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Libraries offering rapid testing kits to take at home

Rapid testing kits that take less than 30 minutes can be picked up at local libraries, as well as pharmacies. A number of libraries have joined the fight against COVID-19 by offering rapid testing kits for residents to pick up and take at home from Monday, 26 July. One in three people with COVID-19 do […]

Helping you get into work

We know many Ealing residents have been impacted by the pandemic with a lot of you having to deal with losing a job, having hours reduced, being placed on furlough or even made redundant. Together with local partners and employers, we are working hard to help residents, particularly those at a disadvantage, get into good […]

Remain cautious despite end to legal restrictions

Legal restrictions for COVID-19 are lifted next Monday. Ealing and the rest of England will move in to step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, 19 July at 12.01am. Whilst many of the legal restriction that the government put in during lockdown will be lifted, residents are reminded to remain cautious as […]

Local pharmacies handing out the vaccine

A number of local pharmacies have begun to hand out coronavirus jabs, with additional pop-up vaccination dates being announced across the borough. Pop-up vaccination centres have proved to be very popular with residents. The best way of staying safe against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and to continue to get tested regularly, so you know if […]

Rapid tests from pharmacies

Rapid tests are available from pharmacies, because testing is key to reducing the spread of the virus. One in three people with COVID-19 do not display any symptoms and this can mean that the virus is spread to other people, including people you live with. Residents are encouraged to pick up rapid tests from selected […]

Pop ups in Acton and walk-ups for over 18s

Additional pop up coronavirus vaccination dates have been confirmed in Acton and Southall. Pop-up vaccinations centres have proved to be very popular with residents. and you do not need to have ID or an NHS number. First or second doses of the vaccine are now available at: The Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall, UB2 […]

18+ this weekend get your vaccine

This weekend residents that are 18 years of age or older can get their first vaccine jab in Southall. The council and NHS have worked closely to organise an additional two pop-up vaccination dates this weekend at the Dominion Centre in Southall, where residents can get their first or second doses of the vaccine: Friday, […]

Restrictions remain in Ealing

Yesterday the government announced that the easing of restrictions will not be going ahead on 21 June. Earlier this year the government set out a roadmap out of lockdown. England is currently in step 3 and will remain so until 19 July. This means that much of the high street and leisure centres will remain […]

Almost 50,000 doses since late May

Residents in the borough have been stepping up and getting their doses of the vaccine. In total, 311,974 jabs – first or second – have been administered so far. Surge testing and vaccinations were announced in Ealing because of an increase in the Delta variant of concern from May 24. Residents were asked to take […]

Love Ealing, Love Local

With the easing of lockdown restrictions hopefully on the horizon, people will soon be able to get back to doing the things they love and have missed.  And Ealing’s businesses are here to help. Whether its celebrating special occasions, meeting up with friends and loved ones, or having a wardrobe refresh, Ealing is full of […]

Supporting local business

The council has been on hand helping businesses throughout the pandemic with financial support and operational guidance as well as supporting the borough-wide high street taskforce to help local business recover and bounce back from the economic challenges. Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic the council’s finance team have paid £131.619 million in awards, with […]

CAPE excited to be open again and looking for help

It was described as being ‘like a new beginning’ as a local charity CAPE, which has an important role in the community, was able to reopen its shop and the borough’s high streets emerged from the latest lockdown. CAPE is a small charity that provides vital mental health services for Ealing residents, through one-to-one psychological […]

Free race place if you help The Store Cupboard

Are you considering taking part in this year’s Ealing Half Marathon? Or looking for a good cause to support, or keen to help others in the community? Well, there is a great way you can do both. The Store Cupboard is an affordable food shop in Ealing set up by volunteers of The William Hobbayne […]

Latest on COVID-19, lockdown and final video

This will be my final video update as the leader of Ealing Council, but before I speak about that I want to give you the latest on COVID-19, the Indian variant and Monday’s further release from lockdown says Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, in his latest video. The current rate of COVID-19 cases in […]

Step 3 out of lockdown

The government’s next step out of lockdown starts this coming Monday (17 May). The easing of restrictions will see much of the high street and leisure reopen, as well as residents being able to meet family and friends indoors. Up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors.  Indoor dining can resume in pubs […]

Readers are returning to Ealing’s libraries

Visitors are gradually returning to the borough’s libraries since they re-opened last month with a limited service, in line with COVID-19 government guidelines. The doors reopened to residents in April at Northolt Leisure Centre Library; Southall Library at the Dominion Centre; and Jubilee Gardens Library, in Southall; as well as the library inside the Everyone […]

40+? Get your vaccine. Get tested and answering your COVID-19 questions

Residents that are 40 years of age or above can now book their first jab. You can now walk up to a centre in north west London and get your first vaccine. There is no need to book an appointment at a mass vaccination centre for your first vaccine if you fall into the categories of people able […]

Free webinar to help local hospitality businesses reopen

The government’s plan to gradually ease lockdown restrictions means that indoor hospitality can reopen on 17 May at the earliest. To help hospitality businesses prepare for re-opening indoors the council’s regulatory services is holding a second free webinar on Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions and Reopening Businesses on Tuesday, 11 May at 11am. About the webinar […]

Next vaccine stop, Southall

Residents can walk up and get their first dose of the vaccine at a vaccination double decker bus that will stop in Southall next week. On Friday, 30 April residents will be able to walk-in and get their vaccination on a bus which will be parked at the Park Avenue Gurdwara in Southall Date: Friday, […]

Get it done – Say yes to the vaccine

Residents are now able to walk up to a centre in North West London and get their vaccine if they are are eligible to get the jab. There is no need to book an appointment at a mass vaccination centre for your first vaccine if you fall in to the categories of people able to […]

COVID-19 stewards on Ealing’s high streets

As restrictions ease and businesses reopen, as part of the government’s Spring 2021 Roadmap, the council’s COVID-19 stewards are continuing to visit Ealing’s high streets and public spaces. They are on hand to give advice and support to businesses and residents about COVID-19 rules, helping to keep Ealing safe and reduce the spread of the […]

Welcome back to Ealing’s high streets

Desperate for that hair cut? Can’t wait for a pint in a beer garden? Wardrobe in need of a spring clean? As restrictions begin to ease, Ealing residents can once again head out to support their favourite local businesses. The change is part of Step 2 of the government’s Spring 2021 roadmap to ease national […]

Welcome back to London Aesthetic Beauty

Located on Southall Broadway, London Aesthetic Beauty first opened its doors in 2019. Owned and managed by Naushaba Khurram, who has more than 15 year’s experience in the personal care and beauty industry. We met up with Naushaba as part of our Welcome Back campaign to find out more about her business and the measures […]

Welcome back to Javi Nails

Javi Nails has been operating in Southall since 2008. Run by local resident Van Dao, Javi Nails specialises in nail and foot spa treatments including manicures and pedicures. As part of our welcome back campaign, Van Dao told us more about his local business and the impact of the pandemic. Tell us about Javi Nails […]

Welcome back to MOOCH

MOOCH is an independently owned gift and card shop on Northfield Avenue, established by Ealing residents, Sandra O’Connell and Evelyn O’Flaherty, in 2016. As part of our Welcome Back campaign, they tell us more about their business and how they are weathering the pandemic. Tell us about how MOOCH came about We both had artisan market […]

A new chapter for Ealing libraries – welcome back

A number of the borough’s libraries are set to welcome back visitors from Monday 12 April, after months of being closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Northolt Leisure Centre Library, Southall Library in the Dominion Centre, Jubilee Gardens Library, as well as the Acton Town library within the Everyone Active Acton Centre will re-open […]

Welcome back to the Plough in Norwood Green

The Plough in Norwood Green is a grade II listed building and known to be Fuller’s oldest pub. Ushma Patel and Derek O’Brien, who took over as landlords in 2009, tell us how they’ve managed through the coronavirus pandemic. Tell us about the Plough We are a small family run Community pub.  People describe us as a […]

Welcome back to Tiramisu Café

Nestled in St. Mary’s Road in central Ealing, Tiramisu Café has been in businesses since October 2015.  Owners, Martine and Marco tell us more about the their business and their connection to the community. Tell us about your business We are a small independent, French/Italian family run café serving fresh homemade food including cooked breakfasts, […]

Welcome Back to Yoga West, Acton

Opening in 2012, Yoga West is a community yoga studio serving the communities of Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Shepherds Bush. The studio offers yoga, meditation and Pilates classes and regular yoga and meditation beginners’ courses and workshops. As well as offering in studio classes, they also offer livestream classes and have a library of pre-recorded […]

Making it easy to get tested regularly

Residents are encouraged to get tested regularly for COVID-19 to make sure they keep themselves and their loved ones safe, as well as help to drive down coronavirus rates. It is important to get tested, even if you have no symptoms, to help to prevent transmission onto others, including those who may be more vulnerable. […]

Your photos – and donations – needed at Pitzhanger

Have you taken any photos of your life in the lockdowns? Whether clapping for the NHS, queuing socially distanced, volunteering in the community, wearing masks, making rainbow displays, working at home, home schooling, meeting loved ones online, or going on walks for some fresh air; many facets of the pandemic became part of everyday life […]

Free webinar to help local businesses reopen

The government’s plan to gradually ease lockdown restrictions means that non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality, personal care and other sectors could be permitted to reopen on 12 April. To help businesses prepare for re-opening the council’s regulatory services is holding a free webinar on ‘Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions and Reopening Businesses‘ on Tuesday, 6 April at […]

Second vaccine and update on enhanced testing

More than 120,000 vaccines have been given in the borough and those who were among the lucky first are now receiving a second vaccine. It is important to have both doses of the vaccine to ensure you have the maximum level of protection from COVID-19. When will I have my second vaccine? If your GP […]

Updated guidance for vulnerable residents

Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) residents who have been shielding since lockdown was announced, are advised to stop shielding from 1 April. However, they should still take extra precautions to protect themselves.   From 1 April CEV residents are advised to: Continue to work from home if possible Take precautionary steps to minimise any risk when […]

Vaccination is vital

Last Friday I had my COVID-19 vaccination and afterwards I had a very minor ache in my arm that many people report, I also had mild flu like symptoms for a couple of days which were dealt with by taking paracetamols but which didn’t stop me doing the things I needed to do. All in […]

A year of COVID-19

The coronavirus has touched all our lives these past 12 months. As you can see in the video above, and in the new infographic we have created to capture some of the numbers behind it all, it has been an extraordinary year. COVID-19 has taken a terrible toll on our borough, like it has across […]

Book your vaccine if you are a carer or get free flu jabs

If you are aged 50 or older and were eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine this winter; or if you are the main carer for an older or vulnerable person; you can now book your first COVID-19 vaccination. This vaccination booking service is for healthcare workers, social care workers and adult carers who live […]

Having my vaccine as borough hits milestone

I am stood outside Ealing’s mass vaccination centre at CP House on the Uxbridge Road in Ealing excited by two events that are going to happen today, says Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council in his latest video (above). Firstly, in just a couple of minutes, I am going inside to have my first dose […]

100,000 vaccine doses in Ealing

The borough is celebrating a huge milestone, with 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered to residents. The NHS started giving the vaccine to local people in order of priority back in December. Since then, many residents have been saying yes to the vaccine and have had their jab at one of the borough’s vaccination […]

Work opportunities for young people

Thousands of young people have been furloughed or lost their jobs during the pandemic. There are already more than 800,000 under-24-year-olds on Universal Credit. As a result, work opportunities for young people are much needed. Here we present you with a couple work opportunities, you might be interested in. Kickstart scheme A national Kickstart work […]

The roadmap out of lockdown

This coming Monday 8 March sees the first step in the roadmap out of lockdown with the return to school of children in the borough. Our case rates are thankfully still coming down and for the week ending 28 February Ealing has 100 cases per 100,000 population. We are unfortunately still the highest in London […]

Census 2021 is coming

The census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport. The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales and provides the most detailed information […]

Bikes ride Messa family to success despite lockdown

From selling bikes during the lockdown from their garden, to a shiny new showroom in central Ealing, the Messa family has taken an unconventional route to business success. And it has provided them with the belief that offering a personal touch could lead to ‘shopping local’ becoming an established trend as the country looks forward […]

Get tested and drive down COVID-19 rates

As you may have seen in the media, says Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council in his latest video (above), residents are being asked to get tested over the next month to help drive down the borough’s COVID-19 rates and identify people with the South African variant, after a small number of people have tested […]

Caring by sharing key COVID-19 messages

Residents are helping to tackle the virus by sharing messages encouraging them to stay safe, and to get vaccinated when it is their turn. It is important we all stay up to date on the main messaging around COVID-19 so we can keep our loved ones safe. And residents who want to share important COVID-19 […]

Ealing businesses invited to apply for grant funding

From Friday, 26 February, businesses in Ealing can submit an application for up to £25,000 of funding from one of three business grants.     These include: the aviation sector grant the cultural sector grant the COVID hardship grant The grants are part of the government’s additional restrictions grant scheme, a discretionary fund awarded to the […]

Making our high streets great again

It is no secret that high streets across the country have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In Ealing, the High Streets Taskforce has been working to find ways to support local businesses to survive – and prepare to bounce back.      At the helm of the council-backed taskforce is John Martin of John […]

Residents urged to get a test

Residents are being urged to get a test over the next month to help drive down the borough’s COVID-19 rates and identify people with the South African variant. In parts of our borough, and in other parts of London, a small number of people with South African variant have been identified. These people had no […]

Covid-19 cases falling – but remain high in Ealing

For the week ending 14 February the number of Covid-19 cases in Ealing was 180 per 100,000 of population – that is a 38% reduction from the previous week. We still however have the highest number of cases in London and are well above the national average. Within the borough we continue to see the […]

Thank you W7 and W13

Residents in W7 and W13 have been thanked for their ‘amazing community spirit’ in helping the council to carry out enhanced testing for the South African variant of COVID-19. A total of 8,968 COVID-19 tests have been completed and returned for testing. Any samples found to be positive for coronavirus by NHS Test and Trace […]

The Easy Project: Helping young people overcome substance misuse

The EASY Project is a free and confidential service to help young people with personal substance misuse problems – providing one-to-one support that you can have easily via a webchat or on the phone. How to get help Webchat: Speak to a member of the EASY online team Phone: 020 8567 4772 (If you do ring […]

More grants available for struggling businesses in Ealing

Businesses in Ealing will shortly be able to begin applying for three grants to help offset the financial burden caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The first applications to open will be the covid hardship, aviation sector and culture sector grants on 26 February, other schemes will follow shortly after. The grants are part of the […]

Crowd funding puts osteopath back in business

Despite being permitted to open during the coronavirus pandemic, a local osteopath still feared for her clinic – and then found the crisis actually created some additional customers. Health in Motion, in Pitshanger Lane in Ealing, chose to close back in March 2020, while its leader/owner Lola Phillips sought ways to ensure patient and employee […]

Door-to-door home testing

On Monday I visited the Dean Gardens mobile testing unit for the South African COVID variant with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council in his latest video (above). We were also able to see and hear from the team delivering door-to-door home testing kits for the variant. Despite […]

Helping Ealing dance through lockdown

While many business activities slowed down or came to halt in the coronavirus pandemic, the start of the outbreak could not stop a local studio from sharing a love of dance with the whole community. Based in Pitshanger Lane in Ealing for the past 10 years, Innovation Dance Studio shut its doors prior to government […]

A new vaccination centre to help fight COVID-19

A new vaccination centre opened in Ealing this week as part of the fight against COVID-19. The new centre, which opened at CP House on Uxbridge Road on Tuesday (2 February), will mean that there is more capacity to vaccinate residents. It will help add to the number of people who can be vaccinated each […]

10,000 tests in Hanwell and West Ealing

On Monday we heard the news that Hanwell and West Ealing was one of just a handful of places in the country where a case of the South African variant of COVID-19 had been detected and that there was no direct connection between this case and travel to South Africa. In order to try and […]

Live meeting for residents in Hanwell and West Ealing

**The event is now oversubscribed and we are unable to accept any further new registrations. You can watch it live on YouTube Live Stream at 7.30pm.** A public online Zoom meeting for residents or workers in parts of Hanwell and West Ealing targeted for additional testing for the South African variant of COVID-19 will take place on […]

How we are tackling the COVID-19 variant

As you may well have seen on the news, Ealing Council is responding to the detection of a case of the South African variant of COVID-19 that has been identified in the West Ealing and Hanwell areas, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest video message (above and blog). The government has informed us […]

Urge to get tested after COVID-19 strain found

Ealing Council is asking residents living and working in parts of Hanwell and West Ealing to get a COVID-19 test, whether they have symptoms or not, after a local resident tested positive for the South African strain of the virus. The individual is understood to have been tested for the virus at the end of […]

COVID-19 is a deadly killer

This last week I have had a number of really sad and difficult conversations with friends who have lost family members to COVID-19 including those in the prime of their life in their 40s. This serves to remind us all that this disease is a deadly killer and we should not drop our guard against […]

Numbers worryingly high but coming down

In Ealing the COVID-19 infection numbers have gone down in the last week but are still worryingly high, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest video (above). For the week ending 17 January the rate in our borough is 859 per 100,000, a 20% fall from over 1,000 the week before putting us 5th […]

NHS staff exempt from LTN enforcement for home vaccinations

NHS staff visiting residents in their homes to administer the COVID-19 vaccine will be exempt from enforcement of Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) measures, Ealing Council has confirmed. NHS staff administering home visit vaccinations who are required to enter LTN sites in the borough should email entering ‘Key Worker’ in the subject heading. They should […]

Lessons on offer to help pupils keep up with work

The latest lockdown has brought with it all kinds of pressures we would not normally have to deal with – one of which is home schooling, which many of us are grappling with. But, fear not, some extra help is at hand with local, online catch-up lessons. Local charity Znaniye Foundation received funding last year […]

COVID-19 infection pass 1,000 cases per 100,000

In Ealing the COVID-19 infection numbers have gone up again in the last week worryingly passing the 1,000 cases per 100,000 of population mark for the first time, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest video update (above). For the week ending 10 January the rate in our borough is 1,072.5 per 100,000, a […]

National census 2021 – be part of history

This year will see a once-in-a-decade event, as the national census comes to your door. The questions it will ask you are simple, but they will help to inform decisions on the services our local area – and the country – needs. The census takes place every 10 years. The last was carried out in […]

An alarming increase in COVID-19 case numbers

This week in the light of the government’s decision to reintroduce a lockdown across the country from 4 January and the highly alarming increase in COVID-19 case numbers that we are seeing both in Ealing and across the capital, I have spoken with and written to faith leaders about what more we can all do […]

Local businesses must follow COVID-19 rules

Local businesses are being reminded to follow the government’s COVID-19 rules at all times as we all try to help stop the spread of the virus, protect vulnerable people in our communities and support the NHS. Ealing Council enforcement officers and COVID-19 stewards are working with the police to visit businesses in the borough to […]

Lockdown 3 to fight surge in virus cases

Last night (Monday, 4 January), the Prime Minister announced that the country must go into lockdown to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 hospital admissions. In his latest coronavirus update message (above as a video, and below as text), council leader Julian Bell explains what you can and cannot now […]

National lockdown now in place in Ealing

The government has announced an immediate national lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19, with rates rising across London and the UK.  From 12.01am on Wednesday (6 January), the national lockdown comes into law. Residents are advised to follow the lockdown guidance immediately, meaning that you should stay at home and only leave home for […]

Free COVID-19 test for residents without symptoms

Residents can now get a free coronavirus test in Ealing, even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. One in three people with COVID-19 do not display any symptoms. This shows the importance of a test to make sure that you are not carrying the virus that could be passed on to other people including […]

Businesses face new restrictions in lockdown

As part of national lockdown requirements that come into effect from 12.01am on Wednesday (6 January), certain businesses must close or severely restrict their activities as part of efforts to limit contacts between people to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The following businesses and venues may remain open providing they follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect […]

Delayed return for schools this new year

This year has been hard for everyone and huge sacrifices have been made by us all. I want to say thank you for the effort residents have made in coming together to support each other and for following public health guidance. This is something we will need to continue to do over the coming weeks […]

Local business finds a unique way to support other local businesses

A local dance academy in Ealing, has found their own unique way of supporting other businesses in the run up to Christmas. Being aware of the impact of COVID-19 on many businesses, Aretha Marques, artistic director of SA Dance wanted to do something to help. Aretha came up with the idea of 12 Days of […]

‘New chapter for us all’ as vaccine is given

The NHS started to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine in Ealing last Friday (including the first patient), in line with the government’s priority list of who will get it first.  Some of those among the first 900 people to receive the vaccine in Ealing were care workers, doctors, and nurses, who have been on the front line tackling the virus since March.   Romesh Bhatt […]

Why is self-isolation so important?

As we approach the first winter with coronavirus, self-isolation is one of the most important things we can do to break the chain of infection. Self-isolation means staying at home and completely avoiding contact with other people. By self-isolating, you are not only protecting yourself, you are also protecting those around you. Do I need […]

Christmas 2020 is unlike any other

Christmas 2020 will not be as we’ve known it before, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest video update (above). Like other religious festivals in 2020, we’re not going to be able to celebrate it in the way that we would have liked. The new COVID variant has put us in Tier 4 and […]

Keeping older people safe from financial abuse

Financial abuse of older people is a serious and growing problem. Many vulnerable older people are dependent upon others – family, friends or others – to help them manage their day-to-day activities. Sadly, in some cases their trust is abused, putting them at risk of harm. During the pandemic, and throughout the winter months, people […]

Ruy is first as vaccine arrives in Ealing

Today (Friday), the NHS started to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine in Ealing, in line with the government’s priority list of which people will get it first. The first patient (pictured) to receive the vaccine in Ealing today (Friday) was Ruy Silva, 88. It was administered by nurse Julie Belton, and you can see the moment captured in […]

Tier 3 and a reminder we need a cautious Christmas

A lot has happened over the last week since I last updated you, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest video message (above). What seemed to be a north east London problem of high rates of COVID infections has rapidly changed into a London-wide, exponential surge in COVID cases that has resulted in London, […]

How to keep the most vulnerable safe this Christmas

UPDATE: From 20 December, the whole of London moved into Tier 4 COVID-19 restrictions. The previous relaxation of rules over Christmas no longer applies and you must not mix with other households or form Christmas bubbles, but support bubbles remain in place. Ealing and London have moved into Tier 3, the toughest of COVID-19 restrictions, […]

Families on low incomes to get special COVID-19 winter grant

Ealing families on low incomes and vulnerable households will get a helping hand this winter in the form of special vouchers and grants to help with food and other essentials. Government has made £170m in extra funding available to councils so they can support local people in need. Ealing’s share of this is £1,068,982. The […]

Vaccination process will take months not weeks

This week has seen the historic moment when the first people were given the COVID-19 vaccine, (says Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council in his latest video above). Nobody in Ealing is yet to receive the vaccine, but that should happen hopefully in the next week. As I said last week, this mass vaccination process […]

Don’t bring COVID home with you this Christmas

Residents are being urged to be extra vigilant and not bring COVID-19 home as they return to local shops, pubs and restaurants this Christmas. London now has the highest COVID-19 infection rate in England, according to the weekly surveillance survey by Public Health England. This follows a slight drop in case rates in the past […]

Hundreds go the distance to raise money for foodbank

More than 500 runners and walkers took up the challenge of raising money for Ealing Foodbank during a virtual 10K event. As we reported, Ealing Half Marathon Legacy (EHM Legacy), the community interest company behind Ealing Half Marathon, organised the challenge as a replacement for the Osterley Park 10K race – which had to be […]

10 signs a business is keeping you safe

Supporting local businesses has never been more important, but it can be confusing to know if a business is doing their part to keep you safe.   Since June, Ealing Council has been working closely with businesses to advise them on the COVID-19 regulations and the extra sector-specific steps they need to take to become […]

Finding Solace despite mental health challenges

Facing loneliness and other mental health challenges is always difficult. But this year’s pandemic and lockdowns have made it much harder. Christmas can also be an especially tough time, when loneliness can feel particularly pronounced. But a local service has offered a lifeline throughout it all. The Solace Centre, part of Equinox Care, helps to […]

Second national lockdown showing fall in cases

The good news is that the sacrifice of the second national lockdown is bringing forth fruit, showing a continued fall in cases in Ealing and right across London, including the north east of London, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest video (above). So, for the week up to 29 November, the infection rate […]

Leisure centres reopen

Leisure centres in Ealing have reopened following changes in COVID-19 restrictions in London.  Everyone Active centres in Ealing managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Ealing Council, have reopened their doors today following a month’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government has confirmed all leisure centres across all tiers […]

COVID-19 breaches force venues to close

Two neighbouring local businesses have had to close their doors for three months following numerous COVID-19 regulation breaches. The licenses for Milan Palace and Tudor Rose in Southall were suspended on Monday, 16 November. In September and October, both venues hosted weddings and other events which breached regulations to keep Londoners safe. In addition to […]

Lockdown lifting and new restrictions

In his latest video message (above), council leader Julian Bell discusses the lockdown lifting restrictions, the London move to tier 2 and the council decision to rename a road in Southall. He also pays tribute to two former councillors who have passed away. I want to begin by paying tribute to two former Ealing councillors […]

New tier level from 2 December

The government has announced a move to tier 2 COVID restrictions next week. The current national restrictions will be lifted on 2 December, with England returning to a regional tiered approach. London will be moving to the high alert level (tier 2) meaning that, from Wednesday, 2 December: Residents cannot socialise indoors with anyone they […]

Lockdown 2.0 business grants

Business grants are available during the current national lockdown 5 November – 2 December 2020. Local restrictions support grant Businesses in Ealing that are ratepayers and had to close their doors because of the second lockdown restrictions can apply for the local restrictions support grant. This includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and […]

Work support if pandemic is damaging career

The coronavirus pandemic is not only proving a risk to people’s health, but also to their livelihoods and job prospects. If this means you, then the council may be able to provide you with some work support. Visit the work support pages on Ealing Council’s website for advice if you: Are on furlough or the […]

How your footwork can support vital foodbank

Ealing Foodbank was at the forefront of the community coalition Ealing Together, along with Ealing Council and many other local groups, as our borough responded to the coronavirus emergency this year. Now, there is a chance for residents to give it a hand as it faces a tough winter offering support to more and more […]

COVID still rising – we must get tests and follow rules

We are now two weeks into national lockdown and there is a lot of speculation this week about whether the government will relax COVID restrictions over the festive period and what subsequent lockdown measures have to be put in place to reassert control of the virus, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest video […]

Domestic violence – how to get help

This time of year, as the ‘festive season’ comes upon us, we can see an increased tension in homes. This is especially true during these difficult COVID-19 days. As a result, cases of domestic violence can rise. But do not suffer in silence – help is at hand. Reflecting the heightened pressures of this time […]

Choose local this winter

Trade lost during the lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions mean local businesses need your support now more than ever this winter. A decision to choose to ‘shop local’ can have a big impact. While some businesses have benefited from vital government support packages to help them stay afloat, they need you, the customers, most of all. […]

Call to support airport communities in crisis

People living in west London have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, not least because of its impact on Heathrow Airport. An action plan has been put forward by local councils – and, meanwhile, a 13-week job training course for airline workers has also just become available. The damage to the airline industry directly […]

Protect yourself this winter and stay well

Viruses love the colder months of winter. It helps them to thrive. So, you need to be extra careful to protect yourself and each other from the twin threats of flu and COVID-19. And, if you are unwell with something entirely different, do not let it get worse. As you will see here, the NHS […]

Mass testing and vaccination could be coming here

In his latest video message (above), council leader Julian Bell discusses a new local COVID-19 contact tracing team, a new walk-in testing centre and how the mass testing and vaccination programmes could be coming to Ealing. He also wishes everyone a happy Diwali. Very sadly, we have seen the number of COVID deaths in the […]

Ealing now has three permanent testing sites

There are now three local walk-through coronavirus testing centres in Ealing, with the latest opening at Gurnell Leisure Centre, making it easier for local people to get a test for COVID-19. The new test centre follows the opening of Michael Flanders Centre, in Acton and Featherstone Terrace Car Park, in Southall. These sites are open […]

Don’t neglect your mental health in lockdown

Looking after your mental health is more important than ever at the moment. As well as exercise, there are other ways to help with your mental wellbeing during this stressful and strange period of our lives. Staying in touch with loved ones and friends when the restrictions prevent us from doing so in person is […]

Staying local benefits small businesses

“Because people don’t want to go anywhere, they don’t want to travel into town, they want to stay local…this is our moment, I think,” said Laura Forsyth, speaking to us in early October before the second lockdown started. Laura is the latest small business owner to tell us how they have found a way to […]

COVID-19 stewards to help Ealing’s high streets

From today (Wednesday, 11 November) COVID-19 stewards began visiting Ealing’s high streets and town centres to give advice to businesses and residents about COVID-19 rules, helping to keep Ealing safe and reduce the spread of the virus. Part of their remit is to remind and encourage people to follow the COVID-19 public health measures such […]

Businesses must comply or face enforcement action

The council has been alerted that some shops in Ealing are not complying with the latest lockdown closure requirements and officers will be visiting high streets and town centres this week to take enforcement action against those businesses found to be flouting the law. As part of national lock down requirements that came into effect […]

How Ealing got ready to remember

People across the borough will stop what they are doing to observe a two minutes’ silence on Thursday (11 November) as the country pauses to remember those who lost their lives in conflict. On Sunday (8 November), the borough’s main Remembrance Sunday memorial service took place on Ealing Green, in front of Pitzhanger Manor House […]

Helping the high street get back to business

A new High Streets Taskforce has come together to help local businesses to follow the government guidelines to operate safely during the pandemic and to recover and rebuild thriving high streets for the future.  Co-chaired by John Martin, owner of John Martin Estates in Pitshanger Lane and chair of Pitshanger Village Traders’ Association, the group […]

New national lockdown restrictions

New national lockdown restrictions are now in place from today which everyone must follow, says Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council in his latest coronavirus video message (see above). In Ealing, we have had among the highest rates of COVID in the capital over recent weeks and the scientists are saying that rates are […]

Advice for older and more vulnerable residents

Under the government’s new national restrictions that are in force from today (Thursday, 5 November) to Wednesday, 2 December, everyone must stay at home as much as possible, gatherings with people you don’t live with are restricted and certain businesses and venues are ordered to close. In order to keep everyone safe and protect the […]

Update on council services during second lockdown

A second lockdown period comes into force today, Thursday 5 November 2020, and Ealing residents are urged to follow the government’s rules to ensure that we reduce the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and help save lives. New national restrictions mean that some local services will close, including the borough’s leisure centres, Hanwell […]

Keeping well during lockdown

Keeping well during the government announced month-long lockdown is of the utmost importance. While this is a worrying time for many of us, to help with staying well, Ealing Health and Social Care Team have provided a range of resources on mental health and wellbeing. The NHS have identified five top tips to help you […]

Keep safe this Diwali

Diwali will be celebrated on Saturday, 14 November. It is a time when families, neighbours and friends come together, but we all need to be extra careful at the moment because of the coronavirus. With new national restrictions in place across England, Diwali celebrations will need to take place within the restrictions placed on all […]

COVID cases are very high in Ealing

COVID cases have risen again, council leader Julian Bell explains in his latest update. At the end of Councillor Bell’s video this week are two short videos from local young people giving their views on Black History Month. So, please do watch to the end by going on the Council’s YouTube channel. So, for the […]

School streets up and running across the borough

The borough’s latest School Streets are set to be unveiled to pupils, teachers and parents as they return from half-term next week. The schemes, designed to discourage through traffic and parking issues around local schools, giving young people even more opportunities to walk and cycle. They will be going live in 9 primary schools from […]

Remembrance Sunday memorial service

The Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Doctor Abdullah Gulaid, will be leading the Ealing Council annual Remembrance Sunday memorial service. The event will be on Sunday, 8 November from 10.50am until 11.20am. It will take place at the war memorial on Ealing Green, outside of Pitzhanger Manor House, Walpole Park. COVID-19 restrictions Due to the current […]

Let’s make Halloween 2020 safe – and green

Halloween 2020 is going to be a bit different as we all work to follow the COVID-19 rules and maintain social-distancing, but we can also do our bit for the environment by minimising the amount of food waste produced during this time. Ealing Council is reminding people to follow COVID rules this Halloween, maintain social […]

Help for job seekers and businesses this winter

A series of measures have been recently announced to help people, businesses and the economy in the coming winter months. Job Support Scheme A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November 2020 to protect jobs in businesses facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. If you are working fewer […]

Food vouchers for free school meals

Ealing Council is offering food vouchers to children eligible for free school meals to cover the autumn half term period. To get the vouchers, which are worth £15 per child, families need to fill in a form on the council’s website which has been set up to cover the half term period. Food vouchers will […]

Free courses for you

Have you lost your job or are at risk of redundancy? We can help you develop new skills with our free adult learning courses. Vocational and professional courses Our new free vocational and professional courses take place between January and July 2021, twice a week. They are: Business administration level 2 Customer Service level 2 […]

Have an alternative scare this Halloween

Ealing Council is reminding people to follow COVID rules this Halloween and not be tempted to meet indoors with people they don’t live with. Ealing’s local COVID alert level, as with the whole of London, was moved from medium to high on 17 October, following an increase in COVID-19 cases. Under current restrictions, people cannot […]

Local MPs urged to speak up for Ealing ahead of comprehensive spending review

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, and Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for finance and leisure have written to the borough’s three MPs asking them to make representations to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Treasury on Ealing’s behalf. Letters have been sent to Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq, […]

High alert status reflects increasing COVID-19 cases

I’m sure all of you will have heard the government’s decision yesterday to move London into the ‘high’, or Tier 2, local COVID restrictions category, from one minute past midnight tonight: Friday, 16 October, says Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council in his latest coronavirus video message (see above). This was agreed by all […]

London raised to ‘high’ Tier 2 status for COVID-19

The government has announced that the whole of London, including Ealing, has had its COVID-19 alert status raised. London is now moving to Tier 2, or ‘high’. Council leader Julian Bell said: “The number of COVID-19 cases in Ealing and across London are rapidly rising, so it is no surprise that government have moved London […]

Test and Trace support payments now available

People are now legally required to self-isolate when asked to do so by the NHS, with fines of up to £10,000 for those who break the rules. A Test and Trace Support payment has been introduced to help ensure that people on low incomes self-isolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact, […]

COVID-19 rates are rising

COVID-19 infection rates are now rising very quickly in Ealing, as they are across London, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest coronavirus message (watch above). For the week to the 4 October, we have had 330 new cases in the borough – giving us a rate of 96.5 per 100,000 of population. Since […]

Ealing Council provides more funding for Ealing Foodbank as demand from COVID-19 stays high

Ealing Council has agreed to donate up £73,000 worth of food to local charities, with £62,000 going to the Ealing Foodbank alone. It has also agreed to provide funding to support ongoing food deliveries by Ealing Community Transport (ECT) on behalf of the Foodbank up until the end of December. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the […]

COVID infection rates and Black History Month

This morning, I observed the minute’s silence to remember Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana, who was so brutally shot and killed a week ago in the police custody suite in Croydon, says council leader Julian Bell in this latest coronavirus update video message (above). My sincere condolences are extended to Sergeant Ratana’s family, colleagues and […]

New walk-through test centre opens

Another local walk-through coronavirus testing centre has opened at the Michael Flanders Centre in Acton, making it easier for local people to get a test for COVID-19. The new test centre follows the opening of another walk-through test centre a couple of weeks ago at Featherstone Car Park, and the mobile testing unit which is […]

When we last faced a virus pandemic

The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 had a global impact and our district was not unaffected, writes borough archivist Dr Jonathan Oates. It began in the autumn of 1918 and then there was second wave in the spring of 1919. This may sound very familiar. As now, viruses spread in the air between people who were […]

COVID-19 rates are rising rapidly

Before I talk about the increasing COVID-19 infection rates in London, I want to begin this message by sending my deepest and sincerest condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the police officer who was so tragically killed today in Croydon, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest coronavirus update video message (above). […]

Young people work together to stop the spread of COVID-19

With an increase of coronavirus cases across the capital, Ealing Council drafted in young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme to help with its COVID-19 messaging to the general public. The NCS programme, run in partnership with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, offers young people aged 15-17 the opportunity to take part in […]

Download new app for COVID-19 tracing

Residents are being asked to download the new app from the NHS for COVID-19 to help monitor cases of the virus, which was released today. The government launched the NHS COVID-19 app, which uses QR codes to enable people to check-in with their phone on arrival when visiting certain venues, instead of filling out a […]

New cases of COVID continue to go up

New cases of COVID continue to go up, unfortunately, in Ealing, across the capital and the country, says Ealing Council leader Julian Bell in his latest video (above). For the week up until 13 September we’ve had 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Ealing. That’s 29.3 per 100,000 of population. So, with this increase we […]

School Streets begin opening in the borough

After much preparation and anticipation, the first ever Ealing School Streets have opened. Perivale Primary and St John Fisher Catholic Primary were the first to have permanent School Streets, but there are 14 additional, temporary ones to come later this month. As you can see in the video above, council leader Julian Bell went to […]

Get tested at a new coronavirus local testing site

A local walk-through coronavirus testing facility is to open at Featherstone Terrace Car Park in Southall to make it easier for people to get a test for coronavirus.  Anyone with coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough, loss/change in taste or smell), however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Tests are […]

COVID-19 cases and the emergencies we face

Last week, our COVID-19 new cases in Ealing had doubled to 71 and we were the second highest in London with over 20 cases per 100,000 of population, reports council leader Julian Bell in his latest video update (above) . I was concerned that we were heading towards a local lockdown and asked everyone to […]

Help us keep Ealing safe

With coronavirus cases on the rise in Ealing, residents and business owners are reminded to continue to help keep Ealing safe to reduce the spread of infection and avoid a local lockdown. If you are planning on visiting our town centres, please remember that you must continue to keep your distance from others outside your […]

Reopening of Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery

Following its temporary closure because of COVID-19, Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery is reopening on Thursday (10 September), with a new exhibition on the artist Hogarth. A number of measures have been introduced to make sure the listed manor house building and its gallery are safe and inspiring places for everyone. All visitors will need to […]

Opening doors to a new career despite COVID

“It has put me in a good position to start a career,” said one resident of Ealing Council’s Work West employment programmes – which, despite the coronavirus, are helping local people to upskill and find new work. Work West has been there to help residents these past few months, whether they have been furloughed, made […]

School Streets arrive in Ealing

The borough’s first ever School Streets are being unveiled this month as Ealing Council continues to work with local schools to give younger residents even more opportunities to walk and cycle in their local area. School Streets are areas around schools with some restrictions on traffic at opening and closing times, making them pedestrian and […]

Safe shopping for saris as Southall bounces back

The coronavirus crisis has given local businesses huge challenges to overcome. But, although some things have changed, shopping is returning to high streets – including to specialist stores. Ankit Monga has been selling intricately designed and bejewelled Indian wedding garments, including beautiful saris, from his family-run store Mongas in Southall Broadway since 2005. He said: […]

Learning to give mental support at school

According to an NHS report, one in eight children and young people in the UK has a diagnosable mental health problem – that is roughly three school pupils in every class. It can range from depression and anxiety to self-harm and eating disorders. At this time of heightened fears around coronavirus and the increased chances […]

Coronavirus has not gone away

Coronavirus has not gone away. The latest weekly figures for Ealing for the period 17 to 23 August has seen a significant rise in cases from 39 last week to 71 this week – that’s 20.8 per 100,000 of the population; above the London rate of 12.7 and the average for England of 11.9. Now, […]

Brompton geared up to help, despite virus disruption

The coronavirus emergency has proved to be a huge challenge for local businesses. But some have found innovative ways to adapt – including Greenford-based Brompton bikes, which swung into action to help keyworkers during the crisis. When the UK’s lockdown was declared in March, bike stores were one of the few non-food businesses allowed to […]

Back to school: Staying safe

It is important that all residents continue to follow social distancing rules, making changes to their regular routine where possible. And this applies to the school run, too, as students go back to school next week. One way we can be safer is by avoiding the enclosed spaces of public transport and, because of social […]

How beauty beat the virus beast

The coronavirus crisis has proved to be a huge challenge for local businesses. But some have found innovative ways to survive – and even thrive. A beauty and skincare firm in Acton encapsulates this spirit. Pai Skincare was launched in 2007 by Sarah Brown and her husband Ed Saper. Sarah’s family is originally from New […]

Latest COVID-19 figures, LTNs and more

Latest COVID-19 new cases in Ealing for the week between 10 and 16 August is 39, reports council leader Julian Bell in his latest video update (above). That’s 11.4 per 100,000 population, very marginally up from the 35 cases, 10.2 per 100,000, of the week before. These levels are the same as north west London […]

Eat Out to Help Out this month

Eat Out to Help Out, the government’s scheme to support restaurants, cafes and pubs in the borough, is still continuing until the end of August. The scheme offers customers 50% off their bill, up to £10 off per person. The discount can be used unlimited times and is valid all-day Monday to Wednesday on any […]

Stricter enforcement of COVID-19 rules needed

So, no figures for new COVID-19 cases have been released by Public Health England this week, due to a technical problem on their portal, council leader Julian Bell says in his latest video update (above). All I have are last week’s Ealing figures, which showed a small increase to new cases to 28 from the […]

Get involved in VJ Day 75

VJ Day 75 takes place on Saturday (15 August) and commemorates the end of the Second World War. In May, the country marked VE Day (Victory in Europe), the end of the war in Europe, but many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East. VJ Day (Victory […]

Final round of funding opens for business

Small and micro businesses in Ealing are urged to check if they qualify for the latest and final round of discretionary grant funding available to help offset the hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses have until 11pm on Friday, 28 August to submit an online application to the council before the government’s deadline for […]

Nominations rolling in for Ealing Together honours scheme

Local residents are helping Ealing Council to recognise friends, neighbours and local organisations that went out of their way to do something good and help others during COVID-19 by nomonating them for the Ealing Together honours scheme. The council launched its Local Honours last month. It asked people to nominate anyone who lives, works or […]

Book online to visit reuse and recycling centres

From Monday (17 August) residents will be required to book online and in advance to visit the borough’s reuse and recycling centres in Acton and Greenford. Ealing Council is introducing the new booking system with the aim of reducing the waiting times of visitors and to help centres run safely in line with government guidelines […]

Local lockdowns: What is the situation in Ealing?

With further local lockdowns being implemented across the country, I wanted to tell you what the current situation is in Ealing, with new COVID-19 cases in the seven days between 27 July and 2 August, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest video update (above). We’ve had 28 new cases in that week. That’s […]

Leisure facilities in the borough to reopen

Leisure facilities across the borough are set to reopen on a phased basis following further relaxing of the government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Under plans confirmed this week, Ealing Council is providing financial support to its leisure operator to allow Acton, Northolt and Dormers Wells leisure centres,  Southall Sports Centre and Brent Valley Golf Course gym to […]

Help honour our COVID community heroes

Ealing Council is today (Friday, 31 July) launching its Ealing Together Honours scheme. The scheme will recognise, celebrate and honour local community heroes who made a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents are asked to help spread the word and to let us know about anyone who they think should be recognised. People have until […]

Eat out to help out in Ealing

This August, residents can support local businesses while enjoying up to 50% off their food bill at participating restaurants, pubs and cafes in the borough that have registered as part of the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme. Under the scheme diners can get 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total […]

More help available for small businesses in Ealing

Market traders, businesses working in shared workspaces, and those in the creative, arts, and digital sectors are among the types of organisations who can apply for grants of up to £10,000 as part of Ealing’s second round of discretionary grant funding. For the second round of funding, businesses will need to have a minimum annual […]

Smart moves for better travel in the new normal

With social distancing rules still in place, it is vital people find alternatives to cramming on to public transport, wherever possible, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support the NHS. And jumping into your car instead is not always the right answer. Here, we look at ways it is being made easier to travel […]

Better choices for our health – and environment

As the country moves out of lockdown, it is critical our recovery is a positive, ‘green’ recovery. That means better choices for our health and wellbeing and for our environment. As you can read in this new article (and in the July-August edition of Around Ealing magazine), it means more ‘active travel’ – or, in […]

Our first low traffic neighbourhood

As you can see in the video above, I visited Adrienne Avenue, in Northolt in Greenford Broadway ward, my ward that I represent. And, behind me, you will see the very first, low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) that we’ve put in. And I will come back to that in a minute, but, first of all, let […]

Low traffic neighbourhoods up and running

You may have seen a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) being installed near you. The first have been introduced in locations across the borough and residents are encouraged to have their say on their progress in real time. Made up of a cluster of residential streets and closed at certain points to some vehicles, LTNs are […]

Breathing space in a crisis

Janet Fletcher (above), the manager of Ealing Foodbank, sees people in crisis every day and these numbers have more than doubled since lockdown began in March. “Since COVID-19, we have seen a lot of new faces, many of whom were on zero hours contracts, and who haven’t been furloughed or whose companies have closed,” said […]

Face coverings needed in shops

From Friday (24 July) people are required to wear a face covering in supermarkets and shops, in addition to when traveling on public transport. Those who don’t follow the new rules will face a fine of up to £100.   As with traveling on public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will […]

Red Lion roars back: ‘The best thing I’ve done’

The coronavirus emergency meant that pubs, cafes and restaurants had to close their doors for 14 weeks and they were restricted to takeaway or delivery services until 4 July. However, the Red Lion pub found a way to thrive during the lockdown. With the high streets back open for business, we spoke to several businesses […]

Get ready to wear face coverings

This week, in the seven days up until the 12th July, we have had five COVID-19 cases in Ealing. That is 3.2 [new] cases per 100,000 of our population. Really low, and no chance of a local lockdown. Leicester had 135-140 cases per 100,000 population when they went into a local lockdown. So, we need […]

Virtual Acton Carnival 2020

Acton Carnival was streamed live on Facebook on Saturday (11 July), to audiences of more than 10,000, with even more visitors reliving the event via the link: Because of the coronavirus emergency, Ealing Summer Festivals was cancelled – which Acton Carnival is traditionally part of. Unprecedented times called for an innovative response which was […]

Ealing Council agrees strict spend controls to help ease COVID pressures

Ealing Council’s cabinet has agreed to introduce strict and wide-ranging controls on spending as it seeks to balance its budget in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The council is currently facing a budget gap of £39million arising from its work to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the borough. Before the lockdown it was […]

‘Ealing is back’ as Artisan serves coffee again

Edwin Harrison and his wife Magda opened up Artisan coffee shop in Ealing Broadway six years ago. It reopened in late May and Edwin was relieved to find the demand was still there for top quality take-away coffee. However, he described the last few difficult months of lockdown as being a ‘rollercoaster’ as the couple […]

Producing the goods at Reineta despite lockdown

“We are a young business, just one year old, and it has been challenging. We have been trying to find new ways to survive but we have done little things which seem to be working,” said Miguel Morales, founder of Reineta. It is a café and a grocery store selling fresh, organic produce – and […]

Coronavirus cases low here but we must be careful

As I say in my latest video (above), coronavirus cases in Ealing this week remain very low – up to 6 July there were 10 new cases, that’s a rate of 2.9 cases per 100,000 of the population. That’s really, really low, meaning there is no prospect of a local lockdown, given those figures. However, […]

Support for adopters and special guardians

The government has recently announced extra funding support to help adopted children and those subject to special guardianship orders as a result of the lockdown. And now a video shows adopters and guardians how to access this funding. To help adopters and special guardians, Adopt London has produced a short animated film showing them how to […]

Unequal impact of COVID-19 on BAME

A government study has found coronavirus is having an unequal impact on parts of the community. It reported that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and have a higher risk of serious illness and death. Among the factors thought to be contributing to the unequal impact on BAME […]

Government urged to grant refugee status to ‘no recourse to public funds’ rough sleepers

Ealing Council, the charity Hope for Southall Street Homeless and other local voluntary, charitable, community and faith-based organisations have called on the government to offer refugee status to rough sleepers who have no recourse to public funds, to help them get their lives back on track and access the help they need. Since the start […]

Town hall lit up blue to mark 72nd birthday of NHS

Ealing Town Hall has been lit blue every Thursday evening in support of the NHS during lockdown.  For the final time the Town Hall will be lit up as part of the #LightItBlue campaign, inspired by the NHS Clap for our Carers, marking the 72nd birthday of the NHS. From Thursday (2 July) through to […]

Test and Trace – Keep Ealing Safe

The NHS Test and Trace programme aims to contain the spread of coronavirus. We all need to play our part. Anyone with a fever, a continuous cough, or loss of smell or taste should immediately self-isolate for seven days and arrange to get a coronavirus test. It is important to get tested as close as […]

Remain vigilant as rules are relaxed and places reopen

From Saturday (4 July), more businesses such as pubs, restaurants, and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they keep to COVID-19 secure guidelines. The changes follow the government’s recent announcement to ease the rules in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family and allow more businesses to reopen. The […]

Outdoor gyms and playgrounds to reopen

Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and other games equipment in the borough’s parks are set to reopen from Saturday morning (4 July), following further easing of the government COVID-19 restrictions. In the coming weeks, Ealing Council will be increasing its signage to help advise on social distancing rules, and anyone planning a visit is urged to carefully […]

Ealing Council calls on Robert Jenrick MP: “Pay your bill”

“At the start of the pandemic, Ealing Council was told by Government that we would have the resources we needed to do the job. Since then, councils have led the way and worked around the clock to protect local communities. Now, we need to be paid for the work done or the people of Ealing […]

Supporting people with learning disabilities

A recent survey by Ealing Mencap showed 55% of people with learning and other disabilities were ‘extremely’ or ‘very worried’ about not being able to see their friends again. Before the lockdown, on a daily basis Ealing Mencap would enable 86 people to take part in supported internships, social inclusion group activities, travel training, after-school […]

Ongoing legacy of the Windrush generation

In my latest video (above) I went to the Windrush Garden in Walpole Park. It seemed particularly pertinent to do so and, this year, not just to mark Windrush Day. Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign continues with the latest expression being shown on Wednesday night, when the Premier League kicked-off after the coronavirus […]

Pledged to support refugees

In 2016, Ealing Council pledged to support the UK government efforts to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees and 3,000 children fleeing other conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa region. Since then, the refugee resettlement team, a small but dedicated team, has been co-ordinating the arrival of some of these vulnerable refugees. The team […]

Council tax payments to restart for thousands

Residents who applied for Ealing’s three-month council tax payment holiday are required to start making payments again in July. Self-employed residents can benefit from an extra three months postponement and can defer their next payment until October. Advice and help with council tax and, other bills, is available to residents who are experiencing financial hardship. […]

Charity starts at home – for more than five centuries

A local 500-year-old charity has been playing a crucial role in helping the most vulnerable people in Hanwell during the coronavirus crisis, as part of the Ealing Together coalition. The Charity of William Hobbayne was founded in 1484 by a yeoman of the same name. Its purpose has always been to support people in the […]

Ealing is open for business

Since Monday (15 June), non-essential shops have been allowed to open again. This means that clothing, homeware and mobile phone stores are among the businesses that are resuming trade on Ealing’s high streets. Retailers will need to take extra steps to ensure that they maintain the safety of their staff and customers. This may include […]

Grant funding for small businesses opens this week

From Thursday, 18 June, small businesses in Ealing will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 as part of the government’s local authority discretionary grants scheme. The fund aims to aid small businesses which fell outside the scope of previous business grant schemes or who pay their business rates indirectly as part […]

Time to review our public realm to reflect diversity

So, following the Black Lives Matter protests that we’ve seen over the last week or so, and the mayor’s decision to hold a review of all the public realm in London, we’re also going to do that in Ealing. It is really important that we reflect in our public realm our modern, diverse community. And […]

Making caring more visible

Every year Carers Week is an opportunity to celebrate those caring for the most vulnerable in our community, and the theme this year is ‘Making Caring Visible’. This year carers week is very different, with many carers increasingly taking on care of their loved ones as a result of the lockdown, making recognising the contribution […]

Safely back to school

Schools across the borough have been welcoming children back to school over the last couple of weeks. The majority of schools in Ealing remained open for children of key workers and vulnerable children throughout the lockdown period.  But with restrictions easing, primary schools have been welcoming back children in reception, year 1 and year 6. […]

Shopping safely when out and about as stores reopen

As high streets and shops begin to reopen from Monday (15 June), residents are being reminded to continue to ‘stay alert to stay safe’ while shopping. From Monday, some businesses in Ealing will be allowed to start reopening. These include clothing stores, charity shops and bank branches, which can reopen if government COVID-19 safety and […]

Around Ealing magazine – coronavirus #3 (June 2020)

This special edition of Around Ealing is the third mini-issue related to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on local services and local people. You can view it in interactive and PDF formats below. In his introduction, the leader of the council Julian Bell wrote: “Regardless of what might have happened in certain incidents involving […]

Protecting consumers and safeguarding businesses

Ealing Council’s trading standards team is working hard to protect consumers and safeguard businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis. Since the beginning of the pandemic, substandard and falsely labelled PPE products have been seized, including 550,000 face masks and 5,000 bottles of dodgy hand sanitiser. More than 2,300 hand sanitisers were seized from a business […]

Lockdown music leads to release

Youngsters in Acton have found a way to remain upbeat during  lockdown by focusing on music production. And they are planning to release an EP later this month.  Bollo Brook Youth Centre has been keeping very busy since lockdown was called in March. Earlier this year we reported how the centre was working with the local community to deliver food parcels to vulnerable residents, but that is not all […]

Taking positive steps to being active

Although social distancing is a critical part of life now, and some sports are off-limits for the time being, there are still plenty of ways to get exercise and keep active. And these can become part of your everyday routine. Keeping active reduces your risk of suffering many of the more serious health conditions; and […]

More safer cycling plans for Ealing

New, safer cycling measures for the borough have been announced by Ealing Council. This includes the introduction of segregated cycle lines in locations in Acton and Southall from this week (Monday 1 June 2020). The new segregated cycle lanes are designed to run alongside the main lanes for general traffic and are separated by cycle […]

Parking update for the borough

A parking update has been issued by Ealing Council, now that the UK has begun easing out of lockdown, some of the borough’s normal parking arrangements are being resumed. Parking enforcement Normal parking enforcement has resumed across all parts of the borough, though there will continue to be extra focus on areas around hospitals and […]

Wider pavements for shoppers

From Monday, 8 June, King Street in Southall partially became one-way (southbound). This allows for wider pavements in the area, to help residents keep their distance when high streets begin to reopen on the 15 June. The works are part of a list of measures that the council is undertaking to support businesses across the […]

Money worries

Residents suffering financially because of COVID-19 are being urged not to struggle alone and to instead seek help with managing their money at an early stage. A new section on the council’s website has been launched to help local people experiencing financial hardship. There you can find support information on a range of government and […]

The school run could be better walking or wheeling

The school run is could provide a perfect opportunity for children to learn about their local area, develop wider social networks and gain independence. What’s more social distancing rules still in place, it is vital people find alternatives to public transport wherever possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support the NHS. Nationally, the […]

Job help ‘changed everything’

“Everything turned around for me,” Mohamed told us after the help he received from the council in finding a job. And, you can get help too if you are struggling with employment because of the coronavirus crisis. Despite the pandemic, the future is looking bright for Northolt resident, Mohamed Abduranman. After losing his job in […]

Help Trailfinders to raise a day’s worth of food for Ealing Foodbank

“The last few months have seen many people take a huge financial hit, many of whom were just about managing before. COVID-19 has tipped them over the edge and it can happen to anyone,” says Janet Fletcher, the manager of Ealing Foodbank. And now, one of Ealing’s most well-known sports clubs, Ealing Trailfinders, is running […]

Making it easier and safer to cycle and walk

If you view my latest video update above, I’m on the Uxbridge Road in Acton near Acton Park and you can see behind me some plastic wands that we’ve put in place to create a temporary cycle lane, that’s segregated from the rest of the traffic to make it safer for cyclists. And this is […]

Getting businesses fit for funding

Help is at hand for small businesses in Ealing affected by COVID-19 with two new Ealing Council financial support webinars. These practical ‘how-to’ events, organised by Ealing Council, the borough’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Branduin Business Support Ltd (which ran previously successful schemes with the council), will help guide businesses step by step through […]

Preparations start to open high streets safely

Following the government’s announcement that non-essential shops can potentially reopen from 15 June, Ealing Council is working to ensure that measures are in place to make Ealing’s high streets safe for residents. Residents continue to be encouraged to stay at home and avoid unnecessary outings and trips to their local high street. However, from the […]

Don’t make your noise a nuisance

With the warm weather and lifting of restrictions many will want to use this opportunity to meet with their families and friends and this could lead to happy but boisterous noise. Changes to advice From 1st June 2020 the government announced easing COVID-19 restrictions to allow for groups of up to six people to meet […]

The heart of Southall

The community in Southall has come together to help its most vulnerable to access food and support during COVID-19. The Young Adult Centre has been temporarily transformed into a food distribution hub. Since the project began on Monday, 20 April hundreds of food parcels have been distributed to local families in need. The hub is […]

NHS Test and Trace

The lockdown restrictions have started to be eased and the government has introduced a new NHS Test and Trace system. Launched on Wednesday 27 May, the new system means that someone who tests positive for coronavirus will be asked to identify who they have been in contact with. Get tested It is very important that […]

Online council meetings help transparency and scrutiny

Despite the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 and the continuing need for social distancing, Ealing Council is committed to ensuring that its business continues to be open and transparent. This includes holding online council meetings to allow members of the public to be involved. The council is using Microsoft Teams Live Events to hold virtual committee […]

Lockdown eased but we must avoid second wave

So, the Prime Minister has made a further announcement about the rules and the release from lockdown and now people can gather in public, and private, open spaces in groups of up to six. So, that’s people also not from your own household. You can be in groups of six but only on the condition […]

Help keep our parks safe and litter free

Residents are urged to keep the borough’s parks litter free following the further easing of some lockdown restrictions by the government.  People may now exercise outdoors as much as they wish and enjoy local parks and green spaces and may meet with one other person from a different household outside while maintaining social distancing.  From […]

Exercise options, inside and out

The current COVID-19 situation has meant restrictions are in place which may seem to limit our exercise options. But with all the uncertainty of the last few months, one thing that has remained constant is our ability to exercise, whether inside at home or outside. Many have made use of Ealing’s parks and green spaces, […]

Looking after your teeth

During the lockdown, all routine face-to-face dental services were suspended because of the COVID-19 emergency. And, although dentists may be able to reopen in June, it is currently unclear if a full service will be available immediately. But looking after your teeth is still very important, so what help is available? Registered with a dentist […]

Thank you for social distancing this bank holiday

I hope everyone enjoyed the nice sunny bank holiday weekend and a big thank you to everyone who stayed at home. A big thank you to those who were celebrating Eid at the end of Ramadan for staying at home; very much appreciated. Also, thank you for following social distancing rules. We’re asked to stay […]

Helping Hanwell Zoo during the lockdown

The coronavirus lockdown has closed all kinds of popular venues. In a bid to help it meet its running costs, one of the borough’s most cherished community projects has reached out to residents. Nestled behind the Wharncliffe Viaduct lies Hanwell Zoo. It grew naturally out of the animal centre that stood there for decades before […]

Safely celebrating Eid Al-Fitr 2020

Muslims in Ealing and across the world will be safely celebrating Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration at the end of Ramadan, on Sunday (24 May), subject to the sighting of the new moon. Though Eid is traditionally observed with congregational prayers in mosques and parks, and parties where family and friends gather, Eid in lockdown will […]

Urgent PPE scheme grows as care homes helped

A local care home manager has spoken of the ‘devastation’ caused by coronavirus and thanked a scheme providing it with urgent personal protective equipment (PPE) for its staff. Thousands of people living in care homes across the country have died as a result of COVID-19 during the crisis, with concerns being raised over a shortage […]

Support for private renters and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many of the rules affecting private renters have been temporarily changed as part of the response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. During this time, Ealing Council is working hard to ensure that local landlords and tenants understand the new protections. The measures include the suspension of evictions from private rented accommodation in place until at […]

Climate emergency – carbon neutral by 2030

Ealing Council has progressed its efforts to meet the climate emergency by taking further steps to become more environmentally-friendly. In April 2019, a meeting of Full Council declared a climate emergency and pledged to make the borough carbon neutral by 2030, and yesterday (Tuesday, 19 May) the engagement plan and timeline for its adoption were […]

Statement on schools reopening in Ealing

I have issued a statement on schools reopening, writes council leader Julian Bell. Leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “Keeping everyone safe throughout this pandemic remains the council’s top priority.  The prime minister announced that from 1 June some year groups will be able to return to school – they include nursery, reception, […]

Help is at hand

Ealing Together is all about the local community coming together to support those who need it. And there are lots of different ways for residents to ask for help if they are self-isolating and alone. Some people with specific medical conditions have been told to shield by the NHS. They will have received a letter, […]

We can come through this crisis if we work together

Over the weekend I went out on my bike for my exercise and cycled around the borough, went through all of our main town centres and also visited some of our parks as well. And I have to say I was impressed by what I saw. The vast majority of people were all following the […]

Free parking for key workers, enforcement for others

Currently almost 2,000 key workers who have registered their vehicles for the parking suspension scheme are receiving free parking. In recognition of the current lockdown situation, parking charge notices (PCNs) have only been issued when the parking has significantly impacted on access for emergency vehicles or is dangerously parked. However, from Monday (18 May), parking […]

Check your speed in lockdown

Local drivers in Ealing are urged to check their speed when travelling on local roads, which may seem less busy due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The Met Police has seen a significant increase in cases of excess speeding across London during the lockdown because there are fewer cars on the road. In fact, in a […]

Staying in the UK for EU citizens

For EU citizens living in the borough and planning to stay in Ealing when the UK exits the European Union, being unable to get help to make an application to stay during the current COVID-19 crisis may be causing them unnecessary stress. The government extended the funding to organisations providing support to those seeking EU […]

Around Ealing magazine – coronavirus #2 (May 2020)

This special edition of Around Ealing is the second mini-issue entirely related to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on local services and local people. You can view it in interactive and PDF formats below. In his introduction, the leader of the council Julian Bell wrote: “The lockdown continues, until it is safe to relax restrictions […]

‘We’ve lost far too many to this deadly virus’

In the last few days we’ve learned the name of the high school teacher who sadly passed away due to the COVID-19 virus. His name was Dr Douval Thompson-Davis. He was a science teacher for the last 12 years at Greenford High School. On behalf of everyone in Ealing, I’d like to pass on our […]

Only use reuse and recycling depots if you have to

Residents are being encouraged to make only essential trips to the borough’s reuse and recycling centres once they reopen on Monday (18 May) with social distancing measures in place. The borough’s reuse and recycling centres have been closed during the lockdown but rubbish and recycling collections have been continuing as normal to help stop the […]

Online safety for kids in lockdown

With children spending more time at home and online during the coronavirus lockdown, there is a concern they are more exposed to the threat of online abuse – especially if parents and carers are busy working and unable to watch everything they are doing. Councillor Yvonne Johnson, Ealing Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for […]

Stuff to do #6: Art, online learning and singing classes

Welcome to what will be our final full Stuff To Do of this series. In it, there is the usual mix of creative and educational ideas to keep you occupied indoors. Find out about some art going on in Acton, learning activities for the very littlest ones in the family and an evocative video that […]

Greenford Hall temporarily transformed into new food hub

Greenford Hall, one of the borough’s most recognisable buildings, has been temporarily transformed into a food distribution hub. The move is part of the council’s Ealing Together COVID-19 response. Volunteers from The Grove Community, a local group working out of the Gurnell Grove estate, are working with The Felix Project to operate the hub. Other […]

The pandemic lockdown is still in place

There is still a long way to go in the COVID-19 pandemic, and the government’s announcement of a strategy to bring the UK out of lockdown does not mean life has now returned to normal. That is the message from Ealing Council, which is taking a cautious approach to reopening its services that puts the […]

Lockdown is not over. We must take care

Over the weekend we heard the very sad news that one of our Ealing bus drivers, Ranjith Chandrapala, had passed away on 3 May due to COVID-19. Ranjith drove the 92 bus from Ealing Hospital to IKEA in Brent and was very proud and determined to continue doing so during this crisis. He has now, […]

Wildlife from your window

Restrictions on many parts of daily life are continuing as we look to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is vital that we all stick to the government rules – but at one of the most interesting and uplifting times of the year for nature, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy wildlife, even […]

More space for walking and cycling

Many of us have used lockdown as an opportunity to enjoy the cleaner air that much less traffic has provided and improve our health through exercise, particularly walking, jogging and cycling. As lockdown restrictions are eased one of the things that will remain different for some time is travelling.  With use of public transport restricted […]

More than £200,000 in grants paid out so far to support local groups with COVID-19 work

Ealing Council has awarded more than £200,000 in fixed grants to local charities and groups since late March as part of its work to support the community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The council is still welcoming applications and groups are invited to get in touch with their proposals. The money is part of the […]

Looking ahead, let’s not lose gains from the lockdown

We’re now in the seventh week of lockdown and it has been an incredibly tough and difficult journey for everyone. So, I just want to put on record my thanks to everybody who followed the rules and stayed at home. There is no doubt that we have saved lives by doing that and also we’ve […]

Rising to challenge of fostering during crisis

As Foster Care Fortnight approaches, Ealing Council welcomes on board a newly approved foster carer who has already taken on her first fostering placements during the COVID-19 crisis. Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the transformational power of fostering and to celebrate the fostering community. It will take place between […]

Sad news as more frontline workers pass away

Yesterday we heard the very sad news that another care worker had passed away, a manager of one of the care providers that operates in the borough. And today we have heard the sad news that one of our high school teachers has passed away due to Coronavirus. On behalf of everyone, I would like […]

Clean streets and collections during COVID-19

Local people are being encouraged to do their bit to minimise household waste during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Rubbish and recycling collections are continuing as normal at present to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The borough’s reuse and recycling centres in Greenford and Acton have been closed during the lockdown, because trips to the […]

Coping with bereavement and grief

Coping with grief after the death of a loved one, friend or colleague is an incredibly sad experience at any time, but it is even more challenging during the current circumstances. Those who experience loss as a consequence of COVID-19, or loss through another cause may experience increased trauma, and may feel and be cut […]

How to celebrate VE Day safely

Residents of Ealing are being encouraged to get involved in the national celebrations for VE Day 75 on Friday (8 May), with a range of events and activities you can do safely without leaving home. You can share what you do at home with the rest of the borough. Victory in Europe (VE) Day will […]

Top of the class for Ealing’s schools

Ealing schools were quick to respond to the outbreak of coronavirus and the lockdown that came into place. The majority of Ealing’s 85 schools have remained open so that children of key workers and other eligible children could continue to attend. They have cared for more than 700 children, allowing parents and carers to carry […]

Funding provides a lifeline for local business

“We now have a plan,” one local business owner told us after it was given vital funding to help it cope with the COVID-19 emergency. While the coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in some way, for businesses the impact may be felt long after the lockdown has been lifted and the economic recovery begins […]

Volunteers needed for Ealing Advice Service

COVID-19 is a huge health crisis. It is also having a significant financial and social impact; one that will be felt long after the lockdown lifts. Trusted advice and help will be more important than ever as the full effects of COVID-19 are felt, and this is where the Ealing Advice Service (EAS) comes in. […]

Sad news as care worker dies

We’ve just had the very sad news that the first care worker in Ealing has passed away – somebody who worked in one of our care homes. And I’d like to pass on my sincerest condolences to the family, work colleagues and friends of this care worker. My heart goes out to them. And, also […]

Stuff to do #5: Hootie online, sports awards and music

We hope you have been finding our tips on stuff to do at home useful during these unusual times. In this latest instalment we bring you news about this year’s Hanwell Hootie, the very last call for nominations for the Ealing Sports Awards, some new free online exercise classes and music lessons. Thanks to those […]

Online help at hand

The Ealing Together website has expanded with the addition of a new online directory of local services designed to help people who are isolating at home during COVID-19. Ealing Together is a coalition of community groups, charities, businesses and Ealing Council who have come together to respond to the needs of vulnerable and isolating residents. […]

Another first for Ealing

Ealing Council takes first place amongst local authorities in the country in ensuring local businesses get the critical funding released by the government. The details come as the latest business rates league table was released Monday, 27 April, by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Ealing Council had been announced as first […]

More time to have a say on planning applications

As a result of the current government restrictions because of COVID-19, Ealing residents and businesses now have more time to have their say on planning applications. The consultation period for all major and most residential and small scheme planning applications has doubled from the statutory three weeks (21 days) to six weeks (42 days). Allowing […]

Remembering workers who have given everything

Like many of you, I stopped what I was doing this morning (Tuesday, 28 April) and joined the nation in a minute’s silence to remember all of those NHS, care and key workers who have tragically lost their lives to coronavirus. It was a poignant moment to reflect on those who have lost their lives […]

Taxicard to help disabled get food and medicine

To help disabled or visually impaired people get through the coronavirus emergency, they will be able to use the London Taxicard scheme to have essential shopping or medication collected on their behalf. The London Taxicard scheme provides subsidised door-to-door journeys in licensed taxis, black cabs and other private hire vehicles for residents who have serious […]

Half a million substandard face masks taken off the market

More than half a million substandard face masks and thousands of bottles of illegal hand sanitiser have been taken off the market by Ealing Council to protect residents from ineffective and unsafe products. Acting on information passed on to them, the council’s trading standards team carried out inspections of importers based in Southall last week […]

You can still claim Child Benefit despite crisis

Parents of newborn babies can still claim Child Benefit despite the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the restrictions surrounding it. Under the national social distancing rules, Ealing Council’s register office is currently closed. However, to make sure parents do not miss out on support, they can still claim benefit without having to register their child’s birth […]

Welfare checks start on shielding residents

Shielding residents in Ealing who the council has not been able to reach by phone or letter, will receive a doorstep welfare check, starting this week. The welfare checks will be carried out by the council’s Ealing Together partner, Ealing Community Transport (ECT). They will visit shielding residents in their ECT uniform, driving a green […]

Stuff to do #4: Win movie on our place in rock history

In the fourth of our series of stuff to do at home during the lockdown, we have three copies of a film that tells the amazing tale of how 1960s Ealing earned the label ‘the cradle of British rock music’. And, as we promised, we are giving them all away in a competition. As well […]

Stay home and save lives this weekend

It is promising to be another sunny weekend in Ealing, but local people are urged to continue to stay home and save lives as the borough works to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Ealing Council is once again asking residents to avoid local parks, green spaces and nature reserves unless absolutely necessary, and to practice […]

Good neighbours can be lifesavers for abuse victims

With so many residents having to remain at home for most of the time in this current climate, it is more important than ever that we look after one another where we can. Ealing Council would like to assure any residents suffering domestic abuse, there continues to be a solution, despite the coronavirus restrictions. The […]

Take part in the council’s business survey

Local businesses are being encouraged to complete Ealing Council’s business survey about the impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods.  The survey is being undertaken in partnership with the council and Business Improvement Districts (BID) in the borough – Acton, Make It Ealing and InWest Ealing BIDs. The responses from businesses will help the council and […]

Ealing Council calls for greater support for businesses

Ealing Council is calling on the government to provide greater support to London businesses during the COVID-19 economic crisis. In a letter sent Wednesday, 22 April, Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council and Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for business and community services, called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to extend the package of […]

An exercise in doing good

Ealing’s local GoodGym volunteers have been running, walking and cycling to carry out good deeds for local isolated and vulnerable people during COVID-19. And now the group is looking for more people to join their ranks and take part in helping the community while staying active. Its easy to sign up. Just go to GoodGym […]

The teams behind the vital food parcels

As you can see in my latest video message (above), I paid a visit to Greenford depot food hub where we are collating, in a great effort, all of the food supplies that are then made up into parcels to send out to the most vulnerable residents who are shielding from this terrible virus during […]

Time to be good neighbours

With everyone social distancing and being home for the majority of the day, it is time to think of others and be thoughtful, good neighbours. “While you may be keeping yourself busy with a bit of gardening or DIY, joining in the latest online workout, or playing a high-spirited game with the children, it is […]

Taking extra care of shielding residents

To date, Ealing Council has spoken to nearly 6,000 residents who are on the NHS shielding list for COVID-19. New calls are taking place all the time as the contact list is updated by government,  however, there is a group of around 800 people who they have not been able to reach, despite trying multiple […]

Getting PPE to our frontline care workers

You can watch my video above from when I visited the Greenford depot hub where we are receiving and distributing all the PPE that we’ve been getting for our fantastic frontline care workers You’ll know that there have been headlines nationally because of a shortage of PPE and our health workers and our care workers […]

Is your child unwell? How to check other symptoms

With all the health advice currently focusing on COVID-19 symptoms and treatment, it is easy to forget there are other symptoms to be aware of that may indicate your child is unwell and you should seek medical advice. While it is extremely important to follow government advice to stay at home and follow social distancing […]

Ealing businesses first to receive vital funding

Ealing Council tops the league for getting vital funding out to local businesses during the coronavirus crisis. According to a league table released yesterday, Monday, 20 April, by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Ealing Council has issued the most business rate grants in London and is 6th nationally to issue the […]

Stuff to do #3: Courses, classes, art and more

Continuing our series on stuff to do at home, this latest instalment brings you some new recommendations for websites to develop your learning and creativity. There’s some classic cinema from our borough’s world-famous Ealing Studios too. Learn something new at home Ealing’s adult learning team has a fantastic selection of courses for residents to take […]

Running for the NHS – and other ways to say thanks

My latest video update is above. Like many of you, I went out on to my doorstep last night (Thursday, 16 April) and, again, thanked our NHS, care and key workers for all the brilliant things that they’ve been doing to help us during this COVID-19 crisis. As Ealing Council, we lit up the town […]

Financial help is available for struggling residents

Residents are being reminded of the financial support that is available to those who have been hit financially during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the financial packages announced by the government, the council created a £1.5million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to provide additional support to those who have been impacted by the current unprecedented challenges. […]

Fly-tipping – there is no excuse

There is no excuse for fly-tipping in Ealing at any time. But it is more important than ever to dispose of waste responsibly and not fly-tip rubbish during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the borough’s reuse and recycling sites remain closed. Ealing Council is also aware of a small number of irresponsible individuals dumping used gloves, […]

Proud to Care – local people needed for care jobs

A new, London-wide recruitment drive for jobs in the care sector, called Proud to Care London, started this week. And Ealing Council is proud to be part of it. This new jobs website for the care sector has been set up to link people up with crucial roles to help the capital tackle the effects […]

Cycling safely during the COVID-19 crisis

During this challenging time, it is important to keep active in line with the government’s social distancing advice. And you are allowed to exercise outdoors once a day. Cycling has a number of proven health benefits helping you to keep fit and have fun – as well as being good for the environment by helping […]

A Lifeline for local people with learning disabilities

Ealing Mencap has been supporting local people with learning disabilities for half a century. And during the COVID19 lockdown their work has never been more important. They have now launched a new telephone and email service, called Lifeline, for those people in our community who need some extra help. The Lifeline service isn’t just for […]

Thank you to everyone who is staying at home

I hope that you had a good Easter weekend. You’re staying at home in large numbers and I wanted to put on record my thanks to everybody who stayed at home. I know in the circumstances it was very unusual, and not a normal Easter as we know it. The weather perhaps wasn’t a normal […]

Ealing Together volunteering restarts

Ealing residents are once again invited to volunteer for the Ealing Together team. Around 500 people have already stepped up to help in the local COVID19 effort. Volunteer recruitment was paused a couple of weeks ago as Ealing Together looked to match the volunteering opportunities available with the people who had stepped forwards. When the […]

Financial aid starting to reach businesses

Local businesses struggling because of the coronavirus lockdown rules have started to receive some of the financial aid they so desperately need. The aid is arriving in the form of a small business rates grant and is being paid by Ealing Council directly into businesses bank accounts or by post. And some companies may be […]

Residents thanked for staying home

Residents have been thanked for staying at home and also for social distancing while outside over the Easter bank holiday weekend as the borough continued to respond to the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Council leader Julian Bell said: “We’ve seen warm and spring-like weather over the last few days, which has made it […]

Stress Awareness Month – help with how to cope

With the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus, this is a particularly stressful time for people. So, to mark National Stress Awareness month, Ealing Council is reminding people of some ways and methods to look after themselves and try to reduce stress. Millions of people across the country are experiencing high levels of stress and […]

Stuff to do #2: Zoo and live music…brought to you

Last week, we started our series on things to do at home during the lockdown with a selection of stuff being provided by local arts and cultural groups, historic sites and other organisations. This week, we tell you how to ‘visit’ zoo animals online, and how a music festival is bringing music direct to your […]

Free energy advice still available on the phone

Are you worried about a family member who has an existing respiratory illness during the coronavirus emergency? You may be self-isolating, and perhaps you are an older resident, or have serious mobility issues or visual impairments? If so, get in touch with Healthy Homes Ealing today for some free energy advice. Home visits by the service’s ‘green […]

Behind the scenes at the Ealing Together community hub

The Ealing Together community hub recently sent out its 1,000th food parcel to local vulnerable and shielding residents. Watch the video above as Councillor Peter Mason takes us behind the scenes at the Greenford Depot where the community hub is based to see the food parcels being sent out. If you have received a letter […]

The in-crowd: Easy ways to exercise at home

We are all being urged to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. If you can avoid going outdoors for exercise, or just keep that outdoor exposure to a minimum – or if you are just in need of some inspiration – we have a very healthy list of action-packed fun you […]

Have a safe, sensible and pleasant Easter weekend

In my latest blog message (see video above) for Easter weekend, can I first pass on of all my best wishes for a speedy recovery to the Prime Minister and also to say the same to all those who are suffering from coronavirus right across the country and the world. I would also like to […]

Illegal hand-sanitiser haul seized

A haul of illegal hand-sanitiser products has been seized by Ealing Council. In response to enforcement intelligence received from another local authority, officers from the council’s trading standards team carried out an inspection of a wholesaler in Southall and found more than 750 hand-sanitiser products which did not comply with the law. The items seized […]

Around Ealing magazine – coronavirus (April 2020)

This special edition of Around Ealing is entirely related to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on local services and local people. You can view it in interactive and PDF formats below. In his introduction, the leader of the council Julian Bell wrote: ‘I have been deeply saddened by the news that people from our […]

Protecting rough sleepers during Covid-19 emergency

Ealing Council is working with its voluntary sector partners to help protect the borough’s rough sleepers by offering them somewhere safe to live during the coronavirus emergency. The council has now placed more than 70 people into hotels and hostels, with more following every day, and will ensure they can stay there for the duration […]

Car parks to close in local green spaces

Car parks across local green spaces and parks in Ealing will be closed to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and ensure government rules on social distancing are followed. The decision to close car parks has been made so residents only visit areas local to them in line with the government’s rules and avoid travelling […]

Acton Gardens together

In Acton Gardens, local people have joined forces to help their more vulnerable neighbours. Over recent weeks residents across Ealing have responded to the Covid19 crisis in huge numbers by volunteering their time to help their communities. And the Ealing Together coalition has come together to directly help those who need it and to support […]

Dealing with dementia during emergency

Ealing Council is aware that this is a worrying time for families looking after someone with dementia and is continuing to support those in need. The weeks ahead will be challenging but there are a few things you can do to look after yourself, and the person you are looking after, during this time. You […]

Stuff to do: Stuck at home but not stuck for ideas

We may all be spending an awful lot more time inside our homes than we are used to doing. And, yes, classes and activities have had to shut down. But we are about to show you that this does not mean you have to stop enjoying new books, art, crafts, history, or music performances. There […]

Local heroes help socially shielding people in Ealing

One and a half million people nationwide have been sent letters and texts by the NHS telling them they are at high risk of needing hospital care if they catch COVID-19 and asking them to make sure they are socially shielding for 12 weeks. Social shielding means staying home and avoiding all face-to-face contact. It […]

Avoid parks this weekend

Warm weather and spring conditions are likely to be on their way in the coming days and weeks, and whilst it may seem tempting to head to your local park to enjoy the sunny conditions, local people are urged to follow the government rules on social distancing at all times. In fact, to help stop […]

Why we must stay at home – and stay apart – to stay safe

There is a lot of talk about social distancing at the moment and why it is important in beating the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Reducing social contact with other people inevitably reduces our contact with the virus. That is why the government is urging us all to stay at home. By social distancing, you are protecting […]

Fly-tip warning – and ideas for your extra waste

Residents are being reminded to dispose of waste responsibly and not fly-tip their rubbish following the closure of the borough’s reuse and recycling sites. The sites in Greenford and Acton are closed until further notice however, some residents are irresponsibly using the borough’s streets to fly-tip their waste instead. Fly-tip offenders risk prosecution. The fly-tipping […]

Give a safe helping hand

Ealing Council has issued guidance to residents and community groups on how to stay safe and well while volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. The advice is available to download on Ealing Together. Across the borough, thousands of people are helping family members, friends and neighbours. And mutual aid groups have also self-organised and are playing […]

New guidance to ensure funerals are conducted safely

New guidance to ensure funerals are conducted safely has been published by Public Health England (PHE). This new guidance to ensure funerals are conducted safely has been developed in collaboration between PHE and faith leaders. The guidelines will protect mourners, communities, the funeral industry and the NHS from further transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are […]

Ealing Summer Festivals cancelled

Following government guidance on COVID-19, this year’s Ealing Summer Festivals have been cancelled. Ealing Council has also made the difficult decision to cancel any group events and other activities (such as group fitness training) that were scheduled to be held on local authority land within the borough between now and 31 July 2020. This follows […]

Sobering news, but community is rallying

This is the text version of what I said in my latest video above (posted 31 March 2020): If anyone is in any doubt about the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis that we are in at the moment, two pieces of news over the last few days have sobered me and hit hard as to […]

Advice on which businesses can stay open in crisis

Following on from government advice surrounding the coronavirus emergency, it is important that certain ‘non-essential’ businesses and premises shut. Certain premises, supermarkets, corner shops, takeaways and food delivery facilities that sell food for consumption off and away from the premises, can remain open and operational subject to certain conditions. A full list of essential businesses […]

Support continues for domestic violence sufferers

 Ealing Council is continuing to offer full support, help and advice to any residents suffering domestic abuse.  With government instructions to stay at home it is clearly going to be a very difficult time for those facing abuse from people in the same household.  Councillor Joanna Camadoo-Rothwell, cabinet member for community safety and inclusion, said: […]

Thank you for ‘deeply inspiring’ response

In just five days, nearly 500 people have answered the call and stepped forward to help Ealing Together, prompting a big ‘thank you’. Ealing Together is a collaboration between local community groups, charities, mutual aid groups, Ealing Council, businesses and local networks of family and friends that want to help with the COVID19 response. Last […]

Urgent appeal for PPE safety gear

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell has today (Sunday, 29 March) made an urgent appeal for PPE equipment to help social care staff look after older and vulnerable residents.  Ealing, like other boroughs across the capital, have been pressing for vital PPE equipment to be delivered as the coronavirus infection rate increases.  The council leader has […]

NHS services to change in your local area

Health and social care staff across the borough are working flat-out to cope with the unprecedented health emergency of coronavirus. You can help by following NHS advice and using its services in the right way. These temporary changes will help to focus all our efforts and resources in the best way to tackle this outbreak. […]

How to stay inside, stay healthy and save lives

While children will find it unusual being at home and not at school; some residents who have to self-isolate may not always have access to digital ways to stay in touch, like the internet or video calls. But there are lots of ways to stay healthy – mentally and physically – during these strange times. […]

Thank you to the NHS – and to local volunteers

Last night (Thursday, 26 March) at 8pm the nation demonstrated its support to our fantastic NHS by applauding them in the streets, from balconies and on their doorsteps, to thank them. I would like to take this opportunity to add my thanks, and the thanks of all Ealing residents, to our local NHS heroes. I […]

Ealing businesses urged to act responsibly

Ealing businesses are being urged by the council to act responsibly as the borough responds to the unprecedented challenge posed by COVID-19. The government set out clear guidance that all non-essential premises should be closed and businesses which need to remain open should adhere to the guidelines for social-distancing and queue control. To ensure that […]

Staying safe from scams during virus crisis

Ealing Council is urging all residents to be aware of, and to take precautions against, possible fraud scams during the current coronavirus crisis. It is an unfortunate truth that fraudsters are taking advantage of the situation and are preying on unsuspecting residents. This includes attempting to access private accounts, offering coronavirus testing kits, and bogus […]

Rubbish and recycling collections during crisis

Ealing Council would like to remind residents that rubbish and recycling collections are continuing as normal at present. However, the borough’s reuse and recycling centres in Greenford and Acton are closed until further notice. Residents are being advised to safely store waste or recycling that they would usually take to the reuse and recycling centre […]

Parking and driving during the current emergency

NHS, Social Care staff and Teachers can park for free in council car parks and in on-street bays during the current coronavirus emergency period. It is one of the measures aimed at helping critical workers travel in the borough. Coronavirus is having a significant impact on London’s transport network. Reduced public transport means that key […]

Ealing Together launched

Ealing’s community is its greatest strength and across the borough, people are standing together to help our most vulnerable residents. Ealing Council has joined forces with charities, local groups, businesses and concerned residents to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 crisis and launch a new coalition called Ealing Together. Ealing Together is designed to support the […]

Emergency fund worth £1.5 million for local services

Ealing Council has announced the creation of a £1.5m COVID-19 Emergency Fund to aid essential community services across the borough. It will provide support for organisations, providers and individuals where financial support is needed as a result of the unprecedented challenges created by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Grant funding will be for: Food assistance – the council, […]

Change behaviour or lives will be put at risk

As you may have read by now, the council has put restrictions on facilities in our parks, from playgrounds to tennis courts, to help limit the spread of coronavirus. As I say in the video above, I am asking people, pleading with people to stay at home. There really is no need to go outside […]

Park restrictions to help stop spread of coronavirus

Play areas, playgrounds, outdoor gyms, tennis courts, skate parks and other park facilities in the borough will be closed to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The public are also being told not to gather in groups in the borough’s parks and open spaces and to follow the public health advice to keep at least […]

More action needed to stop corona-crisis causing homelessness

Ealing Council has welcomed the government’s commitment to suspend evictions but warns that additional measures must be swiftly implemented to tackle housing insecurity during the coronavirus emergency. On Wednesday (18 March) the government announced that no renter in social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home for at least a three-month period. […]

Ealing together through covid-19 crisis

“Ealing’s community is its greatest strength. Across the borough people are stepping up to stand together with the most vulnerable in this time of crisis. Thank you to everyone who has pledged support whether donating to the food bank or offering help collecting shopping, ” writes Councillor Peter Mason, Ealing Council’s cabinet lead for housing, […]

Ealing schools take action to support key workers

Ealing’s schools and children’s centres are preparing to open their doors for children of key workers and other eligible children across the borough from Monday (23 March) in response to the coronavirus emergency. Schools, in general, will close across the UK after today (Friday). However, educators have agreed to provide support children and young people […]

Social distancing: What we should all be doing

The following is the government’s latest guidance on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for anyone living in their own homes. If you live in a residential care home, guidance is available from the government. […]

Coronavirus: Help flatten the curve and slow it down

Everyone is being asked to play their part in ‘flattening the curve’ of the spread of coronavirus. By slowing the infection rate of COVID-19, we can avoid the ‘peak’ of infection from becoming too huge and overwhelming our emergency services. It could save lives. Slowing down coronavirus can help protect those who may be most […]

Closures of council services as part of coronavirus response

As part of measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the government has announced that from Friday (20 March 2020) UK schools will close until further notice. There will be spaces made available for the children of key workers and other eligible children to remain in school. Ealing Council has also announced temporary closure […]

COVID-19: This will be a testing time

Following recent developments, we will all have very real concerns and worries about the potential impact of COVID-19 on our families and our community, writes council leader Julian Bell. Ealing Council is working closely with government, our local partners, like voluntary groups and the NHS, and with business groups on our response to this fast-moving […]