Newington Green Action Group active during the crisis

Dear neighbours,

Whether you are helping out already, or are still waiting to start volunteering – thank you for all that you’ve been doing.

We’re writing with a number of updates and exciting new ways for you to get involved!

Newington Green Food Hub 

These are unprecedented times. Many of you who signed up to help your neighbours may now need some help yourselves. With the price of the weekly shop increasing and incomes decreasing, anyone can find themselves needing a bit of support.

This is why we have set up the Newington Green Food Hub.

If you need free food and/or other essentials, please contact us at www.newingtongreen.org/food or call 0333 050 8812.

If you can donate food, clean carrier bags and/or other essentials, we take donations on Tuesdays and Fridays (including tomorrow!) between 12pm – 7pm at the Mildmay Club, 33-34 Newington Green.

A number of you have asked how you can support the work financially and we’ll be emailing you again very soon (sorry!) with a link to our crowdfunding page.

We will be contacting you for help with deliveries and packing but if you’re very keen to help and want to be first on the list please email food@newingtongreen.org.

Supporting our local care homes

We are frankly amazed by the work done by the 100+ care home workers in The Mildmays (the care homes on Mildmay Park and Mildmay Street). They are looking after almost 90 residents across numerous sites and are virus-free. (Anyone who has seen the news recently will know quite how rare that is.)

Over the past month, we have supplied them with handmade face masks (for their commute) as well as occasional baked goods. We have also purchased mobile phones and credit for fifteen residents who didn’t have a phone. But we want to do more!

Here are some ways in which you can get involved to support the Mildmay care homes:

  • In one home, many of the residents’ windows are facing a courtyard/car park. The lovely manager, Jakki, has agreed to grant access to any musicians willing to brighten the residents’ days. If you play a musical instrument and would like to perform for the care home residents, please email info@newingtongreen.org with the subject line “Music”.

  • We know many people are baking more than usual. If yotou are one of them, why not bake for Mildmay care homes? If you’re interested please email info@newingtongreen.org with the subject line “Treats”.

Laptop donations

With the lockdown ongoing and schools closed, much of the schooling has moved online. However, many young people do not have access to computers or tablets. While the government made a vague announcement last week about getting some tech to disadvantaged children throughout the country, it will not be providing them to every child who needs it. We have been sourcing tablets but we’ve now run out.

If you have a laptop or tablet that you are not using and could give away (even if it’s not running perfectly), please email info@newingtongreen.org with the subject line “Laptop”. We will have them wiped then we’ll distribute them to families in the area who need them to access online learning.

Supporting local businesses 

Great news! Two of our favourite independent restaurants Cérès and Oi Vita have reopened for delivery and collection. If you can, please support them.

To keep up-to-date with shop openings, you can always check out our Supporting Local Businesses page. Islington Council were impressed with our work so launched a similar site today. You can find that here.

Ok, that’s it for now! We’ll be in touch in the next couple of days to let you know how you can donate and to give you the details of an exciting mask/sewing project we started last week.

Please contact us on info@newingtongreen.org with any questions you might have.

Eid Mubarak to those of you celebrating!

Team NGAG


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