Covid 19 – Alternative Sources of Help

Help and support available during the current Coronavirus (COVID- 19)

We understand this is a very worrying time but help is available:

Sources of help:
ACAS have provided a guide on employee rights: https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

Alcohol Change provides how to get help for those struggling with drinking, particularly if the usual support networks are not available.
https://alcoholchange.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help-now/coronavirus-information-and-advice-hub/coronavirus-getting-support.

British Red Cross is helping with the coronavirus emergency across the UK
https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/uk-emergency-response/coronavirus

Cruse has helpful guidance for those involved with bereavement and grief:
https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief There is a free helpline: 0808 808 1677

Disability Rights UK provides information and links to government and institutional guidance:
https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/coronavirus

Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response and have provided assistance to support our well-being during these difficult times:
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
Mind have a helpful webpage and advice on social isolation:
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Tel: 0300 123 3393 (UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably). Or email info@mind.org.uk

Money Advice Service have provided a guide which includes employment, money, housing costs, bills etc. There is a webchat online service or phone: 0800 138 1677
https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you

The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day – in full confidence
Call 116 123 (call is free)

For Urgent help in the first instance if you have immediate food, money or housing issues:

https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council this provides the link to your local council’s website

Turn2Us https://www.turn2us.org.uk/get-support/benefits-and-coronavirus-help-for-employees provide a helpful guide for employees who have lost their jobs or are experiencing financial problems due to the Coronavirus. This includes details of the Governments Furlough scheme.

Step Change is a charity offering free debt advice and support online or over the phone https://www.stepchange.org/how-we-help/debt-advice.aspx

Symptoms and Advice about the Coronavirus (Covid- 19) can be found on the Gov.UK and NHS websites: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Coronavirus (Covid-19) and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ Advice for everyone – Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Other Sources of help: Please refer to the ‘Alternative Sources of Assistance’ list on this website.