Covid-19 Support

COVID-19 resources and services in your language

You can find guidance on COVID-19 in your chosen language and share them with your community. This also include support services available in community languages.

Doctors of the World: Coronavirus information

Latest government advice translated into 60 languages.

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults

Information for adults on COVID-19 vaccination in various languages. Scroll down to find other languages.

Waltham Forest advice and guidance

Click the link above to find local advice and guidance.

Get a test if you have symptoms (PCR tests)  

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, find out how to get a test. If you have any of these 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, use this service to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed

You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site.

*Find out what to do if you have COVID-19 or if you have symptoms of coronavirus.

Find where to get COVID-19 Self Tests to do at home if you have no symptoms

Rapid lateral flow tests are for people who do not have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. Click HERE and enter your postcode to find where to get home test kits.

Click HERE for more information about rapid tests and other ways to get tests.

If you do have coronavirus symptoms you need a PCR test. Book a test HERE.

How to do a COVID-19 Self Test at home

Watch a video where Dr Amir Khan shows you how to test yourself for coronavirus (COVID-19) using a self-test rapid antigen test kit, and how to read your result and report it to the NHS. Actual test kits may be a little different from the version used here, so please always check the instruction leaflet in your kit.

Community Help Network

Support for those self-isolating in Waltham Forest

Click HERE if you need to access food, prescriptions and other support.

Support with food or meals

Eat or Heat

The Food Bank may be able to help you through a difficult time by providing three days of free food, per week, for a limited period. You must have a referral.

Click HERE to find out who can help you.

Rukhsana Khan Foundation

Help for local families in Waltham Forest who would like meals delivered to their homes up to three times per week, or need to use a food bank.

If you or someone you know needs help, click HERE to fill in a form online. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Hornbeam Cafe

A Community Food Distribution Centre providing freshly cooked nutritious ready meals on a pay as you feel basis. 

Cafe hours for collecting meals 12 – 3 pm.

Phone: 07492915531


Al-Fath Trust

2 course meal twice a week (Mondays & Thursdays) for the homeless and people with low income.

Address: 37 Palmerston Road, London E17 6PR


PL84U Al-Suffah

COVID-19 Food Bank serving the community of all faiths and beliefs in Waltham Forest with food parcels.

Address: 14th Walthamstow Scouts Group, 205A Wood Street, London E17 3NU

Phone: 07539 364110


Befriending Services

If you’re feeling lonely and would like to talk to someone.

Age UK Waltham Forest

Age UK Waltham Forest’s befriending service is open to older people aged 60 and above who live alone and feel lonely. A volunteer will visit you once a week for an hour or so for a chat, for 6 months (or phone you during COVID-19).

If you, or someone you know, is interested in receiving this service, please contact Age UK Waltham Forest.

Phone: 0208 558 5512


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