COVID-19 previous updates - 4 May
With the majority of people staying at home during the lockdown period there are more ways for scammers to capitalise and expose vulnerable people.
Nearly a third of all fraud is committed over the telephone and criminals can impersonate a number of official organisations including the bank and tax office.
They will try to convince you to part with your money and ask for personal information.
The three most common scams are:
- Your computer has a problem
- A fraud investigation
- An investment opportunity
It is crucial that you disconnect any cold calls and discover if this was a genuine call via a trusted source.
Always report scams and fraud to Action Fraud (external link), either online or by telephone on 0300 123 2040. More information on phone scams can be found in the Met Police's Little booklet of phone scams (PDF - external link).
The coronavirus National Testing programme is being expanded across the country by the government.
Mobile Testing Units are being set up at a number of locations and we currently have one in place in Haringey, which will be open until 3.30pm on Tuesday 5 May. Please do not turn up without an appointment, as you will not be tested.
It is important to remember that you can only apply for the test if you are:
- An essential worker with coronavirus symptoms
- Aged 65 or over with coronavirus symptoms
- Someone who cannot work from home and has coronavirus symptoms (for example, construction workers or delivery drivers)
For more information and to check if you are eligible for the test please see Apply for a coronavirus test on the government website (external link).
Haringey Adult Learning Service’s (HALS) online courses can keep you occupied, active, well and networked. They’re also free until July 2020.
You or a member of your household could turn the COVID-19 lockdown to your advantage by learning something new, upskilling or just taking the opportunity to stay connected. With just under 40 courses to choose from including ESOL, business administration and MS Office skills you can brush up on your know-how and be world-of-work ready. You can even learn from a smart phone!
University College London is running a study into the psychological and social effects of COVID-19 in the UK.
The results are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK and to inform government advice and decisions.
The university is looking for adults in UK who are happy to take part. Participation involves completing a 10-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter follow-up questionnaire once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.
All information provided is analysed anonymously. If you’re willing to take part, please visit the COVID-19 study sign-up website (external link). Your help is much appreciated.
We’ve seen a few claims that there is a surplus of supplies at our food distribution hubs. This is just not true - we desperately need donations.
All food donated to the hub is distributed as part of the vital parcels we deliver in partnership with Edible London, to the residents in our community who need it the most.
This includes our vulnerable elderly residents who may not be able to leave their homes to access food because they are at a higher risk of getting very ill due to coronavirus.
The government is also supplying weekly food parcels those who are part of a shielded group, mainly those who are clinically extremely vulnerable who are also at a high risk of becoming ill due to coronavirus.
Our food hubs are there for people who cannot afford food, or for those who, due to a change in circumstances cannot access food by their usual means. Currently our supplies do not meet demand.
If you’re not clinically vulnerable but are currently isolating, local shops are delivering, or if possible, you could ask friends family or neighbours to assist you.
We still desperately need donations and have put together an Amazon Wishlist (external link), to help get essential supplies to people in the community who are struggling. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Visit our Connected Communities page if you want to find out more about donating, or if you need support with food.
Haringey Works provides free employment and skills support exclusively for Haringey residents. If you have recently become unemployed due to COVID-19 then Haringey Works can help.
At Haringey Works, we are here for you. Our experienced advisors put your needs at the heart of everything we do. There is no limit to the number of hours you can spend with one of our advisors and there are no set ‘criteria’ to access and use our service other than; being a Haringey resident, looking for work.
We have jobs available in the Health and Social Care sector, NHS, supermarkets, Metropolitan Police, some local councils, logistics companies and cleaning companies.
If you would like to register, call 020 8489 2969 and speak to an advisor or complete our online expression of interest form.
Haringey Giving has awarded the maximum £5,000 grant from their ‘Together We Can’ COVID-19 Fund to support Woodside High School’s foodbank during the pandemic.
The Haringey Giving fund, which is almost a third of the way towards its revised £100,000 target, aims to support people and organisations across Haringey making efforts to support the most vulnerable in our communities, such as the elderly and isolated, the homeless and those on low incomes.
Woodside High tweeted: “Thank you so much to @HaringeyGiving who have granted us an incredible £5k to support our food bank through their ‘Together We Can’ fund. This will help us to look after our families in need through this crisis. We are so grateful! #TeamWoodside”
Donations to the Haringey Covid-19 Appeal are continuing to come in, but the demand for grants is greater than the funds available and so more donations are needed.
If you’d like to donate, please visit the Haringey Giving website (external link) - every little helps and we are grateful for all donations, no matter how small.
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