COVID-19 (Coronovirus) - USEFUL LINKS AND WHERE TO FIND (updated 20/04/20)
Here’s our round-up of organisations that can offer you support during this crisis:
Home But Not Alone Volunteer App: Suffolk County Council has launched a free app, called Tribe Volunteer, and phone line - 0800 876 6926 - to connect volunteers with those needing help. The number operates 09:00 to 17:00, seven days a week.
Age UK Suffolk: 01473 357070 / 01473 351234
Community Action Suffolk: For information for volunteers and communities contact 01473 345400
Suffolk MIND: Help available for emotional needs and mental health on 0300 111 6000
Mental Health: A new 24/7 helpline offering immediate support for mental health difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic has been set up by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. The freephone service, called First Response, launched yesterday (Wednesday 15 April). It is available on 0808 196 3494.
Alzheimer’s Research UK: If you, or someone you care for, needs support and information call the dementia info line on 0300 111 5 111 Free School Meals: We are receiving a very high volume of applications and emails regarding free school meals and we are processing these as quickly as possible. Information on free school meals has been updated on the SCC website http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/schools-guidance/free-school-meals-coronavirus
Domestic Violence 24 Hour Helpline: For some, having to isolate at home as a family will be a truly frightening experience. Domestic Abuse support services are still available to support them. The number of domestic abuse incidents will rise during the coronavirus outbreak. Being asked to stay at home, uncertainty over jobs and money may lead to increased stress within households. COVID-19 is not an excuse for abuse. National Domestic Violence 24 hour helpline – 0808 200 0247/Respect Phoneline ‘Are you hurting the one you love? Choose to stop.’ – 0808 802 4040
Early years childcare: If parents are a key worker or have a child that is classed as vulnerable and their usual early year’s childcare setting is not available, they can contact the Family Information Service for help to find alternate provision. They can be contacted on 0345 60 800 33 or for more information go to: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/childcare-information-and-support-for-parents-and-providers/guidance-for-parents-and-carers/suffolk-family-information-service/
Five Ways to Wellbeing: For advice on what we can do every day to make ourselves feel good while at home please visit; https://www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/projects/5-ways-to-wellbeing/advice-for-staying-well-at-home
Rural businesses and landowners guidance: Further information has been published for farmers, landowners, and rural businesses including additional information on how the Rural Payments Agency will be working. Further information please go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-farmers-landowners-and-rural-businesses
Please note the following links for information and advice on coronavirus.
Advice for the general public: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Symptom checker: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19
For those that have been in contact with an affected person or who have returned from specified countries/areas they should contact NHS 111 for advice and not attend the GP surgery or hospital.