Below is a collection of creative resources for you to explore whilst at home and details of recovery and mental health support networks that continue to function over the phone & digitally.
We will be updating this page with exciting ways to flex your creativity and stay connected, so check back for new links in the coming days. If you know of anything that is not listed here and you think it would be useful to share, please email email@example.com, we would love to hear from you.
In the meantime, stay creative and keep connected!
2 weeks of free creative activities to do at home from March 26th.
**NEW** Fallen Angels Dance Theatre
Weekly YouTube classes from a recovery specialist dance company that use ballet exercises to combat stress.
Free Globe Player releases, Shakespeare filled movie nights, from Monday 6 April, we’ll be releasing six free Globe Player films, one on rotation every two weeks, including: Hamlet (2018), Romeo and Juliet (2009), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2018), plus two previously unreleased titles The Winter’s Tale (2018) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019).
Starting on Tuesday 24th March, High Tide will share out 40 simple standalone playwriting tasks, the traditional period of a quarantine.
Playwriting with Tom Wells- Free writing exercises to try at home.
Every Thursday in April watch a beloved National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on YouTube for seven days.
Each Wednesday during the coronavirus shutdown, NHB is making one play available for free, and inviting everyone who reads it to send in a question for the writer.
Daily new ideas shared about how to keep creative during social distancing.
Stress reduction classes and courses online, live, in real time, together.
The Royal Opera House will be offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural insights that get under the skin of both ballet and opera and offer everyone a unique look behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous cultural institutions.
RSC will be broadcasting six of their plays on the BBC between now and September.
Festival of short events that people can enjoy from their home.
Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass *Online* Script Sessions , starting Thursday 9 April (11.30am – 12.30pm)
Free online singing event that aims to bring people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.
Article about where you can stream free theatre to your home.
Recovery Resources from OETC’s Treatment Partners
Includes links to videos and information to access an online evidence-based recovery support programme (www.breakingfreeonline.com)
A newsletter from DAWS outlining wellbeing support and recovery support services in Hammersmith & Fulham, The City of Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, including Zoom chats and coffee mornings.
Recovery & Mental Health Support
Resources to help LGBT service users make changes from home, support yourself at difficult times, and links to Antidote’s drug & alcohol harm reduction information, including advice on chemsex and hook-ups during lockdown.
The Angelou Partnership – Phone: 0808 801 0660 (Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm & Wednesdays: 6pm – 9pm) 0208 741 7008 (Mondays to Fridays: 10am – 6pm &
Thurs 10am – 9pm)
Angelou can provide support if you have been subjected to domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, forced marriage, so called honour-based violence, female genital mutilation and child exploitation. It provides specialist support to the Black, Minority and Ethnic and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.
Anxiety UK – Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Daily telephone support for people struggling with their substance use and/or recovery during social isolation.
CALM -Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
NHS guidance and exercises to help with mental wellbeing while staying at home and anxiety during times of uncertainty.
Family Lives – Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm)
Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying.
**NEW** London Friend
Wellbeing support for the LGBT community, including free 1:1 support and Lockdown Remedy Group (a safe and confidential space to share your experiences of isolation, with a focus on general wellbeing and mental health).
Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327 (Mon and Weds, 9am–8pm; Tues, Thurs and Fri, 9am–5pm) or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Web chat service also available)
Men’s Advice Line is a team of friendly Advisors who will listen and believe you, offer you non-judgmental support, practical advice and information. Focus is to increase the safety of men experiencing domestic abuse (and the safety of any children).
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Mind – Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight)
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – Phone 0808 2000 247 available 24 hrs a day on .
Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight)
No Panic Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
OCD Action Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
OCD UK Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing, which includes links to NHS exercise videos, mental health resources and practical advice for people with existing mental health problems.
Providing a range of online educational courses and resources to people with experience of mental illness, from service users to their family, friends and staff.
Daily meetings accessible via computer, smartphone, or dial-in. Together we meditate, study Buddhist teachings, and support each other on our paths to sobriety and peace;
Refuge – Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Rethink Mental Illness– Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Samaritans – Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
SANE- SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
Online SMART Recovery meetings
12 Online Recovery Meetings & Groups You’ll Want to Check Out
Women’s Aid Instant messaging service (Mon–Fri, 10am–12pm), email support (response within 5 days), a survivor’s handbook (to get help on housing, safety planning, dealing with police and more) and a community of survivor’s forum.
Local Community Support (H&F, Westminster, RBKC)
Fulham Good Neighbours will continue to help out with essential tasks e.g. emergency shopping, food bank deliveries, prescriptions collections. Which task is essential will be judged on a case by case basis. If you require this help or if we can be of any support to you at all, please contact us via email@example.com or on 020 7385 8850.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has launched the H&F CAN hotline and email to support vulnerable residents through the coronavirus pandemic. The freephone 0800 145 6095 and email firstname.lastname@example.org will be staffed seven days a week from 9am to 7pm, offering urgent food deliveries and support for those suffering from loneliness or isolation.
If you are an individual enquiring about our COVID19 Relief – Free Meal Delivery Service then you can refer yourself or a friend via the following link. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here.
The hub will also be able to signpost and refer people to support who are not part of the NHS list but who do not have easy access to support and are vulnerable. The hub will be able to direct people to the incredible local support on offer. We are working with our Voluntary and Community Sector partners to do this. You can contact the Covid-19 Hub by email at C19Hub@rbkc.gov.uk or call our dedicated line on 020 7361 4326. Please note the Covid-19 Hub operating hours are: 9am-5pm, 7 days a week.
A new helpline phone number for vulnerable Westminster residents, which also offers support in community languages, has now been set up by Westminster City Council on: 020 7641 1222. People can phone the number or register online here.