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Hackney’s Opening Celebration for Carers Week 2021 Make Caring Visible and Valued Date: Monday 7th June 2021 Time: 11.30am - 1pm Place: Dalston Eastern Curve Gardens 13 Dalston Ln, London E8 3DF What: An invitation to carers of all ages in Hackney to come along to the beautiful Dalston Eastern Curve Gardens for the opening of Carers Week 2021. The morning will begin with some opening words from Cllr Chris Kennedy, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care & Leisure, followed by the opportunity to mix with other carers & Hackney staff over a delicious light lunch in a relaxed & informal setting How: If you would like to book a place for yourself/for you & the person you care for then please email: by 12pm Friday 4th June 2021


The Heron Practice has received an RCGP 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. 


30 and 31 year olds being invited to book their COVID19 vaccinations at mass vaccination centres

From today (Wednesday 26 May), 30 and 31 year olds will be invited to book their COVID-19 vaccination through the National Booking Service (online at or by cal+ling 119). Text messages will be sent to this group inviting them today, Thursday and Friday, and letters will be sent to them arriving on Saturday or early next week. Please do not book these patients into the local centres – these patients should be asked to book their appointment at a mass vaccination centre.

2. Pop Up Vaccination Clinics for Patients aged 40+

Please find attached a poster advertising pop up vaccination clinics for anyone aged 40+.  Please note these are for first doses only.

Hackney COVID 19 Vaccination Pop Up Clinics 724x1024 - GP COVID19 Vaccination Bulletin Wed 26th May 2021

New Easy Read Resource on the Covid Vaccine for people with Learning Disabilities

This can be downloaded here 


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: 
For more ideas on exercising at home, visit, 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: 
Looking for walking motivation or seeking inspiration to diversify your walking routes, then visit: 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


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: 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:

How-to videos

Short and simple video guides on covering Zoom, online shopping, searching the Internet, virtual group consultations, and more.

Digital buddies

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 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:
Families must meet the following eligibility criteria:

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Congratulations to Dr Meena Krishnamurthy, GP at the Heron Practice, for her Royal College of General Practitioner's Award!

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:  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:

Fit 4 Health - Exercise after Stroke Scheme. For further information visit:  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

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