Wellbeing and staying well
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
Royal Association of Deaf People
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.
Highgate Newtown Community Centre (HNCC) Wellness Café
The Wellness café located in St Michael’s Church in Highgate is for everyone and it offers:
- a dementia café on Tuesdays that provides free arts and crafts activities and a support network where you can talk to others in confidence about issues and receive positive and caring advice
- a general cafe on Tuesdays and Wednesdays that provides free arts and crafts activities and a support network where you can talk to others in confidence
- a telephone befriending service on Thursday for a regular chat with a volunteer who is trained and matched with you. The service is for people aged 55 and above.
The Café is open between 10am and 4pm and there is no charge for visiting. To find out more about the Wellness Café, contact Larraine on 07483 145 587 or email email@example.com.
Home Health programme (Age UK Camden and University College London)
From May, many of the lockdown rules will begin to relax. Getting back to ordinary life after a year in lockdown will be a difficult for everyone. To help you with getting back to ordinary life, Age UK Camden and University College London have a programme called Home Health that can support people over the age of 65 to increase energy and muscle strength, manage tasks that are becoming more challenging, plan ahead so that you continue to do what you want to do. To find out more about how Home Health can help you, phone 020 8016 8147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Resilience programme (Age UK Camden)
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 email@example.com
Camden Home Library service
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. To find out more or register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free or low cost social activities and events
RecommendMe is a website that lists free or low cost social events and activities that you can attend online or in person. Find out what's available at RecommendMe.
Additional resourcesAge 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.
Mind in Camden suggests 11 ways to manage isolation in their guidance Coronavirus and your wellbeing.
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)