1. HARINGEY & LONDON RESPONSE UPDATE
1.1 Haringey's weekly COVID figures
You can find the latest COVID-19 figures for Haringey (as of 29th Jul) here.
1.2 Community Organisations Support Grants
Haringey Council have launched the Community Organisations Support Grants programme.
We would encourage you to apply for the funding if your organisation is eligible and in need of it. The funding is for unavoidable running and core operational costs arising from Covid-19 and is not intended to pay for services, including services responding directly to the impacts of Covid-19.
The Community Organisations Support Grants are open to community organisations whose operations have been difficult to adapt to lockdown, including service delivery or income-generating activity, including:
- Charities and voluntary sector organisations
- Social enterprises (not in shared workspaces)
- Community organisations (which are not charities or voluntary sector organisations)
- Places of worship and faith groups
For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
1.3 Good Thinking - Digital Mental Wellbeing for London
Good Thinking provides digital mental wellbeing support for London. This includes free NHS-approved apps to help you deal with stress, anxiety, low mood and poor sleep. Their website is constantly updated with new resources in relation to coronavirus and they have a number of mobile apps for further support.
Click here to find out more.
1.4 Parking Permits - issues and feedback
As parking enforcement as recommenced we have been contacted by a large number of residents who are having difficulty in obtaining a new parking permit. The council has acknowledged that they have been overwhelmed by applications which has severely impacted the service.
If you have experienced a wait of more than 14 days for your permit please get in touch with us by replying to this email so that we can try and assist with getting any problems resolved.
Later this year Haringey Council will be implementing of a major new IT system that will aim to resolve the issues in obtaining a parking permit, as well as managing parking fines and enforcement.
They are asking for feedback from residents on what you feel needs to improve. Please complete this 5-minute online survey ( https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=159558621184 ) to tell them about your experience of parking services in Haringey and what changes you would suggest, to make the process easier.
The Parking Customer Survey will be available for you to complete for a period of 6 weeks, from Tuesday 28th July to Friday 4th September.
You can read about this survey and other parking consultations here https://www.haringey.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/parking/parking-consultations/current-parking-consultations/parking-services-customer-survey
1.5 Silver Active
Haringey's Silver Active summer programme is now live, providing Hub and Cluster sheltered housing residents with weekly activity sessions to keep busy, boost morale and interact with new people.
Residents can enjoy Stretch and Strengthen fitness or Reggaetivity dance classes on Zoom, or a simple group chat and mini quiz over the telephone. All options allow residents who may be shielding to keep in touch with others and make new friends!
Find the programme Silver Active summer programme
1.6 Update on Libraries
The phased reopening of Haringey Libraries continues with most of them now offering the following services:
Click this link to view the revised library opening times, services on offer, as well as the online library services.
Drop Box - users can return books in a designed ‘drop box’ situated just inside the library.
Click and collect - collection of books that have been pre-ordered online or by phone
Grab and Go - grab a self-selection of books by customers but with no provision to sit or stay to browse
Ready Reads - a new way to borrow books from Haringey libraries. Simply submit your Haringey Library card details and let us know what you like to read using the dedicated Ready Reads order form, and we’ll choose a selection of books for you. You won’t be able to request specific authors or titles, but we’ll do our best to find books you’ll enjoy.
- You can also book via the dedicated phone line - you can call 020 8489 2700, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Limited Computer use - the number of computers available in each library will be limited and customers will be able to use them for up to one hour.
1.7 Care homes visits to restart
People will soon be able to visit their loved ones in care homes, following the publication of new guidance.
Local directors of public health will lead assessments locally, ensuring that a measured, risk-assessed approach is taken before visits can commence. See the government’s full announcement and read the guidance.
Earlier this month Healthwatch Haringey produced a report into how Haringey's Care Homes had managed through the pandemic. To find out more and read the report click here.
1.8 Pavement licenses for Haringey businesses
From the end of July 2020 the council will be starting its Pavement Licence application process, in line with the government’s new legislation under the Business and Planning Act 2020 – making it quicker and cheaper for businesses, such as cafes, restaurants and bars, to provide adequate social distancing through additional seating outside.
Pavement Licences under the new Act will be more streamlined and quicker to apply for, with the consultation process being cut down to 14 working days compared to the current 28-day period. The fee will also be capped at £100.
The move will allow businesses to secure licences in time for the summer, to protect hospitality jobs and to help businesses provide income over the remainder of the summer.For more information and updates, visit the council’s pavement licences webpage.
1.9 Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and council managed sports courts
All sports courts in parks, including ball courts, tennis courts and multi-use games areas, are now open, with the last few outdoor gyms and playgrounds also being opened up by the weekend.
If you plan to use any of these facilities please remember:
- Please do not use if you feel ill or are self-isolating
- Sanitise your hands regularly whilst using the equipment and remember to wash your hands as soon as you are able to do so after use
- Stay at least 2 metres away from others
- Do not eat or drink within the facilities
- If the facility is busy, wait patiently until you can use it safely, or come back when less busy
1.10 Places of worship security funding
The Home Office has announced that the fifth round of the Places of Worship (POW) Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open for applications until 23:59 on the 9 August 2020.
The Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme is a key commitment of the 2016-2020 Hate Crime Action Plan and more than 180 places of worship have been awarded grants to install measures such as protective alarms, security lighting and access controls.
The scheme is open to places of worship and associated faith community centres (we define this as a community centre run by a place of worship or near a place of worship that is faith based, and where regular worship takes place) across England and Wales.
Further details of the funding scheme and how to apply are provided via the link below.
If you need support to apply please email: [email protected]
1.11 Haringey Book of Remembrance launched
To honour those we have lost during the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual book of remembrance has been launched in Haringey.
Family, friends and carers now have a special designated place to pay tribute to loved ones who were living in Haringey, with a photo and a short, written message. Please share your tributes to loved ones.
Learn more and visit the dedicated website to sign the book of remembrance to honor a loved one.
1.12 Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund
Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis by setting up a new fund to support local communities. In order to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application and payment process to make it easier to get funds out.
The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.
Typically, the fund will support organisations that have experienced;
Click here to find out more and to apply.
- Increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources to support children through the summer months or a food bank whose stocks are running low and needs an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.
- Disrupted services – a local charity setting up a delivery service to replace its monthly lunch club, or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
- New services – a health focused charity having to set up a new online patient service requires new IT equipment or a mental health charity developing a new service.
1.13 Local Food Banks still require urgent donations
Food banks continue to support residents across the borough and are seeing supplies running desperately low. If you are able to support them please consider doing so.
*NEW* Hornsey Foodbank Campsbourne School, N8 7AF
- Open to all every Thursday 11am-1pm throughout July and August
- Accepting everyone that needs a foodbank (no voucher required)
- Campsbourne School - please use the Eastfield Road entrance
Muswell Hill Foodbank (The Trussell Trust)
If you need food
- The Muswell Hill Foodbank on Pembroke Road is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You will need to get a voucher from one of the Referral Agencies (Citizens Advice, Social Services, Job Centres, some schools and doctors surgeries and other local charities) before going to the foodbank. Strict social distancing is in place to ensure the safety of clients and volunteers.
The foodbank urgently needs donations
The Holy Trinity Food Bank Stroud Green
If you would like to make a monetary donation please email: htfoodbank[email protected] and for more information visit: http://www.holytrinityfoodbank.org.uk/
- Open every Sunday from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
- Please drop off donations at the food bank between 1.30pm - 3.30pm on Sundays. Alternatively there are dedicated collection bins at:
- Sainsbury’s, 175-179 Stroud Green Road, N4 3PZ
- Londis, 9-11 Ferme Park Road, N4 4DS
The Gospel Centre Food Bank corner of Raleigh Road / Wightman Road, N8 OLT
Enquiries to [email protected]
- Open Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm or Sunday 11.30-1pm.
- Requires donations of non perishable food
- Supporting those in need, especially from N8, N4 and N22 – no referral required
Bounds Green Food Bank Shaftesbury Hall, Herbert Road, Bounds Green, N11 2QN
Enquiries to [email protected]
- Open 2pm-4pm every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
- Accepting everyone that needs a foodbank (no voucher required)
- Food donations accepted in the two hours before opening
Other Local Foodbanks
1.14 Volunteering opportunities for local residents
Our voluntary organisations are working under huge pressure and looking for more help from the community:
1.15 Telephone befriending service
Staying at home can be lonely and it can be difficult to connect socially. As the lockdown continues this become ever more difficult for some of our residents.
Haringey Reach and Connect offer free calls to people in Haringey who would like to receive regular weekly calls from a friendly and supportive volunteer. The calls last approximately 30 minutes, and take place on the same day, at the same time, each week.
They match older people and volunteers carefully, to ensure they have some common interests and friendships are reviewed regularly, to ensure that both parties find them enjoyable.
If you would be interested in becoming or having a telephone befriender, please contact Reach and Connect who are running a special expanded service to respond to COVID-19, using this link: https://reachandconnect.net/get-support/telephone-friendship