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24.03.2020

The Community Help Network has launched! Do you need help or want to help?

Waltham Forest Council has launched the Waltham Forest Community Help Network, our way of both supporting our most vulnerable residents directly, as well as providing a way for residents to help each other.

Community Help Network
The Community Help Network includes the launch of a new helpline service to provide additional support for the over 70s, who are self-isolating and do not have easy access to community support.

Delivered in partnership with Age UK Waltham Forest, Eat or Heat and PL84U, vulnerable residents will be supported to get items such as essential food supplies, prescription collections, emergency home repairs and social contact.

The network will also support the fantastic local efforts of the community helping each other. From this week, residents will be able to sign up as a volunteer to help others in need in these groups, a crowdfunding platform to enable donations is in development, and residents are being asked to tell their stories of community kindness across the borough so they can be celebrated and shared with others.

The Community Help Network will be initially focussing efforts on the most vulnerable, with support expected to be developed further over the coming weeks.

Over 70’s helpline
You can find out more about the service on our website where you can also register for help. Or you can call 020 8496 3000 between 9am-5pm. The service is in place and will grow over the weeks to come. If you know someone in need, you can register on their behalf.

Volunteer
Residents can sign up as to volunteer here. Voluntary activities may include delivering food via foot or car, packing at food banks, administration and phone contact for those isolating.

Share your stories
The council is inviting residents to share the stories of community kindness in these uncertain times, and would also like to hear about residents’ experiences of self-isolating and home schooling. People can submit stories by email, and using the hashtag #AllTogetherNowWF on social media.

Click here to find out more.

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