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Wellbeing and staying well

Looking after your feelings and your body - easy read versionDownload a government leaflet about looking after your feelings and your body during Covid-19

For some people, life is very different since the coronavirus outbreak and staying indoors alone can present both challenges and opportunities.  For others, staying in and being alone is part of everyday life and it is possible to develop coping strategies that lessen the impact of isolation. Being alone does not necessarily mean being lonely.

Organisations that can offer support with your wellbeing

If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and feeling anxious, worried or want to talk to someone, including in BSL, Royal Association of Deaf People provide a Wellbeing Live Chat on Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm, and  Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 6pm. 

Public Health, in partnership with North London Cares, are delivering a Winter Wellbeing programme from October 2020 to March 2021.  The programme is aimed at the over 65s to help them stay warm, safe, active and connected this winter.  

Examples of support the programme offers includes:

  • connecting you to organisations to help keep your home warm and energy bills low
  • connecting you to support with practical tasks eg. shopping and prescriptions pick-ups
  • arranging small grants and warm items if you are in difficult circumstances
  • introducing you to activities for fun and friendship or offer regular phone calls, and
  • advice and support if you are in self-isolation or on any issues related to coronavirus.

To find out more, phone 020 7118 3838, email, tilly.jeune@northlondoncarers.org.uk, or visit https://northlondoncares.org.uk/home.

Age UK Camden has launched a Building Resilience Programme to support people age 50+ who are experiencing, or are about to have a 'life-changing event'.  A life-changing event is wide-ranging, and it could be retirement, bereavement, health problems, relationship breakdown, changes in financial circumstances, and many other situations where a person could benefit from in-depth support.  If you or the person you care for would like to receive in-depth support from the programme or would like to find out more, contact Jean Luc Dieudonne, Building Resilience Advisor at jeanluc@ageukcamden.org.uk

Camden Home Library service will bring reading, music and films to your home every 4 weeks if you are housebound due to disability, limited mobility including due to an operation or accident, mental health issues, isolated, frail or vulnerable.  If you are shielding, you join as a temporary member.  To find out more or register, email homelibraryservice@camden.gov.uk.

Camden Library Request and Read service is a new service in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, as a way to get books to library members while keeping customers and staff safe. The service allows users to order and collect books from some of our libraries (Highgate, Kentish Town, Swiss Cottage and West Hampstead libraries). We hope to be able to extend this to other libraries soon.  Find out more at https://www.camden.gov.uk/request-and-read.

Age UK Camden offer some top tips in their guidance, Feeling anxious about coronavirus.

The Camden Companion is a downloadable essential guide to healthy living in Camden.  It provides a directory of support and services you may wish to consider in Camden to help you stay well and connect with your local community.  Note: due to coronavirus, some face to face services may be suspended, so always check the details first with the relevant service or organisation. 

Public Health England and Sport England have produced a downloadable guide to being active at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gransnet has put together on their website 11 tips for staying positive, How to stay positive in self-isolation.

Information about talking to people and about befriending services is available in the Befriending section on Camden Care Choices.

RecommendMe is a website that lists social events and activities available without leaving the home. Some of these require access to the internet but many do not.

Mind in Camden suggests 11 ways to manage isolation in their guidance Coronavirus and your wellbeing.

There are some very basic needs that contribute to being well that may have become more difficult in isolation such as getting food and shopping, and money and banking.  If you need practical support with any of these things you can contact the Camden Social Prescribing and Care Navigation Service. More information about the service is available.

Contact the Camden Social Prescribing and Care Navigation Service

Telephone: 0800 193 6067 (the call may not be answered immediately,  but if you leave a message someone will get back to you)

Email: communitylinks@vac.org.uk

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