The NUJ working from home
AFTER long preparations to enable all of its operations to be run by staff working from home, the NUJ's London headquarters at Headland House went into full covid-19 shutdown on 23 March. The offices will remain closed until mid-June at least.
The NUJ switchboard number 020 7843 3700 will ask you to leave a message for Paul or Deirdre, the NUJ's receptionists, now working from home. They will call you back or put you through to whoever it is you need to talk to, who will also be working from home.
The direct line numbers for NUJ departments and officers including the Freelance Office - see here - will also take you to the relevant NUJ staff working from home. Be mindful that the Freelance Office has been inundated with calls: it may be a while before they get back.
At the time of writing, the latest Freelance Office advice on support for freelance journalists affected by the covid-19 lockdown is at www.nuj.org.uk/news/covid-19-update-from-the-nujs-freelance-office - it includes advice on getting financial assistance.
Expect more updates from the Freelance Office and Freelance Industrial Council, the body that deals with freelance issues in England and Wales: check www.nuj.org.uk/news and click on the tag "freelance" at the bottom of that page.