The Heron Practice has received a Certificate of Achievement for promoting healthy lifestyles!
Please check our self referral pages for more information or ask your nurse or doctor for more support to have a healthier lifestyle.
ELFT Update - 24/7 Urgent Crisis Mental Health Crisis Line - The East London Mental Health Crisis Line Phone Numbers Are Now FREE To Call.
(The previous local call rate number is still operative, and will be until mid 2021.)
The City & Hackney Mental Health Crisis Line is now
Freephone 0800 073 0006.
Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For Young People Under 18, please visit our
CAMHS specialist support advice page here >>
: New Age Games Online Classes and Self-Led Walks
The New Age Games is a sport and physical activity programme for Hackney residents aged 50 and over. It can help you increase the amount of exercise you do and sustain it, contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Check out our current offer of online classes by visiting: https://hackney.gov.uk/new-age-games
For more ideas on exercising at home, visit https://www.lovehackney.uk/keep-active, which includes a link to home exercise videos from Better Health, a resource from Public Health providing tools and information to help support you make healthy changes. To find out more visit: https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/
Looking for walking motivation or seeking inspiration to diversify your walking routes, then visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/walking and go to our walking routes section for self-led local walks.
Digital skills and buddies project in Hackney
Hackney residents can find help with their devices by visiting our digital skills page for video how-to guides.
There’s also a digital buddy programme which is a new social connection and support project we’re piloting in Hackney.
Translated info on lockdown
The GLA have produced translated WhatsApp audio clips to explain the latest guidance and why we all need to follow it
We have also supported Doctors of the World in producing translated Wellbeing Guidance, which Londoners might find especially useful now that we are in lockdown. These resources and others are available on the Translated COVID hub.
- COVID-19 VACCINATIONS - SCAM CONTACTS BEING REPORTED...PATIENTS SHOULD ONLY RESPOND TO CONTACTS THAT THEY CAN IDENTIFY AS COMING FROM THE PRACTICE; IF YOU ARE UNSURE PLEASE DO CONTACT US. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A COVID-19 APPOINTMENT OR VACCINATION.
No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Grant
This grant is for individuals or families without recourse to benefits or public funds who have been impacted by Covid-19. For a referral form, email: Hackney.Grants@family-action.org.uk or ring 020 3846 6777.
Digital Support for Patients – Prescribing ‘digital skills’
We know that many services and day-to-day activities have moved online, but using the internet can be hard for some people to adapt to. If your patients could benefit from support to develop their digital skills, you might want to mention the following two services to them:
Short and simple video guides on www.hackney.gov.uk/digital-skills covering Zoom, online shopping, searching the Internet, virtual group consultations, and more.
We connect individuals with a buddy who takes them through what they want to do or learn, step-by-step over the phone. Please visit www.hackney.gov.uk/digital-skills#buddies for more info or complete the form on your patient’s behalf directly at digital skills buddies
DfE funding available to support low income families with disabled and critically ill children
The Dept for Education is providing £37.3 million for the Family Fund in 2020-21, including £10 million specifically in response to COVID-19, to support low income families with disabled and critically ill children. This includes helping to buy specialist equipment and devices.
See letter attached; more details on how to apply for the Family Fund can be found at: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
Families must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Exercise programmes in Hackney from the 5th November
From Thursday 5th November the following programmes have been cancelled until further notice to protect people from the coronavirus outbreak:
New Age Games (online classes are available). For further information visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/new-age-games Newly added online sessions are chair-based activity, Monday, 10.30am -11.30am and a special exercise dance session on 16th December celebrating Black History. The Pilates class is currently full and operating a waiting list.
Walkingtogether (self-led walks available to download inline with government guidance). For further information visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/walking
Fit 4 Health - Exercise after Stroke Scheme. For further information visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/after-stroke-programme Unfortunately after getting the full programme back in mid October, we are now pausing until further notice. We are still accepting referrals to the scheme.
A range of exercise online opportunities can also be viewed at: Keep active — Love Hackney
John Scott Gardening Group -on hold for now
A small group of doctors started a gardening group in October 2018 to improve the appearance of the grounds.
We opened the group up to patients and service users in 2019 and have met a few times a year to do planting pruning and weeding around the front and sides of the building.
If you are interested in joining us -please email firstname.lastname@example.org.