Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Fifty voluntary and community organisations based in Haringey are receiving grants, as part of a £600,000 council project which recognises the vital work the sector does in the borough.
Voluntary and community organisations make a massive contribution to community life – and have been significantly affected by the pandemic. Haringey Council approved the Community Organisation Support Grants, to help local groups that have suffered financial losses due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Both nationally and locally, voluntary and community organisations have been hit hard by the pandemic, resulting in shortfalls in funding, severe staffing difficulties and reductions in services offered with some even having their survival threatened.
A survey by local community organisation, Bridge Renewal Trust, indicated that 90% of organisations they contacted are suffering or may suffer financial impact due to the pandemic.
Haringey responded to this by making available a £600,000 package of support for the borough’s voluntary & community sector, comprised of £500,000 in grant aid for local organisations and £100,000 to fund a 6-month rent break for those based in council buildings.
Haringey’s support has been put in place despite a continuing lack of clarity around the government’s intention to offer infrastructure support for voluntary and community groups.
The council recognises that without urgent support, the impacts of the pandemic will have a long-term effect on the quality of life and wellbeing of communities in Haringey. The voluntary and community sector do so much to support communities at the earliest opportunity and without their support residents are likely to experience poorer outcomes.
These include residents who are at greatest risk from Covid-19 such as older people, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and people who are sleeping rough.
Kevin Lincoln of Tottenham Community Sports Centre, said:
“This grant means so much to our charity and will allow us to continue with our work here in Tottenham. These are testing times for everyone and it’s important that our organisation can continue to help the residents of Tottenham.”
Cllr Mark Blake, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“I’m pleased that 50 of Haringey’s vital voluntary and community organisations will be receiving much needed help to cope with losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Haringey’s voluntary sector does outstanding work with some of the most vulnerable people in our borough.
“It’s important that the council does its part to help keep local voluntary bodies going, but I’m calling on the government to do much more for the sector during this time of national crisis.”
The Government yesterday announced a new three-tier Covid-19 warning system (external link).
The new structure outlines restrictions that will be imposed on areas depending on their coronavirus rates and has Medium, High and Very High tiers.
At the moment Haringey, as part of London, is at Medium Alert, meaning we must all continue to follow the national guidelines set by the government last month:
- All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-19 Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.
- Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am.
- Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
- Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
- Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed
- People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors
However, if the number of infections continues to rise then stricter measures could be brought in. The government has launched a postcode checker (external link) so people can keep an eye on restrictions in their area.
We want to thank residents for their hard work so far and are urging our communities to continue to wear a mask, wash hands regularly, follow social distancing rules, limit face-to-face contact where possible, and get a test if you have symptoms (external link). Please, do the right thing.
Haringey Council Leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor and Director of Public Health Dr Will Maimaris recently wrote to every household in the borough urging residents to take extra care in the wake of increased cases of Covid-19.
The letter, and accompanying guidance, has also been translated into some of the most widely spoken languages within Haringey.
None of us can afford to let up our guard against the Coronavirus, which threatens lives and livelihoods.
Please take care and remember to #DoTheRightThing #KeepHaringeySafe.
- English (PDF, 304KB)
- Bulgarian | български (PDF, 126KB)
- French | Français (PDF, 305KB)
- Polish | Polski (PDF, 305KB)
- Portugese | Português (PDF, 312KB)
- Somali | Soomaali (PDF, 302KB)
- Spanish | Español (PDF, 311KB)
- Turkish | Türkçe (PDF, 319KB)
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