Coronavirus update, VE Day 2020, COVID-19 testing, May bank holiday refuse collection & more

VE Day 2020

    Marking victory in a national crisis

We’re calling on everyone to join in this Friday 8 May, as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe following World War ll. We may not be able to get together for the special VE Day bank holiday, but there are many ways we can join in spirit to mark the occasion and celebrate our community in our own time of national crises.



Week of activities leading to VE Day in Redbridge

Redbridge’s culture teams have lots of activities and events throughout the week leading up to VE Day, so people can join in celebrations safely from home and learn about the war and its impact on Redbridge.

Look out for new films from Redbridge Museum and Redbridge Drama Centre that will showcase different aspects of the war in the borough. Our libraries will also be hosting a range of online craft and activities themed on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), including songs, films and literature relating to World War II. 

► Read the full programme of events



Hunting out your bunting

The BBC is encouraging people across Britain to mark VE Day, express their pride in our country and to remember and honour the men and women of World War II, by asking people to get creative and make their own special ‘Great British Bunting’ to hang in their windows.

More on BBC Make a Difference

A moment of remembrance to honour lives lost

    At 11am on Friday 8 May, all communities are invited to pause for a two-minute silence outside their homes to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War II generation, and also take the opportunity to reflect on the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on so many lives across the world. 

This part of VE Day is a chance for people across all generations and communities to join in a national moment of reflection and remembrance. The circumstances today are different to those of 75 years ago, but the response of our communities remains the same: Be kind. Unite. We can, and we will, pull through this together.

Coronavirus testing

    Testing for coronavirus is being made available at mobile testing sites across London for those who are eligible. Testing is available by appointment only.


► Who can apply

Early May bank holiday rubbish collection dates

    Thank you to everyone for your support while our teams continue to collect rubbish.

May bank holiday service changes:

Normal collection date Revised collection date
Friday 8 May Monday 11 May
Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May
Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May
Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May
Thursday 14 May Friday 15 May
Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May

► More information about rubbish collections 

Keep an eye out for your vulnerable neighbour

    If you are concerned for the safety of a vulnerable adult who may have learning disabilities or mental health problems and could be being abused, please contact our First Contact Team on 020 8708 7333 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or email Adults Alert.

Report abuse of a vulnerable adult  

Don’t avoid hospital A&E in an emergency

    People are being urged not to avoid going to hospital because of coronavirus if they have a health emergency.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BRHUT), which manages our local hospitals is concerned that people may be avoiding coming to emergency departments due to their concerns about coronavirus. Hospitals have been set up to manage both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients, and BRHUT is stressing that people should visit hospital in an emergency to avoid risking their long-term health. 

► Read more about hospital services

If teenage anger turns to violence

    Arguments are a natural part of family life, and if tensions are mounting indoors, anger and frustration can be common from teenagers. However, it is not acceptable for your teenager to use aggression, threats or become violent towards you or their brothers or sisters.

If you’re concerned for yourself or your family, or know somebody else who may be fearful of their child, contact Reach Out for help and support on 0800 145 6410 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

► More on Reach Out

New virtual service for young people launches with Olympian and European boxing champion

    We’ve partnered with BoxUpCrime to launch a new virtual workout and telephone support service for children and young people aged from 8 to 17 years old

BoxUpCrime offer live weekly workouts and training videos via its Instagram account; as well as information and advice on how to prepare healthy meals, support with CV writing, and ideas on how to remain active and motivated at home. BoxUpCrime kick-started its live weekly workouts with European boxing champion, Lawrence Okolie, last Friday.

The team also offer daily telephone support and an advice hotline for children and young people in the borough who may be struggling at home during the lockdown. Children and young people can text, WhatsApp or call to chat with one of its qualified team members on 07903 101 748 (9am to 9pm).

► More on BoxUpCrime

Packed lunch service delivers for 1,700 children

    The council took early action to provide packed lunches to around 1,700 children who are entitled to free school meals, but who aren’t attending school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council, said: “It is so important that young people eat a healthy and balanced diet, especially while they’re still growing. While schools are closed for the majority of local children, we want to make sure those relying on school meals aren’t missing out.”

► More on school meals for eligible children

Police say thanks, and keep going!

    The Metropolitan Police Service has taken to social media to thank people for supporting the national fight against COVID-19 and reinforce the importance of social distancing, and continuing to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Its message is: “Keep going, it’s the only way we’ll defeat the disease and keep people safe.”

► Watch the #LondonTogether video

How has coronavirus affected you?

    Would you be interested in taking part in a study into the social and psychological effects of COVID-19?

The research by University College London will be used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness, and to inform Government advice and decisions.

The researchers are looking for adults who are happy to take part and spread the word. Participation involves answering a 10-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter follow-up survey once a week, whilst social isolation measures are in place.

► How to take part

Further advice and guidance

    Visit our coronavirus information hub for updates

► More about the virus: what you need to do

► NHS advice 

► Information on sick pay for those affected 

► COVID-19: stay at home guidance

► COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

► COVID-19: guidance for health professionals

► Information about housing

► What you need to know about benefits




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