Resources on Getting Involved in Your Community

Resources on Getting Involved in Your Community

We realise there is so much noise and information online right now about the Coronavirus. At Mimbre, we’ve been busy compiling and researching information, brainstorming ways you can be involved, what you can do, how we can keep vulnerable groups in mind…
These resources are regularly updated, so check back in.

+ Find your local Mutual Aid Group. Contact them to ask what help they need
+ If you are based in Hackney you can find a link to all the different Mutual Aid groups split up according to local wards on the Hackney Mutual Aid Facebook Page
+ Hackney volunteering hub
+ Information and resources with a focus on how the current situation will be affecting those with SEND, from the Hackney Learning Trust
+ Coronavirus and volunteering: how can I help in the UK? A useful article by The Guardian on ways to help and get involved “from lending a hand to local charities to bolstering the efforts of the NHS”.
+ Do IT, volunteer opportunities
+ Delivering items to someone who is immunocompromised protocol, by QueerCare
+ NHS guidelines on delivering items
+ Disinfecting things protocol by QueerCare
+ WEGOTYOU App connects volunteers with neighbours stuck at home.

+ Tips on avoiding conflict at home from the Children’s Society

Training Opportunities

+ Free short courses leading to nationally-recognised qualifications by New City College. Certified courses offered include, but are not limited to: Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevention and Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
+ Further free Adult Distance Learning Courses offered by Havering Colleges, New City College. Certified courses offered include, but are not limited to: Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult and Social Care, Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity for Facilities

Support for Hackney Renters

credit: HeardInLondon / Anna Strickland, 2012

As we are a Hackney-based charity we wanted to share what has been shared by Hackney Council:

“We’re calling on private landlords to support private renters affected by the outbreak, and have asked government to do more to protect renters by banning using non-payment of rent due to coronavirus as a basis for eviction. Read the letter to government from Cllr Sem Moema, Mayoral Adviser for Private Renting and Housing Affordability.

“Our benefits and housing needs service can help ensure tenants are getting the financial support they are entitled to, provide advice on maintaining tenancies, and – where there is likely to be shortfalls in rent payments – help with applications for discretionary housing payments. Full information is available at

Their website also lists all the usual support available for residents on low incomes who may be experiencing hardship:

+ Apply to the Council’s Discretionary Crisis Support Scheme for help with urgent financial needs

+ Apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment if you’re having difficulty paying your rent

+ Check if you’re eligible for Housing Benefit or a reduction in your Council Tax

Follow these links to our other resources:

Resources for Artists and Creatives

Physical and Creative Kids Activities

Resources for Youth and their Families

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