COVID-19 previous updates - 24 April
24 April 2020
During this difficult time, creative platform, 64 Million Artists, is challenging people at home to explore their relationship with their own creativity through their Create to Connect challenge.
The Challenge, which aims to boost people’s mental health and wellbeing, is set to run throughout the month of May, with a new challenge being set for each day. The Challenge in January saw more than 30,000 people take part aged between 5-85!
There will be creative activities to suit everyone - people can then share pictures of their creative masterpieces on social media with the hashtag #CreateToConnect - and also view the masterpieces of others who have taken part.
The latest challenge, which ran from March into April included activities such as honing your DJ skills to create the perfect playlist (external link), bringing out the glamour for Fancy Pants Friday (external link) and testing literature skills by writing a poem (external link).
Jacksons Lane in Highgate is one of Haringey’s flagship arts venues and even during quarantine, they are still providing fun, entertainment and assistance for the local community. Jacksons Lane has made its monthly Social Lunch for over-55s more regular - they are now on every two weeks and will be hosted online. The lunches are an opportunity for older Haringey residents to get together and enjoy conversation and companionship. If you’d like to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year on Christmas Day, Jacksons Lane hosts a celebration, welcoming around 100 older and disabled neighbours who would otherwise spend the day alone. In response to COVID-19, they’ve developed Feeling Good, a service to re-engage with these guests and connect them with services or people to talk to. Find more information on the Jacksons Lane website (external link).
With so many services moving online during the pandemic, those who aren’t confident in their computer skills may be having difficulty keeping in touch with loved ones and accessing help they need. Coffee and Computers is helping with this. This local group, launched through Jacksons Lane and now based across Haringey, helps older residents understand and get used to technology, ensuring they can stay connected with others whilst isolating. For more information, see the Coffee and Computers website (external link).
We are aware that the measures taken to tackle COVID-19 are having serious impacts on the lives of those living with Domestic Abuse. For anyone experiencing or at risk of abuse, the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Team at Haringey Council want you to know that you are not alone, and help is still available for you.
We are working closely with our service providers and partners to ensure that support remains available to all those in need. Our Haringey Domestic Abuse Helpline remains open as normal for survivors, and our programme for perpetrators who want help to change their behaviour is also running.
Our IRIS practitioners are continuing to work directly with local GPs to identify and support patients affected by abuse. As part of our Coordinated Community Response, we will be providing training for frontline workers, local practitioners, community groups, volunteers and anyone who may have direct contact with community members to ensure they are able to identify the signs of Domestic Abuse and appropriately respond to disclosures.
We are monitoring the situation carefully and will continue to work in partnership to adapt our services to meet the evolving needs of survivors in Haringey. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Haringey VAWG Team on VAWG@haringey.gov.uk
To access support:
- If you are in immediate danger, always ring the police on 999
- If it is not safe for you to talk, you can press ‘55’ on a mobile phone and you will be connected to someone who can help you without having to speak
- Haringey Domestic Abuse Helpline (Monday to Friday, 10am-5.30pm): 0300 012 0213
- If it is not safe to call, you can email on HaringeyIDVA@niaendingviolence.org.uk
- For support outside of these hours, call the National DA Helpline on 0808 2000 247 at any time
- If you are concerned about your own abusive behaviour and want support to change, contact DVIP.VPP@RichmondFellowship.org.uk
Public Health England have published updated guidance to help people looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Regardless of their age, children and young people may be experiencing difficult times during the outbreak. Some may react immediately, while others could show signs at a later stage.
Their increased stress may lead to a change in their behaviours and their mental health needs. All the updated guidance is available on the GOV.UK website (external link).
If you are worried about your child’s mental health, seek help from a professional. You may have services attached to your child or young person’s school or college who can help. You could also contact your GP or look up information on children and young people’s mental health services on your local CCG website or on the NHS website.
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