PGC Weekly Newsletter
26 March 2020
All hands to the pumps!
Cometh the hour, cometh - no, not the man, the people!
You probably already know about the appeal for NHS volunteer responders that went out on Tuesday and the amazing response - over 400,000 people registered in less than 24 hours. But just in case you don't...
Volunteers who are "on duty" will use the GoodSAM smartphone app, which will alert them to tasks that need doing locally in four categories: Community Response Volunteer, Patient Transport Volunteer, NHS Transport Volunteer, Check-in and Chat Volunteer. For the last named, you can work from home, even if you're self isolating. Read more.
Helping out at the North Mid
As well as the nationwide call for responders (see above), there are some tasks that you could do at the North Mid to allow the hospital's staff to concentrate on their patients. You could help by meeting and greeting, sanitizing door handles etc, acting as a "runner", befriending patients, working as a porter or help the communication between relatives, patients and clinicians. Read more.
Do you have a tablet or smartphone you could donate to the North Mid?
The stringent rules about visiting patients at the North Middlesex Hospital, especially those with COVID-19 and patients awaiting test results for COVID-19, are particularly upsetting for families, so the hospital is appealing to people with spare tablet computers or smartphones to donate them in order to facilitate 'virtual visits'. Read more.
What the coronavirus crisis means for hospices and other charities offering support to the sick
Corvid-19 threatens not just NHS patients and their families, but also patients and carers looked after by charities, including hospices. Not just because of the additional health threats, but also because the charities have been forced to cancel their extensive programmes of fundraising events, which bring in vital income.
Only a few months ago, Noah's Ark was celebrating the opening of its children's hospice in Barnet, built thanks to a huge fundraising campaign. Now they are faced with a £2m deficit, which potentially threatens their survival. Below, Peter Capaldi explains:
In a similar position is Haven House, another children's hospice that cares for children and families from Enfield and elsewhere in a historic building tucked away in part of Epping Forest. Watch this video about their wonderful work.
The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity supports patients attending several hospitals, including the North Middlesex. Again, a large chunk of its income comes from fundraising events and the charity's shops. Read more.
Enfield Veg Co: Temporary pickup points, taking on new customers
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. Read more.
Telephone befriending service for the over-60s
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. Read more.
Sharpen your quills in the Virtual Writing Room
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. And thanks to the Internet, you can join a writing course without stepping outside your front door, as the Collage Writing Room goes virtual. Read more.
We have events!
Last week I reported that the only remaining events in the database were the Friday morning Nordic Walking sessions in Broomfield Park, but, sad to say, they too have now succumbed to the virus. However, I have found two events for this week's newsletter.
The first is today (Thursday). At 8pm join people all over the country by stepping out of your front door or onto your balcony and applauding the NHS staff on the front line of the fight against the virus.
On Monday nights you can join a yoga class run by Olivia Festy, who has a studio in Tottenham called Yoga Avenue. But there's no need to step outside your home, thanks to the wonders of the Internet and the Zoom app. Olivia also runs pregnancy yoga sessions, which will be going online as well, but they may only be available to Haringey residents - I'll investigate.
Also this week...
Improving planned orthopaedic surgery for adults in north central London (North London Partners in Health and Care 6/4/2020)
Draft revised Statement of Community Involvement (Enfield Council 9/4/2020)
Modifications to the A105 Experimental Traffic Orders (Enfield Council 3/6/2020)
Recent Enfield Voices and GlobalNet21 video interviews
- Volunteers Helping Those In Need Because Of The Corona Virus
- Tackling The Drug Wars
- Faith In The Community - Interview With The Bishop of Edmonton
- Performing Arts & Youth Crime
- Global governance and climate change
- Deportation and the tragedy of Mahdi - interview with Rev Melanie Smith
- Action On Meridian Water - Interview With Tolga Aramaz
- Using My Allotment To Feed The Community
- Credit Unions & The Common Bond
- The Edmonton Incinerator & Local Opposition
- Enfield Climate Action Forum
- Universal Credit - One Person’s Journey
- The Voluntary Sector, Local Authorities & Climate Change.
- Dag Hammarskjöld - Never Give Up
- The Legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld - Interview of Caroline Hammarskjöld
- Homelessness and Sleep Pod-Power
For more details of the events and notices below, click/tap on the graphics