Coronavirus Information Resources for Tower Hamlets

12 January 2021 For the duration of the current pandemic wave the East End Enquirer is dedicating its home page to providing quick access to Covid-19 related information for residents.
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Note: East End Enquirer is not responsible for the content of external sites. Due to the rapidly changing situation information is subject to change without notice.

Covid-19 vaccines are halal, safe and effective – get yours when notified

Lots of essential vaccination information here, have a watch!

Get vaccinated

The vaccination to stop you getting Covid-19 is safe and effective. Find out why it is so important to get your jab!

Lockdown Rules

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. Find out what you can and cannot do.

Covid Numbers

Infections on the rise or falling? Get the latest data on coronavirus numbers in the borough right here.

COVID-19 Testing

NHS Test and Trace

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace who will help you identify who you have been in contact with.

Get Tested

How to get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.

Testing Centres

There are testing centres in Shadwell, Mile End, Isle of Dogs and a new rapid testing site in Canary Wharf. There are also rapid test sites at the Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park and at 56 Burcham Street, Poplar. More details.

Health & Wellbeing

Self-isolation Support

If you are a resident in self-isolation and need support but do not fall into the vulnerable category, please complete this form.

NHS COVID-19 app

The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service, find out more here.

Worried about coronavirus?

Who isn’t? Here are 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus from the NHS. The impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is still having on our lives is immense.

Mental wellbeing at home

There are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel if you’re staying at home. 

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

MIND has published this page has tips to help you cope, including ways to support yourself during winter.

Loneliness during coronavirus

Lots of good advice if you are feeling lonely during the pandemic from the Mental Health Foundation.

Domestic Abuse

LBTH has appointed Solace Women’s Aid to provide community support to anyone affected by domestic abuse. If you would like access to support from Solace call 0203 795 5064 or email

Mental Health Crisis?

The East London Foundation Trust’s mental health crisis lines for three east London boroughs all now operate 0800 freephone numbers as below. Lines are available 24 hours a day and callers are given support and advice from mental health professionals.

Newham – 0800 0730066

Tower Hamlets – 0800 0730003

City & Hackney – 0800 0730006

Food Banks

Find a Food Bank

WEN has a fantastic list of lots of food banks in Tower Hamlets! Thanks WEN!

Food Bank donations

You can donate cash to First Love Foundation or donate cash to Bow Food Bank. Or if you are rich donate to both!

Education and Childcare at Home

BBC Bitesize

Bitesize Lockdown Learning provides daily content from the BBC to support learning at home from primary to secondary and post-16.

BBC Teach

BBC Teach is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject

Design Museum

Digital Design Calendar is a new series of online content from the Design Museum bringing the world of design into your home #DesignFromHome


e-Bug from Public Health England (PHE) is a free educational resource for classroom and home use for children to learn about micro-organisms and the spread, prevention and treatment of infection.

Alder Hey video

Coronavirus facts for children is a YouTube video from Alder Hey children’s hospital

Dave the Dog e-book

Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus is an e-book (PDF) for children

DofE info

Department for Education information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home.

Government guidance

Government guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Hungry Little Minds

Simple, fun activities for kids from newborn to five years from Hungry Little Minds.

eBooks & Audiobooks

London Libraries Consortium has an eLibrary where you can download eBooks and audiobooks suitable for children and teenagers.


Comics (yes! comics!) are also available from RBdigital to download!

Homeschooling Tips

My Tutor has useful tips and ideas for parents homeschooling their children during lockdown

10,000 free lessons

OAK National Academy contains almost 10,000 free lessons and resources made by teachers, for every teacher and every pupil.

Faith & Religion

Places of Worship

Guidance for the safe use of places of worship is available (from 2 December)

Religious Festivals

When celebrating religious festivals, you should ensure you consider the risks around COVID-19 transmission.

Mosques and Madrasas

COVID-19 Guidance for Muslim Communities is provided by the Muslim Council of Britain here (scroll down the page, the info is there!)


Volunteer Here

Volunteer Service Tower Hamlets (VCTH) is recruiting volunteers to help local residents through the COVID-19 emergency.

Mutual Aid Groups

Courtesy of Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK here is a great way to find a COVID-19 mutual aid group near you.

How to Help Safely

If you are volunteering, you still need to socially distance. Here is how to keep safe while helping others.


Business Support Grants

Because of the latest pandemic wave the Government has announced new support grants for business.

Tower Hamlets Council

Vulnerable Residents Phoneline

Tower Hamlets Council has a dedicated phone line to support vulnerable residents and people identified as being at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

Residents Support Scheme

Help is available to residents who are either in or at risk of being in crisis or are in need of immediate help and have no source of financial support available to them.

Universal Credit

The council has a dedicated phone line for people who want help with Universal Credit applications. To book a phone appointment with a council officer call 020 7364 7010.

General Advice

Social Welfare Issues

A partnership of local advice centres that provide free advice and representation in areas of social welfare law Tower Hamlets Community Advice Network knows all about benefits, debt, and housing.

Policing & Crime

Vaccination Scam

Neighbourhood Watch is warning of a scam which starts with a fake NHS text message. This is a scam, do not click the link.

Frauds and Scams

The National Crime Agency says to be aware of fraud and scams as criminals seek to capitalise on the pandemic.

Report a breach

Some people – the selfish ones – are still ignoring the lockdown rules. You can report them to the Met Police here.

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