Helpful Resources

At this difficult time, we thought it might be useful to collate all the amazing resources there are out there in one place. It can feel very overwhelming as there are so many new online programmes, activities and support available so we wanted to list those we thought would be most useful for our community:

Local Community Resources

Tower Hamlets – Business support information during COVID-19

GOV.UK – Claim financial support

#Viral Kindness – A community of friendly locals that can help to do a shop or help get prescriptions.
Contact Flann on 033 3050 9671

Clara Grant Primary – Providing catering for vulnerable pupils and keyworkers: Knapp Rd, London, E3 4BU

GrowTH – Night shelter programme in Tower Hamlets – volunteers needed

Help Them Help Us – Providing for the welfare and wellbeing of NHS staff on the frontline of the pandemic.

Locksley TRA – Community support and access to vulnerable people – Contact Steve Russell on

Magic Breakfast – Magic Breakfast provides healthy school breakfasts to 48,400 children across the country.

Mile End Community Project – Community support and access to vulnerable people – Contact Nurul Islam on 07961 397 369

St Pauls Way Church – Community support and access to vulnerable people – Contact Mother Bernadette Hegarty 07930 586 229

Stebon Primary School – Offering food bank to parents and those in the wider community – Burdett Estate, Wallwood St, E14 7AD

Your Parking Space – Free Parking for NHS Staff

Bikeworks – Delivering food and supplies from First Love Foundation to those in need – Contact Zoe on 07388 028641 or email |

We Deliver – Delivering food and supplies

East End Emergency Funds – Funds from this appeal will go towards local community groups and projects working to help the most needy and vulnerable during this crisis across Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham. This will include regular contact for isolated people, advice and help with access to medical services, shopping deliveries and other support. It will also support foodbanks and other services for the most vulnerable in our community, additionally it will enable these groups and projects to change the way they work overnight. Contact 020 7345 4444 or

Bow Food Bank – Bow Church, St Mary & Holy Trinity, 230 Bow Road, E3 3AH |

E1 Foodbank – Support the vulnerable and elderly. Drop off point for donations: Micro Business Park, 46-50 Greatorex Street, London, E1 5NP

Fern Street Family Centre – Help us support struggling families and individuals during the Coronavirus crisis with food parcels and kids activity packs as well as access to phone advice and support. 0207 987 1949 |

First Love Foundation – Providing emergency food support – Contact Denise 020 3069 9877 | 020 7510 9859 |

Poplar HARCA – Service changes and updates for tenants Links to support services for all – 0800 035 1991 |

Resident support scheme – Tower Hamlets has designed this scheme to support those who are in need of immediate help and have no financial support available to them. Applications to be made online.

Tower Hamlets Housing Scheme – Residents who are homeless or at risk of being homeless can call for support – 0207 364 7474

St Paul’s Way Medical Centre – Medical support (telephone appointments) – First Floor, 11 Selsey St, London E14 7LJ | | Anwar 020 7538 0833

Bow E3 COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group – Community support and information in the E3 area

COVID Mutual Aid – All local groups and planning resources for groups

Age UK East London – Support for vulnerable people in East London – 82 Russia Lane, Bethnal Green, E2 9LU | 020 89817124 |

Central London Helpline – Support for vulnerable people

Isolation Volunteers – Supporting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis

Neighbours in Poplar – Practical support for vulnerable people – St Matthias Community Centre, 113 Poplar High St, E14 0AE | 0207 987 0257 |

RAMFEL – London and Essex charity that supports vulnerable migrants to access justice and that provides vital support in moments of individual crisis.

Refugee Council – Lifeline for refugees and those seeking asylum – now providing digital support and daily updated TRANSLATED NHS guidelines.

Welfare Support – Dedicated phone lines for people to book welfare support phone appointments – 0207 364 7010

Coronavirus and Schools – Using resource for parents and carers

ELFT NHS – East London Foundation Trust – mental health services

Step Forward – Free & confidential services for young people in Tower Hamlets

Looking After Your Mental Health

Mind Tower Hamlets and Newham – Mental health online resources – 0300 123 3393

Samaritans – Mental health support – Call Free on 116 123

CALM – Mental health support – call 0800 585 858

SANE – Mental health support – call 0300 304 7000

No Panic – Mental health support – call 0300 772 9844

Young Minds – Mental health support – call 0808 802 5544

Get Connected – Mental health support – call 0808 808 4994

Black Minds Matter – Connecting black individuals and families with free mental health services

Shout Crisis Helpline – For anyone struggling with their mental health in isolation or suffering from anxiety. Shout offer free 24/7 text line support – Please text SHOUT to 85258.

Time to Change – Useful resource to help with you mental health over COVID-19

Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies – Welcoming self-referrals and are offering treatment remotely (telephone or video call) as well as webinars. People can self-refer via telephone – 0208 475 8080 – or via the weblink.

Local Delivery Services

A.M. Dairies – Milk and dairy delivery service all over London. Call 07957 333564.

Bangla Bazar Cash and Carry – Local shop that delivers – 132 Salmon Lane, Salmon Lane, E14 7PQ | 0207 510 2004

Covent Garden – Fruit and veg market – Slashing prices for all.

Euro Cash and Carry – Local shop that delivers – 92 Hamlets Way, E3 4SY | 0208 980 3585

Mace Express Convenience Store – Local shop that delivers – 110 Coborn Rd, E3 2DG | 020 8981 2776

Nisa Local – Open till 9pm for residents that need to top up their electric meter – Devon’s Road – 0207 5372165

Shuaib Brothers – Local shop that delivers – 105-107 Hamlets Way, E3 4TL – 0208 9802 088 | 0793 1136 178

Support for Freelancers & Artists

The Independent Theatre Council – Represents, supports and develops the professional performing arts in the UK. Useful links and resources.

Help Musicians – Support for musicians and artists

Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship fund – £1M hardship fund that members with genuine and pressing hardship can apply to.

PRS Emergency Relief Fund – This fund is available to PRS members globally and will be offered in grants of up to £1000 each, depending on need.

Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief – Created to amplify the efforts of organizations that focus on helping those most in need

#LOVERECORDSTORES – The music community will come together and launch a high-profile, global initiative to help independent record stores during this current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Launching Thursday 26 March @ 9am UK.

The Fleabag Support Fund – A new emergency support fund for UK based freelancers in the Theatre industry.

Arts Council – Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.

Equity – Benevolent Fund – Support members with payments to help them get through this crisis

The Skinny – Advice and information on support for artists and creatives affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Scotland.

The Space – Culture in Quarantine Fund

a-n Artist Bursaries –  Time Space Money, plus financial support for artists and arts organisers.

LADA – Resources and support for creatives.

The Cockpit – A monthly Theatre Maker Happy Hour on Zoom, aimed at creating a community of theatre makers.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance – Collating using information daily for those in the arts & creative industries.

Arts Admin – Information submitted by a wide network of people on funding, commissions, platforms, calls for artists, seminars, workshops, courses, resources, jobs, opportunities, studio space and more.

Exeunt Magazine – An evolving collection of advice, resources and opportunities for people who work in theatre and are affected by coronavirus.

Creative ideas & things to do at home

What’s On Stage – Watch stage shows, musicals and operas online for free.

Art John – Art activities on YouTube for the whole family.

Social Distancing Festival – Festival of performances which have been cancelled by C-19

The National Theatre at Home – Free plays from the National streamed on Youtube every week.

Amazon Audible – Amazon cancelled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories for free.

Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) – Live and free PE sessions for kids during school closures

Open University – The Open Univeristy has made courses free so we can learn a new skill whilst we’re all isolated

FEEL Theatre – Fun and creative sensory play ideas to keep your little’uns engaged.

Spotlight – Resources and online programme for young people