Covid-19 crisis in IslingtonContinue
We know these are difficult times for everyone in the borough, particularly for the most vulnerable. There are many people and families who will suffer the greatest hardship, and we are doing all we can to help Islington’s charity groups and organisations who work with them directly.
We’ve launched an Islington Giving Crisis Fund to support the most vulnerable people in Islington during the Covid-19 outbreak. Every penny raised will go directly to support the groups and organisations we know and trust to deliver essential services.
Money from this fund will go straight back out to organisations we know and trust, working in the community with residents who are isolated, anxious and in most need of financial support through this crisis.
Some of the fund money will go directly to residents in need of food or help with fuel bills via the London Borough of Islington’s Residents Support Scheme, as well as through our other trusted partners.
To make sure groups can access this money quickly and easily we are using the London Communities Response Fund portal in order to assess and process grants.
Here’s the latest from some of our key partners:
Help On Your Doorstep
“At Help On Your Doorstep we work tirelessly to ensure we remain available to residents who want to contact us when they need advice and support from services. What’s more, we are running a proactive telephone outreach to the most vulnerable residents.
Amongst other things we are contacting over 1,000 residents who are potentially at risk due to health, mobility or age to find out what support is needed related to basic food, heating, social contact and physical and mental health needs. We continue to keep in regular contact by telephone to alleviate isolation and anxiety.”
BIG (Businesses for Islington Giving) Alliance
At the BIG Alliance “We are working closely with our community partners to understand in detail the challenges they face in serving local people at present, and with our business partners to meet those needs through remote volunteering, employment support and fundraising.”
“The Claremont building is currently closed and will remain closed until further notice. Our members, most of who are aged 75+, are among the most at risk from Covid-19 and it is extremely important that they stay safe and minimize their chances of contracting it.
For those with broadband at home, we are in the process of massively re-inventing our services so that they are online. Through the magic of video conferencing, we believe we can offer a wide range of groups, clubs and services for you. These will be live and interactive and you will be able to see and talk to others taking part. We will post more information on this as soon as we can and hope to have the new virtual Claremont up and running within the next couple of weeks. It will be amazing!
We are also in the process of setting up a telephone chat service, especially but not exclusively for those not online.
We are particularly worried about older people who need groceries and other essential supplies. We are working with Islington Council, other local charities, and support groups to find ways to safely address this need. We are very grateful for the enormous outpouring of local support and offers of help.
Our psychotherapy services are continuing as usual and we are using Zoom for video sessions. We are still accepting enquiries from Islington residents and assessments will take place over the telephone or by Zoom.”
All opportunities and offers are channelled via Volunteer Centre in Islington (VAI), on a special covid19 page. Organisations, who either have or need volunteers can get in touch with VAI, labelling their requests Covid19.
If your organisation is looking for volunteers that could support your service users and vulnerable Islington residents during the coronavirus crisis go to the Volunteer Centre Islington website, follow the instructions and register your opportunities. If you are aware of potential volunteers willing to help residents in Islington, please signpost them to the Volunteer Centre Islington online portal further information please contact email@example.com.