COVID-19: update from Disability Action in Islington
I hope you and your loved ones are well. Here at Disability Action in Islington we have unfortunately had to close the office, so we wanted to share some useful information with you.
The national government website, WHO and BBC websites are being kept up to date with the latest news and advice on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation and how to protect yourselves. Please look here for health advice rather than on social media; while social media is a very useful way for people to stay in touch and support each other (see below regarding mutual aid), there is a lot of unverified information and fake news circulating on some of the sites.
Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/
There are BSL videos available at: https://www.signhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/
Covid-19 information in other languages is available at: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/
For information in Easy Read, visit: http://easyread.info/coronavirus-easy-read/
The council is also providing information on COVID-19 and how people can protect themselves, as well as providing updates on local services and contact details for people who are in need of support. Residents can also sign up to receive email updates.
Mutual Aid/Support Groups
Local support groups have been set up in a lot of areas, generally using Facebook, Nextdoor and/or Whatsapp, to put people in need of help in touch with volunteers. A national website, https://covidmutualaid.org/, has been set up to display details of all groups. This site also has safeguarding information for volunteers displayed via the FAQ page.
The Islington support page can be found here https://m.facebook.com/groups/926599381108201/; this page contains information for residents on how to find their local neighbourhood support group.
Information about the Canonbury support group can be found in a previous blog post.
Unfortunately there have been reports of a small number of unscrupulous people offering to shop or run errands for vulnerable people then stealing their money. If you do accept help from neighbours or a support group, please be very wary of handing money over to people, and do not give your card(s) and/or PIN(s) to anyone.
Local Advice Organisations
Where possible, organisations are continuing to offer advice by phone and email. The following can be contacted for one-to-one advice over the phone:
Islington People’s Rights: https://www.ipradvice.org.uk/services/
Islington Law Society: http://www.islingtonlaw.org.uk/contact/
Help On Your Doorstep: https://www.helponyourdoorstep.com/news/temporary-closure-of-our-face-to-face-services
Please see the following for advice on how Covid-19 may be affecting you.
Information on how Covid-19 is affecting benefits claimants here https://www.turn2us.org.uk/get-support/Benefits-and-Coronavirus-Sickness
Information and advice on Covid-19 and disabled people: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/coronavirus
Disability Action in Islington