COVID-19 previous updates - 15 April
15 April 2020
It’s important to adhere to government advice on social distancing. Staying indoors is the biggest contribution we can all make to fighting the pandemic, as well as shopping as infrequently as possible and being responsible when we do so.
However, it’s also crucial to our wellbeing that we don’t become isolated socially and mentally. Keep in touch with family, friends, neighbours and even people you may not have spoken to for a long time - pick up the phone, why not now?
Haringey Together is tackling isolation through our Reach and Connect service. It’s offering free phone calls to anyone who would like someone to talk with or needs a friendly ear to listen. More than 100 new volunteers have signed up to help in the past week alone, so if you or someone you know would benefit from the service, visit the Reach and Connect website (external link) to submit details.
Now more than ever we need new recruits to the care sector. If you are a care worker, care manager, social worker, occupational therapist, chef or cleaner and looking for work you can help save lives in the coronavirus crisis.
Register on Proud to Care London (external link), a recruitment site for the care sector, and you will be matched to crucial jobs in care. Help Haringey and London tackle coronavirus by providing much needed care and support to people in our local community.
We know some people will be feeling scared about the prospect of themselves or loved ones being at home with abusive partners or relatives during the coronavirus pandemic.
In Haringey, there is help available. Find out more on our council services page.
The Government has also launched a new #YouAreNotAlone campaign and is urging members of the public to share a photo of a heart on their palm with #YouAreNotAlone on social media.
As well as the support in Haringey, those at risk or experiencing domestic abuse can get help by calling the freephone, 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number - 0808 2000 247 - run by Refuge, or visiting the Refuge website (external link).
From school closures, to being separated from friends, missing out on major events and adjusting to the ‘new normal’, being a young Londoner during the coronavirus outbreak isn’t easy.
Our message to teenagers is - you are not alone and support is available if you are feeling anxious, isolated or disappointed.
UNICEF (external link) has shared some top tips to help young people to cope during this challenging time, and our Thrive Framework offers a broad range of mental health support locally. For those who need crisis support, Haringey’s crisis helpline is open 24/7 - 0300 0200 500.
Kooth.com (external link) also provides free, online mental health and wellbeing support to 11-18-year olds, and up to 25 years for those with additional needs.
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