During lockdown, 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. Click here for the latest Government guidance for the extremely clinically vulnerable.
We are helping with:
Handyperson service - fitting lightbulbs and other essential household repairs
Winter home check service - from bleeding radiators to setting timers and hanging curtains, our home check service aims to ensure people's homes are warm and safe this winter
Regular chats over the phone. Click here for befriending
Activity packs including magazines, puzzle books, crafts and knitting supplies
Information and advice on, for instance, welfare benefits and money concerns
Online activities - cook-alongs, art classes, exercise, knit & natter, men's newspaper discussion group, virtual choir and a book group
Online Covid-19 hub - useful links for online shopping, mental health, work, fitness and wellbeing and other online resources
Please get in touch if you or anyone you know is self-isolating and might need some help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8203 5040.
Our vetted volunteers are out in the community, shopping for those who cannot leave their homes - and our telephone befrienders are there for those who have no one to talk to.
Click here for a list of food banks in Barnet from Barnet Council's website. Click here for info and food banks and vouchers from Community Barnet.
Emergency contact numbers
Barnet 24-hour Crisis Telephone Service: 0800 151 0023
Barnet Wellbeing Hub: 03333449088.
Barnet Adult Social Care: 0208 359 5000
Barnet Council’s Urgent Support Helpline: 0808 281 3210 or email COVID19support@barnet.gov.uk
For urgent pharmacies or supplies, please contact CommUNITY Barnet on 020-8016-0016. They will be open on Friday, Saturday and Monday between 9am and 5pm.
For free confidential advice, phone Age UK's Advice Line on 0800 678 1602 - Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year.
Click here for the latest information about the Covid-19 vaccines from Age UK.
Click here for the latest advice on coronavirus from Age UK.
Carers and vaccines. Unpaid carers can get vaccinated under priority 6 footnote 3 - so alongside 16-64 year olds who have an underlying condition if they receive carer's allowance or if the elderly or disabled person they care for would be at risk if they got ill. Click here for details on the Government website. In order to get this, your GP needs to know that you are a carer. Which means carers need to email or call their practice to let them know, as soon as possible. Email is preferable because GPs are busy.
To find out more about the virus and how to protect yourself, click here.
For guidance on social distancing, click here
Want to know about your employee rights? click here
Finance. How the government will be supporting people with coronavirus - click here
Planned a trip abroad? For the latest travel advice, click here