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Offer help

We’ve seen some incredible acts of kindness and achievements during the pandemic. If you’d like to do something to help, there are plenty of ways you can get involved, including by volunteering, donating or by being a Covid-19 Health Champion, where you’ll get the latest info to help you support others.

Helping holiday hunger

Thanks to the amazing individuals and businesses supporting Islington foodbanks to make sure nobody in our community goes hungry. Whether you’re donating time, money, food, or business partnership, your gift makes a real difference. Thank you.

Can you donate food or volunteer for a foodbank? Contact your local foodbank - find Islington foodbanks on our map.

Could you make a large-scale food donation? Please contact weareislington@islington.gov.uk and we will be in touch.

To donate money

You could donate to your local food bank, or through Islington Giving Crisis and Recovery Fund, which provides much needed support for local people who are struggling financially, socially and mentally.

Become a 'We are Islington' volunteer 

There are lots of ways to help, including volunteering with local community groups or charities. 

If you/your business wants to help, please approach a local group or check out Voluntary Action Islington. You can also email: volunteer@vai.org.uk.  

Please ensure that any organisation that you help gives you advice on how to keep yourself and others safe. 

Volunteer as a vaccination marshal

The NHS is looking for marshals to support at vaccination centres, especially the mass vaccination site at the Business Design Centre in Angel.

The role involves being on your feet for the shift while supporting the roll-out of the vaccination programme. 

Become a volunteer marshal

Can you donate to help someone who is struggling?

Please give to the Islington Giving Crisis Fund, which is being organised by local charity, Islington Giving. Every penny you give to this fund will go to people who are isolated, anxious and in most need of financial support through this crisis. 

Support if you are a local voluntary organisation

If you are a voluntary organisation or community centre that is continuing to provide service or activity and are happy for us to share details of this with residents in the local area please let us know your details.

Become a COVID-19 Health Champion

Why?

COVID-19 continues to impact us all in Camden and Islington.
Measures taken in response to the pandemic are adapting over time and can be quite confusing. So, we want to make sure that everyone understands how to keep safe. We also want to make sure that everyone has a reliable source to turn to for help and support during these challenging times. This could be you.
Above all else, we want to empower communities to make informed choices about how to reduce the risks of COVID-19 and keep safe.

What is a COVID-19 Champion?

As a COVID-19 Health Champion you will provided with the latest and most up to date guidance on COVID-19 including on:

  • NHS Test and Trace
  • Social distancing
  • Self-isolation

You will also get to do COVID-19 Good Conversations Training for FREE. This virtual training helps you to Make Every Contact Count (MECC) by helping you to develop and enhance the skills required for good conversations is these very challenging times. These new skills will support you to empower your friends, families and other community members to make informed choices about reducing risk and staying safe in relation to COVID-19.

As part of this training you will also learn how to identify when a resident might need health and wellbeing support or work, income and housing related support. Through good conversations you will be able to signpost friends, families and community members to appropriate support and services.

After you are all trained up you can be involved as little or as much as you want with the COVID-19 health Champion network. For example, we will support you to carry out the role with weekly online drop-in sessions and send you a weekly e-newsletter called the Monday message. 

Who can be a COVID-19 Health champion?

Anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in Camden and Islington.

How do I sign up?

Anyone who lives, works or volunteers in Camden or Islington can become a COVID-19 Health Champion. All you have to do is:

Sign up by filling in a registration form (completion takes two minutes)
• Book your free 'Good Conversations in Challenging Times' training which all champions need to do.
• We give Champions the latest information about Covid-19 via weekly drop-in sessions and an e-newsletter.
• Champions put into practice what they learnt during the training and share this information with their community, however they want.
• Champions let us know what is and isn’t working

Have any questions?

Email CHC@Islington.gov.uk

COVID-19 Health champion leaflet

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