At a time of crisis, London has come together. As the threat of the coronavirus spread, communities have united to support one another to overcome this turbulent time together. We have seen the local government sector pool its resources to deliver food parcels, medicine and offer financial assistance for those in need.
In the four weeks since the lockdown began, 3,500 doorstep deliveries of food and essential supplies have been made to those identified by the Government as most at risk from the coronavirus and who are self-isolating.
Croydon council has delivered over 900 emergency food packages, with thousands more provided in partnership via local voluntary groups. The council has redistributed thousands of business donations, including hot food, ready meals and baby food.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council
Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank are delivering 1000 food parcels a week to support residents who are most in need.
Edible London – with the help of Haringey Council has been working with over 150 volunteers and the community to deliver organic fresh groceries, food and other basic supplies to thousands of local families in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Together they've delivered over 1,000 parcels each week and are sending out 600 hot meals each day.
The council is working with organisations across the voluntary and charity sector to deliver food to hundreds of vulnerable people and those in greatest need across the borough. During the Easter break, the weekly food parcels contained a Fairtrade chocolate egg as a treat alongside the essentials.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been distributed to over 140 social care providers that work in Brent.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council
Hammersmith & Fulham has stepped up to the PPE challenge by securing and shipping more than 1,000,000 items to frontline workers and those they are serving. The borough's social workers, home help visitors, parks and street wardens and refuse crews, as well as staff in privately run care homes, have protected both themselves and the residents due to this unprecedented buy-and-supply operation.
The council also supported two former Hammersmith & Fulham school pupils, in producing free PPE visors to frontline NHS staff through procurement and health and safety regulations and linked them through to directors at Imperial College NHS Trust. They have produced 20,000 face shields, with 5,800 going to Hammersmith & Fulham care workers and staff in the borough’s private care homes, while 12,000 face shields have already been given to Charing Cross Hospital.
Kingston Council has provided 24,700 masks, 40,700 aprons and 28,200 gloves to the community and key workers.
Boroughs secure PPE boost to protect vulnerable Londoners
London boroughs have agreed a new pan-London partnership to secure emergency supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care homes and other crucial local services on the Covid-19 frontline.
Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster
Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster are working together on a joint central London campaign to help victims of domestic abuse find the support they need during isolation. The campaign aims to build on the national #YouAreNotAlone campaign, by signposting local support services available.
- The Angelou Support Service brings ten local organisations together to provide support, with backing from the council and police.
- A social media and poster campaign will point victims to free phone support and local services.
- The public can help make sure information gets to victims by sharing posts with the Home Office backed hashtag #YouAreNotAlone.
Merton Council will be offering financial support to around 2,650 of the borough’s least well-off residents to help them with the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. All residents of working age who are in receipt of council tax support and have a balance to pay will be eligible for up to £200 off their council tax bill.
Southwark Council announced in January this year that it intended to open a young people’s mental health ‘hub’. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak the drop-in centre has now evolved into in online and phone-line support service aptly called 'The Nest" for the time being.