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We are in unprecedented times, and we are doing everything we can to reach out to people who may not be able to leave their homes.

So we have searched far and wide to bring together useful links and trusted advice that you may need during this challenging period.

We will be posting links that help you stay connected, keep fit and healthy plus ways of getting support if you run into difficulties.

Contact us on 020 8203 5040 or info@ageukbarnet.org.uk if you need urgent help with food shopping and tasks such as picking up prescriptions  or you would like regular phone chats or information and advice on money matters or welfare benefits. If you have a medical conditition that leaves you particularly vulnerable, you may be able to get extra support from the government. Click here to register.

 

 

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 

Mental health

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.

Mind is a charity that helps people struggling with mential health issues. Click here for  information and guidance on your wellbeing in relation to the coronavirus.

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

If you are in a mental health crisis, please call the Barnet Wellbeing Service on 03333 449 088 or The Samaritons 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.

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 anxiety.org.uk

NHS Bedtime meditation video 

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

Shopping and food delivery

Age UK Barnet can help with people with a meal or food donation under urgent circumstances. Please phone 020 8203 5040 or email: urgentcovidsupport@ageukbarnet.org.uk

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

Helping Hands can help with shopping and collecting prescription for older people in Barnet. Tel: 020 8275 8378 or email: helpinghands@fin-eastbarnet.org.uk

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

Mill Hill COVID19 community support group for help in Mill Hill - tel: 0208 959 1995 or email: Millhillcovi19@gmail.com 

Supermarket updates

Shopping - goldenhour times

 

Sainsbury's - older people already registered with them will be prioritised when delivery slots are being allocated. Click here to find out more. Waitrose will be doing the same - click here.

Morrisons is offering next day delivery on its food boxes. You choose between a veggie box and a meat box and they contain a mix of food. Each box costs £35.  Click here to find out more and to register.

New Covent Garden Market is now doing deliveries for fresh produce - click here for the link, but bear in mind there is a high demand for this at the moment.

 

Free meals for older people 

Indian restaurants in Barnet The following restaurants are offering a free meal to older people over 70 in isolation. Just call and you will be asked to choose an option - you will have to get someone to pick up the meal, however. 

Bayleaf Restaurant and Bayleaf Takeaway, 1342 High Rd, Whetstone, London N20 9HJ - 020 8446 8999 or 07863129414.

Woodhouse Tandoori, 219 Woodhouse Rd, Friern Barnet, London N12 9BD - 020 8361 7879

Taste of Nawab, 97 Colney Hatch Ln, London N10 1LR - 020 8883 6429

 

The Wilds Cafe in 27 East Barnet Road EN4 8RN is cooking and delivering free meals to older vulnerable people in New and East Barnet - donations welcome. To arrange a delivery, contact: thewildscafe@gmail.com or tel: 07774 384089

Recipes

 

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 chess.com 

Learn a language - click here for duolingo.com 

Bridge -click here for bridgebase.com 

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

Countdown - - click here for the popular TV quiz show game on happysoft.org.uk 

 

Exercise

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

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 and learning

The National Theatre is live streaming productions on YouTube every Thursday evening. Click here for info

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

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

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 

450 courses from Ivy League Universities - 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

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.