#DoingMyBit is our public health campaign that asks you and local businesses to do your bit to reduce the spread of Covid 19 and prevent local lockdowns in Havering.
On this page you will find out how to get involved, where to find important advice and materials, and what we can all do to keep Havering safe.
- maintaining social distancing
- complying with NHS test and trace
- observing Government quarantine measures when travelling
- isolating immediately and getting tested as soon as possible if you develop symptoms
- wearing a face covering in shops and on public transport unless you are exempt by Government guidelines
- continuing to protect and support neighbours, family and friends and those who are highly vulnerable to the virus
- supporting local businesses who have been impacted by Covid 19
Show us how you are #DoingMyBit
Submit your photos and stories of how you are doing your bit, and we will share them across our social media channels.
To submit examples of you doing your bit, there are several ways you can contact us.
- Twitter @LBofHavering
- Instagram @lbofhavering
- Havering Community Hub
Share the campaign
The #DoingMyBit toolkit provides you with links to the latest advice, guidance and support available to share and help Havering respond to the Covid 19 pandemic.
- #DoingMyBit campaign materials that we have produced for you to share online or print
- links to trusted sources of information, which can be checked by fact checking websites
- links to general messaging already available, including translation materials, for you to share online or print.
Our business toolkit has advice on staying Covid-secure.
Donate convalescent plasma
NHS Blood and Transplant is urgently appealing for local people who have had Covid 19 to donate convalescent blood plasma as part of a clinical trial.
The recent weeks have seen a welcome decline in new infections, and this means every potential donor is now even more valuable.
A successful trial will enable the plasma to be an additional line of protection during any second wave as it can be transfused into people who are still unwell and struggling to develop their own immune response which could stop the virus spreading.
Please offer to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visiting the NHSBT website.
Sign up for the Covid 19 vaccine trials
The Government is encouraging more people to join the thousands of volunteers and sign up to the NHS Covid 19 Vaccine Research Registry to help the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.
To enable large-scale vaccine studies to take place across the UK, the aim is to get as many people as possible signed up to the Registry by October.
Researchers particularly welcome those who are more likely to benefit from a vaccine, including the over 65s, frontline health and social care workers, and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Find out more on the NHS vacine research webpage.
Advice and support
The Council, Government and Public Health England have already produced a suite of support materials, which are readily available for you.
- Local helpline support from us
- Central Government advice
- Government and Public Health England advice on Coronavirus including posters to download on social distancing, hand washing and face covering
- Your COVID Recovery - support with managing the long-term effects of Covid 19
Where you can get translated versions of advice
- Public Health England
- London Assembly
- Doctors of the World
- Doctors of the World information for migrants
Support if you are feeling lonely or anxious
We understand that the Covid 19 pandemic has been devastating for residents and businesses all across our borough and we celebrate the examples of “Havering Spirit” we have witnessed as people have come together to support and protect one another.
We are working with local mental health charities and partners to connect people to support networks and phone lines that can help if they are experiencing anxiety, trauma, bereavement and crisis.
Havering Mind has a team of wonderful counsellors who can help you deal with the anxiety and loss, grief and distress you or someone you know may be experiencing because of Covid 19.
If its right for you, the counselling will be carefully arranged for you to talk through the issues that are affecting your mental health and wellbeing, with someone specifically trained to help you.
Their caring counsellors will offer you online or telephone counselling, whichever is best for you.
Counselling is available to any Havering resident or Havering carer over 18 years of age, and has been affected by a bereavement or trauma relating to Covid 19.
This free service is available seven days a week from 9am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm at weekends.
Tapestry’s befriending phone line is 01708 796611 and is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and weekends, 10am to 4pm and is extended to anyone in the borough feeling isolated and lonely and want to speak to a friendly person.
Tapestry has been running a telephone befriending service for over 20 years, and people who would like that regular contact are matched with a volunteer who has a similar outlook on life and common interests to provide companionship and to keep them connected to the local community.
Other befriending organisations
You can find more information on befriending an older person from these organisations.
- 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.
- Havering Volunteer Centre (HVC) 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.
- 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 for our older people.
- Independent Age will match you to an older person who you can call regularly for a chat.
- Royal Voluntary Service wants volunteers who can help an older person with little tasks, such as doing their shopping and taking their dog for a walk, or delivering meals.
- The Silver Line needs people to help operate a helpline for older people.
Reporting hate crime
Do your bit for those around you.
If you witness or know anyone who is experiencing hate crime due to the fact they are exempt from wearing a face covering due to health conditions or due to any aspect of their personal identity contact Stop Hate UK.
They have a 24-hour help line in Havering and their experienced helpline team are on hand all day, every day to provide support to people affected by any hate crime.
Call the 24-hour helpline: 0800 138 162.