Advice and Special Services - COVID19
We hope that you are all doing well and managing to keep your spirits high during these unprecedented and uncertain times.
As we near the end of our second official week of Lockdown Mode, we wanted to let you know of a few organisations who are still operating and offering advice and/or special services – should you need it.
Please do give us a call if you have any questions, otherwise all contact information is within the post below.
For anyone in need of advice who is currently undergoing treatment please contact your clinical nurse specialist or Alix Holmes, Macmillan Cancer Information Manager on 01708 435174
Carers (Havering Carers’ Hub)
Telephone support, information, advice and guidance for carers on 01708 961 111 (office hours)
Havering Association for the Disabled (HAD)
Telephone support only on 01708 476554 (office hours)
Or by text on 07599 998103 (out of hours)
Harold Hill Foodbank:
Romford and Collier Row Foodbank:
For the latest local Public Health information: https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20073/public_health
NHS 111: https://www.nhs.uk/…/nhs…/urgent-and-emergency-care/nhs-111/
One You: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/eat-better/
Information and Advice
Havering news, advice and service changes related to Coronavirus: https://www.havering.gov.uk/covid19
Coronavirus helpline 0800 368 5201 open 8.30am – 6pm on weekdays (11am – 4pm on weekends)
Peabody: Are providing a reduced telephone support service offering help and advice on benefits, housing, rent arrears, drug and alcohol services, finances and budgeting.
T: 01708 776770
For government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/…/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-…
Mental Health Organisations
Every Mind Matters: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Good Thinking: https://www.good-thinking.uk/
Havering Talking Therapies: https://www.talkingtherapies.nelft.nhs.uk/havering
Papyrus: Crisis support for young people https://papyrus-uk.org/
For young people under 35 who are feeling suicidal Call: 0800 068 41 41 or text: 07786 209697 (10am-10pm Mon-Fri)
Havering Volunteer Centre: If you wish to provide support during the current pandemic
T: 01708 922214
For anyone over the age of 70 the advice is to self-isolate. Help and support for anyone self-isolating can be found at Havering Volunteer Centre and on Havering Covid 19 Mutual Aid Facebook group.
Stay Active At Home
We know that life is quite challenging right now and that uncertainty levels are high.
Although our sport programmes and events are currently on hiatus, we still wanted to ensure we are doing our part to help you feel uplifted and to encourage you continue to be active during times of self-isolation and solitude.
As it is very important to remain healthy (both mentally and physically), we have complied a list of the various ways in which you can still take part in some form of exercise from the comfort of your home.
Whilst we are advising you to remain active, please do so in line with current government guidelines around isolation and social distancing. As always, please ensure that before engaging in any physical activity you are wearing appropriate clothing and have the necessary space at home to do the activities. Please take guidance from the instructor you are following and note that any activity being done is at your own risk.
Do also bear in mind that keeping fit also could mean doing activities as simple as more time in the garden, taking a brisk walk around the house or even going up and down the stairs a few extra times a day.
Here is our list of current activities:
Donna Negus – Yoga
Donna has been posting videos of Yoga sequences online for a few days now. They are about 30mins (max), accessible to all ages and abilities and have a focus calmness.
Or via her website: www.donnanegusyoga.co.uk
Angela Gill – Pilates
Angela is livestreaming Pilates sessions 3 days a week and is extending the offer to anyone who is interested.
Days/Times: Monday’s at 6.45pm, Friday’s at 9.15am and Saturday’s at 9am.
Participants need to add her on Facebook to join in: Angela Gill Pilates (@aerobicange)
Sport for Confidence
The team will be posting regular videos to help people stay active at home. See their latest video here: https://twitter.com/sportforconf/status/1239901461905055749?s=20
Furthermore, if anyone would like support on completing ‘weekly wellbeing checks’ or with setting a routine to support physical and mental wellbeing then they are happy to provide support over the phone or via email.
P: 07394 564941
Joe Wicks - P.E For Kids
Starting Monday 23rd March, Joe Wicks (a.k.a The Body Coach) is going to be hosting a free workout aimed at kids live on his YouTube channel. Workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages.
For individuals with S.E.N.D please like Sunshine Support on Facebook – they have some great online advice and guidance.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have developed this very useful guide for supporting Children with Learning Disabilities or ASD through COVID-19 isolation.
Download this as a PDF here: https://www.sunshine-support.org/covid-19-downloads
Sunshine are there to help and have a dedicated team ready to answer any questions you may have.
Contact the team here: https://www.sunshine-support.org/covid-19
A Netflix-inspired website with quick daily workouts that has something suitable for everyone. Scroll the videos until you land on something that interests you and your exercise needs.
Please like and follow our partners over at Everyone Active. They will be positive daily online sessions to work out from home.
We as a team will be posting regular health messages, exercise tips (as seen above) and general positivity online from our social media and website pages to help keep the spirits high. You can follow us elsewhere on:
We will also be running weekly competitions to keep people active during this period so keep an eye out on Facebook later today for the first challenge and rules.
Havering Active Challenge 1 (Monday 23 March – Friday 27 March)
1 - Number of consecutive catches of an object in a socially distanced group.
(Minimum 2 people – no maximum and please wash your hands thoroughly afterwards)
2 - Number of toilet roll kick ups – how many times you can keep a toilet roll up using anything other than your hands.
Twitter video can be found here: https://twitter.com/HaveringAct…/status/1242123586959220737…
To enter please comment under the post before 12pm on Friday 27th March with the following:
The total number of your best score for either or both challenges. Please feel free to share a video or selfie of you practicing and tag us so we can see you enjoying the challenge. Once we have a winner we will ask them to verify their score by sending us their video (if not already shared). Once verified, we can keep your details on file and get you a prize when we are all back to business as usual. Please note we will not share any videos on our page unless we have consent to do so when submitting.
Winners will be announced each Monday.
If anyone has any questions or queries around being physically active then do let us know and we will endeavour to help or guide you in the right direction.
- Your Sports Development Team
Corona Virus Update
Following advice from central government, Havering Active are suspending all sports training, leagues, festivals and events until further notice.
We will assess this on an ongoing basis and review the service in due course but for now, all trials, training, weekly, holiday and funded sessions will stop. We will keep everyone updated on when the sessions will restart, and any changes to this stance will be updated via emails, social media and our website.
If you are able to continue with some sort of physical activity, and as long as it is in line with government guidelines around isolation and at risk groups, we would recommend you do so. This may be a brisk walk near your home or a home workout. There are many readily available online resources for a quick and easy to follow workout in the comfort of your own home. For government guidance on COVID-19 and staying at home please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.
Our Indoor Rowing Club has a new addition! We just received a Concept 2 rowing machine thanks to a recent successful funding bid.
Looking forward to testing it out at our next session, Thursday 5th March, 4 - 5pm at Gaynes School (see flyer below)
Para Art 2020
Our friends in the Arts Team have put together a fabulous 2020 schedule for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Sessions are suitable for those aged 5+ and will be located at the Fairkytes Art Centre in Hornchurch - a lovely venue for much creativity to take place.
Activities across the year do vary, but may include: arts and crafts, clay modelling and music with the T.I.M.E group.