Local volunteers step up to help fight Covid-19 in Hackney Wick

There has been an upsurge in community-led action to help the local response to Covid-19 in Hackney Wick. Here we share some inspiring examples of voluntary and community action, and highlight how local residents and organisations can work together in the coming weeks.

Wick Award – your local community partnership – is helping co-ordinate and mobilise this direct action by local volunteers and small community groups.

Volunteers yesterday delivered invaluable supplies of food, household goods, gas and electricity key recharging to a family who has a member very ill at Homerton Hospital.

TRAs, local business and residents working together

Here are some of the many other examples of people helping support their local community:

The Tenants and Resident Associations on local estates (including Gascoyne1 and 2, Herbert Butler and Leabank) have organised WhatsApp groups and have been able to get lists of vulnerable residents and get food/medicines to them.

Offers have been made from local cafes and businesses to make meals for vulnerable residents. A local environmental project has offered their van for bulk shopping.

Marks and Spencer food has been shared to residents on Herbert Butler estate.

A local vicar has got in touch with many members of the Wick community known to be older and potentially isolated.

How Wick Award is helping

Wick Award is helping print off leaflets offering support for use by local groups, arranging verification and identification of safe volunteers, helping stock food parcels, linking people to the latest advice and relevant organisations such as the Hackney Volunteer Centre, Hackney Quest and the Community Pharmacy.

Funding boost for Hackney Wick

Local Trust (the funder of initiatives such as Wick Award) have released an additional £50,000 to help the response to Covid, which is an important boost to the local area. More details coming soon on how this can be used

Useful information

The links below will take you to the latest information on COVID-19.

Get in touch

If you have an idea for a safe initiative to support vulnerable people, or are concerned for a neighbour, please contact us. You can message us on social media, call us on 07482 320 992, or email polly.mann@wickaward.co.uk.

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