide on making video calls over the internet.

Finsbury Park Mosque are offering spiritual and moral support to people who live in N4, N7 or N19. Please call 020 7424 5252.

Good Neighbours Schemes are organising group chats over the phone to residents who live in their Good Neighbours areas in Kings Cross, Bemerton and New River Green.

Grandparents Plus runs an advice service if you want to email, call or connect with them on Facebook and they regularly update the website with vital information and advice. You can also join their kinship community to hear stories and news and attend their support groups. They are continuing to support kinship carers throughout COVID-19. 

Healthwatch Islington is providing information and signposting to Islington residents. You can contact them via the contact us option on their website or call or email to [email protected], Tel: 07538 764436.

Help on Your Doorstep are trialing a service to offer ongoing phone befriending to vulnerable Islington residents during the Coronvirus situation. Contact us for more information.

HNG Stress Project is a Holloway Neighbourhood Group project. They are offering a befriending service for local people to help combat isolation and share information. Call them on 020 76079794 or email [email protected] 

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

Islington Carers Hub is continuing to support carers during COVID-19. Their priority is your wellbeing and supporting you in your caring role. If you need support email [email protected] or ring the Age UK Islington Helpline: 020 7281 6018.

Islington Chinese Association are providing a temporary hotline on Tel: 07405 634 008 for members in need. They are also providing befriending calls to members and on-line exercise including Qigong/Tai Chi and dancing. Contact them by Email: [email protected] or Tel: 020 7263 5986

islingtonlife.london is your local online magazine from Islington Council. With information about what is happening locally, helping you to discover Islington and things to do.

FCV Dorcas is offering telephone befriending to residents of the following Islington wards - Bunhill, Caledonian, Canonbury, Clerkenwell and Mildmay. Contact them on [email protected] or [email protected].

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] 

NHS Volunteer Responders can offer a friendly chat if you self isolating and fit into one of their categories of vulnerable people. Carers can also contact them to ask for help for someone else. Phone them on 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm).

NHS Social Care and Support Guide: If you or someone you know needs help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability, this website explains your options and where you can get support. 

North London Cares are working on ways to help people over 65 feel connected to others during this isolating time. They are currently offering a phone friendships programme, online and phone-in social clubs, monthly activity packs posted to you for free, signposting and help with accessing further support (such as shopping, medication pickups and other general information). Tel 020 7118 3838 or email [email protected] for more information.

The Parent House is offering phone telephone support for parents. Please call 0207 837 1383.

The Peel Centre in Clerkenwell, EC1 is still connecting the local community by phone, web and post.

Radio Garden allows you to explore live radio across the world.

Talk For Health has moved online. It provides user-friendly, talk based routes to wellbeing. Participants can join using their mobiles, laptops or tablets, and those without an internet connection or smartphone can dial-in to join ongoing groups. Next taster session will be on Friday 3rd July from 4.00pm-6.00pm. If you would like further information then please email [email protected] or call/text 0203 409 3201.

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