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Information for Greenwich Residents - 18.05.21

Sent on behalf of:

Abu Bah - Engagement Lead, Thamesmead Moorings
Khadijah Ahmed, Engagement Lead, Plumstead and Glyndon
Philip Connolly, Engagement Lead, Charlton
Rahman Famuditimi – Engagement Lead, Woolwich Common
Abu Siddiki – Engagement Lead, Woolwich Riverside
Louise Botfield – Engagement Lead, Sutcliffe Park (Page Estate)

Brenda Mason – Engagement Lead, Greenwich Peninsula (Caletock & Flamsteed Estates)

We hope that you’re finding these weekly updates helpful. Some of the information included, around how to stay safe, where to get tested, and the support available, will be similar every week. However, each update will also include a different ‘hot topic’ which will be relevant to the current situation, plus an updated statistic for the local Greenwich area. 

would really like to encourage you to share the following information through:

  1. friends or family who live in your area
  2. local networks
  3. neighbour or community groups you may be members of
  4. with people who you come into regular contact with through your work or local groups

If you haven’t already, it would be really helpful if you could take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey, which allows us to understand how widely this Community Update is being used, and whether it is reaching everyone it needs to. Click here to access the short survey.

KEY MESSAGES 18/05/2021


77 confirmed new cases of coronavirus in Greenwich

Cases are still increasing, so now we’re in step 3 of restrictions easing, and with the Indian variant, we need to be extra careful and follow the social distancing guidelines to make sure this number doesn’t continue to increase.

2 people are in hospital right now in Greenwich because of coronavirus.

This is a low number, which is great. To keep this low, please follow social distancing guidelines, and get your vaccine when offered. The vaccine greatly reduces the risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus.


Step 3 of restrictions easing –
remember Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air

Restrictions have been eased following the move to step 3, including the opening of indoor restaurants, pubs and cafes, entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and museums and outdoor gatherings can now include up to 30 people. Up to 6 people from different households can also now meet inside. Please see the helpful image below for more information:



However we must continue to be cautious to protect ourselves and others, especially with the rise in cases of the Indian variant. The Indian variant is thought to be more transmissible, meaning it spreads more easily from person to person than other variants.

Please keep practising ‘Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air’ – wash or sanitise your hands regularly, wear a face covering when in enclosed spaces such as public transport and shops, stay 2 metres from others, and try to meet in the fresh air as much as possible, even with indoor venues opening.

If you show any symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, your sense of taste or smell), however mild, please get a test immediately. If you test positive, please self-isolate to help reduce the spread.

There’s no reason to think that the covid-19 vaccine is not effective against the Indian variant, therefore it’s very important to take up your vaccine when you are invited. The vaccine is safe and effective and gives you the best protection against COVID-19. For more information visit

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Dementia Action Week

Did you know, 600 people are diagnosed with dementia each day in the UK, and there are almost 3,000 Royal Greenwich residents living with dementia? This Dementia Action Week (17 to 23 May) take some time to learn more about dementia and find out what you and your communities can do to make your spaces more dementia-inclusive.

Dementia Hub is the place to go for information, support, news and resources. Why not also join our online event (Wednesday 19 May, 2 to 3.30pm on Zoom), in which you’ll hear from people with lived experiences of dementia. You’ll learn about what communities and organisations within Royal Greenwich have done to make their spaces, work and services more dementia-inclusive.

Find out about the All Aboard project for people living with dementia and join activities run by the National Maritime Museum.
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Support if you’ve lost someone to coronavirus

Most people experience grief when they lose someone important to them. It affects everyone differently. There's no right or wrong way to feel.

Changes have been made to several services, including end of life and palliative care, as well as funeral arrangements.

You may feel that you need some extra help and support during this time. There are local places that can help, such as Greenwich Cruse Bereavement Centre, Greenwich and Bexley Hospice as well as national helplines such as Samaritans and Sudden.  

Live Well Greenwich has lots of helpful links that can hopefully help you during this difficult time.

 Getting tested for coronavirus

1 in 3 people have coronavirus without knowing, so to reduce the spread, you can now get tested whether you have symptoms or not. The more people that get tested, the more we can prevent the spread of this virus.

Rapid test (LFD test)
If you don’t have symptoms, you can get a rapid test. Anyone can get one of these. If you have to leave your home regularly, it’s recommended you get a rapid test 2-3 times a week. It only takes 5 mins and results are emailed to you in 30 mins. Visit to book.

Test if you have symptoms (PCR test)
If you have coronavirus symptoms (fever, new continuous cough or a loss of sense of smell or taste), no matter how mild, get a test. These tests can only be taken if you have symptoms and it takes a bit longer for you to get the results – usually a few days.

Booking is essential. Order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site. Go to, or call 119.

Please see below for information on where you can get both types of coronavirus tests in the borough:

Test centres if you have symptoms

Test centres if you don’t have symptoms

02 North Greenwich,
SE10 – car only

Daniel Defoe Hall, Greenwich Uni,

Charlton Athletic Football Club,
SE7 – car only

Eltham Centre, Eltham


University of Greenwich, Avery Hill Road,
SE9 – foot only

Charlton Athletic Football Club,

Abery St, Plumstead,
SE18 – foot only

Waterfront Leisure Centre, Woolwich,

De Vere Devonport House Car Park,
SE10 – foot only

Princess Alice Pub, Thamesmead,


Testing is NOT available at the Emergency Department at the hospital or at your GP practice, so please do not attend here trying to get a test.

Support if you test positive and have to self-isolate

No single person or group of people are more likely than others to catch or spread Coronavirus. You or someone close to may have been unwell with Covid or you may well know someone who has. It’s a very infectious illness affecting so many and there is absolutely no shame to anyone testing positive. The most important thing is to make sure you stay as well as you can, if you do get it, and that you don’t pass it on to anyone else.

If your test result is positive, you and your household will need to stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days. This is important to stop the virus spreading and keep your community safe.

This can be stressful and worrying when you need to go to work. If you are unable to claim sick-pay from your employer and are a low income household, a one-off £500 payment may be available from the Government to support you and your family during these 10 days. Find out if you are eligible to apply for this payment or call 0800 470 4831 to talk to a friendly, local advisor from the Live Well Greenwich Community Hub.

 Training available

If you’re interested in helping your community through volunteering, a short training is available to introduce and prepare volunteers for the role of Neighbourhood Champion. This is an opportunity to learn, ask questions, share information and practice.

For more information, please email

If you think it would be helpful to share these messages via WhatsApp or text message, we have a shorter version available for this purpose. If you would like this, please let us know your mobile number and we can share this with you for you to forward on – please email directly with this information.

The community working in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Public Health.