Covid19

 

There is a lot of information out there regarding Covid19: from regular news articles, fake news articles and even Number 10's "daily briefing."

We'll be posting links here to resources for e.g. the self-employed, those that need to claim benefits, or how to access volunteer support. Daisy is already sending out (near) daily updates via her newsletter.  Sign up to receive her newsletter and these Covid19 updates at www.daisycooper.org.uk/newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of every email.

 

COVID-19 – LINKS ADVICE AND SUPPORT

Below, there are links to sources of national and local advice and support on the following topics:

  • Community support
  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Vulnerable and extremely vulnerable groups
  • Advice for older people
  • Foodbank help for low-income
  • Key workers
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Renters, landlords and moving house
  • Welfare, paying bills, and consumer advice
  • HMRC taxation
  • Business and commerce
  • Self-employment
  • MOTs
  • Police and crime
  • Daisy Cooper MP

If you have any suggestions of additional links to include, please email me at daisy.cooper.mp@parliament.uk 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Volunteering – Communities 1st

http://www.communities1st.org.uk/covid-19-community-signup or
Tel: 020 8207 5115 (1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday)

 

Communities 1st – for help and support
www.communitiest1st.org.uk/covid19support or
Tel: 020 8207 5115 or

Email: help@communities1st.org.uk  

 

Radio Verulam #sidewithstalbans – to promote community initiatives
www.radioverulam.com/sidewithstalbans

 

Herts Libraries virtual reading group

https://www.facebook.com/hertslibraries/

 

Distance SINGALONG for adults with learning disabilities

https://www.facebook.com/ElectricUmbrella

 

Harpenden Cares – supported by Harpenden Town Council

https://harpendencares.org

 

HertsHelp – network of community organisations helping to find independent support

Tel: 0300 123 4044

Email: info@hertshelp.net

 

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service

Tel: 0300 123 4044

 

St Albans and District Foodbank

Tel:  01727 613 019

Email: info@stalbansdistrict.foodbank.org.uk

 

Carers in Herts – advice and support for unpaid carers

Tel: 01992 586969

Email: contact@carersinherts.org.uk

 

Herts Young Homeless

Tel: 03333 202 384
Email: info@hyh.org.uk

 

Relate – couple and family relationships

Tel: 0300 003 2324

Email: info.inwh@relate.org.uk

 

London Colney Good Neighbourhood Scheme

Tel: 01727 261104 (Monday or Friday, 10am – 1pm)

 

Redbourn Care Group

Tel: 01582 794550

Email: info@redbourncaregroup.co.uk

 

Support For All – for isolated and vulnerable in Wheathampstead
Tel: 01582 380910 
Tel: info@wheathampstead-pc.gov.uk

 

Libraries – service updates

www.Hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries

  

PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

 

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

 

NHS 111 advice telephone service: call 111

 

West Herts Hospital – closed to visitors and all non-urgent appointments westhertshospitals.nhs.uk

 

Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service
Tel: 0800 389 3998 (free from landline) or 01442 453 071 or text SMOKEFREE to 80818

 

Covid-19 symptoms self-reporting app: https://covid.joinzoe.com/

 

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

 

Cancer Research UK: https://about-cancer.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/coronavirus-and-cancer

 

Crohns and colitis: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice

 

Independent fact checking service

https://fullfact.org/health/wuhan-coronavirus/

 

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

 

Mental health advice – Samaritans: call 116 123 helpline 24 hrs a day, 365 days

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

 

Mental health – practical advice while staying at home from MIND

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

 

Mental health – information for young people from MIND

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

 

Ollie Foundation – supporting families with suicide

Tel: 07715 311891

 

Mind in Mid-Herts

Tel: 01727 865070

Email: admin@mindinmidherts.org.uk

  

VULNERABLE AND EXTREMELY VULNERABLE GROUPS

 

HM Government advice on shielding and the medically extremely vulnerable

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

 

HM Government advice on social distancing and vulnerable people

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

 

ADVICE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

 

Age UK – advice Line for older people

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/staying-safe-and-well-at-home/

 

Age UK – free advice line: Tel: 0800 055 6112 (8am-7pm, 365 days a year)

 

Age UK – Advice on staying safe at home

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/staying-safe-and-well-at-home/staying-safe/

 

AGE UK Herts: Tel: 0300 345 3446; Email: info@ageukherts.org.uk

 

Social care provider hub – Herts County Council

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/adult-social-services/adult-social-services.aspx

 

Social care – Herts County Council call centre

Tel: 0300 123 4042

 

Adult Care Services helpline (Herts County Council)

Tel: 0300 123 7577

 

 

FOODBANK HELP FOR LOW-INCOME

 

St Albans and District Foodbank

Tel:  01727 613 019

Email: info@stalbansdistrict.foodbank.org.uk
https://stalbansdistrict.foodbank.org.uk/2020/03/13/coronavirus-covid-19-foodbank-operations/

 

St Albans Hygiene Bank

Email: tbstalbans@gmail.com

 

KEY WORKERS

 

Schools coronavirus helpline, Tel: 0800 046 8687

 

Key workers – schools support for children

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

 

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

 

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) – British Medical Association healthcare staff survey

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?imgdoctors=&id=vo5Ev1_m5kCeMTP9qkEogN9qcAtJP7BIoMVYCrz_n6hUN1hUREFYUk8yOURIV0tSNjZPOEtNMEVBWC4u

 

 

RENTERS, LANDLORDS, MOVING HOUSE

 

Government advice on renters and landlords

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-support-available-for-landlords-and-renters-reflecting-the-current-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

 

Moving house

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

 

 

WELFARE, PAYING BILLS and CONSUMER ADVICE

 

State benefits
Statutory sick pay, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support and Universal Credit

https://www.gov.uk/

Council tax support

stalbans.gov.uk/council-tax-support

 

Affinity Water – support for paying bills

www.affinitywater.co.uk

 

Citizens Advice St Albans District – to book telephone appointments
Tel: 01727 811118 (10am to 4pm)

Citizens Advice St Albans District – local webchat and email advice

www.castad.org.uk

 

Citizens Advice Bureau – national website or advice and chat online

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk

 

Which? – Consumer rights advice – insurance, cancelled travel and events

https://www.which.co.uk/news/coronavirus/

 

 

HMRC TAXATION

 

HMRC advice for Employees

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

 

HMRC Covid-19 tax bills helpline

Tel: 0800 0159 559 (8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday)

 

HMRC Loan Charge difficulties
Tel: 03000 599110 or

Email: loancharge@hmrc.gov.uk

  

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE

 

HM Government - Coronavirus financial support for Business

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support

 

Federation of Small Businesses
https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19

 

Institute of Directors
https://www.iod.com/iod-coronavirus-support-hub

 

Money Saving Expert advice

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com

  

SELF-EMPLOYMENT

 

Self-employment grant

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

 

TV and film freelancers’ relief fund

https://filmtvcharity.org.uk/coronavirus-financial-advice/

 

MOT TESTS

 

MOT tests

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020

 

 

POLICE AND CRIME

 

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Tel: 0808 2000 247 (freephone 24 hours)

Dial: 999 in an emergency

 

Scams and price hikes – report to Herts Trading Standards

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/report-to-trading-standards/#h-how-to-report-a-trader-to-trading-standards

 

Scams – National Trading Standards advice

https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/article/505/beware_of_covid_19_scams

 

Scam and phishing – HMRC advice

https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing

 

Telephone scams – police advice

https://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/Advice/Crime-prevention/Protect-your-money/Telephone-scams


Crime or public gatherings – reporting to police

www.herts.police.uk/report

 

Reporting disability hate crime
https://www.police.uk/information-and-advice/reporting-crime/

 

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