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Our Crouch End Lib Dem councillors pitch in with some #ViralKindness

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Dear Adrian ,

Firstly, thank you to everyone that has offered to help in any way they can in the face of the current COVID-19 outbreak. The Crouch End response has been unbelievable!

We know many of you are keen to help but have found it difficult to find out how best to do so.

We are also aware that residents are looking to the council to assist in facilitating a response to the outbreak.

Councillors are working together to see how best we can help coordinate any efforts to assist those who are vulnerable, provide useful information from the council or government, and help in any other way we can. Thank you for your patience whilst we have been trying to work out a sensible approach.

One of the greatest concerns we have in any efforts is around data protection, and the safeguarding of all residents which extends beyond the virus outbreak, and therefore there are still some elements to how we can help facilitate people helping one another that we are working on.

We are sure everyone is aware of how quickly the situation is evolving, and therefore what we say today may no longer be possible in 24 hours.
 

How you can help others


If you would like to help your neighbours, the Haringey community and those vulnerable, we recommend the following in the first instance:
  1. Print off the #ViralKindness leaflet and distribute it to houses on your, and surrounding, roads, and register yourself on our Crouch End Volunteer Spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WMXjpVtOYgOC5RXQvhwLfK32N1z...). The link to the leaflet file is here, and for those without printers you can currently pick leaflets up from the upstairs desk in Hornsey Library: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L_8GoI1zQ572fBZtElFfQZI9vNEwK7Rf/view
  2. Set up or join street level or Resident’s Association level WhatsApp groups, Google Groups, Private Facebook Groups or email chains to help connect those offering help with those needing help at a micro level. Some have already done this (particularly Residents’ Associations), and they are the optimum way of turning offers into action.
  3. Do not buy too much produce or goods. Those that are most vulnerable are left even more vulnerable if our stores are bare of the essentials.
  4. Donate to foodbanks. Panic buying has led to a reduction in the number of donations to local foodbanks when they need them more than ever, so please do donate what you can (for example to the Muswell Hill Foodbank: https://muswellhill.foodbank.org.uk/ or to the London Homeless Welfare Team: https://www.facebook.com/londonhomelesswelfareteam/)
  5. If you need help or support then you can contact us as your councillors at any time by email to: crouch.end@haringeylibdems.org
 

Helping us to help you


As councillors we want to assist in facilitating resources where we can, but whilst the council is putting together its own resource list, we need your help to do so (email to crouch.end@haringeylibdems.org):
  1. Please send us details of the local street/community communication group or mailing list you have setup, as well as a primary contact for this group so that we can direct people that contact us or known vulnerable residents to it if they are in your area
  2. Contact us if:
    1. you are a community or volunteer group and would like our support in any way;
    2. you are a local business or trader that can help as part of your business, such as with local deliveries;
    3. you could offer to be a ‘community lead’ should the volume of information we receive be too much for us to manage on our own.
 

Keeping you updated

 
Haringey Council has now set up a ‘Gold Squad’ to lead on the management of the COVID-19 outbreak which includes supporting the Public Health Response, Maintaining Essential Services and Community Reassurance. We are still gathering information on the exact details of all this, what the council can do beyond the scope of the government to help residents, and what we can do as councillors to support our communities.

We will provide you updates on this as regularly as we can.

To deliver information back to the community we will post updates in the Crouch End Facebook Groups, and where appropriate via emails such as this. We have also set up a Crouch End COVID-19 WhatsApp Group, as a channel to deliver information. If you would like to join it, please visit this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/IigyjQejPEuJj1WYOe07OS
 

Other

 
We cannot cover everything in this post, so will try to answer any questions on things we have missed as we can, however please appreciate that our councillors also have full-time jobs in addition to being councillors, and COVID-19 has implications in our other roles too.

Finally, we’ll be monitoring how well any measures adopted are working and trying to be as agile as possible in adapting and improving. Please do share your suggestions, but please let’s try and keep them positive and the mood upbeat, at what is a worrying time for many. And please do always take the NHS and Government's advice as the primary source of information and recommendation for how to act in the coming weeks:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-u...

Thank you,
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Cllr Dawn Barnes, Cllr Luke Cawley-Harrison & Cllr Tammy Plamer
Liberal Democrat Councillors for Crouch End | Haringey Liberal Democrats
crouch.end@haringeylibdems.org | www.haringeylibdems.org
 
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