Covid-19 Updates



Updates on Barnet Mencap's services and activities in relation to Covid-19

This is where we will provide updates on our services during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

All of Barnet Mencap's events and activities are suspended until further notice. This includes all Springboard and Fit2gether sessions, Parenting Programmes and workshops, Autism Service socials and group outings.  All appointments at Barnet Mencap's office in Hendon Lane are also suspended.

Although there no social activities running at the moment we are offering telephone support and some one-to-one support. If you require either of these services please contact Project Support on the details below.  Many of our staff are working from home and will check their emails and phones as usual.

As the office is closed, our Autism Service is unable to offer the usual screenings, social activities, workshops and awareness sessions. Our Autism Advisors can still be contacted on the details below.

For the people in our shared houses and who are supported through our Equality Housing Outreach project, we will continue to provide support where possible.

Sherrick House and Take a Break are continuing to offer a service for those families who want to use it, and extra steps are taken to ensure the safety of everyone in the building.

Barnet Mencap is a Hate Crime Reporting Centre, and although people can't come to the office to report hate crimes during this crisis, people can still report hate crimes via or via 020 8349 3842 and our Hate Crime Reporting Coordinator will get in touch as soon as possible.

We will provide updates when we receive advice that will change what we are able to offer.

The Barnet Mencap answerphone will remain open for telephone calls, and can be contacted on 020 8349 3842. The answerphone will be checked daily and when staff are able to answer calls at the office they will do that. You can also email should you have any questions about what we can offer.

For EasyRead information on Covid-19, Royal Mencap have created a great resource which you can read here.

Barnet Council are operating a service for people who need urgent, non-medical help. You can find details of this service here. 

Other organisations in the borough are offering different or reduced services, take a look at this Community Directory for more information.

Staying Active

Whilst our Curtains Up and Showdown dance and drama groups aren't running at Finchley Youth Centre at the moment, they are offering some online Easter Masterclasses! These are a great way to stay active in your own living room, from professional actors and teachers including musical theatre workshops from the West End's Jodie Steele. All Barnet Mencap service users can get a 20% discount by clicking here and using the code 'FixBarnetMencap'.

Missing our Martial Arts sessions? Our martial arts instructor is putting up regular workout videos to his YouTube channel.

The National Autistic Society has provided excellent resources and tips for autistic people during this current situation, which you can see here.

Autistica has also produced a range of Covid-19 resources for people with autism, and even have webinars with experts answering your questions.

Please click here to download an EasyRead copy of the Prime Minister's advice on staying home to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (from

The advice below also comes from Mencap.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new type of illness. There are now a number of people in the UK who have it and it is spread easily.

People who are ill with the virus may:

  • have a cough
  • have a high temperature
  • find it harder to breathe

Most people who have the virus feel unwell but do not need to go to hospital.

People who have Coronavirus are usually better after 14 days.

What to do if you think you have Coronavirus

Do not go to your doctors if you think you have Coronavirus.

Do contact NHS 111 straight away. This will tell you what you need to do next.

You can do this online by visiting the NHS 111 online service.

They may tell you to stay at home and not go near other people for several days. This is called self-isolating.

Support for vulnerable people

If you live in England and have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus you can register to get extra help with things like food deliveries.

Even if you're not sure if your medical condition makes you vulnerable, if you are one of our clients you can register anyway.

How to help stop Coronavirus spreading

It is important that we all do our best to stop the virus spreading.

The best way to do this is:

  • to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • to put any tissues you use in a bin
  • cough or sneeze into your sleeve instead of your hand, if you don't have a tissue
  • try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.

It is really important that you wash your hands carefully and regularly. You should do this after coughing or sneezing and before eating any food.

You should always wash your hands when you get home or arrive at a new place.

The Government has also made some new guidelines to help stop Coronavirus from spreading. They have said that:

  • if you do not need to travel to work then you should stay at home
  • if you can work from home then you should do this.

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