Supporting residents this winter Click to get info
Thanks to the generosity of over 330 Waltham Forest residents and businesses, our Christmas present and Winter Appeal raised £65,146.92.
An initial £9,237.70 (net) of this fund went towards the purchasing of 16,000 gift baskets for vulnerable children during the Christmas period. Following a grant bidding process, 11 organisations have been allocated funds to deliver essential services to residents in need.
|Age UK WF||£2,741.49||Funding an additional person to provide telephone befriending support.|
|Project Zero||£7,500||Providing a hot meals programme for young people in need and a food parcel service for 30 families in considerable need.|
|Cornerstone Church||£7,500||10 weeks of weekly food support for 18 vulnerable families.|
|Hornbeam Café||£7,496||Towards the costs of procurement, preparation and delivery of food deliveries.|
|The Farm Community Kitchen||£2,470||To hire a person to lead on volunteer coordination, food distribution and befriending support.|
|Christian Kitchen||£7,500||Costs of a daily meal for 40 additional homeless people for three months.|
|Haven House Children’s Hospice||£6,000||Funding a ventilator for the hospice.|
|Whale Song Music Therapy||£2,475||Funding weekly one-to-one music therapy sessions for 10 weeks for five young people with challenging behaviour and learning difficulties.|
|Transition Leytonstone||£2,700||Purchase of a solar powered fridge.|
|Cann Hall Deen and Education Trust||£5,400||Expansion of food provisions for vulnerable and homeless residents.|
|Fifty Plus Elderly Asian Club||£2,200||Expansion of food distribution provisions for elderly and vulnerable residents|
We’re working with WM Big Local to support unsuccessful groups to access grants through their Community Chest: Coronavirus Response fund and signposting to other funding resources.
For more information on our Christmas and Winter Appeal email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate to a local food bank Click to get info
We have been collaborating with several primary partner food banks since the outbreak of COVID-19 to help get food to those who need it most. If your circumstances allow and you want to help, we recommend visiting these websites or emailing these organisations directly for information on how you can do so:
- Rukhsana Foundation: email@example.com
- Eat or Heat: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hornbeam Centre: email@example.com
- PL84U Al-Suffa: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Highams Park Food Aid: email@example.com
Drop off food at local Libraries
Residents who wish donate food items to food banks can make drop off donations at several Waltham Forest libraries, including:
- Leytonstone (E11 1HG)
- Chingford (E4 7EN)
- Wood Street (E17 3HB)
- Leyton (E10 5HQ)
- Walthamstow (E17 7JN)
Please visit the Waltham Forest libraries page for more information on library opening times.
Residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable items like tinned, dried food, toiletries and baby items.
Volunteering Click to get info
Groundwork London are working with Waltham Forest Council to coordinate the Council's volunteer response. We have over 4,000 registered Legends of the Forest volunteers. Due to this volume, we have temporarily paused registration for new sign ups.
We are continuing to review and adapt our forward planning to reflect the needs of Waltham Forest residents. If you have any questions or need more information, get in touch with a member of our friendly team who can help:
- 0300 365 9911
We are aware that lots of residents want to help and support in the community. If you and those who you live with are of a low health risk, you may wish to get in touch with a local charity or voluntary organisation.
Information, advice and guidance for communities Click to get info
Please note that this information is not provided by the Council
Whilst it is great that there is so much enthusiasm to do good, it is equally important that we protect others and yourself.
If you are providing support to neighbours, here are a few things to consider to protect both yourself and others:
- Try to help locally, on your street and amongst neighbours where you are likely to be known, or join an established group.
- Avoid visiting a neighbour who is self-isolating in person, use other means of communication like a phone call.
- Consider your own safety as well that of others. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, please follow the government and NHS guidelines which are updated on a regular basis
- Please do not take payments or cards from the elderly or vulnerable to help with shopping. There are established charities and groups locally that are providing this help. Please contact these groups or the dedicated number above if you feel a neighbour requires immediate assistance.
- Remember that those with vulnerabilities are more susceptible to illness and infection. If you do not have professional kitchen facilities and the relevant safety training, you could be putting people at risk by attempting to provide large scale catering.
- You should consider if you might be putting people at risk by sharing their information. Most people are motivated to help, but some unscrupulous people might take advantage of vulnerable people’s information.
Waltham Forest Needs You - help with homecare Click to get info
Could you join our team of care and support workers to help in the fight against coronavirus?
Ever thought about becoming a carer or perhaps you already have experience and want to get back into caring?
We urgently need volunteers and residents looking for short-term work to help in our response to the Coronavirus outbreak, as we take the pressure off hospitals and move people back to their home.
With the increase in numbers of people going home from hospital we are going to need many more staff to support this vital work. All staff working in care and support are kept as safe as possible with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
What is homecare?
Homecare is a paid for service having a carer visit someone in their own home to help with tasks such as dressing, taking medication and preparing meals. Many of our residents coming out of hospital require visits each day from carers who assist them with these tasks, as well as checking on their wellbeing:
- Full training will be provided (online and video conference)
- Hours to suit your needs, and the offer of a fixed-term contract
- Chance to develop new skills
- Good rates of pay
- A chance to provide help in the fight against coronavirus
- Other opportunities will arise from this such as the chance to support staff in our residential care homes.
- The London Borough of Waltham Forest is a London Living Wage Employer
To find out more or to express your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, postcode and a contact number and one of our providers will contact you.