Supporting You During Covid-19

There is a high volume of information out there at present. To help you we have collated a list of useful links to services which provide advice and information to support your health and wellbeing.

The list includes advice from statutory organisations, charities and also community groups in your local area which are there to help support your needs at this time.

Trusted advice during Covid-19 outbreak

NHS – Advice for Everyone

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS – Advice for High Risk Groups

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-people-at-high-risk/

GOV.UK guidance: For Extremely Vulnerable

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

GOV.UK – Staying at home

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Easy Read Information

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874281/COVID-19_easy_read.pdf

Easy Read Poster

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0606/1553/files/Coronavirus-Poster-1-NHS.pdf?v=1584633429

Inclusion Gloucestershire Easy Read

https://www.inclusiongloucestershire.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Tips-for-self-isolating-Easy-Read-v2.pdf

Language Translations

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/#

Health Charity Information

British Liver Trust:

https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-health-advice-for-people-with-liver-disease-and-liver-transplant-patients/

Kidney Care Uk:

https://www.kidneycareuk.org/news-and-campaigns/coronavirus-advice/

Cancer Charities:

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/coronavirus/cancer-and-coronavirus

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/coronavirus-and-cancer

https://www.leukaemiauk.org.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Asthma and lung conditions:

https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/

Diabetes UK
https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

Alzheimer’s Society
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

British Heart Foundation (BHF)
https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters

Age UK – Advice for Older People

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/gloucestershire/our-services/advice-for-older-people.pdf

Local support

Gloucestershire County Council Hub

If since the COVID-19 social distancing measures have been put in place you are struggling to manage certain daily tasks or would like to help others who are, there is a ‘Community Help Hub’ to support the following:

  • Someone who needs help
  • Someone whose neighbour needs help
  • Someone who can offer help
  • A business that can offer help

Please go to –
https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub/

If you are unable to use the online forms we have a phone line available, please call 01452 583519. The phone lines are open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm

Age UK

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/gloucestershire/our-services/coronavirus-covid-19-and-older-people/

Adult Social Care – Gloucester

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/adult-social-care-information-advice-and-support/

Carers Hub

https://gloucestershirecarershub.co.uk/

Young Carers

http://www.glosyoungcarers.org.uk/

Stay connected

Guideposts

Helping vulnerable and isolated people
To access the Stay Connected Helpline, call 0800 048 7035 (Monday to Friday 9.00-5.00)

Email: hereinfo@guideposts.org.uk

You can access all of their resources at: www.guideposts.org.uk/stay-connected

Community and Volunteer Groups:

Good Sam – National NHS Volunteer Programme. Please click the link below if you need support.

https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSreferral

Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups

Follow the link to find your nearest group

https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/

https://www.facebook.com/CovidAidUK

Longlevens Noticeboard Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/groups/446254018803982/?ref=group_header&view=group&id=527141467381903

Covid-19 Support Group Churchdown Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/groups/2581026962006275?refid=52&__tn__=%2As-R

Food

Foodbank
https://gloucester.foodbank.org.uk/

Gloucester Helping Hands food parcel service tel: 07775 365179

https://en-gb.facebook.com/gloucesterhelpinghands/photos/a.1470840063218911/1689082111394704/?type=1&theater

Wiltshire Farm Foods

Please note: Orders for existing customers or extremely vulnerable people only

https://www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com/

Emotional wellbeing

*Please also see our Five Ways to Wellbeing page

Mental wellbeing during social isolation:

https://youtu.be/BmvNCdpHUYM

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

Dealing with Anxiety and stress:

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

https://www.bacp.co.uk/news/news-from-bacp/2020/28-february-coronavirus-anxiety-how-to-cope-if-you-re-feeling-anxious-about-the-outbreak/

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/

Headspace app for dealing with stress:

https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

Mindful Breathing Exercise – YouTube

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wfDTp2GogaQ

Dealing with grief and loss:

https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-bereavement/

Maintaining mental health

World Health Organisation (WHO)

The World Health Organisation has issued the following advice to help support your mental health:

  • Minimise watching, reading or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed;
  • Seek information only from trusted sources and mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones.
  • Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice.
  • The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried.
  • Get the facts; not the rumours and misinformation.
  • Also remember to keep as active as possible and take time to self-care with activities that promote your own wellbeing -see section ‘Five Ways To Wellbeing’

Mind Charity

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapse09f79

NHS – Mood Assessment Quiz

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mood-self-assessment/

NHS – Stress and Anxiety

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/

Young people’s health

http://www.youngpeopleshealth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/resilience-resource-15-march-version.pdf

Young Minds

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/looking-after-your-mental-health-while-self-isolating/

Teens in Crisis

https://ticplus.org.uk/

Bereavement

Winston’s Wish

https://www.winstonswish.org/

Young Minds – Grief and Loss

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/grief-and-loss/

Struggling to cope

If you are still struggling to cope and you are concerned about your mental health or the mental health of another person here are some really helpful organisations via the link below including support for Suicide Prevention:

https://gloucestershireuat.pcgprojects.co.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health/gloucestershire-suicide-prevention-partnership/

Samaritans Gloucester
Tel: 01452 306333 or national helpline open 24/7 – Dial 116 123.

If you are in need of emergency assistance please dial 999.