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Looking for help or need help because of Covid-19

LAST UPDATED: 5/4/20

Below is a collection of great resources for the Kensal, Queens Park, Brondesbury, Willesden & Kilburn areas.

We have also created separate sections on Foodbanks and ways to support local businesses.

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GETTING HELP

Every home in our area will now have had a leaflet which looks like one or more of the above.

They are from neighbours via newly-formed "mutual aid" networks or from residents associations such as Queens Park Residents' Association (QPARA), the Kensal Rise Residents Association (KRRA), Kensal Triangle (KTRA), APRATA, BRAT (Brondesbury) supported by Ward Councillors.

Great local charities such as Elders Voice may also have been in touch.

These neighbours and organisations all want to help: to make sure no-one feels or is alone during the stressful and difficult time ahead with Covid. Everyone should feel they can easily call on a friendly neighbour and get practical help or advice.

Here are key ways to get help:

1. BRENT COUNCIL

Brent Council has done a huge amount over the past few days to create an unprecedented range of support options, including free food parcels working with foodbanks such as Sufra NW ondon and the mutual aid network (see below).

The most recent update (3/4) from Cllr Muhammed Butt is here.

The key information is on this important new flyer which has been posted across Brent.

You can find all kinds of info about emergency childcare, discretionary housing payments, local welfare assistance, Council Tax support as well as Covid-related advice regarding disabled people, young people, older people, homeless, foodbanks, specific cultural needs, extra advice & support by clicking here. 

There have also been announcements about local business support and videos from key service leaders such as Brent's Education Head.

2. HELP FROM NEIGHBOURS

There is now a huge 'mutual aid' network.

 

The network  is your super-friendly and ultra-local network of neighbours.  

 

There are now thousands of them organised on WhatsApp Groups, Facebook, Next Door to help anyone that wants some help, with anything

Their help is free. They're your neighbours after all!

It's a great idea to join one of their social media groups so you can get to know people really near to you - so when and if you do need help you already know who to ask!

Mutual Support Groups are mostly organised around Ward boundaries. Don't worry about contacting the 'wrong' one - we'll find you someone across the road who will help, whether friendly chat or getting free food or helping with shopping. 

The groups are not Council-linked but they can quickly help you get support from Brent Council services (see above).

QUEENS PARK

qpmutualaid@gmail.com.

'Queens Park Covid Mutual Support Group'  - Facebook  

WhatsApp: https://chat.whatsapp.com/InRvopV6bDN8xWpEMnwt

KENSAL GREEN

0208 638 8291

kensalgreenaid@gmail.com

​'Kensal Green Mutual Aid Group' - Facebook .

WhatsApp: https://chat.whatsapp.com/ErIH3qh58x9ItoloWMbPV

BRONDESBURY

covidaid.brondesburypark@gmail.com

WhatsApp: https://chat.whatsapp.com/LY4Wop8q7MXEW7PdagoT

WILLESDEN

willygmutualaid@gmail.com.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/HR4w5JBb54lIDnb1kKmgA

KILBURN

kilburnaid@gmail.com

@Aidkilburn - twitter

https://chat.whatsapp.com/BmhmzqqVoQjGstCRqnbai

HARLESDEN

https://chat.whatsapp.com/JaPl27n631hB9s7dsU4JRb

MAPESBURY

mapesburyMutualAid@gmail.com

https://chat.whatsapp.com/KwsPFCaRykuBYbd13oee2

If you live in the Queens Park Residents' Association (QPARA) area, you will also have received the attached leaflet with point people for various roads, offering their phone numbers and email addresses.

You obviously do not need to join a WhatsApp group therefore to contact them. 

 

Amanda will also help anyone living in the Kensal Triangle area via 07905 001 099.

 

 

SAFETY

Mutual Aid volunteers will generally not have been DBS checked etc but will be known to the group and will never enter a home.

If asking a volunteer to do shopping we are looking at ways of making payments if you would prefer not to do a bank transfer (we would strongly discourage use of cash).  

 

3. BRILLIANT CHARITIES & OTHER LOCAL GROUPS

Elders Voice on Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green, are also offering their helpline 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri. Call Anna on: 0208 206 7500 or Jenny (0208 206 7507), Lynn (0208 206 7503).

Salusbury World, the fantastic local refugee support group is currently closed but its many experts and many of their 100+ volunteers are going to be available across the community effort over the next few weeks. And refugee communities can connect them for any emergency via kensalqueenspark@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Our section on walk-in support (Rumi's Cave, Ashford Place, The Granville) or referral foodbanks is on this separate page.

More useful numbers for Government, NGO or charity help can be found by clicking here.

VOLUNTEERING

There are many ways you can help.

You can donate time, money, or simply follow, share and like key organisations on social media so they can connect with more people! 

1. BRENT COUNCIL COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS (CVS)

Brent Community Volunteer Service (cvsbrent.org) are the Council's go-to organisation and would LOVE to hear from you! 

They can connect to a huge range of fantastic local causes, incuding the charities and community organisations working in the front-line against the disruption of Covi-19.

This includes disabled people (Mencap, Young People (Young Brent Foundation), Older People (Age UK & Elders Voice), homeless (Crisis), foodbanks (Sufra), people with specific cultural needs (Step Up Hub) and people that need extra support (Brent Citizens Advice Bureau).

They can also fast-track DBS appplications.

calling for all volunteers to email info@cvsbrent.org.uk or call 020 3011 1690 so they can help connect people with groups to get help to people that most need it in Brent.

2. JOIN A MUTUAL AID GROUP

Thousands of neighbours have joined these informal networks.

 

A great place to find out what's happening is

Facebook's Brent Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group - a brilliant 'live' local resource.

 

 

 

QUEENS PARK, KENSAL, BRONDESBURY, WILLESDEN, KILBURN AREA

The "mutual aid" movement has succeeded in rapidly connecting people in our area.

Leafleting of every road has already happened and volunteers have drawn up password-protected google docs of different volunteers who have offered to help in different ways.

CAN YOU HELP?

First, find out your Ward by typing your postcode herebit.ly/BrentWards.

If emailing or joining a group you will be asked to fill out a volunteer form so we can verify who you are and make sure we know your availability.

All data is being treated confidentially by very small admin tea who will not share or use your data for anything other than mutual help. You can read policies he Volunteers will never ask or enter homes. 

OUR AREA'S MUTUAL AID GROUPS

QUEENS PARK MUTUAL AID

You can also find 'Queens Park Covid Mutual Support Group'  on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/queensparkmutualaid or email qpmutualaid@gmail.com.

BRONDESBURY

'Brondesbury Mutual Aid Group' can be reached at covidaid.brondesburypark@gmail.com.

KENSAL GREEN

'Kensal Green Mutual Aid Group' can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/KensalGreenMutualAid or 0208 638 8291 or via kensalgreenaid@gmail.com.

WILLESDEN

'Willesden Mutual Aid Group' can be reached at willygmutualaid@gmail.com.

KILBURN

'Kilburn Mutual Aid Group' is at kilburnaid@gmail.com and @Aidkilburn on twitter.

WHATSAPP - asking and offering help

The WhatsApp Groups - links below - are looking for volunteers to ensure every neighbour knows they have access to help and can ask near neighbours for help!

WhatsApp Ward Groups (NW6/NW10/NW2)

Brent - other

NOTE  - be mindful that you are sharing your phone number with a wider group and, by joining, you opt-in to that being ok. Anyone joining will be asked to identify themselves by an admin and any collected name/address data will be password-protected by a small admin group. More info is here.  

MINI-TEAMS

A number of WhatsApp mini-groups to support the above have also been forming.

These are brilliant because it keeps things ultra-local and there should be less people on them, The same safeguarding rules will apply. 

If you do not see your road below or would like to form an even smaller group, we would encourage you set one up and we can help make other neighbours aware of it!

Brondesbury Park Ward Mini Teams & Admins

BRONDESBURY (Emma)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/FRbhvXriQaL8bcML2lWf9s

(Aylestone Ave, Alverstone, Brondesbury Pk Station to High Rd), Chudleigh Rd, Coverdale Rd (also covered by Chatsworth residents group), Honeyman Close, Manor House Drive, Milverton Road, Staverton Road, Sidmouth Road)

CAVENDISH (Nick)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/EYvvlqdcXsT4ypEtuzR1th 

(Cavendish Road, Cavendish Close)

ST. HILDA’S + CHRISTCHURCH WEST (Cosima)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/BEpWPLMtVf7Kz16xd1eGXL

(St. Hilda’s Close, Christchurch Road from Aylestone Ave to Brondesbury Park)

CLEMENT CLOSE (Adam)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/IpQz4VELdYP0JSWsGcmbwJ

LEXI EAST (Stevan)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/C3MSdsfkWz4E70R6LycDq3

(Crediton Road, Dundonald Road, Hanover Road, Henley Road, Okehampton Road, Mountpleasant Road, Tiverton Road)

MOUNT PLEASANT RD (James)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/LjuQ3XSoWJU3v1zu8fd4OC

THE AVENUE + WRENTHAM (Sheery)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/GyhyS9qEPUq9Wd8hHoxrvH 

(The Avenue, Wrentham Avenue)

THE GARDENS (Gia)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/D91B6Nbt7Y3APobTJ9P8wA

(Hardinge Road, Leighton Gardens, Donnington Gardens, Egerton Gardens, Trevelyn Gardens, Irwin Gardens, Amery Gardens, Phillimore Gardens, Chelmsford Square)

DOBREE ESTATE (Nick)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/DrV8YGNNJemAPcqsq0c4uc 

(Donnington Rd, Peter Ave, Dobree Ave, Chambers Lane, Bryan Ave, Rowdon Ave)

WILLESDEN LANE NORTH (Emilie)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/BQ8ZCV25fxQ1NBJjQ5F0wZ

Willesden Lane  (Wrentham to High Road)

ROSEDENE  (Tracey)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/CbblaAuTFHS9v1YIt33o8K     

 

Queens Park Ward sub-groups

Queens Park Ward is also now divided into seven sub-groups - see pic below - to help everyone organise more effectively:

Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Orange, Black (Black Group is the same as Lexi East above)

To join a WhatsApp Group click on a link below (you will be asked to fill-in a very short online volunteer form to verify who you are and how you can help):

RED: https://chat.whatsapp.com/LDR5gammxeu2y83cIcMzGk

YELLOW: https://chat.whatsapp.com/CjaR2gQ9CVg6GTIJlDPjFm

GREEN: https://chat.whatsapp.com/D5Nie8DHjBIF9dV3oussbL

BLUE: https://chat.whatsapp.com/JQYqAgh40rAIXlv3u0lFNx

PURPLE: https://chat.whatsapp.com/GMbIrklr6df7tygZq0DKIS

ORANGE: https://chat.whatsapp.com/GItMLLtOsNX2k9Pr2fmbJ3

BLACK (aka Lexi East): (Dundonald, Crediton, Okehampton, Hanover, Mt Pleasant, Tiverton)

https://chat.whatsapp.com/C3MSdsfkWz4E70R6LycDq3

You can also find out more by joining the main Queens Park group at https://chat.whatsapp.com/InRvopV6bDN8xWpEMnwt or by emailing qpmutualaid@gmail.com.

Queens Park Residents Association (QPARA)

The Queens Park Residents Association (QPARA) has also leafleted roads offering support.

They have provided contact points for all roads and welcome further volunteers. qparainfo@gmail.com

Kensal Green sub-groups

Kensal Green is calling for a wide range of volunteers for the "Street Heroes" areas shown on the map below.

As with all the WhatsApp groups, for safeguarding reasons, Elaine and the friendly team require someone to fill out a volunteer form first. Check out their fast-growing Facebook Group to see what else is going on in the Ward.

 

Street Heroes - Green

https://chat.whatsapp.com/K9fY2mBWV3o21VmzJoQfKm

Street Heroes - Purple

https://chat.whatsapp.com/Gd59cfBgCBP0afj0A0JgZT

 

Street Heroes - Pink

https://chat.whatsapp.com/Gz2iP3hBknj7OfY93ApVmH

 

Street Heroes - Yellow

https://chat.whatsapp.com/B4kTY3PDOwaIAFjIMnlaSN

 

Street Heroes - Orange 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/CAAN3RPdFij6LMlL2qP5Vs

 

Street Heroes - Blue

https://chat.whatsapp.com/KIuLaeRRRrEDzVl8Ybsn4A

Kensal Triangle (KRTA)

The always-very proactive Kensal Triangle Association (KRTA) has also leafleted within its area with Amanda having organised volunteers offering any level of friendly support to residents who can call her on 07905 001 099.

4. Support a local foodbank

Donations have gone down to a quarter of what some foodbanks would normally hope for and number of volunteers are also down.

Click here for great ways to help Foodbanks and food services for the vulnerable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Join the NHS "army"! 

The health service in England has put out a call for volunteers to help medical staff with tasks such as: delivering medicines from pharmacies; driving patients to appointments; bringing them home from hospital; and making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home. 

 

 

 

More than 500,000 people have already signed up. More details are on the NHS England website and we are hoping Brent CVS can advise more on what the need is locally.

6. Support our local businesses

They need us now more than ever. And we want to preserve local jobs and our unique high streets.

We've created a separate page to try and capture offers from businesses to help their community and/or opportunities for us all to show some love back. 

Other offers - please let us know and we'll update!!!! We're also keen to add any online PT, music lessons etc.

7. Become a digital buddy to help someone not confident with technology

www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/become-an-age-uk-digital-buddy/

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Lastly......a recommended video "How to cope with self-isolation"

"I think this video would be a brilliant thing to show on the website, x' - Cosima (Admin of Brondesbury Whatsapp Group)

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