What we are doing
Due to the Covid-19 emergency, we ceased all campaigning and asked our members and supporters to concentrate on non-political efforts to help the community weather this crisis. Our councillor Linda Wade in Earl's Court, our Committee, and many of our membership are involved in local groups reaching out to their communities to offer support and assistance to anyone who needs it.
Feel free to get in touch with us with any query, big or small, by emailing [email protected]. Our ward reps throughout K&C are also calling all members to check on their wellbeing.
Help and support
As always, for the latest advice on avoiding spreading coronavirus and what to do if you think you might have it, consult the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
If you or someone you know is elderly and/or vulnerable and does not have the support of friends or family, you should contact the Council's Covid-19 Hub by email at: [email protected]. You can also call their dedicated phone line: 020 7361 4326. This service will prioritise those identified by the NHS in the first instance.
RBKC also has a dedicated email address for other coronavirus-related enquiries: [email protected].
For elderly residents with no other means of support, Age UK Kensington & Chelsea are offering food and essentials distribution, and social isolation support. Contact them on 020 8969 9105, or email them at [email protected].
For information regarding support with food, including a list of local businesses providing delivery services, the Council has this page: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/covid-19-support-food-and-other-essentials.
If you are struggling with the mental health impacts of self-isolation, Mind have resources here: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus.
Money Saving Expert have some useful information should your finances be affected by Covid-19. have some useful information regarding financial issues caused by the Covid-19. https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/uk-coronavirus
If you are worried for yours or someone else's safety
If you wish to report or discuss a child or young person safeguarding concern, please contact Kensington & Chelsea Social Services at [email protected] or tel: 020 7361 3013.
If you are worried about violence or abuse from your partner, ex-partner or a member of your family, you can get help and advice.
If you are in immediate danger, you should always phone the police on 999. You can also contact their non-emergency number: 101.
If you are not in immediate danger, call Nia (an independent domestic violence advocacy service) on their helpline For more info: NIA Ending Violence.
If you see someone rough sleeping, contact StreetLink via website, app or phone so that an outreach team can help them: https://www.streetlink.london.
You must wear a face covering at all times on public transport.
Government and TfL advice is to continue working from home if at all possible, try to stay local if you are going out to eat, drink or shop.
If you need to use public transport, if possible, travel when it is less busy. The busiest times are: 05:45-08:15 and 16:00-17:30.
For more information on safe travel: https://tfl.gov.uk/safer-travel-guidance.
The Council's advice on requirements and help for reopening your business are available here: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/covid-19-guidance-reopening-your
To find out more about what support is available for businesses and employees, please refer to the Governments dedicated business support page: https://www.gov.uk/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19.
For financial support for businesses please refer to: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus.
How you can help
If you are volunteering, the advice from RBKC Council is to help out as close to home as possible.
Donate to Kensington & Chelsea Food Bank: https://kensingtonchelsea.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/. As their base in Notting Hill Methodist Church is only opening intermittently at the moment, and to facilitate social distancing, it may be best to donate financially at the present time.
Donate to Age UK K&C's Covid-19 Response Appeal: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web
RBKC's Volunteer Centre is co-ordinating a response to the local crisis, and you can volunteer to help using this registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/viewform.
Many of our members are involved in the local Mutual Aid Networks that have emerged to help those self-isolating in their community with grocery shopping, collecting their medication, or providing other forms of support. Join the WhatsApp group for your local area (organised by ward):