Community response: Coronavius
LOCAL NETWORKS & SUPPORT
We know that some people in our community may need support, and some are self-isolating. Here are some suggestions about local networks if you need help, or would like to offer help. If you know any others, please share them with us at [email protected]
The Finchley Foodbank operates in East Finchley - find out more about their services on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Finchley-Foodbank-248912191942313/
Based in East Finchley, AgeUK Barnet offer services and support for older people and also coordinate volunteers to help people in need. Take a look at the their website to get help, or to offer your services as a volunteer:
Five Bells Computer Club
The East Finchley-based club are currently meeting online each Tuesday at 2pm - and are offering support to those who want to learn how to get connected. Email for more information: [email protected] or take a look at their Facebook page:
Some local food shops are offering shopping deliveries for at risk groups. Please contact the stores directly for more information.
Create your own network
Some streets and blocks have already created their own networks and mutal groups to offer help to neighbours who are self-isolating.
Barnet COVID-19 Mutual Aid - Facebook Group
This is a group for mutual aid and support in the London Borough of Barnet - you can share tips, offer or ask for help.
East Finchley COVID-19 support - Facebook Group
A group for volunteers in East Finchley offering assistance to anyone who is self-isolating or affected by coronavirus.
This is a helpful A to Z of information from national charity Community Barnet, based in the borough.
The dedicated Ward Officer for East Finchley has circulated information about COVID-19 scams.
"Please apply all the sceptisim and good sense in regards to phone calls, emails and texts as you usually would. Be particularly aware of any links in emails, do not click on them. If you are concerned by any requests or advice in an email, text or phone call, please go on line to the government and NHS sites for information.
There are reports of people knocking on doors saying they are doing coronavirus tests on behalf of NHS/your surgery etc. Please note, there are no such initiatives. If anyone knocks on your door, ignore them and call the police."
For information on joining the mailing list to keep updated with local police advice, contact [email protected]
There are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing if you are feeling stressed or anxious at this difficult time - here are some suggestions from Mind:
The history of GBL...
Grange Big Local launched its first plan in 2016 and has been working to support the community in East Finchley ever since. To learn more, view our past community newsletters.
The local community newspaper, The Archer, has also chronicled much of our story - search "Grange Big Local" here for its coverage. GBL would like to thank all the volunteers at The Archer for their ongoing support.
Lockdown 2.0 - GBL Project Response
Over at GBL, we want to be as transparent as possible about the lockdown and the impact it will have on our programming. We've been thinking about all the new rules and brainstorming solutions to carry on supporting our community in these tough times.
So, we've tried to pivot our programming as best as we can and are going to announce further plans when we get the details sorted. For now, take a look below for an overview of where we're at.