We are here for you, through Coronavirus

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UK Borough of Brent

We are here for you, through coronavirus

A message from Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council

Coronavirus is challenging us all in ways we could never have previously thought. We’ve all had to adapt and I know it’s not been easy. The council has also made changes to the way it works, including introducing new services. Our top priority is to support and protect the most vulnerable among us. We're also working harder than ever before to keep services running that you rely on, day in and day out.

From delivering 3.5 million sets of gloves and continuing to make 1.5 million bin collections, to responding to almost 25,000 phone calls to our helpline and providing over 2,100 food packages - it’s been a huge team effort across the borough involving charities, mutual aid groups, council officers and volunteers. I would like to personally thank every one of you who is helping Brent respond to coronavirus.

Some residents have needed extra support from us. Recently the NHS wrote to around 6,000 local people who are the most at risk if they contract coronavirus. They were advised not leave their homes, even for food or exercise, to ‘shield’ them from the virus. I can only imagine what a difficult time it must be for each of these individuals. But I am also proud of the council officers and volunteers who have risen to the challenge of supporting them. I urge you to watch this video where our officers explain, in their own words, the vital work they’ve been doing. And if you need a food parcel, because you can’t get food or supplies for yourself, please tell us

Click to watch the video

Our business community is the lifeblood of our Borough and it is vital that local businesses, particularly smaller businesses that are especially vulnerable, are given the help they need to survive. We’ve set up dedicated webpages to give them the help and guidance they may need.

We know that there is still a huge amount of work to be done. But I assure you that we won’t be letting up in our response to coronavirus. I want to assure you that the council will do everything in its power to continue to support you at this time.

£500 grants for mutual aid groups

Groups of residents, community organisations and schools are providing a huge level of support to our neighbourhoods at this most difficult of times. To recognise this vital work, mutual aid groups can now apply for a £500 grant for a chosen project.

>>Find out more and apply for a £500 grant

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Ramadan through coronavirus

Ramadan 2020 will be a very different experience for Muslims during the coronavirus lockdown. Congregational acts of worship for Muslims outside of the home will remain suspended, to stop the spread of the virus. So, it’s important to plan Ramadan activities that follow the Government’s social distance rules.

>>Ramadan advice to consider

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Food parcels for residents unable to get food

Brent Shield food parcels are for residents either unable to get food and supplies for themselves. Parcels take less than 48 hours to be delivered, or quicker if you are in urgent need. To request a parcel, call 020 8937 1234 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

>>Find out what a food parcel contains

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Urgent call for soap donations

Residents are being urged to support families struggling to buy basics like soap and shower gel with a ‘clean act of kindness’. All donations of soap and other toiletries will be packaged up, and then sent out with critical food supplies to families in need - helping them to stay clean and slow the spread of the virus.

>>Find out more and donate

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Job Retention Scheme now live

Employers can now access support to continue paying 80% of your salary, up to £2,500 per month, through the Government’s Job Retention Scheme. Also known as furloughing, the scheme helps employers support employees who would otherwise have been made unemployed because of coronavirus. So far, more than 2 million employees across the country have been enrolled.

>>Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Call for social workers to return to practice

A new website helping social workers to return to practice and support the local response to coronavirus has been launched. Social Work Together matches the skills and experience of social workers to where they are needed most locally.

>>Apply on the Social Work Together website

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Brent 2020 Unlocked

Brent 2020 launches BRENT 2020 UNLOCKED - responding to the new challenges faced by artists and the wider creative sector. A new video interview series with legendary musicians, artists, athletes and activists who have shaped, and been shaped by Brent, a weekly podcast hosted by VICE and young people from Brent’s Blueprint Collective debunking conspiracy theories around COVID-19, a call-out for people to share their memories of Brent’s rich reggae history and the Brent Artist Network goes online.

>>Visit the Brent 2020 website

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Online safety at home

Technology provides hours of education and important social opportunities for children and young people while lockdown restrictions are in place. But it can also present risks. Advice, support and activity packs are available to help parents, children and young people stay safe.

>>Visit the ThinkUKnow website

Coronavirus information, help and support

Emergency Helpline

Do you need help getting food or medicine delivered to you while you’re in isolation? If you are struggling and need extra help, call our helpline on 020 8937 1234 open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday or email coronavirus@brent.gov.uk

>>More emergency help and support

Financial support for residents

If your circumstances have changed, and you need financial support, there are a wide range of measures put in place by the government to help you.

>>Find out what help you can get

Support for businesses and employers

So far, 2,045 local business have benefitted from over £31 million in coronavirus business support grants.

Find out what help you can get, and how to apply

Changes to council services

Latest information and advice on council services affected by coronavirus, including housing, parking, parks, waste and recycling.

>>Check changes to our services

Public health advice

Advice from the NHS on symptoms, staying at home and social distancing. Includes translations and information in accessible formats to help different groups in the community to stay safe.

>>Get the latest health advice

Stay safe and well. If you have any questions, please call our helpline on 020 8937 1234 open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday or email coronavirus@brent.gov.uk

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