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How we are tackling coronavirus

Published on 16 March 2020 04:33 PM

In line with the latest guidance in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are taking several steps to reduce the risk of infection to our client group while continuing to offer high quality services and support. These steps will also limit the risk to the charity’s staff and volunteers. We are liaising closely with colleagues at Barnet Council and other voluntary and community groups to ensure a coordinated approach.

Age UK Barnet is here for all the older people in Barnet who need us. We understand the anxiety as well as the practical ramifications of  this situation, and we are supporting an increasing number of older people and their relatives who are reaching out to us for help. 

We are currently planning the way our services are run and will adapt them to meet the new needs of our clients, working with other organisations to support more vulnerable people and extending the support we already provide - information and advice, support around the home, for instance.

We are minimising face-to-face contact and have temporarilty stopped activities and events but we will be offering help to our more vulnerable clients and we are looking at ways to keep in touch with everyone who uses our activities and services.

We aim to help with:

  • Delivered cooked meals

  • Admin tasks including setting up prescriptions delivered to the door

  • Fitting a light bulb

  • Regular chat over the phone

  • Activity packs including magazines, puzzle books and crafts and knitting supplies

  • Information and advice on, for instance, welfare benefits and money concerns


Please get in touch if you or anyone you know is self-isolating and might need some help. Email or phone 020 8203 5040. 



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How to occupy yourself when you are in social isolation



  1. You can volunteer for us and support our most needy clients with phone chats or shopping

  2. Donate money to help us run our services

  3. Donate toiletries and household products such as soaps, tissues, toilet paper, washing-up liquid, for instance. We will be putting together care packages for our more vulnerable clients and welcome donations from individuals and local businesses. Email: