The coronavirus pandemic remains a critical issue for Londoners and continues to be a serious threat to those with specific vulnerability by age or health. 

This crisis is bringing out the very best in both the London Irish and Camden communities, who are working together to respond to these unprecedented challenges with courage, compassion, creativity and a true spirit of community. 

The London Irish Centre’s agile team was quick to respond with the following interventions:  

    • Food parcel deliveries are now running every Tuesday and Friday

    • The Centre's Library team now curate and deliver book parcels to the isolated

    • Nutritious, hot lunches are being delivered to people's homes three days a week

    • A new health and wellbeing phone help line is now live

    • Advice services have moved to phone, email and web queries

    • Our telephone Befriending service has been greatly expanded

    • The Centre's cultural and community programme is moving to digital

    • All staff are now working remotely

    • A large-scale appeal for support through donations and volunteering

    Alongside this, the Centre has now partnered with Camden Council for a wider relief project and has become the borough’s COVID-19 community hub to support the most vulnerable residents in Camden.  

    As a result: 

    • Essential food and supplies are delivered to the Centre and then packed  and distributed to the most vulnerable people across the borough 

    • We are all working together in partnership within the national effort to keep people safe, supported, healthy and at home, supporting our wonderful NHS 

    Thanks to our hardworking and responsive colleagues at Camden Council and Age UK Camden for this great work together. Thanks to all our funders and donors for their support, including the Irish government. 

    If you would like to support the London Irish Centre’s Covid-19 response, please donate at http://bit.ly/covid19appeal.