The London Borough of Harrow are encouraging people to be connected to others during the winter months. Meeting people and chatting is an important element of keeping well during winter.
Public Health at Harrow Council are highlighting several opportunities to help people maintain contact during the winter:
Harrow Warm Hubs
Run by local charities and community organisations and provide a welcoming space for Harrow residents to meet and get involved in activities.
Harrow Health Walks
A free programme of walks for anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing and meet new people.
Welcoming and safe drop-in session for Harrow residents to meet face-to-face with Council staff and community partners to receive information, advice and support.
Social Prescribers can help people to connect with activities and services in the community – you can contact your GP Practice to connect with your social prescriber.
Find our more about Social Prescribers
Age UK Good Neighbours Reconnection Service
Helps people aged over 65 in Harrow reconnect back into their community though the assistance of volunteers who support them with activities such as emergency grocery shopping, reading letters, paperwork, posting letters, basic IT training, accompanying on medical appointments, short walks, outings, social activities, local events, and signposting. To refer call: 020 3949 5782 / 073 9440 0586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org This service does not operate during bank holidays.
Age UK Silver Line Helpline
A telephone service specifically for people aged 55 and over which offers friendly conversation, information provision, linking to local groups and services, and referral to a telephone friendship service to receive regular friendship calls. – Call: 0800 470 8090 (lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year).
When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123 or visit Samaritans.org for more ways to speak to a Samaritan.
A London-wide introductory service that connects asylum seekers and refugees with friendly residents who can introduce them to the city and its culture and activities, on a one-to-one basis.
CNWL Talking Therapies
CNWL Talking Therapies are there to support all residents with a range of talking therapies who have depression or anxiety from loneliness. To self-refer to this service and find out more visit CNWL Talking Therapies or call: 020 8515 5015.
Check in and Chat
Check in and Chat is for unpaid carers of people who are accessing a CNWL service - they could be family or a friend. It offers friendly and compassionate support for carers who may be experiencing loneliness or isolation and need a listening ear. You can contact the service by calling: 020 7685 5638 or email: email@example.com or visit Check in and Chat
Single Point of Access
Single Point of Access is a Mental Health Crisis Line which offers emotional support and advice to people who require urgent mental health attention, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 0800 023 4650 (Freephone) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org