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From the 1st June 2020, the UK Government has issued an update. 

Everyone must maintain the social distancing recommendation of 2m with anyone outside of their household. 

1) Gatherings of up to 6 (including children) are permitted

  • These gatherings can be from across different households.
  • You must meet outside in parks, commons or private gardens.
  • You may only enter a household to access a private garden or to use the toilet.
  • Please ensure any internal surfaces are cleaned thoroughly.

2) Shopping 

  • Please buy responsibly and avoid stockpiling. 
  • Many shops have restricted access to limit the number of individuals in the stores. 
  • Respect the shopping hours reserved for the elderly, vulnerable and key workers.

3) Unlimited outdoor exercise 

  • Please maintain the social distancing recommendation of 2m.

4) Go to work if you are unable to work from home

  • Employees should be working at home, if possible.
  • Try and avoid using public transport, instead cycle and walk, where possible.

 

You can find the the latest guidance from the UK Government here.

The UK Government recovery strategy can be found here.


Enjoying the outdoors - please be responsible! 

We understand that not everyone is lucky enough to have private outdoor space in Lambeth. The UK government has now opened parks and commons to relax but always adhere to the social distancing recommendations. 

BBQs and picnics are now permitted with groups up to 6 people (including children) but hand washing and hygiene should remain a priority!

Chair of Lambeth Liberal Democrats, Doug Buist, recently wrote to Lambeth Council raising concerns about the closure of Brockwell Park on Sunday 5th April 2020, as part of our commitment to protecting public spaces. You can read further details here


How can I help?

Many of us would like to be able do more during these difficult times. There are many ways in which you can volunteer or support the local community.

  • Volunteer with Lambeth Council to deliver food and supplies to vulnerable individuals across the borough: sign up.

  • Volunteer with The Black Prince Trust (BPT), a local charity working with Lambeth Council to deliver essential medical items and food parcels (stored and packaged at the Black Prince Community Hub) to those in need. The operation commenced on Monday 6th April 2020 and there is activity at the Hub every day, between 8am to 6pm. Register to volunteer here.

  • Volunteer with Lambeth Liberal Democrats, Calling with Kindness, a phone bank established to check on residents across the borough: find out more here.

  • Find your local Mutual Aid group connecting members of the community here

Donations to Lambeth Foodbank

On 12th May 2020, we received an update a member volunteering at one of the foodbanks in Lambeth: demand has over doubled compared to this time last year due to the pandemic. Over 3,000 people are being fed and that this level of demand is not predicted to drop soon. The main local foodbanks are closely collaborating to deal with the sudden surge in demand due to the coronavirus, however, they need more financial support. If you feel able to help please see the links below.

Bankuet — Vauxhall — Norwood & Brixton — Waterloo 

What do I do if I need assistance?

Lambeth Council Helpline for vulnerable people 

Lambeth Council have established a helpline for people in Lambeth who are vulnerable, don’t have support, and urgently need help. Anyone can call 0207 926 2999 on behalf of a vulnerable person and lines are open every day from 8am-8pm. 

Age UK Lambeth Shopping Service

Age UK Lambeth are providing a shopping service for people in Lambeth who are unable to shop for themselves. There is no charge for delivery and payment is collected for the food once purchased against a receipt. For those struggling financially, Age UK are able to offer a Food Bank parcel. To access the service please call 0333 360 3700, open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. 

Are you experiencing domestic abuse?

  • Refuge: Survivors of domestic abuse may feel particularly alone and at risk during self-isolation. If you’re in Lambeth the Gaia Centre can help. Confidential advice & support by phone, text or email – whatever’s safest. Please telephone 0207 733 8724 or email: lambethvawg@refuge.org.uk.
  • BrightSky App: The free app provides help for those facing abuse and for those who wish to help. The Bright Sky mobile app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play and provides support and information to anyone who may be experiencing domestic abuse or is concerned about someone they know.
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline: Free and in confidence, available 24-hours a day, please call 0808 2000 247.

Essential emergency housing repairs

The Housing Services teams are now following Government guidance and are only providing essential emergency repairs. If you require assistance with any of the following, then please call: 0207 926 6000 (weekdays 9am-5pm) or 0207 926 6666 (out of hours). 
  • Uncontainable leaks leading to flooding 
  • Back surging drains leading to flooding 
  • Blocked toilets when it is the only toilet in your home 
  • Total loss of electrics 
  • Total loss of heating 
  • Gas leaks 
  • Sounding carbon monoxide alarms 
  • Lift breakdowns 
  • Total loss of lighting in communal corridors/staircases 
  • Other repairs where serious health and safety problems or severe damage could be caused 

Lambeth Police Notice about Scams

Not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people will take advantage of these unique circumstances affecting our society. Please see below for how to access support and safeguard yourself against scams. Here are just some of the scams we are aware of, but please note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online:

  • Home cleaning services
  • People offering to do your shopping or collecting medication and asking for money upfront and then disappearing. 
  • Be aware of people offering miracle cures or vaccines for coronavirus – there is no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover.
  • There are lots of fake products available to buy online that say they can protect you or cure coronavirus. These will not help and are designed to take your money.
  • People impersonating healthcare workers, claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for coronavirus – this is a scam and these kits are not currently available to buy.
  • Emails saying that you can get a refund on taxes, utilities or similar are usually bogus and they are just after your personal and bank details.
  • There are new mobile phone applications that claim to give you updates on the virus but instead, they lock your phone and demand a ransom.
  • Your bank or the police will never ask for your bank details over the phone.

Tips to avoid being scammed:

  1. Be cautious and listen to your instincts. Don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.
  2. Take your time. Don’t be rushed.
  3. If someone claims to represent a charity, ask for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of helps if you are unsure.
  4. If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as .gov.uk or NHS.uk websites. Make sure you type the addresses in and don’t click on links in emails or text messages! You can hover over links to check if they are legitimate before clicking!
  5. Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
  6. Know who you’re dealing with - if you need help, talk to someone you know or get in touch with your local councillor. 
  7. Protect your financial information, especially from people you don’t know. Never give your bankcard or PIN to a stranger.

Contact information:

If you think you’ve been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and contact your bank

If you need advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.

If you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.


Positive news!

From virtual yoga classes to choirs practicing online, Lambeth is doing its best to maintain good spirits. Our members are sharing their insights with the community through our new blog section! From tips on keeping children entertained over the Easter holidays to understanding the government support available to freelancers - check it all out here.

Check out these local websites sharing guidance on financial aid for local businesses and how residents can support by ordering Click & Collect from across the borough!

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