West London community action during the Coronavirus outbreak
Many businesses are asking how they can help our local community during the Coronavirus outbreak. Business in the Community has produced a fact sheet to assist businesses’ reflect on their role at this time.
Here in West London, WLB are working with our partners in the voluntary and community sector assist with signposting members of the business community to where they can support vulnerable people in their local area.
There are already ways that you can get involved. See the current areas of need, organised by our seven north-west London boroughs.
If you would like to add an initiative to this list – or specific support you are seeking from the local businesses – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read about the temporary new statutory right to Emergency Volunteering Leave that is being introduced under the Government’s Emergency legislation and some of inspirational actions businesses are taking to support the community.
To get involved as a volunteer, you can search for your local volunteer centre or sign up directly for the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme where some 750,000 people have already responded to the government’s call to action.
- Join the Barnet Facebook mutual aid group. Mutual aid groups have been set up around the country to enable communities to help one another during the coronavirus pandemic. They are member-led and not connected to any organisation.
- Register on Volunteering Barnet‘s volunteering platform if you’re looking to get involved in supporting others.
- Join a neighbourhood WhatsApp group. There are already several groups located around the borough. If there isn’t a group for your local area you might consider setting one up, otherwise join the group closest to where you live.
- Donate to the Barnet Together community fund. This has been set up by voluntary sector partners to enable the community to donate money that will be used to support residents most in need.
- Consider supporting Chipping Barnet Food Bank. Your gift of financial support, time, business partnership and food can make a real difference.
- Volunteering Matters runs a project which supports families in Brent. This involves recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to mentor young people leaving care, befriending children with challenging behaviour and supporting families of children with life-limiting illnesses.
- Brent Foodbank provides a pivotal role of ensuring no one in the community goes hungry.
- Ealing Together is a collaboration between local community and voluntary groups, Ealing Council, resident associations and concerned residents that want to help. Big or small, every organisation can do something good to help. You can safely request support for yourself, your family or someone who you know on Ealing Together through a structured referral system.
- If you would like to take on a more structured voluntary role, the council works closely with Ealing CVS who support the many voluntary and community sector organisations in the borough on a day-to-day basis. Ealing CVS is not coordinating activities, but they are offering advice and signposting for the local community and voluntary groups. You can also search for a formal volunteer role at www.do-it.org.
- The British Red Cross community reserve scheme are a network of people ready to help in an emergency, supporting their community by sharing public health messages, connecting with others safely and helping provide basic supplies. You can sign up to be part of the scheme online.
- Ealing Food Bank provides emergency food and support to local families who are referred to them in crisis. Up to date information about what donations they currently need and how you can give is available online.
- BEfriend is a local voluntary befriending scheme for isolated and vulnerable adults in the community. They have published some helpful advice on how you can be a good neighbour at this time.
- The Felix Project will continue providing their absolutely vital service to organisations like food banks, community kitchens and other community organisations serving the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, their resources are under considerable strain: they are seeing see a reduction in food getting to their warehouses and of volunteers able to drive our vans and manage their operations due to coronavirus and need more support.
HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM
- The founder of Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank has launched an urgent appeal for donations, volunteers and supplies as the coronavirus crisis piles pressure on the charity’s work. Founder Daphine Aikens says “the foodbank has barely five weeks’ worth of stock as the coronavirus outbreak threatens to disrupt supplies to the most vulnerable in society.” She urges donors to leave food at supermarket and library donation points, or donate online via Bankuet. Donate your items at any one of these locations:
- Tesco, 180 Shepherds Bush Road, W6
- Sainsbury’s, Townmead Road, SW6
- Sainsbury’s, Fulham Broadway Shopping Centre, SW6
- Sainsbury’s, Kings Mall, Hammersmith, W6
- Waitrose, North End Road, SW6
- Waitrose, Westfield, White City, W12
- The Macbeth Centre, Macbeth Street, W6
- Willmotts estate agent, King Street, Hammersmith, W6
- M&S, King Street, Hammersmith, W6
- All libraries in Hammersmith & Fulham
- UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham is a local organisation that inspires and helps fund activities that promote a strong sense of togetherness in our diverse London borough. If you’d like to donate. You can contribute to the UNITED in H&F Coronavirus Response Appeal.
- Efforts are underway to set up H&F CAN – a resilience network which will co-ordinate a borough-wide volunteer operation (spanning existing foodbanks, homeless shelters, youth clubs, community centres, residents’ groups) and provide an easy way to donate money that will be used to support vulnerable people. Register for the Community Aid Network.
- Voluntary Action Harrow is working to support the Voluntary Sector in Harrow during the Coronavirus Outbreak. Read about how you can help Harrow.
- Harrow Food Bank welcomes any support that can be offered at this time.
- Apetito can provide a hot or frozen meals service to residents in need. Find out more
- Hillingdon Borough has a wide range of volunteering groups who are always on the look out for volunteers and support. Read more >>.
- Hillingdon Food Bank welcomes any support that can be afforded at this time.
- A new community hub will be set up over the coming days, which will act as a focal point for queries from residents and businesses, and help manage the ongoing coronavirus support effort. Hounslow Council will provide more information as soon as it’s up and running.
- Hounslow Community Foodbox is a volunteer run charity that provides emergency food and support and advice to those who are in need and live in the London Borough of Hounslow. Make an online donation with Gift Aid through the Charities Aid Foundation website: https://www.cafonline.org/my-personal-giving/start-giving/donate-now. The best way to find the Hounslow Community Foodbox is to search by their registered charity number: 1170666. If you would like to make a financial donation directly, please contact Philip Jones at email@example.com or 07743 547262.
- Volunteering Hounslow has a dedicated Coronavirus resource outlining how you can help during the outbreak.