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Social distancing and self-isolation are not incompatible with writing. Shakespeare himself is rumoured to have written King Lear while quarantined. It can be helpful to write in challenging times and to be part of a friendly group, focusing on your writing..

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Like many charities, Haven House children's hospice raises money through its events programme and its charity shops, but all events are now cancelled for the foreseeable future and all shops are closed. It expects a loss of income of £500,000 in the next three months alone, and has launched an emergency appeal for donations. In order to continue to support vulnerable children and their families, Haven House has launched an urgent appeal.

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NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

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The stringent rules about visiting patients at the North Middlesex Hospital, especially those with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and patients awaiting test results for COVID-19, are particularly upsetting for families, so the hospital is appealing people with spare tablet computers or smartphones to donate them in order to facilitate 'virtual visits'.

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On Tuesday 24th March the North Middlesex Hospital brought in further restrictions on visits to inpatient wards. For details, and to find out about visiting other local hospitals, visit https://healthwatchenfield.co.uk/information-about-coronavirus/local-hospitals/.

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The North Middlesex Hospital is appealing for people aged 18 and over to apply for temporary volunteer roles.

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Enfield Health & Wellbeing Centre have suspended all their normal activities and are instead offering a 24-hour telephone befriending service to people aged 60 and above who live alone or need someone to talk to.

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Barnet-based Noah's Ark Children's Hospice is urgently appealing for financial help. The coronavirus, while making the charity's young patients even more vulnerable, is undermining its fundraising methods. It faces a £2 million deficit, which threatens its future.

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Enfield Veg Co, based at Forty Hall Farm, delivers weekly bags of fresh, organic veg to households all over Enfield and East Barnet. The Covid-19 emergency means that some of its usual dropoff points, such as Baskervilles in Palmers Green, are unavailable, but it is setting up temporary replacements located nearby. They are currently taking on new members on a first come, first served basis and are accepting up to 10 new members per week.

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The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, which supports patients at the North Middlesex Hospital, has issued an urgent appeal for funding. The Covid-19 crisis threatens its charity shops, community fundraising efforts and its own fundraising events.

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A Palmers Green resident has been charged with firearms offences after police stopped a taxi in Elvedon Road N13.

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Enfield Council and Enfield Voluntary Action today launched Enfield Stands Together, a 'community response website', with the aim of coordinating volunteering and help to those who need it.

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Love Your Doorstep Enfield have been cooperating with many other organisations across the borough to organise coordinated help for vulnerable people or those who are self-isolating. They have set up links to online forms for those in need of help and for people who would like to volunteer.

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The London Borough of Enfield Covid-19 Mutual Aid group on Facebook is one of around 150 Covid-19 Mutual Aid groups that had been created around the UK as of Sunday lunchtime. Volunteers are coordinating via WhatsApp and Facebook groups and offering people in self-isolation help with shopping, dog walking and picking up prescriptions.

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The organisers of the Palmers Green Festival have announced that this year's event, scheduled for 6th September, has been cancelled.

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Enfield Community Singers are presenting four UNMISSABLE concerts for the spring and summer period.

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Councillors in seven north London boroughs have this week received letters urging them to radically re-think the plan for processing the area's waste and to put on hold and review the planned construction of a huge new incinerator in Edmonton.

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The renowned street artist ATM will soon be creating a mural at Palmers Green Station, inspired by the New River and its wildlife. Palmers Green Action Team are offering free art workshops on Saturday 28th March, 9.15am and 2.15pm, to meet the artist and explore the ideas for its design.

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