COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - USEFUL LINKS AND WHERE TO FIND  (updated 09/01/21)

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The NHS is using a range of community buildings, GP premises and hospitals to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Certain groups of people are being prioritised to receive the vaccine, there is more information on this below. The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

Getting vaccinated: what you need to do

The NHS will contact you when it's your turn to have the vaccine. 

Do not contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. 

You'll need to be registered with a GP surgery in England (to get a vaccine).
You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

For full details follow link to www.suffolk.gov.uk/covidvaccinations

 

SUFFOLK SUPPORT over WINTER PERIOD 2020/21

Visit the Covid-19 information hub at www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/covidhub to find support in Suffolk. Services which can be accessed within the Covid Hub include:

  • Suffolk Advice and Support Service If you need to talk to someone about your finances and how you can access help please call the SASS service on 0800 068 3131
  • NSFT & Suffolk Mind If you need to talk to someone about your mental health and wellbeing please get in touch with NSFT: 0300 123 1503 Suffolk Mind: 0300 111 6000
  • First Response If you or someone you know is in crisis please call First response 0808 196 3494
  • Domestic Abuse Helpline Are you a victim of domestic violence and abuse? Call the Suffolk 24-hour Freephone Helpline 0800 977 5690. Are you hurting the one you love? Choose to stop. The Respect Phoneline 0808 802 4040
  • Physical activity Visit Keep Moving Suffolk for ideas to improve yours and your family’s physical activity levels. www.keepmovingsuffolk.com
  • The Source website Information and advice for young people in Suffolk, visit https://thesource.me.uk
  • Emotional Wellbeing Hub Support for young people, call 0345 600 2090 or visit  Emotional Wellbeing Gateway

 

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.

Samaritans:  0116 123 or jo@samaritans.org

Alzeimer'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 ome, 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 Care: 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.

 

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