Volunteering at Barts Health NHS Trust
|St Bartholomew’s has a proud history as the oldest hospital in the UK still caring for patients on its original site.
But, in our near 900 year existence, I don’t think there has ever been a period quite like this.
In just eight weeks we’ve transformed ourselves from a specialist cardiac and cancer centre to a coronavirus hospital, caring for patients with the disease in newly installed critical care beds.
|It’s been a rollercoaster two months, and I’m hugely grateful to people and businesses from across the City who have stayed at home, helping to flatten the curve and reduce the pressure on our services. Only now that the first peak has passed can we be begin to think about restoring some of our regular services – being prepared, though, like the rest of the NHS, for future peaks and troughs.
Throughout it all, the support of the local community has been fantastic.
The Thursday night clap for carers has become a weekly event and it’s been heart-warming to see fellow key workers, including the City of London Police, as well as residents from The Barbican, show their support. It really does lift the spirits.
We’ve been overwhelmed too by the response from local businesses who have donated food, offered discounts and given gifts, keeping our busy teams fuelled and feeling special during the pandemic. Thank you in particular to Tesco and Marks and Spencer for staying open for as long as possible and to Leon for expanding your offer so that our staff can grab the essentials when it might not be possible to after work.
And not forgetting our wonderful volunteers – some of whom have been recruited from local companies – who have, amongst other key roles, helped to guide and reassure patients who have still had to come in for appointments.
Thank you again for your support.
Interim Chief Executive, St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Find out more about volunteering at Barts Health NHS Trust here.
|Square Mile Food Bank
The Square Mile Food Bank was set up in late March 2020 with the support of Age UK City of London as a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Foodbank is open to all City of London residents, regardless of age, who as a result of illness, poverty, disability or self-isolation, are unable to meet their daily living needs.
The food bank is volunteer led and is being run from the Golden Lane Community Centre. Since the food bank started delivery food parcels on 1 April 2020, there has been a substantial increase in demand on the service with the food bank most recently delivering around 50 food parcels to vulnerable households in a week.
The City of London is conventionally considered to be an affluent London Borough as the heart of London's financial district, however the reality is that there are many households who are in critical need of everyday basic necessities at this time.
The Cheapside Business Alliance through their members have supported the foodbank this month with a donation.
One City is your guide to the Square Mile and beyond, sharing news about the best pops up, new openings and businesses in the City of London. During these unusual times, visit One City online to see how you can support and enjoy your favourite City businesses from self-isolation, from recipes to online games to delivery to home workshops, and much, much more.
Over on Instagram, we’re continuing to share the best of the City and helping you to plan for when you’re back in the Square Mile. You can also sign up to One City’s monthly newsletter by clicking here.
|CBA are working daily with the City of London Police
The CBA are working daily with the CoLP to support and gather key information from our businesses to enable us to feedback to them on any concerns/issue a businesses may have during these challenging times.
If your business is still operating on a critical basis please email Claire.Dumontier-Marriage@cityoflondon.gov.uk with detail.
This is so we can make sure the CoLP are aware on what offices/business are still open within the footprint and that there is support when needed.
|We need you to help TFL & City of London Corporation
Transport for London has asked the City of London Corporation to encourage businesses to complete a survey to help inform its plans to assist with the return to work after the Covid 19 restrictions are eased.
Transport for London is planning to get London moving and working again, safely and sustainably.
As part of a phased return to work once the current COVID-19 restrictions begin to be lifted we will need to manage demand on the network and protect the journeys of key workers and other essential journeys.
To help us, we are seeking insight into the challenges and opportunities for your business and employees. We would be very grateful if you could kindly spare 3-5 minutes to complete this short business survey.
Your response will be anonymous and held in confidence. This Survey closes at 17:00hrs 14th May 2020.
|Utilities work in the Cheapside footprint
An update form the Utilities team Triio & Cadent who are working on the replacement gas mains through Cheapside. The team are progressing well, and worked continuously through these challenging times, Cadent have drawn up a health and safety COVID-19 working 2m distance plan, and this seems to be working well, also as the city is shut down this has made things easy for them to continue with the work.
We will be reinstating outside St Mary Le Bow week of 4th May and working our way up to New Change.
The team are working well and phase 3 should last approximately 12 weeks. From St Martins Court to Holborn Viaduct and is planned to be completed by 11.10.20, that is as long as the team don’t come across other engineering problems that they encountered at the start of the project in Poultry.
Traffic management has now changed, the junction of New Change will be closed so no access aloud into Cheapside and a diversion in place.
|Virtual Dragon Cafe in the City, fortnightly on Wednesdays
The much-loved Dragon Cafe in the City continues to deliver its fortnightly Wellness Wednesday sessions, helping City workers to release the pressure through a range of free creative activities.
The next virtual session will be taking place on Wednesday 13 May and, as always, includes a range of stress-busting sessions including Qigong, a landscape watercolour workshop, yoga and more.
Visit the Dragon Café in the City website for more information and instructions on how to register for and join the sessions.
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Here for the Community
|As the country is trying to adapt to the unprecedented circumstances with which we are currently faced, I wanted to let you know what Metro Bank is doing at a local level to support the residents and businesses across the City of London.
As Local Director of our Cheapside store, it has been overwhelming to see how our community has pulled together to keep each other safe, and for us at Metro Bank the health and safety of our colleagues and our customers is at the heart of what we do.
|Along with the rest of the country, we are following all government guidance on social distancing, whilst working hard to maintain essential banking services for our communities.
Metro Bank Cheapside is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm as we strive to continue to deliver the great customer service we’re known for.
We’re doing everything we can to make sure our customers can still do their banking easily and safely. Here are a few things that you can do to help make this happen:
I want to say thank you to all of our customers who have been so patient while we make the necessary adaptations to our services at this time.
- Use our app or online banking
- Only call us if you have an urgent question or problem
- Avoid visiting our stores unless it’s absolutely necessary
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at Paul.Sewell@metrobank.plc.uk.
Join Coach Jess from WIT Fitness for your weekly strength/sweat session over the next month! WIT is offering a free weekly Corporate zoom class for those working at home during this time.
All fitness levels are welcome with a combination of strength and conditioning in each class.
|WellBeing in Cheapside
Time spent at home shouldn’t mean we leave pain and injury unaddressed or let fitness and exercise fall by the wayside. Pure Sports Medicine want to ensure that everyone, regardless of location, has access to a pain free and active life.
Our experts will work alongside you to prevent, diagnose, manage and rehabilitate your injury, ensuring you’re at your best, every day.
To book an online consultation please call 020 3595 1237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Business Support webinars
Acas are putting on free webinars on mental health and financial support along with how to manage your business through Covid-19.
Read more here
|City of London Corporation Events Programme
Following the postponement of major national and international events and celebrations that inform the themes of our Believe! programme, and based on current Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that this programme has now been cancelled along with Mela in the City and City Beerfest.
The following City of London Corporation attractions will be closed to the public until further notice.
Further information and updates will be posted on webpages as the situation progresses:
For updates on attractions and events please visit www.visitthecity.co.uk