I can see sentiment rising that a lot of the missing people are actually dead in the building and the information just not released but until official lists are given it’s best to keep an eye out:
And at the same time – people like this heartfelt sincere woman deserve to be heard and I agree with a lot of what she says, not all but still. Well done for saying what has to be said:
She’s right – 500 funerals need paying for. People need their lives rebuilt. I dont like Oxfam and really don’t like the Red Cross but I dont disagree with foreign aid and I think they do deserve as much help as we can give them but these donations are for these particular people. There are victims there and in the places open for them but she’s right – where are the rest of them? So many donations are rushing in that non-organizational based volunteers are being kept away from the frontlines. They’re frustrated and hurt. Put them to good use, they need to know they’re helping.
Urgent advice and support for victims, their friends and families
Residents who are displaced due to the fire please call the Kensington and Chelsea Council housing line on 020 7361 3008.
The Westway Sports Centre, Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP, is now the Family and Friends Reception and is being staffed by the police.
Any family and friends concerned about their loved ones please contact the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233.
If someone was reported as missing and has been found safe, please call the Casualty Bureau with an update.
The NHS encourages Londoners to use NHS services wisely and seek advice from NHS 111 in the first instance.
Benefit enquiry line
The Government has set up a dedicated benefit enquiry line for people affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower. The following numbers will be manned between 8am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday:
020 7941 6661
020 7941 6634
020 7941 6671
Banks offering help
The banking industry is ready to help people who have lost their homes in the fire at Grenfell Tower who have also lost all access to their bank cards, accounts and ID documents. Banks have been contacting customers to provide assistance and arrange emergency access to funds.
Find out more information about what the banks are offering, with appropriate helpline numbers.
If you are a foreign national
Foreign nationals in the UK affected by this incident may wish to contact their embassy, high commission or consulate, which may also be able to provide information or assistance.
Anyone affected by the fire in London and needing temporary accommodation for their dogs or cats please contact Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on 020 7627 9217.
If your pet needs treatment or fostering, Blue Cross animal hospitals could be able to help. Call 0300 777 1890 for Victoria (central London), 0300 777 1800 for Hammersmith (west London) or 0300 777 1810 for Merton (south London).
Hospitals across London have been treating those injured. If you are experiencing or are concerned about physical problems, seek advice and help from one of the range of NHS services available.
Air quality and smoke exposure
People who have been close to the scene and exposed to smoke from the fire may have experienced irritation to the lining of their air passages, their skin and their eyes, and respiratory systems including coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, phlegm production and chest pain.
People who have concerns about their symptoms should seek medical advice or call NHS 111.
Mental health support
If you are affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, either directly or indirectly, and in need of mental health support or psychological therapy you can call a dedicated NHS response service number where you can get access to mental health support services as well as information and advice 24 hours a day.
The number to call is 0800 0234 650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are worried about your mental health as a result of this event please see this NHS trauma leaflet (PDF, 50.2KB, 2 pages) It outlines common reactions, simple suggestions for how to cope and ways in which children may be supported to cope during the next few days.
Many symptoms may be a normal response to a terrible experience and will reduce over time. If your symptoms are severe and you are in distress or they last longer than 4 weeks, this may indicate the need for support from a mental health professional. The information on the NHS Choices website will outline possible symptoms and describe how to seek help. Please visit your GP who will be able to provide advice and refer you on to the appropriate local NHS mental health service for assessment and treatment.
If you are under 18, or concerned about someone who is under 18, please look on NHS Choices for your local children and young people’s mental health service. Children and young people may also access NHS help by visiting their GP, and schools may be able to provide support or refer them to local services.
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Cruse offers support to adults, young people and children when someone dies, whatever the circumstances. They offer face-to-face, telephone, email and website support.
Their free phone helpline is 0808 808 1677 and is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours to 8pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can also email them on email@example.com. More information on all their services is available at http://www.cruse.org.uk.
How you can help
If you would like to volunteer to help with the support effort being co-ordinated by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org including your name, contact number and availability.
The Charity Commission has issued advice for anyone donating to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire to ensure that their donations go to legitimate charities.
The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation has launched a Grenfell Tower appeal for funding, with support from London Funders and the London Emergency Trust Fund. Details of the appeal and how the public can support it can be found on their website.