THE MILL HILL COVID-19 DIRECTORY

 

It seems like the worst of times, and the best of times.

As so many of us are trying so hard to understand, deal with and cope with this pandemic, I am also seeing a wonderful surge of the best of humanity rise up all around us.  I must say that at times like these, I take my hat off to so many brave, generous and caring souls that seem to have surfaced out of nowhere and are becoming the huge positive local force that promises to make such a difference to so many of us here in Mill Hill and everywhere during these difficult times.

If you are self isolating and need help, or if you are one of the huge number of wonderful and generous residents of Mill Hill prepared to help, we have started to put together a list of local volunteer groups, organisations, associations and Facebook groups where you can either offer help or find support.

Please note that this is just a starter list and we welcome any suggestions for adding to this list.  Please contact me with your ideas.

Also, while we have tried to contact each of the listings below to ensure that we are representing their superb efforts correctly, in some cases, the information provided is based on their website, their Facebook page or other sources.  If you could help me edit any listings to make them more accurate and more useful to all of us, please contact me.

If you can’t find what you need, please don’t hesitate to contact me on chair@millhillresidents.org.uk

Regards,

Frank Orman
Chair | Mill Hill Residents’ Association

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DIRECTORY OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

NW7 Hub
Mill Hill Library Building, Hartley Avenue, NW7 2HX
Collecting Donations | Advice on local support

NW7Hub is a local Mill Hill charity, which runs the Library and a community space at the Mill Hill Library Building, supporting in particular those experiencing social isolation.

In response to the impact of Coronavirus, NW7Hub has been turned into a Distribution Hub. They are collecting donations and working with key local organisations to get donations to the people that need them. They are urgently seeking donations of non-perishable food and essential items such as toiletries and cleaning products. If you would like to make a donation, or suggest a business that might be able to donate, please get in touch. If you know anyone who could benefit from support or food and essentials in this time or do yourself, please also get in touch.

Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (10am-1pm)
Contact: host@nw7hub.org.uk | 020 8906 3125
Website: www.nw7hub.org.uk

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The Good Neighbours Scheme for Mill Hill & Burnt Oak
Shopping | Prescription Delivery | Phonecalls | Volunteering Opportunities

The Good Neighbours Scheme is a charity that has been offering support to the elderly in the Mill Hill and Burnt Oak area for over 40 years.  If you need help with Shopping, Prescription Delivery or are in need of social interaction by phone, please contact them.

They are also in need of volunteers and are asking anyone who can spare a few hours and who are prepared to be DBS checked to offer their help.

Opening Times: Monday – Friday (9am – 1pm)
Contact: good.neighbours@yahoo.co.uk | General office – 020 8906 3340 (24 hour answerphone)
Website: http://thegoodneighbourschememhbo.com

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Barnet Age UK
Shopping | Prescription Delivery | Phonecalls | Advice | Activity Packs | Volunteering Opportunities

Age UK Barnet is here for all the older people in Barnet who need them. They understand the anxiety as well as the practical ramifications of this situation, and are supporting an increasing number of older people and their relatives who are reaching out to them for help.

Some of their services include food shopping and picking up prescriptions, delivering emergency food packages and cooked meals, regular chats over the phone, activity packs and information and advice on, for instance, welfare benefits and money concerns.

Contact: info@ageukbarnet.org.uk | 020 8203 5040
Website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/barnet/

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RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS

John Keble Church
Live Stream Worship

We are the Church of England parish church mostly covering the Hale council ward and we serve the whole community, no matter their faith or beliefs.

During this period we are not meeting physically but in our separate locations devoting ourselves to prayer and service of the needy. We are live streaming our worship from our website.

Contact: Vicar Simon Rowbory at simon.rowbory@johnkeble.org.uk | 07799300771
Website: www.johnkeble.org.uk

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Mill Hill East Church
Live Stream Worship | Help with Basic Needs & Activities | Prayer & Pastoral support | Volunteering Opportunities.

We are a community church who love God and love our neighbours. We’re an informal and diverse family, and our building is a community centre, community garden and social enterprise cafe open to all. We are a part of the Baptist Church and the URC.

During this challenging time we’d like to offer help particularly to families who are struggling. If you need help with basic needs or activities, or know of someone who is, please contact us. We can offer prayer and pastoral care via phone or video call.

We are also running weekly livestreams of services involving prayer, songs and a short talk. These can be accessed through Facebook or our Youtube Channel MHEC Community (web addresses below).

We are deeply committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults. All our volunteers have a simple role description which outlines their safeguarding responsibilities, will undergo a DBS check and are given safeguarding training. If you would like to get involved, please contact Josh via email below.

Contact: community@mhechurch.com | 020 8906 1773
Website: www.facebook.com/mhechurchwww.youtube.com/channel/UC4imEZBYHtX4gSlMwr1EGbw

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Mill Hill Synagogue
Live Stream Worship | Meals & Essentials

MHS has put together an action plan for the elderly members, many who will have to self-isolate.   If you, or anyone you know, needs extra help, or if there is anyone in isolation that requires meals or other essentials, please contact MHS Welfare.

Contact:  office@millhillsynagogue.co.uk | 020 8959 1137
Website: www.shul.co.uk

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Mill Hill East Synagogue
Live Stream Worship | Support

For those who need support from the Mill Hill East Jewish Community, please contact Rabbi Bentzi Mann.

Contact: Rabbi Bentzi Mann on 07741 905594 | help@mhejc.org
Website: www.mhejc.org

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St Michael and All Angels Church Mill Hill (SMMH)
Church of England (specifically church covering Mill Hill Broadway and surrounding central Mill Hill area) but open to all
Live Stream Worship | Prayer & Pastoral Support | Bereavement Support | Practical Support | Volunteering Opportunities

Our congregation reflects the glorious diversity of our local community. We welcome everyone, irrespective of faith, age, sexuality, ethnicity, social background, disability or gender. We believe all are equally loved and valued by Christ.

We worship online daily during the period we cannot worship together in public. The online services are posted on our church website and Facebook page. We welcome you to offer your prayer requests for yourself or a loved one daily by telephone or email and these will be offered on the broadcast or in private in accordance with your wishes, please just let us know when making the request. We can also pray with you over the telephone or Zoom.

If you wish to speak to someone for pastoral or emotional support in confidence we can also provide this listening ministry. Please do not hesitate to contact The Reverent Steven Young at any time.

We also have a team of specially trained bereavement supporters who would be happy to listen and offer support to those who are bereaved.

If you can assist us in helping a vulnerable person shop or pick up prescriptions please do let us know – we are currently working with other local groups to offer this service in partnership.

Contact: The Reverend Steven Young priest@smmh.org.uk | 020 8959 1449
Website: www.smmh.org.ukhttps://www.facebook.com/stmichaelsmillhill/

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St Pauls Church
Practical Support | Emotional Support | Prayer and Pastoral Support | Phonecalls | Shopping

We are a long established church family in the Mill Hill community, who love to welcome everyone, of every age and stage to join us.

If you are feeling lonely, need any practical help or know someone who needs some assistance, please get in touch as we’d love to drop off shopping or prescriptions or have a chat over the phone.

Whilst our church buildings are closed, we are sending out daily prayers via email as well as live streaming Sunday worship on YouTube. We offer private prayer as well as bereavement support over the phone or via a video call, and welcome prayer requests, using the email address below.

We’re also happy to talk to anyone who has questions about faith, or is in need help or advice about weddings or funerals taking place at this time, on the number listed below.

Contact: revjoannajames@btinternet.com | 020 8906 3793
Website: www.stpaulschurchmillhill.co.uk

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LOCAL & STREET SUPPORT GROUPS

There are a huge number of local street groups being formed all over Mill Hill.  They usually take the form of a Whatsapp group and are full of amazing neighbours who are offering any and every type of support to others in their street.

It is almost impossible to list them here but if you would prefer to get help from, or offer to a local neighbour, it is best to ask a few of your neighbours if they are aware of such a group in your street, and then to ask them to get you joined.  You will need a smart phone and will need to give them your phone number so that the admins of that group will be able to add you in.

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FACEBOOK GROUPS

Local Facebook groups are also a great place to either offer your time and support and to let those in your community know that you need help.  Fortunately, there are a number of very strong Facebook communities here in Mill Hill.  Below is a list of the more important ones.

Inside Mill Hill
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Insidemillhill/

This is probably the largest and most active Facebook group in Mill Hill.  It was started by Mark Warren and how has over 8,000 followers.  If you join this group you will see that there are many residents offering advice, volunteering support and more, as well as a COVID-19 section on their FAQs page.

MillBrook Park Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649443191968151/
For the residents of Millbrook Park NW7, building a strong community together and for each other.

Residents of Poets Corner
https://www.facebook.com/groups/409500375765120/
This is a group for residents of Poets Corner. The aim is to provide support, help, offer advice, ideas and to just generally be great neighbours!

Millbrook Park Mums
https://www.facebook.com/groups/703081799873320/
This group is for mums (and dads, carersetc) who are in Millbrook Park. They can arrange meet ups, share local baby & children related information & advice and support each other!

Mums in Mill Hill East
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mumsinmillhilleast/
The place for mums in Mill Hill East to share ideas, set up play dates, create events, sell/ swap toys/books/recipes etc.

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BARNET COUNCIL SUPPORT

As well as a wealth of local Mill Hill support, support is being coordinated across Barnet by the council. Barnet Council have set up a Community Help Hub online, for anyone that needs non-medical support due to self isolating. They are also recruiting volunteers.

Website:  https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/communityhelphub
Support Line:  0808 281 3210

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ANY MORE?

If you have any thoughts or suggestions to add to this directory, please send us your ideas to chair@millhillresidents.org.uk.

Be healthy.  Stay at home.  Stay safe.