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We've put together information about shopping and getting set up online, as well as links to help with your mental health and fun virtual workouts to keep you fit and active. You will also find links to online games, music, cultural activities and learning opportunities.

Click here for our Covid-19 support hub -  how Age UK Barnet can help, from advice, phone chats, help with shopping, IT assistance, practical support at home plus our online activities (art, cooking, singing, exercise, book club etc)

Click here for our Later life planning/advice page - all the latest on coronavirus support and vaccines.  

Shopping and food delivery

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are advised not to go to the shops until receiving your vaccination. Use online shopping if you can or ask others to collect and deliver shopping for you (friends, family, or a volunteer, including NHS Volunteer Responders). If you already have a priority delivery slot with a supermarket that will continue, you do not need to do anything further. If you cannot access food, your local council can offer support. This may include helping you to request a priority supermarket delivery slot (if you do not already have one) or help with shopping. If you need support, please call the COVID helpline number - 0808 281 3210.

Age UK Barnet runs a shopping service for people who are still unable to shop or buy their shopping online. Click here for our shopping service. 

Friends in Need - FIN provides a range of services for older people and their carers living in Barnet. Tel: 020 8449 8225 or email:

High Barnet Good Neighbours - can also help with shopping. Their opening hours are Monday-Friday 10:00-13:00. Tel: 020 8441 5678. Answerphone out of hours

The United Synagogue can help with dropping off food, picking up medication and emotional support. Phone the helpline on 020 8343 5696

Jewish Care is delivering a limited amount of meals. Contact Jewish Care helpline 020 8922 2222 or email

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.

Supermarket updates 

The government released a list of more than one million vulnerable people to supermarkets and they have been using these to see who might need extra help and priority delivery slots.

If you have never used home delivery before and have a letter from the government advising you that you are vulnerable, you can approach a supermarket directly and let them know that you need help.

EasyRead has produced a step-by-step guide to shopping online for those who have never done this before. Click here for the guide.

Shopping over the phone

Morrisons has a phone shopping service for older vulnerable people who can't go to the shops or have never used online shopping before.  Choose from a menu of 47 items and items will be delivered to the door by an employee. Customers will need a bank card or mobile phone to pay and can use chip and pin or contactless. Customers wishing to place an order should phone 0345 611 611 and select option 5.


Delivery Charges

Opening hours




Minimum order value £25‚Äč

Orders under £40 will be charged £7 for standard delivery

Orders over £40 will vary between 50p-£7 

There is no delivery charge for orders over £100 booked for delivery on Monday - Thursday after 2pm, once you have selected your time slot on your summary page it will confirm free delivery.

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 8.00am-10pm Sunday10.00am-4.00pm

Store times vary

For those with a tablet or smart phone, Sainsbury's has also launched a grocery app called ChopChop where you can order up to 20 items which will be delivered within 60 minutes. Delivery costs £4.99. Download app from your app store.

Click here for Sainsbury's on line. 

Sainsbury’s has asked existing customers aged 70+ to register on its automated phone system: 0800 953 4988.


Any online order under £40 from 23 July will be subject to a £4 surcharge on top of delivery charge


Mon-Sat 6.00am-12 midnight Sunday11.00am-5.00pm

Store times vary


Click here for Tesco. If you have a letter from the NHS, you will be able to book a priority slot and select an eight hour window for delivery. Customers who do not currently have a Tesco account and have a letter from the NHS can either create an account online or call the supermarket on 0800 917 7359.If you have a letter from the NHS, you will be able to book a priority slot and select an eight hour window for delivery. Customers who do not currently have a Tesco account and have a letter from the NHS can either create an account online or call the supermarket on 0800 917 7359.


You can place an order for any amount. You will pay an additional £3 as a minimum basket charge if your basket total is less than: 

£40 for delivery orders

£25 for Click & Collect orders

The £3 charge is on top of any delivery, collection or carrier bag charges.

Mon-Sat 8.00am-10pm Sunday11.00am-5.00pm


Also do food boxes from £18-£25 includes a variety of cupboard staples



No minimum order.  The standard home delivery is £3.50 and nominated home delivery is £4.99. If you spend more than £50 standard home delivery is free.  Delivery is the same week unless they have a sale on – this will delay delivery times.


Mon-Sat 8.00am-9pm Sunday11.00am-5.00pm


M&S have teamed up with Deliveroo to offer an ‘Essentials by Deliveroo’ service, which will deliver basic essentials to households without a delivery fee. Book thorugh Deliveroo here 


Delivery within two hours

Only £10 minimum basket spend

Never pay extra for substituted items


click here for Waitrose Rapid


The minimum spend is £60 for home delivery, or £40 for click-and-collect

Mon-Sat 8.00am-9pm Sunday11.00am-5.00pm




£40 minimum spend on home deliveries. £5 delivery charge

Mon-Sat 7.00am – 11.00 pm Sunday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm

Click here for the Morrisons website.  Also provide £30 food boxes of essential items with a £5 delivery charge.

Morrisons has teamed up with Deliveroo to offer an ‘Essentials by Deliveroo’ service, which will deliver basic essentials to households without a delivery fee. Book through Deliveroo here 


Minimum online orders is £25 plus an additional delivery charge of £2, as shown at checkout. You will receive free delivery on all orders over £35.

Mon-Sat 9.00am – 8.00 pm Sunday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm



Minimum order value is £40. Delivery charge for your order depends on the day and time of your slot, and the value of your order. If your order is less than £75, there's a minimum charge of £2.99 and a maximum of £6.99. For standard orders of £75 or more, you may be offered free delivery.


You will now be sent an email when we are able to offer you a delivery slot.  You must first register with Ocado to receive emails



Minimum of £15. Delivery is free when you spend £25 or more in one transaction and live within the delivery area for your store. There is a charge of £3 for delivery of transactions under £25 in the delivery area. If you live outside the delivery area, the store manager may agree to deliver to you for £5.

Some things don't count towards the £25 spend. These include: cigarettes and tobacco

Mon-Sun 7.00 am - 10.00 pm most stores

The Co-Op have now partnered with Deliveroo for faster delivery


Technology - stay connected with friends and family

Click here to set up and use Skype 

Click here to set up a Facebook account

Click here to set up a Twitter account 

Click here to set up an Instagram account 

Click here to set up a Zoom account 

Click here on how to use a video call on your phone

Click here for useful tech tips from BT on everything from downloading a podcast to using WhatsApp and ordering an online prescription.

Click here for a collection of 400 user-friendly how-to guides from Digital Unite on everything from grasping computer basics to getting to grips with your smartphone or tablet.

Click here for free factsheets from Ability Net on how digital technologies can help people with disabilities.

Mental health and bereavement

Barnet Covid-19 Bereavement and Counselling Service - provides information and signposting for Barnet residents who have been bereaved such as arranging death certificates, funeral services, and financial support. You will also receive immediate emotional support and 6 months of counselling. A free service for Barnet residents who have been bereaved. Click here for more information or phone 020 8016 0016.

Click here for the Help Hub, an online therapy service which is offering free 20-minute sessions aimed at vulnerable older people and others who are self-isolating or struggling.

SilverLine Health is offering free CBT therapy for people suffering from anxiety, stress and sleep problems. Click here to sign up

For a friendly chat, day or night, call Silver Line on 0800 470 80 90

Headspace - a tool which offers guided meditation to help deal with stress. Click here for more

Mind is a charity that helps people struggling with mental health issues. Click here for  information and guidance on your wellbeing in relation to the coronavirus. Mind in Barnet IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) are offering counselling support. To find out more about this service, get in touch by calling 020 8343 5703 or emailing

If you are in a serious mental health crisis, please call the 24-hour Crisis Telephone Service (for people living in Barnet, Enfield & Haringey) on 0800 151 0023 or The Samaritans on 116 123

The Barnet Wellbeing Service website has a huge range of useful phone apps to help improve your mental health plus links to exercise and tips and food and diet. Click here for the links. For people who would like mental wellbeing support, Barnet Wellbeing Hub (based at the Meritage Centre, Church End, Hendon, London NW4 4JT) has moved all of its service provision online and via phone, including yoga classes, virtual wellbeing cafes and emotional health checks. To find out more call 03333 449088 or email:

Barnet's free Working Well Service can support on issues such as isolation, anxiety and possible bereavements. Contact Sonal Doshi on 0738 454 3020 or

The Samaratans have produced a guide on mental health and the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to read it.

NCL Suicide Prevention Service - which helps people can access additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The helpline will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6pm-8pm and on Sunday from 6pm-9pm. This helpline will provide support via: • a freephone number 08088 02 00 80 (Calls to this helpline are free from landlines and mobile phones within the UK and do not appear on itemised bills.) • by text message on 07860 058 793 (Text messages are charged at usual network rate and texts will be responded to during helpline opening hours) • by webchat (click here), which can be accessed during service opening hours.

Mental Health and Coping during Covid 19. Click here for government advice

How to protect your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic  - BBC news article 

Health and Anxiety and coronavirus - click here for advice from

Worried about increased alcohol use? Help is on hand to reduce or stop drinking in a safe way here, complete an alcohol test online or Skype for an online coaching sessions.

Good Thinking is an online mental health programme for Londoners supporting people with mild-moderate mental health problems.  

Government guidance has support for organisations assisting residents with mental health and wellbeing issues.

NHS Bedtime meditation video 


Work and money

Worried about money? Click here to find out how the coronavirus situation could affect your finance and benefits.

Startup School for Seniors is a free 8-week eLearning course for unemployed Londoners, aged 50+, with the desire to start their own business. It is funded by London Community Response and kicks off on 5th October. From where business ideas come from to funding, marketing, business planning, the course is being delivered by serial entrepreneur Suzanne Noble and business coach Mark Elliott, both over 50, whose upbeat and enthusiastic style of presentation is infectious and engaging. Click here to sign up.



Love to dance online dance classes for over 50s from the Saracens Foundation. For a Monday to Friday timetable click here. For further information, please email 

Click here for our outdoor social walks for over 55s in various parks across Barnet. 

Let's Walk and Talk app - a walking programme for over 50s aiming to build confidence and resiliance - and all participats get together once a week on zoom. Click here to sign up.

One of our Tai Chi instructor's Dee has put her sessions online: Monday 2pm; Monday 4pm; Tuesday10 am; Tuesday 12 noon (Seated class); Thursday 10 am. For more information call Dee on 020 8445 6715  (Mob 078822816) or email her on All classes are £5 per hour 

Our Tai Chi instructor Chris Jones is now running Virtual Chen Tai Chi on Zoom on Tuesdays and Fridays 11am-12noon. Email for links. Click here for more info.

Simple Home Exercises for Older People 

NHS 10 minute workouts 

Gym-free exercises 

Four workouts to do at home 

Age uk/ simple exercises for older adults 

Chair Based Exercise  

How to exercise at home if you're avoiding the Gym during the covid 19 outbreak 

NHS Aerobics video for beginners 

NHS Belly dancing exercise video  

NHS La Bomba dance exercise video 

NHS Wake-up workout video beginner 

NHS Pilates video for beginners 

NHS Chair-based pilates video workout 

NHS Back pain pilates video workout 

NHS Knee problems pilates video workout 

NHS Arthritis pilates video workout 

NHS Osteoporosis pilates video workout 

NHS MS and fibromyalgia pilates video workout

A big selection of free online workouts for older people for a wide range of abilities

Keep moving and dance video from Saracens Sports Foundation

Over 50s online ballet classes from Ballet Based Movement - click here for their YouTube workout.

Music, culture, art and learning

Age Of Creativity festival (1-31 May 2021) A host of online activities to get your teeth into & to download for people who do not have access to a computer. Click here for details.

Pottery classes - the charity Maxability runs affordable and inclusive sessions for people with learning and physical disabilities as well as the general public. Based in Barnet, they also run classes online. Click here for more details.

Singing for lung health Join Starling Arts for a free weekly singing and mindfulness group for people living with lung conditions in Barnet. Experience the benefits of professionally-led physical and vocal exercises designed to support those with lung conditions to develop and sustain a healthy body and mind. Sessions run from May 2021 on Tuesday mornings at 11am on Zoom for 60 mins, including peer support and social time. Further information and dates will be provided upon signing up. Click here for more info and the sign up form.

Head Held High, which leads motivational and interactive activities for a variety of client groups,  is now launching a new weekly Zoom club for older people who may be suffering from isolation, depression or simply wish to have fun. For more information, please email Sandra on

Our dementia activities coordinator Stacey highly recommends Arts 4 Dementia, an organisation that supports people with dementia and their carers  through art, singing and dance. Click here to find out about their zoom activities

Rest Less - an online resource for leisure and lifestyle, learning, jobs, and money and pensions. Click here for the website.

BBC Music Memories - for people with dementia. Click here for the website which enables you to search and listen to music, theme tunes and a series of dementia friendly radio shows reflecting different eras and significant moments in recent history

Singing for better breathing - click here for useful instructional videos on YouTube.

Age UK Barnet and Barnet Connect are organising live music performances with some of our favourite musicians on our YouTube channel. Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates. Click on our YouTube channel for videos of our concerts.

Age UK Barnet's Seniors Choir on Zoom led by the brilliant Jenny La Touche every Tuesday (11am-12noon) on Zoom. Click here for more details and our other online activities.

The charity Golden Oldies has launched Goldies Live - an online singalong for older people that takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am on YouTube. Click here for more info.

Cirque de Soleil 60 minute special. Click here to view.

A helpful guide put together by music4dementia 2020 on how to use music during COVID. Click here for the guide.

Interactive live music activities on Facebook from Electric Umbrella - click here to find out more

An online creative space run by theatre company Chickenshed bringing people of different generations together - click here to find out more

National Trust art collections - click here to view.

The New York Met Opera is releasing a recording from their archives every day. Click here to view  

Archive of public domain feature films, including many silent and film noir greats. Click here to view

The Open Library project - click here to view

Berlin Philharmonics' Digital Concert Hall - click here to view 

Free online courses from The Open University - click here to view.

Online courses from top universities and institutions Click here for FutureLearn courses

Some books are now free on Audible - click here.

450 courses from Ivy League Universities - click here 

Video tutorials on art, macrame, knitting and baking. Click here 

Natasha and Pierre, King Lear with Anthony Hopkins and Much Ado About Nothing with Tennant and Catherine Tate. Click here 

Live streams from Monterey Bay aquarium. Click here 

Learn ancient languages click here 

Virtual tours of museums around the world  click here

Chatterpack - a list of online resources to keep people entertained when you are stuck at home click here


Age UK Barnet is runnning online cookalongs on Zoom on a Thursday evening and Monday morning. Email for more information. Age UK Barnet cookery demos will be added to our YouTube channel. Click here for the link.

BBC Food - For Budget dinners click here

BBC Goodfood - Five ingredients or less recipes click here 

BBC Goodfood - Storecupboard Recipes click here 

BBC Goodfood - Easy Recipes click here 

BBC Goodfood - Healthy click here 


Online games

Chess - click here for 

Learn a language - click here for 

Bridge -click here for 

Quizzes - fun quizzes on all kinds of subjects - click here for

Countdown - - click here for the popular TV quiz show game on 


Online religious services

Catholic religious services streamed. You can even search for your local parish. Click here for their timetable of services.

Church of England services and bible readings from churches in Barnet. Click here to find out the next services.

Guidance for muslim communities. Click here for advice from the Muslim Council of Britain.

Local services

Hendon Baptist Church is running online services on Sundays at 11am. Click here for more info.