How to help in Westminster and the City of London
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have ceased all campaigning and are asking our members and supporters to concentrate on non-political efforts to help the community weather this crisis. If you are volunteering, the advice from Westminster City Council is to help out as close to home as possible.
Here is how you can help:
Donate to local Food Banks
We have two food banks within our area, these are:
North Paddington Food Bank. They are asking for financial donations: https://www.npfoodbank.org.uk/#donate
The Trussell Trust runs Westminster Food Bank. They are asking for financial donations. Donate here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/make-a-donation/
For the City of London the two closest food banks are:
Hackney Foodbank. They are asking for volunteers, and donations of food and money: https://hackney.foodbank.org.uk/corona-virus
Waterloo Foodbank. Donate money: https://waterloo.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate/. Donate food: https://waterloo.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
Westminster City Council is coordinating different volunteer forces to help during the COVID19 crisis. Sign up to volunteer on this form: https://airtable.com
This volunteer effort is especially important as it will assist the Council to support those on its At Risk register whose details they cannot share to a wider audience.
You can also sign up to daily email updates on the Council’s coronavirus and response: https://westminster.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe
They have also set out advice on how to avoid spreading the virus while volunteering: https://www.onewestminster.org.uk
Covid-19 Mutual Aid Society (https://covidmutualaid.org/) is the umbrella organisation for local mutual aid societies across UK. These are our local branches:
- Westminster Mutual Aid (https://www.facebook.com/groups/). If you want to volunteer, fill in this volunteer form and the group in your ward will get in touch: https://www.westminstermutualaid.co.uk/get-involved If you or someone you know needs help, fill in this request for assistance form: https://www.westminstermutualaid.co.uk/request-help
- City of London Mutual Aid: https://www.facebook.com (information on how to be added to the Whatsapp groups by ward is continually being added)
Many communities are also using the community social network Nextdoor to ask for and volunteer for help. You can sign up to connect to people in your neighbourhood: https://nextdoor.co.uk.
Help and advice
For elderly residents in self-isolation, Age UK Westminster are offering advice and support on 0203 004 5510, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you see someone vulnerable rough sleeping, contact StreetLink via website, app or phone so that an outreach team can help them: https://www.streetlink.london
As always, for the latest advice on avoiding spreading coronavirus and what to do if you think you might have it, consult the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For those needing help with mental health impacts of self-isolation, Mind have resources here: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Stephen Fry’s interview with Andrew Marr on the BBC is also well worth watching: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/