Ways you can help



The community response to the recent Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak has been inspiring. The council continues to work with established community groups to enhance and coordinate support for those in need. For those able to, there are a number of ways to help your local community.

Thanks to the generosity of over 330 Waltham Forest residents and businesses, our Christmas present and Winter Appeal raised £57,530.

We are currently in the process of drawing down these funds and have recently closed the window for local small-medium sized voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to apply for grants of up to £7,500 to support the continued delivering of essential, life-saving services to residents who need it most.

Funds from this grant will be directed towards local groups supporting vulnerable families through isolation, food poverty and homelessness this winter. The process for awarding grants is ongoing.

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:

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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 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.

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.

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 lbwf.covidresponse@gmail.com with your full name, postcode and a contact number and one of our providers will contact you.

Could you provide short-term care for a child in Waltham Forest?

Our vulnerable children need your support during the Covid-19 outbreak.

To find out more or to register your interest, please visit Fostering Waltham Forest.