Coronavirus: useful links

We are collecting information and links to useful local resources which we are updating regularly.

These links may be useful in helping to deal with the situation:


National Health Service information 

Local Mutual Aid groups in the borough, organised by ward with useful contact details

NHS tracker – NHS are tracking as many people as possible, well or ill to identify virus hot spots

Islington Council’s guidance page

Government information site

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Anxiety UK: information and links

Benefits and coronavirus

National Mind information and support

Happiful: 8 ways to help yourself and others

Recovery College: mental health online courses

Recovery College coronavirus info

Future Learn: online courses in various subjects

Yoga with Adriene: free yoga online – YouTube video here

Self-care tips CMBM

Self-care tips National Mind

Self-care tips Tiny Buddha

Looking after yourself and others in self-isolation

Sleepio: online sleep improvement programme


Self-compassion exercises


More mindfulness

Mindful poetry

More mindful poetry

Meditation and mindfulness – app with hundred of meditations, sleep sounds & more (in partnership with TFL all customers can get two months of free access until 30 August 2020 – use code THETUBE)

Wellbeing service – NHS approved – tools and resources to help you feel better

NHS apps library – most are free

Free My Possible Self app

Free MyCognitionPro app

Free online university-level courses 

Open University – online learning

Inspirational lectures

Facebook group to support people self-isolating who have no social network

People’s Army Islington – local support with shopping, dog walking, collecting prescriptions, friendly phone call

British Museum podcast

Rethink Mental Health – managing your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Jack Monroe – recipes on small budgets

London LGBTIQ+ Mutual Aid Support

Mental Health Forum – online support for service users

Outside Project – LGBTQ support – Outside Project are hosting a few different remote support sessions, including one weekly on Mondays. Contact them to be added to their Whatsapp support groups

Self-help and therapist resources

FP Covid19 Mutual Support

Sport England – compilation of online/free/app-based workouts for all abilities

Tate Gallery – virtual tour of Tate’s resources

Culture & Entertainment

Globe TV – Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe Theatre

Joe Wicks, Body Coach – YouTube workouts for all abilities

Google – Virtual tours of galleries, opera houses etc.

National Gallery – Virtual tour

National Portrait Gallery – Digital content from past exhibitions and the Galley’s collection

Internet archive – free books, films and audio (mostly oldies that are out of copyright)

Draw A Stickman – interactive drawing, handy for those with young children

BFI Flare – 14 days’ free trial if you sign up

BFI Player – short archive films to watch for free

British Museum podcast

Social Distancing Festival – art and performance from all over the world

Time Out – listing for online events

Free books online

Free queer films online

Chatter Pack – long list of online activities organised by category

Despard Road Music Channel – music and visuals made by service users


Islington Crisis Team – 020 3317 6333


As-Suffa Institute – Coronavirus self-isolation support, food pack delivery for people over 65 who are self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms

Certitude London – out-of-hours peer support over the phone. Freephone: 0300 123 1922. Text: 07889 756 087 or 07889 756 083

QueerCare – resources for support care in and in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic

Age UK Islington – Helpline – 020 7281 6018, email, Mon to Fri, 9 – 5pm.
Over the phone support to connect to emergency food and practical advice

London Renters Union – Support & information for people anxious about their rent

Coronavirus Tech Handbook – Technological information and support for organisations who need to re-organise their responses in light of COVID-19

COVID-19 Mutual Aid groups – Local mutual aid support groups that service users can join at their own risk (if they know how to use WhatsApp/Facebook), organised in Boroughs and Wards 

Mental Health Forum – online support for service users

Help on Your Doorstep had to close face to face services, but are still supporting residents via telephone (020 3931 6080) and email

People’s Army Islington – local support with shopping, dog walking, collecting prescriptions, friendly phone call

Whatsapp support groups for Mildmay, Holloway, Highbury, Hillrise, Tollington, Finsbury, Junction, St George’s

Newington Green Action Group – offering mutual aid support, shopping, errands, help if you haven’t got access to internet at home – phone 0333 050 9318

Islington COVID-19 Mutual Aid – Facebook page with lots of local support offered 

We Are Islington – Helpline set up by the Council. 020 7527 8222 – Phone lines are busy – email

Free meals – charities serving takeaways rather than sit-down

National Domestic Abuse helpline – 0808 200 0247

Rape crisis services

National LGBTQ+ domestic abuse helpline – 0800 999 5428

Men’s Advice Line – confidential helpline, email and webchat service for male victims of domestic abuse: 0808 801 0327

The Mix – free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994

RIghts of Women advice lines

Women’s Aid – including Live Chat, email, the Survivors Forum and local services

Respect Phoneline – a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for domestic abuse perpetrators and those supporting them: 0808 8024040

Silverline – National charity offering telephone befriending to people over 60

YogaHome – free online yoga and mindfulness classes


M&S Mondays and Thursdays – first hour of trading dedicated to cater over 70s and vulnerable customers

Sainsbury’s Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all our supermarkets will dedicate 08.00-09.00 to serving elderly customers, disabled customers and carers. Online option for people to register themselves as disabled and vulnerable on their online shopping accounts.

Tesco To ensure more vulnerable and elderly customers can shop in-store, will prioritise one hour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning between 9-10am (except in Express stores).

Iceland first hour of opening for the elderly, disabled and their careres

Co-Op Between 8am and 9am Monday – Saturday and between 10am and 11am on Sundays, vulnerable people and NHS staff will be the only people allowed into shops.

Waitrose First opening hour in supermarkets will be dedicated to our elderly and vulnerable shoppers, as well as those who look after them.

Morrisons £35 meat or veg box delivery by DPD

Manor Gardens – Currently recruiting volunteers to deliver food to vulnerable people

Felix Project – Recruiting more volunteers

Islington Council RSS – issues crisis food and energy vouchers

As-Suffa – Food pack delivery for people who are self-isolating with Corona symptoms and over the age of 65

Age UK Islington Helpline – 020 7281 6018, or email, Mon to Fri, 9am – 5pm. Phone support to connect to emergency food and practical advice.

Osolocal2u are advertising delivery in Islington . veg boxes, milk, butter, bread

Lola’s Cupcakes – delivering veg boxes

Woods Food Service – need to sign up for an account, but good quality food

Natoora – next day delivery all over London, usually supply restaurants Monday – Sunday: 7am to 5pm – 24 hour order line with monitored voicemail from 5pm onwards: 020 7237 0346

Love shack in Hackney are delivering same day fresh fruit and veg and vegan treats to Islington and Hackney

Crosstown deliver curated boxes

New Covent Garden for fresh fruit and veg

Google map of restaurants offering takeaway service

Free meals – charities serving takeaways rather than sit-down

Bread Station – next day home delivery in N1, N16 and E8. Organic natural sourdough & essentials – Eggs, milk, oat milk, coffee, bacon, butter, flour, avocados, and more.

Author: Philip Challinor
Posted on: 18th March 2020