WERA and the COVID-19 virus

London Ambulance Service

London Ambulance Service are seeing unprecedented demand on our 999 and 111 phone services.

If you think you may have caught coronavirus:

  • Please ONLY call 999 if it’s a life-threatening emergency.*
  • If you have a coronavirus concern go first to the NHS webpage.
  • Please go here for urgent medical advice and help.

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself and others from coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands more often
  • Use soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Or use hand sanitiser

WERA support

Two systems of internet communication have been created for WERA during the corona virus:

  • A Facebook page
  • A collection of WhatsApp groups, one per street. The following links take you directly from your phone to the groups, but they won’t work if your browser is Firefox; they work fine on Internet Explorer and Chrome. If you have any problems please email the local organiser.  


In case you’re looking for a way to communicate via the internet, there’s probably more choice than you think. All the following are available for free. Please let me know of any corrections or comments.

  • Zoom
    • Up to 100 participants; laptop or phone; 40 minutes limit unless you pay.
  • WhatsApp
    • Ordinary WhatsApp on a phone or computer.
  • FaceTime
    • Only for Apple appliances at both ends.
  • Facebook Messenger
    • Requires a Facebook account.
  • Skype
    • Up to 50 participants; for laptop, tablet or phone,
  • Microsoft Teams
    • Part of Office365.
  • Google Hangouts
    • Up to 25 video participants; captions possible
  • Cisco Webex
    • Up to 100 participants, 1 Gb web storage, screen sharing
  • FreeConference
    • Up to five participants, screen sharing, file sharing, recording of calls.

Local services

  • Here’s an online list of home-delivery services offered by local food shops.
    • It’s based on a database that in principle anyone can edit, so any shop can add itself.
    • But Chris Reed, who set it up, writes (6 April 2020): I’ve had to make the n8 one ‘invite only’ for now – there were too many mistakes in it, but message me if you want ‘admin’ access.
    • Earlier, Chris wrote: I’ve started a crowdsourced directory of local and London-wide food deliverers. A mix of corner shops, grocers, and New Covent Garden stalls who now do £20+ veg boxes. Please feel free to add any more shops and restaurants to it that you know of, and please do share it with people who might add to it/benefit from it. If you’re on any of the local WhatsApp groups of shopkeepers/restauranteurs please feel free to send it to them to fill in as well. It’s a google doc so anyone who wants to edit it can do. I’m hoping that we’ll find a way for most people to get most of what they need delivered, if they want to. Ideally by local and independent shops and restaurants, so we can help them out during the coming months too.
  • And here’s another set up by Haringey, which includes a map showing the local shops offering home deliveries.

Borough-wide support

  • If you are worried about the impact of coronavirus on your money,  accessing essential items or accessing the support you need, please call our Connected Communities line – tel: 020 8489 4431. This line is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm.
  • Please also see the Connected Communities web page.
  • If you would like to volunteer to assist your neighbours, or if you need help with shopping etc because you are self isolating, then you can find out more at Haringey Covid 19 Mutual Aid, and you can join your local Mutual Aid Whatsapp Group by clicking here. Please note, these groups are for neighbourhood assistance, not for medical advice.
  • If you are concerned about a vulnerable resident who may need additional support, or if you have any concerns about the welfare of the person you are speaking to, or people in their household, please contact the Haringey Council Connected Communities team  020 8489 4431 (Monday to Friday | 09:30-16:30)
  • Harringay Online (The Ladder)– an example of an area with good organisation and networking.

(Inter)national information

Distractions from Covid









WERA website