#BeNiceToYourNoggin

The coronavirus pandemic has been incredibly tough for us all, and it has had a huge impact on our mental health.

From lockdown, to furlough, to the loss of loved ones, we’ve all found ourselves under pressure or anxious at times.

The pandemic has affected us all in different ways, and it is only normal to feel uncertain about what the future holds.

The stress of this uncertainty and the new challenges we have had to face has had an impact on the mental health of many.

With limited contact with our friends, family, community and colleagues, taking care of our mental health and wellbeing has never been more important.

Support is available to help cope with the thoughts, feelings and issues that we are all facing.

#BeNicetoYourNoggin aims to spread awareness of the support is available in our community and how to access it, including a wide range of bereavement and crisis support services available in Havering.

All the details on this page were up to date as of 5 May 2021.

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The 'noggins' are here to help us express some of the mental health issues we all face, which can often feel dark and unmanageable. They are here to make these issues easier to understand, and to let you know that you are not alone in tackling them.

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Fears and anxieties raised by the Covid 19 pandemic may have led some people to develop compulsive hygiene habits and fears of things getting back to normal.

If you’re worried about experiencing crowds again, using public transport again or finding it hard to manage your social life after such a long period of not seeing friends and family, you are not alone. 

If you want advice on taking care of your health and wellbeing, need help feeling more resilient or if you just need someone to share your fears with, there is support available in Havering.

Gardening NogginHavering MIND Garden Project

Havering MIND are inviting volunteers to help them redevelop a large overgrown garden space at Harrow Lodge House, Hornchurch to create a beautiful new setting for our service users.

This fantastic eco-project aims to support a reduction of isolation in our community and to give individuals a safe space to go to and engage with others.

The project will be run by the staff team at Havering MIND who will be working with their large client/volunteer base through each step of the project, involving design, building and maintenance of all aspects.

To get involved in the project email Ciaran.White@haveringmind.org.uk.

Donate to the Havering MIND Garden Project

Harold Hill Wellbeing Walks

Time to look after your mind, body and soul.

Get some fresh air, meet some new people, take some time out for yourself and pause for moments of spiritual reflection.

Havering Community Hub is hosting monthly 2-3 mile walks around the local area of Harold Hill from 9.30am to 11am. 

Next scheduled walks are: Tuesday 15 May, Tuesday 12 June and Tuesday 10 July. 

Meet @myplace centre (343 Dagenham Park Drive, Harold Hill, RM3 9EN) Check the weather when considering what to wear, make sure you have the correct clothing to stay dry and comfortable. 

Email Communityhubs@havering.gov.uk or call 01708 434343 for further details.

Langton’s Gardens

The beautiful landscaped gardens are a very popular and well-loved historical garden situated in the middle of Hornchurch.

In 2016, the gardens were extensively restored adding many new features such as a Victorian greenhouse, ornamental bridge, entrance pillars, cobbled stable yard and new tea room.

This complimented the array of mature trees and plants that surround the lake making this a popular area to sit, relax and unwind for people of all ages.

The gardens are located at Langton’s House, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1XJ.

Call 01708 433155 for further details.

Go to the Langtons website

Parks and green spaces

We are proud to manage a variety of parks and open spaces, from small village greens to vast country parks. 

Fourteen of our sites have been awarded Green Flag status - the benchmark national standard for publicly accessible parks and green spaces.

With a team of dedicated staff and assistance from local community groups, we have been able to retain and even increase the number of Green Flag parks in the borough. 

Some parks have also been awarded various medals as part of the London in Bloom campaign - the largest horticultural campaign in London.

The wide variety of parks and open spaces Havering has to offer means that there is something for everyone.

Our teams works hard to ensure our parks and open spaces are welcoming, safe and inclusive for everyone.

Find out more about the parks Havering

Thames Chase Community Forest

The Thames Chase Community Forest is a remarkable landscape initiative, actively transforming 40 square miles of the landscape in East London and South West Essex, guided by the Thames Chase Plan. 

In 2020, it celebrated 30 years of landscape regeneration, transforming the green environment for the 650,000 population living through and around its boundaries. Opening hours for visitors are between 10am and 4pm each day. 

Call 01708 642970 for further details.

Go to the Thames Chase website

Running NogginHavering Active

Havering Active is an initiative which aims to increase physical activity opportunities and encourage the people of Havering to become more physically active.

The Havering Active website provides information about how and where you can get active in the borough.

Please check out their new calendar section and feel free to let us know what's happening in the local area.

Havering Active run a range of activities for the following groups.

  • Children and young people (5yrs – 18yrs)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Over 50s activities
  • Women and girls projects
  • Para Activities for people with disabilities

If you are interested in joining a football club, rugby club or any other sports club the team at Havering Active can provide advice and support at sportsdevelopment@havering.gov.uk.

The following popular sessions for adults are currently just getting back up and running after a lengthy break due to Covid but all our info will be published on the Havering Active website as and when they are resuming.

  • Walking for Health program
  • Tea Dances
  • Latin and Ballroom Dance Classes (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Zumba

If you are interested in joining a football club, rugby club or any other sports club the team at Havering Active can provide advice and support.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the individual officer who leads your programme.

If you are interested in joining a football club, rugby club or any other sports club the team at Havering Active can provide advice and support.

For further details email sportsdevelopment@havering.gov.uk or call 01708 431016.

Havering Leisure Centres

Havering has a great selection or leisure centres run by Everyone Active across the borough.

Music NogginHavering Music School

Havering Music School is the specialist music service for the London Borough of Havering. 

Havering Music School are offering fully subsidised online lessons for our students.

Any adults who would like to have online lessons, please email the music school.

We are setting up group music appreciation sessions for adults too.

This is encouraging the musical community to share their talents with their street by playing through their windows and doors to the community.

Contact musicschool@havering.gov.uk or call 01708 450313.

Havering Music School website

Big Sing Virtual Choir Singalong

Join Gemma and Howard as they take you through a virtual sing-a-long!

Grab your hairbrushes and prepare to sing lots of uplifting songs where you can sing along from your sofa.

Their Friday nights are proving to be really popular.

Join them for a feel-good Friday night and a great opportunity to share with your friends and family and get everyone singing.

We may be confined to our houses but we can unite and get everyone singing as one.

This is an instant mood busting pick me up session - and it's totally free so don't miss it.

Email Jon@big-Sing.com or call 01376 512292 to book your place.

Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy

Nordoff Robbins are the UK’s largest music therapy charity.

Beginning with the pioneering work of pianist Paul Nordoff and special education teacher Clive Robbins 50 years ago, we are dedicated to bringing high quality music therapy to as many people as possible.

Join them for their weekly music therapy session on Thursdays at 4.30pm. Find out what support is available and how to join in.

Call 020 7267 4496 or email musicservicesadmin@nordoff-robbins.org.uk for more details.

Go to the Nordoff Robbins website

Education NogginThe Covid 19 pandemic has had a severe impact on education as primary schools, secondary schools, high schools, colleges and universities closed their premises in response to lockdown measures.

Although educational institutions were quick to replace face-to-face lessons and lectures with online learning and schools remained open for children of key workers, these closures affected learning and exams of many young people across the UK.

If you would like support getting back on track with your learning and education, there is support available to you in Havering. 

Prospects Careers Advice Plus (Havering)

Prospects is the leading provider of careers information, advice and guidance for young people and adults.

They support half a million people with careers guidance on behalf of the National Careers Service each year.

Through the delivery of the service they work in 62 local authority and 13 local enterprise partnership areas, providing information, advice and guidance for jobseekers and those in work aged 18 and older to help them manage their career and progress into learning, training and employment.

Their qualified careers advisers provide advice and support tailored to each individual customer’s needs through digital technology, telephone and face to face meetings.

We help customers identify and overcome any barriers they face to give them the chance to unlock their true potential and find a fulfilling career which offers opportunities to progress.

Contact barbara.faulkner@prospects.co.uk or call 01708 746 401 for details.

Prospects contact details webpage

National Apprenticeships Service

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships throughout England.

They are responsible for increasing the number of Apprenticeship opportunities and providing a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners.

This includes simplifying the process of recruiting an apprentice through Apprenticeship vacancies, an online system where employers can advertise their Apprenticeship job vacancies and potential apprentices can apply.

We also manage WorldSkills UK; a portfolio of skills competitions and activities run in partnership with organisations from industry and education.

Contact nationalhelpdesk@apprenticeships.gov.uk or call 0800 015 0400

Go to the National Apprenticeship Service website 

Kooth

Havering Children’s Services work in partnership with Kooth to offer some exciting workshops for young people living in London Borough of Havering aged 11 – 19 years.

Kooth provide free safe and anonymous online support for young people.

Their well-being and resilience workshop sessions started on 18 March and spaces are limited so please do get in touch if you know any young people that may want to be involved or you are a young person yourself and are interested in attending. 

Find out more by reading their pdf document or email participation@havering.gov.uk for details.

Go to the Kooth website

Havering Children’s Services

For more information on school support, including free school meals, special education needs, travel assistance and more, please go to our school suport pages.

You can also email Mental Health Youth Worker, Melinda on Melinda.yems@havering.gov.uk

Shopping NogginFears and anxieties raised by the Covid 19 pandemic may have led some people to develop compulsive hygiene habits and fears of things getting back to normal.

If you’re worried about experiencing crowds again, using public transport again or finding it hard to manage your social life after such a long period of not seeing friends and family, you are not alone.

If need help feeling more resilient or if you just need someone to share your fears with, there is support available in Havering.

Havering MIND

Havering MIND are our key mental health partners in the #BeNicetoYourNoggin campaign.

They are here to support you with any kinds of fears, worries or anxieties you may have around Covid 19 and how it is continuing to affect your life and those around you, even as restrictions are being lifted. 

Your worries may be around staying safe at home or avoiding other people, as well as lockdown easing and the future.

Whatever your worries are please get in touch with them as they can provide you with support and also connect you to a wide range of partner services.

Contact 01708 457040 or reach.us@haveringmind.org.uk to get in touch with MIND.

Go to the Havering MIND website

Havering MIND parent support group

Havering Mind are setting up a new Parent Support Group for parents/carers who are struggling to support their young person (14 to 25 years) with their mental health and wellbeing.

In the support group we will provide advice, reassurance, tips/techniques for increased resilience and coping mechanisms.

Attendees may share their thoughts/feelings, without any pressure or judgement, and will meet other parents that are going through similar challenges.

The support group starts on Wednesday 5 May, 6pm to 8pm, on the video app ZOOM and will take place every week after that.

For more information and to register to attend please email youngadults@haveringmind.org.uk or call 01708 457040.

Havering Local Area Coordinators

Havering has local area coordinators in some areas of Havering that support you in your community.

They are here to support you to build your own vision for a good life, finding pragmatic solutions to any problems, and drawing on family and community resources.

They can:

  • invest enough time in understanding what a good life looks like to you or your family, and how you could get there
  • help you to build your own capacity and connections, so that you can stay strong and independent
  • build new community connections or capacity where they don’t exist

There is no referral process or threshold. If you live in one of the areas covered by the service, give your Local Area Coordinator a call in Heaton, Gooshays, South Hornchurch and Rainham and Wennington wards.

Go to our Havering Local Area Coordinators pages

What do you need help with?

It is understandable to feel worried or anxious as Coronavirus is affecting all our lives. Those of us living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too.

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Havering MIND have a range of different online and telephone services available, and a member of our team is on hand to have an informal chat with you, and help you decide on the best individual avenue of support for you right now.

Whatever the concern, our experienced Gateway Telephone staff will provide the right support at the right time, by listening and helping with information. We can assess the situation and provide warm signposting to opportunities for mental health prevention, treatment and recovery.

The service is available on 01708 457040 Monday to Friday 9am – 7pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm.

The service can also be reached via help@haveringmind.org.uk or reach.us@haveringmind.org.uk and through an online referral form on the website.

There are also many other organisations who are here to help, whatever your concern may be:

Do you require support due to domestic abuse?

Some 1.2 million women and 700,000 men experience domestic violence each year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Have a think about these statements:

  • Does your partner put you down all the time?
  • Does your ex-partner still try to control everything you do?
  • Does your child regularly make you feel scared and raise their hand to you?
  • Have you noticed that someone you know seems withdrawn and always presents with unexplained injuries?
  • Does your partner take all your wages and control all the finances?
  • Do you feel trapped in a volatile relationship, feeling like there is no way out?
  • She tells me that she only hit me because she drank a bottle of wine last night, but this keeps happening.

If any of these statements resembles your life, then you could be a victim of domestic abuse. Our Domestic Abuse Havering webpage has all you need to know to reach out and seek support.

Visit the Havering MIND website

There are also a number of other services you can access: 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858

Anxiety UK – 03444 775774

Havering Samaritans - jo@samaritans.org or 116123

Become (Care Leavers) - 0800 023 2033

Kooth (Ages 11-24) – online Mental health Support (with app)

Visit the Kooth website

Childline – 0800 1111

As we get older, we can often find ourselves with less social interaction which can make us feel lonely, and especially with coronavirus restrictions, many people are experiencing social isolation which can be very damaging for our mental health.

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There are many befriending services both within Havering and nationally that will connect you to someone in later years, clubs & activities, free advice & support, computer & art courses.

What people say about befriending

“Sometimes I don’t speak to anyone else for days”

“Although I have never met the volunteers who phone me, I feel they are my friends”

“My visitor is so cheerful, I always feel better after she comes”

What is telephone befriending?

If you are feeling lonely or isolated, there are many organisations with volunteers on hand who are there simply to have a chat and provide good company over the phone.

They may also be able to provide advice and information on the different services available to you.

Befriending services

Age UK - 0800 470 8090 - has a telephone friendship service so you can enjoy chatting with someone over the phone, all from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’d like to speak to someone every week, or just want to talk when the need strikes, they’re there to help.

Tapestry – 01708 796 600 – matches each person with a volunteer who has a similar outlook on life and common interests to provide companionship to help increase confidence, independence and to keep connected to the local community.

Havering Volunteer Centre (HVC) - 01708 922 214 - has a network of volunteers who are Check in and Chat Buddies (CiCBs) for anyone who needs to hear a friendly voice on the end of the phone once in a while. They also have a Virtual Cuppa every Monday between 11am and 12pm.

Re-engage - 0800 716 543 – provides free ‘call companions’ for older people who live alone and feel they could do with a friendly phone call every week or two.

Independent Age - 0800 319 6789 - will match you to a volunteer whose good company and wants to chat.

The Silver Line - 0800 470 8090 - is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Samaritans – 116 123 – offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.

Saint Francis Hospice OrangeLine – 01708 758 649 – is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, to help local people make connections, start new friendships or simply provide guidance and information.

The restrictions imposed as a result of coronavirus has been difficult for us all.

A change to circumstance and routine can be difficult to adjust to, and you may find yourself struggling to cope with it.

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You may be feeling un-motivated, cranky and frustrated, or you might find yourself crying more than usual, but remind yourself that some days are going to be harder than others.

There’s lots of resources out there that can help teach us about self-care, and how to improve our mental wellbeing.

Sometimes understanding your mental health better can help ease the worry.

Take some time to check out the resources below:

  • Supporting You webinars - Thrive has a huge range of webinars available on YouTube covering a range of topics to help with your mental health.
  • Self-Care - The Mindfulness Initiative has put together this useful guide on mindfulness to help with those who are staying at home due to coronavirus.
  • Mental wellbeing - Visit the Good Thinking website for over 120 online resources for people looking to tackle sleep problems, anxiety, stress and depression.
  • Financial wellbeing - Find out about the wealth of financial support available with Havering Helps.
  • Be active - The NHS guide on exercise provides lots of great tips and information on how to be active and the benefits of being active.
  • SMARTY’s blog on How to stay on top of your mental health in lockdown has a range of app recommendations that help those struggling with their mental health
  • SMARTY also has great resources for parents who are finding home-schooling during the lockdown difficult, including their Home-Schooling Help: Primary and Secondary editions, and information on unlimited data upgrades for children who need it.

 

Experiencing mental health issues for the first time, such as anxiety, can be really scary.

As well as worrying thoughts, you may also experience physical symptoms such as feeling sick, dizzy, sweaty or short of breath, which people may not initially relate to their mental health.

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Knowing the symptoms of mental health issues is an important step in understanding what it is, and how to manage it.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has lots of information on the signs that you may be experiencing anxiety, low mood and stress, and great tips on how to cope with it.

You can also take their ‘Mind Plan Quiz’ to get the top tips and advice for you.

Visit the NHS Every Mind Matters website

You can also contact Havering IAPT on 0300 555 1082.

Visit the Havering IAPT website

 

Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult in any circumstance, but it has been especially tough for those experiencing grief and bereavement this year.

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We often rely on those around us for support during difficult times, but with lockdown causing social isolation for many, this has been difficult to do.

It’s important to use one of the many support services available to you.

You may be thinking “nothing can take the pain away, there’s nothing they can do”, but they can provide vital support on how to manage your grief and how to cope with bereavement.

Havering residents have a wealth of local support available that has been developed specifically to help those going through bereavement:

If you have recently lost a loved one, then there are important decisions that need to be made that may feel overwhelming when experiencing grief.

This guide provides important information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kins during the coronavirus pandemic, and takes you through the help and support available.

There has been an increase in unemployment due to the huge strain that the coronavirus pandemic has put on our economy, meaning that many people have either been furloughed and therefore lost part of their income, have lost their jobs or have been unable to continue to work and earn money through their own business.

In any scenario, money worries can be extremely stressful, and can have a negative effect on your mental health.

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It can be easy to feel too overwhelmed and unable to cope, but there is a huge amount of support available to help support you through these difficult times.

We have a wealth of information and support available for those who are going through financial difficulties, as well as our Havering Works service which provides free support for local residents looking to get back to work or explore future career opportunities.

There are also local support services available to help Havering residents with money advice:

If you are in financial crisis, and unable to afford food, then you may be able to get a foodbank voucher that entitles you to three days’ emergency food.

Frontline professionals, such as children’s centres, housing associations, advice charities and mental health teams, are able to assess your needs and provide a voucher if required, or you can give 0808 2082138 a call Monday – Friday between 9am to 5pm to speak to a trained Citizens Advice advisor.

If you require food support, then the following local organisations are here to help:

  • The Trussel Trust have foodbanks in Romford, Harold Hill and Rainham
  • UCC It takes a village – Cranham + Upminster exists to help local people who are struggling through pay it forward schemes, food parcels and charity links.
  • Tapestry provides one off, free meals to individuals in emergencies for those who find themselves unable to access food or cook for themselves. They also now offer a daily service, which can provide you regularly with a 2-course meal for just £5.

Food support

There are foodbanks Romford, Harold Hill and Rainham.

Collier Row food bank

Harold Hill food bank

Rainham food bank

Cranham and Upminster food bank

Other help available

Elm Park - HASWA

Tapestry

Hope 4 Havering

What happens if I contract Covid 19?

You are required by law to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid 19 or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

To assist people on low incomes, there is a support payment.

If you live in Havering, have been instructed by the NHS to self-isolate and meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above, please go to the DABD website and fill in the Test and Trace Support Payment form.

If you must self-isolate, are unable to work from home, are losing income, and are claiming qualifying benefits or working tax credit, you are eligible for the £500 ‘Test and Trace Support Payment'.

If you live in Havering, have been instructed by the NHS to self-isolate and meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above, please go to the DABD website and fill in the Test and Trace Support Payment form.

If you’re looking after a relative or a friend who, because of age, physical or other disability, cannot manage at home without help, then you are considered to be a carer.

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This can be a very rewarding role, but a very difficult one too, and there is a lot of support services available to help you.

It’s important to take care of yourself, and this includes your mental health.

If you’re struggling, reach out to one of the specialist services who are on hand to provide the advice needed to help.

Havering Carers Hub is a charity that provides information, support, advice, advocacy and social activities for carers within our borough. (Link missing from website)

For unpaid carers, there is also the charity Carers Trust who work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

For young carers, Imago runs a specialised young carers service on behalf of the council which supports carers between the ages of 8-18.

Visit the Imago website

If you’re struggling financially or with a lack of support and need urgent access to supplies such as food and medicine, then please give the Havering resident coronavirus helpline a call on 0800 368 5201 between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They’re also available between 11am to 4pm on weekends and bank holidays for emergencies only.

You can also contact the team at covid19support@havering.gov.uk, or call 01708 961 111 for a free key worker counselling line.

NHS and other keyworkers have been under enormous pressure to care for us all during the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s important that they take care of themselves too. NHS in Mind offers free mental health support to all front-line workers in the NHS and other keyworker position.

Mental health professionals, therapists and counsellors are providing 30- or 60-minute sessions online or on the phone to help support, manage stress and anxiety, renew their energy and continue to do the vital work they’re doing

More useful links

Carers Trust

Havering Carers Hub

Visit the HCH weekly support groups page  

Mental health support for frontline workers

If you’re living with a disability or underlying health issues then you may feel isolated or discriminated against, which can be detrimental to your mental health.

The coronavirus pandemic may have been especially difficult for you, with those who are categorised as clinically extremely vulnerable advised to shield.

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It has left many people unable to work, which then has the added stress of money worries.

If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable and are struggling with the worries these restrictions bring, then please visit our advice webpage, for more information on help with money, food shopping and self isolation.

If you’re feeling isolated and lonely, then there are some great organisations in Havering who are there to help:

If you’re living with a disability, then Havering Association for People with Disabilities (H.A.D) provides a broad range of services and activities for people with physical disabilities and carers within Havering.

They work to improve the quality of life, promote independence and meet the physical, emotional and recreational needs of those living with a disability.

For local individuals and families/carers of those who Autistic Spectrum Disorders and/or Learning Difficulties is a part of daily life, then Sycamore Trust is on hand with a range of services specifically designed to support families, educate the community and empower individuals of all ages to flourish and be valued members of society.

PARA Sports also holds weekly virtual activities on Fridays.

Visit the PARA Sports page

There are many functions within the borough that would not be able to continue without the incredible people that give up their time to help people. 

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During the coronavirus pandemic, a huge number of Havering Heroes stepped up to help those in need within the borough.

They ensured the vulnerable members of our community didn’t go hungry or without vital medication, or that those isolating by themselves had a friendly voice to talk to when they were feeling lonely.

Their time often provided a lifeline for our community. 

If you would like to join the Havering Heroes, then The Havering Volunteer Centre is a local charity that will help you find the perfect volunteering opportunity.

There is also several national organisations looking for volunteers to help with their befriending services:

Age UK has a network of local Age UK groups across the country that have opportunities for you to become either an Active Buddy, who helps someone become more physically active, a Befriender, who visits someone who lives alone, or a day centre helper.

Community Network is looking for volunteers to run one-hour phone chat groups.

Contact the Elderly is looking for call companions - volunteers who make regular telephone calls to lonely and isolated older people. These calls provide a lifeline of friendship.

Independent Age will match you to an older person who you can call regularly for a chat.

Help at Havering’s Vaccination Sites

We urgently need 200 Havering Heroes to support the safe and smooth running of vaccination sites at Raphael House, Pettits Lane and Hornchurch Library from 18 January 2021.

The volunteer roles are: 

  • Guide elderly residents to the entry point of either Raphael House, Pettits Lane and Hornchurch Library 
  • Remind folk to keep socially-distanced and to wear face masks
  • Support flow through the buildings
  • Observe people who have been vaccinated for the customary 15 minutes
  • Support residents to exit the building safely

There are 3 ways to volunteer:

  • Register your details and availability on Havering Community Hub Havering Volunteer App
  • Contact Havering Volunteer Centre via email (volunteering@haveringvc.org.uk) or phone (01708 922214)
  • If you already volunteer for a local charity, contact, tell them you want to help with the vaccination sites 

Once you have registered your interest, a vaccination site coordinator will be in touch with you.

The Havering Volunteer Centre is a local charity that will help you find the perfect volunteering opportunity.

There is also several national organisations looking for volunteers to help with their befriending services:

Age UK has a network of local Age UK groups across the country that have opportunities for you to become either an Active Buddy, who helps someone become more physically active, a Befriender, who visits someone who lives alone, or a day centre helper.

Community Network is looking for volunteers to run one-hour phone chat groups.

Contact the Elderly is looking for call companions - volunteers who make regular telephone calls to lonely and isolated older people. These calls provide a lifeline of friendship.

Independent Age will match you to an older person who you can call regularly for a chat.

Please note that this page will be updated with details of mental health awareness and wellbeing events as part of the #BeNicetoYourNoggin campaign in the coming weeks.

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YoungMinds is a charity dedicated to helping children, and young people up to the age of 25, with their mental health, and they have dedicated support for parents who are worried about their child’s mental health, including a parents guide to support A-Z and their free Parents Helpline.

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You can call for free on 0808 802 5544 between 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday, or you can use their email or webchat service instead.

If you’re worried that someone you know may be feeling suicidal, but unsure on how to help, then you may find CALM’s 5 steps to help a mate useful.

It’s important for us all to be aware of the typical warning signs that someone may not be OK, which you may not necessarily relate to a mental health issue, so that we can look out for our loved ones.

Samaritans explains what to look out for when you're worried about a loved one, and how to support them.

Our elderly loved ones can often suffer from loneliness, and so it’s important to look out for them as much as we can. If you’re worried about an older person that you know, then Age UK has suggested five practical ways to help older people during this time.

Is someone you know suffering from a mental health issue such as anxiety, paranoia or eating problems? Mind has information on how to help someone else on a huge range of topics.

With non-essential businesses having to close, and a limit on the activities that can go ahead with coronavirus restrictions, it has been an incredibly difficult time for local business owners.

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Are you worried about the financial strain coronavirus has had on your business? Or perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed trying to navigate your way through the different types of financial support available and the different restrictions that you need to abide by to operate safely?

This can all be very stressful and be damaging to your mental health, but it’s important to remember to look after your business’s most important asset – you.

Visit our coronavirus support for businesses page for help with business grants, how to operate safely and more.

We also have a Covid 19 business helpline, which you can call on 0345 017 0743 Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4pm, or you can send an email to businessdevelopment@havering.gov.uk.

Mental Health at Work has put together this useful toolkit for small businesses and the self-employed on how to take care during the pandemic.

If you’re feeling stressed it’s important to look after yourself, and to learn how to manage it. Mind has a guide on how to manage stress that also explains what stress is and why it affects us physically, to help you understand what you may be experiencing.

With more of us spending time at home and online, many of us feel compelled to conduct research ourselves.

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The issue is that when people are under heightened stress and they want to resolve uncertainty, we can lose our ability to judge information effectively.

This means we may not be able to recognise reliable information, especially when search engines and social media are engineered to prioritise content that is popular over content that is factual.

Conspiracy theories tend to be grounded in unusual coincidences or misunderstood science, and they use highly emotional language to appeal to others.

If you are finding it difficult to know where to turn for the facts, there are helpful resources to support you.

Full Fact is the UK's independent fact checking organisation, which checks and corrects facts reporting in the news as well as claims which circulate on social media.

The Act Early website helps young people stay safe online via social media and through online games and helps communities report online graphic or violent extremist material.

King’s College London have a helpful blog called “Investigating the most convincing Covid 19 conspiracy theories” by Clinical Neuroscience PhD student, Anna McLaughlin, which provides helpful links to resources to debunk the flawed science behind the most convincing Covid 19 conspiracy theories.

Contact Havering Council’s Community Resilience Team, who monitor online safety and provide information from trusted sources to protect Havering residents, via emailing prevent@havering.gov.uk.

The coronavirus pandemic has been extremely difficult for children, teenagers and young adults. There has been huge changes in routine, and the world has felt a little scary for us all, so it’s important that we pay attention to how this is affecting our mental health.

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Whether you’re a young person experiencing mental health issues and would like some support, or you’re a loved one concerned about a young person in your life, there is lots of advice, guidance and support available to help you.

Find out more on the support available below:

For those who are struggling with home-schooling, there are some great resources to help you:

  • Oak National Academy’s Online Classroom has nearly 10,000 free video lessons, resources and activities, covering most subjects from Reception to Year 11. They also have a great range of specialist subjects for students with additional needs.
  • BBC Bitesize has online lessons full of videos, quizzes and practice activities to help you with home learning.
  • ClickView has lots of free resources for both primary and secondary school students on a range of subjects.
  • Check out our resources folder at the bottom of this page for a directory of useful websites for online learning.

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