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Helpful Support Resources during Covid-19

We are very aware that Covid-19 places some people in difficult situations, and they may need financial and other forms of support.

We are keen that all members are aware of the various support resources that are available, which we have set out below and will keep under review. If any member feels that their particular need is not met by any of the resources listed below then please get in touch with Deborah Golend via the Synagogue Office - who will hopefully be able to point you to potential help and support.  Deborah has also provided valuable guidance on coping personally through the emergency here.

All requests for help are treated in strict confidence.

Financial Support & Practical Advice

NNLS Covid-19 Hardship Fund

This is the shul’s own fund set up primarily to help people with needs arising from the Covid-19 situation, for example:-

  • Self-employed people who will be entitled to a government grant but who may have difficulties before the grants start to come on stream in June
  • Employed people who are furloughed but whose employer is not in a position to pay 80% salary until they are reimbursed by government
  • People who have applied for benefits but whose application is being delayed
  • People facing some form of emergency for themselves or people they support which, as a result of losing their regular income, they do not have the resources to meet.

All applications will be dealt with swiftly so please let us know if we can help. Click here for more detailed information and here to apply to this fund.

JLC/Work Avenue Fund

This fund is designed to do the same thing as our hardship fund but also assists those who are ineligible for Government support.  It will help with essential expenses up until the end of June. For more details, click here.  

Paperweight Trust

The Trust offers free guidance on legal, financial and welfare issues and we believe it has capacity to help people. Click here for Paperweight's website.

Child Poverty Action Group

This website has a fantastic range of (free) information of assistance to those in financial difficulty (not at all limited to the issue of child poverty) as regards:

- entitlement to state benefits of all kinds where the entitlement conditions and methods of application are clearly explained

- practical advice as to how to manage debt problems.

Through the part of the website you can find notes and more detailed publications which may be useful, especially where those agencies which normally provide advice and assistance to the public in this area (eg local Age UKs or CABx) may be struggling to cope with the demand for advice in the current circumstances. 


Have you lost your job, are you worried about being made redundant or is your business is struggling?

Please be aware that Resource – the charity that has been helping members of the Jewish community into work for over 25 years – is offering all of its services remotely.  We can support you with every aspect of job searching, including preparing an effective CV, improving interview skills, writing speculative applications, as well as teaching you how to make the most of networking to locate work opportunities, using LinkedIn and other social media for your job search.  This is a free service, funded by generous members of the Jewish community.

To make an initial appointment with one of our advisors please call 020 8346 3000 or visit

Barnet Citizens Advice

Banet Citizens Advice Bureau staff and trained volunteers are still available to help people across Barnet through phone and online channels. This is also to enable members of the community to access and indeed pass on to others, if they aware of people who may require 1:1 support e.g. re. housing, EU settlement scheme, and in particular any issues relating to Barnet Council or related services, where the local organistion may have additional channels to help resolve or clarify issues.

Equally, if any members of the community wish to support Barnet CAB they can also make a donation of any size and enquire about volunteering.

Looking after your wellbeing

Emotional & Mental wellbeing

Barnet's free Working Well Service can support on issues such as isolation, anxiety and possible bereavements. Contact Sonal Doshi on 0738 454 3020 or email

The new NCL Suicide Prevention Helpline is now live which will ensure people can access additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access on a free helpline on 08088 02 00 80 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6pm-8pm and Sunday 6pm-9pm), text message on 07860 058 793 or webchat by visiting

The Barnet Wellbeing Hub has a range of online resources including wellbeing apps, exercises and mindfulness support.

Good Thinking is an online mental health programme for Londoners supporting people with mild-moderate mental health problems.

Government guidance has support for organisations assisting residents with mental health and wellbeing issues.

Activities for keeping mind and body active

Jewish Care have put together links to a wide range of stimulating and interesting activities that you can enjoy from your own living room, from online speaker events to quizzes and cooking.

Coffee & Computers is a community initiative that helps newcomers to computers, tablets and smartphones  to cope with the challenges in today’s tech-driven society and to take advantage of the life-enhancing opportunities afforded by new technologies. Coffee & Computers community-based sessions are free and run by volunteers. Their approach is informal, sociable and focused on clients’ individual needs. Personal coaching enables clients to speedily achieve their specific goals.

Children & Young people is a free and secure online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people.

Exposure and Young Minds also provide mental health support for young people.

Barnet libraries have story and rhyme sessions for young children on YouTube.

Domestic Abuse

Are you worried about domestic or sexual abuse? If you are at home due to Coronavirus, then remember you can still get the support that you need. You are NOT alone, if you are in immediate danger, then call the police on 999

Silent Help – if you need help but are unable to speak, ring 999, and when they answer press 55. (This alerts the operator and the police will be sent to help you)

• You can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free, confidential support 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247

Solace provides free and confidential support for women and men in Barnet affected by domestic abuse. Call 0203 874 5003 or email

Jewish Women's Aid

In this difficult period for everyone we are particularly concerned for anyone experiencing domestic violence or coercive control, who may be forced into almost inescapable proximity with an abusive partner or parent. Please see this link on how to access support and advice from JWA.

Addiction and substance misuse

The new Stop Smoking London has launched. Please download the Time to Quit campaign pack to encourage smokers to be helped with a stop smoking journey during this period. Twitter: @StopSmokingLon

Worried about increased alcohol use? Help is on hand to reduce or stop drinking in a safe way here, complete an alcohol test online or Skype for online coaching sessions.

The Barnet drug and alcohol service provides free access to recovery-focused drug and alcohol support for adults and young people through

Learning Disabilities resources & Support has collated tons of online events and resources for the Jewish learning disabilities community on our website. They have information packs on accessing mental health support and welfare resources, keeping people with disabilities active at home, things for families to do together, online music, arts and cultural opportunities, and dealing with going into hospital if you have a learning disability.

JWeb is a practical online information hub for people with learning disabilities, their families, carers and their support. We curate our pick of online events and resources for the learning disabilities community, all with a special needs focus, on our website and we would love to share it with your community. The content is always growing; here are some links to some super helpful collections to support people during this difficult period of social isolation and beyond:

Keeping active at home

Time in – what’s online

Mental health

Activities and things to do at home

We are running a campaign to spread a bit of love across the internet and to shine a light on people and organisations that are making the lives of people in our LD community easier or have shown a kindness. We are inviting nominations of people who are giving us a little lift every day and we are letting them know they are appreciated by celebrating them on social media using the hashtags #goodtobekind and #jwebhero. Please send us everyone you would like to nominate be it a member of your community, a colleague an organisation you like or even a family member you would like to say thank you to – Read more about our campaign here.

Fri, 20 May 2022 19 Iyyar 5782