Coronavirus information

MHNE have assembled a selection of what are the most relevent resources at the time of writing, which include information, guidance and practical advice around coronavirus.  Information was last updated 29/03/20 but this is a fast changing situation.  Please contact us via our contact form or on social medial if you have comments or suggestions.

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* Getting coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person *

Please register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.

You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

COVID-19: Coronavirus latest information from the UK Government and NHS

General information from the NHS about preventing the spread and contraction of the virus, including answer to commonly asked questions:

http://NHS.UK/coronavirus
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

If you start to experience symptoms and believe you could have coronavirus, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital as you could pass the infection to others. First visit http://NHS.UK/coronavirus or call NHS 111 to speak to someone.

You can help to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus with this routine:

  • Wash your hands with soap more often than usual for at least 20 seconds when you arrive home at or work, and around mealtimes - take off shoes and outdoor clothes as soon as you get in.
  • Use hand sanitiser if you're using public transport, out shopping etc.
  • Observe physical distancing of 2m (6ft) and social distancing to stop wider spread

COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

Information for the public from Government:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Collection of guidance for various sectors:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Mental Health specific information

Coronavirus and your wellbeing (from Mind)
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Public Health England - advice on mental health & wellbeing, including for people with specific mental health problems & on getting help in a crisis
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

FACE COVID - How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis - by Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap
Practical steps based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_O8grFdwMDuGVIE_RvdRfhHhf6xf3tY8/view

Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing
http://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust - for information on NHS mental health services from CNTW
https://www.cntw.nhs.uk/

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust- for information on NHS mental health services from TEWV
https://www.tewv.nhs.uk/important-changes/

Check NSUN on twitter for the latest updates on how changes to services and lockdown in the UK will impact mental health service users.

Financial, Housing and Money Related Information

Citizen's Advice what it means for you
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

National Debtline Coronavirus Information and Fact Sheet
https://www.nationaldebtline.org/EW/factsheets/Pages/coronavirus-advice-and-support/help-and-advice.aspx

Moneysaving Expert Help and Rights
https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/uk-coronavirus-help-and-your-rights/

Covid-19: managing your mental and financial wellbeing
https://www.moneyandmentalhealth.org/covid-19-mental-financial-wellbeing/

Shelter: Find out how coronavirus has affected housing legislation, benefits and your rights.
https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus

Coronavirus and benefits (useful summary of information from Newcastle City Council)
https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/welfare-benefits/welfare-rights-and-money-advice/coronavirus-and-benefits-special-page

From the DWP - Coronavirus support for employers, benefit claimants and businesses

Please visit this DWP link for detailed and up to date changes - they are quite wide ranging:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

Coronavirus - advice for VCSE organisations and fundraisers

VONNE have produced an excellent collection of advice and links for the community and voluntary sector, and to support a range of vulnerable groups and health conditions.
https://www.vonne.org.uk/news/coronavirus-advice-vcse-organisations-and-fundraisers

VONNE has also opened up its funding pages to everyone. Funding Directory contains the details of more than 100 charitable trusts and foundations that are actively funding charities and community groups in the North East region.
https://www.vonne.org.uk/fine-directory

Connected Voice - Advice and updates for the sector
https://www.connectedvoice.org.uk/latest-news/737-advice-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Connected Voice have set up a funding page listing opportunities that are geared up to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and supporting charities and community groups at this very difficult time. It's updated on a regular basis:
http://www.connectedvoice.org.uk/funding-opportunities

Grants Online - COVID 19 Latest Funding Updates (open access)
https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html

NCVO have also provided a useful resource.
http://ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/coronavirus

COVID-19: guidance for social or community care and residential settings

This guidance will assist social, community and residential care employers in providing advice to their staff on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance

Guidance for hostel or day centre providers of services for people experiencing rough sleeping

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping

Coronavirus advice and planning for people experiencing homelessness (Groundswell)

https://groundswell.org.uk/coronavirus/

COVID-19 Advice for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Services for asylum seekers and refugees updated due to Corona Virus (Covid-19).
https://newcastle.cityofsanctuary.org/home/covid-19-updates

North East Councils - Service Disruputions and Local Advice (eg. schools, social care)

Newcastle City Council
https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19

Durham County Council
https://www.durham.gov.uk/coronavirus

Gateshead Council
https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/14980/Information-on-Coronavirus-COVID-19-

South Tyneside Council
https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/69129/Coronavirus-COVID-19-

Sunderland Council
https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/coronavirus

Northumberland County Council
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Care/Health.aspx#coronavirus

Middlesbrough
https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/community-support-and-safety/coronavirus-covid-19

COVID-19 Volunteering

NHS Volunteer Responders

This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020.  Signup here:

https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhs

Newcastle City Council is seeking Volunteers

Citylife Line has been set up by Newcastle City Council for people wanting to volunteer their time while also providing a service for people to register their need for assistance.
http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylifeline

North Tyneside - VODA Volunteers

Good Neighbours COVID-19 Volunteer Response - offer or receive help with shopping etc.
https://voda.org.uk/covid-19-volunteering/

Mutual Aid UK Groups - National Community Support Network

A national page to coordinate the community organising to support the most vulnerable and isolated during the Covid-19 outbreak.  Check the page for groups in your area, there are already many across the North East.
https://covidmutualaid.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CovidAidUK/

People Together
https://people-together.co.uk/

Coronavirus and Human Rights (from NSUN)

https://www.nsun.org.uk/News/covid-19-and-human-rights