Coronavirus update: 15 April 2020

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15 April 2020   


proud to care London

If you are a care worker, care manager, social worker, occupational therapist, chef or cleaner and looking for work, you can help save lives during the current crisis. 

Proud to Care London is a recruitment site for the care sector, developed with councils across London, linking people to jobs in care, to help London tackle the coranavirus and provide much needed care and support to people in our communities.  

More information and a short application form is available on the Proud to Care London website. 

Applicants, if found to be suitable, will be given full support to become employment ready, including: 

  1. Free online training so they’re almost job ready 
  2. Identify suitable roles for the candidate (out of the six roles above) 
  3. Pre-employment checks, such as DBS 
  4. Local Councils will match candidates to suitable local jobs to make a difference  

Instagram Live Q&A with new Brentford signing Shandon Baptiste 8pm TONIGHT

Shandon Baptiste

What’s it like to be newly signed to Brentford FC only to immediately face lockdown? How does a professional footballer stay match fit…when he can’t play any matches? This is the situation 22-year-old midfielder Shandon Baptiste has found himself in over recent weeks and he will be discussing the experience tonight on Hounslow Council’s Instagram when he does a Live Q&A takeover about life in lockdown.  

At the end of January, Shandon moved to Brentford on a four-and-a-half year deal from Oxford United. He counts himself lucky to have found an apartment and become somewhat settled before lockdown fully took hold, but he’s very keen to get playing in front of the Brentford fans.  

We may all be struggling with the restrictions around going to the gym, playing sport and exercising, but this takes on a new meaning for professional sports stars. How does a player prove himself at a new club, if he can’t play any football?  

Shandon will be discussing all this and more in his Instagram Live Q&A Takeover at 8pm tonight. Check it out by following our Instagram here or searching hounslowcouncil. 

Big thank you to schools and young people

Cllr Tom Bruce

A huge amount of working is going on to keep schools open for vulnerable children and those of key workers. In this video, Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, thanks all those involved, as well as the young people working hard at home to continue their education - “The fact that we’ve all come together and we’re all doing our bit shows how wonderful our Hounslow community is." 

Community partnership in Cranford and Heston

Heston West Big Local and Cranford Community College have teamed up to support the most vulnerable households in the Cranford and Heston area. 

The initial idea was to set up a pop-up foodbank to deliver to those in need using Cranford Community College’s wholesale catering companyChartwell, as the main supplier.  The initiative has since been supported by Morrisons, Honeycomb pub, Seema Malhotra MP and local councillors. 

Over the past two weeks a team of over 20 volunteers, of all ages, have delivered 124 food parcels, each of a value of between £40 £50 to households in the community. This has helped to put much needed food on the table for over 200 residents. 

Heston combi

The group intends to continue providing this service until the current coronavirus outbreak is over, and welcome donations

For more information on this important lifeline please visit 

Advice videos from Hounslow GPs 

GP videos

Firstcare Practice in Hounslow, also known as HIYOS (Healthy In Your Own Skin), has released a series of videos advising people on a whole range of topics to support them during the coronavirus outbreak. Topics include diet, mental health, diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD and pregnancy. 

It followed a survey, responded to by nearly 2,000 people, which asked how they could support patients and what they want from them during this difficult time.  

One You Hounslow - Staying well during coronavirus launch

One you Hounslow

Interested in finding ways to stay healthy throughout this time? The One You Hounslow website is now packed with practical tools and support to help you stay healthy and keep well at home, including recipes, at-home workouts and activities to learn or connect with others virtually. 

What are you doing to stay well at home? Tag @OneYouHounslow and @LBofHounslow in your #HounslowStaysWellAtHome activities

Online resources for health, education and wellbeing 

NHS fitness studio offers a range of online exercise videos from 10 -45 minutes.  

Free online fitness, yoga and Pilates classes for Hounslow residents, led by instructors at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust now includes new chair based exercise for over 60s.

#10today offers short routines for healthy activity. If you like listening to the radio why not try listening online, tune in to join many others taking part.

and for children and families:

Hounslow Children's Centres are still offering support. There's a whole host of ideas for great activities you can do with you child.

Beat the bug is packed with hints, tips and ideas to help individuals and families of all ages stay physically fit, strengthen their immunity and improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

imoves for 4-11yrs are helping keep primary aged children as active as possible by offering free access.

Superhero Fitness for 3-7yr olds is 15 mins of fun movement every day at 3.30pm and available anytime via videos on the OurParks Facebook page.

imoves for 4-11yrs are helping keep primary aged children as active as possible by offering free access.

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