Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
All residents across Haringey will be able to access free, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing twice a week from Friday 9 April.
Rapid testing, using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD), has so far been available to those most at risk and people who need to leave home for work, including frontline NHS workers, care home staff and residents, and households with nursery or school-aged children. Now rapid testing will be offered to everyone, aged 11 years and over, with people encouraged to take regular tests to help prevent outbreaks and help us all get back to a more normal way of life.
A new webpage in Haringey is going live next week.
Volunteer residents from local communities have set up Information Station to share content on how to stay healthy and live well during lockdown and beyond. These citizen journalists work from a community newsroom in Wood Green Library.
The platform will focus on the incredible resilience, creativity and community spirit in lockdown in Haringey. The team running Information Station have been trained by a BBC Journalist, The London Film School, Blogging experts and Community Podcasters.
Haringey’s Mayor, Cllr Adam Jogee, said:
Despite a difficult year for all of us, Haringey has been blessed by the way its communities came together to support each other. This project is a shining example of Haringey's people working together, sharing support and advice and giving back to our community.
The people behind the project are Tom Delap, Project Manager for Haringey Libraries and Haringey Adult Learning manager, Simon Beer. They believe Information Station can play a key role in taking crucial public health information to a wider audience during the health crisis.
Simon Beer said:
The energy that our volunteers are bringing to making news items, blogs, video diaries, features and podcasts has been incredible. For so many people lockdown has brought stress, isolation and anxiety. It’s not always easy to know where to go to get reliable local information or to hear from other people going through the same experience as you. Information Station gives Haringey people a trusted platform to share with other Haringey people.
Nikita Hyare, from Public Health Haringey:
This project is an amazing way to communicate important health messages, from a reliable source. Born and raised in Haringey, I am so inspired by the citizen journalists' motivation to give back to their community.
Project Manager, Amanda White grew up in Tottenham and is proud to be part of this new venture:
We are so lucky to be able to work with some amazing citizen journalists with a genuine wish to connect to their communities through their stories. We are looking for more citizen journalists, so please get in touch if you want to join the project.
Contact details: Amanda@infostation.uk
As we pass the milestone of one year since the first lockdown, Thrive LDN and partners have put together a number of free resources (external link) to support Londoners who may be feeling stressed, anxious or sad, to stay mentally well at this time.
They are also running another series of live wellbeing webinars, designed to support people with the emotional impact of the pandemic. Two live webinars will take place each week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the 5th of May. The free, hour-long sessions offer a chance to explore ideas to support your mental health and wellbeing, in a safe and welcoming environment, led by a clinician. Register and explore the full schedule (external link).
Our ability to adapt well to the stress of life, as well as being able to bounce back from adversity, crises or trauma, is often referred to as emotional resilience. Thrive LDN has worked with Dr Radha Modgil - NHS GP, broadcaster and campaigner for wellbeing – to develop a short training film (external link) to help strengthen emotional resilience through positive strategies.
If you need urgent help or feel more comfortable talking to someone you don’t know, then use one of the following helplines (external link).
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