SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY
IN THE COMMUNITY
We know that with a second Lockdown announced, this is going to be a difficult time for many in our community so we have created this page to give you access to local information and support services at this time. We hope that these resources are useful to you over the coming weeks.
If you are feeling lonely or unconnected with your local community we encourage you to reach out to your neighbours and find out whether your street is one of the many locally with a WhatsApp group. If so, join it if you can - they can be a real lifeline at difficult times. If not, could you consider setting one up and connecting your street in a real and tangible way?
Resources for Mental Wellbeing - this resource sheet details some tips for protecting your mental health as well as lots of local and national services that can support you if you need it at any time. We are in exceedingly challenging times and even those who have not previously struggled with mental health and wellbeing may need some extra support at this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to those organisations listed here.
Resources for Those in Financial Difficulty - at this strange time there are many people finding themselves in financial difficulty. For many this may be a very new experience and knowing where to turn can be a challenge in itself. As well as the support from national government we are lucky in the Henley area to have charities and organisations that can provide further help. Please do take a look and click on the titles to go through to each of their website for more information.
Emotional Support Signposting - we know that at this time there may be a particular need for support from faith based or secular organisations. This document lists local church ministers and their contact details as well as some national support charities.
Experience Henley - for information on what you can access in Henley in terms of food delivery, take away options, and local shops and businesses that are offering online shopping or other online offerings, please take a look at the brilliant webpage compiled by Experience Henley. It is a continual work in progress and will be updated throughout lockdown. Things are likely to change rapidly so please do contact Experience Henley directly if you notice anything that is out of date.
Since the start of this pandemic, volunteers across Henley have worked tirelessly to provide practical support to the local community. However, their impact hasn't stopped there. Through the creation of small local networks, often facilitated by WhatsApp groups or similar, we have built neighbourhood connections and empowered neighbours to support one another. Coupled with the Thursday clap, we have seen communities really come together.
We have worked hard to lift the spirits of the local community with initiatives that build togetherness including a campaign to encourage VE Day celebrations (video above) and a commitment to sharing the good news stories locally to remind people of the strong and special community we live in here in Henley.