Daisy Cooper

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

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

www.facebook.com/hertslibraries/

Distance SINGALONG for adults with learning disabilities

www.facebook.com/ElectricUmbrella

Harpenden Cares – supported by Harpenden Town Council

www.harpendencares.org

HertsHelp – network of community organisations helping to find independent support

www.hertshelp.net

Tel: 0300 123 4044
Email: info@hertshelp.net

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service

hertsindependentliving.org

Tel: 0300 123 4044

St Albans and District Foodbank

stalbansdistrict.foodbank.org.uk

Tel: 01727 613 019
Email: info@stalbansdistrict.foodbank.org.uk

Carers in Herts – advice and support for unpaid carers

www.carersinherts.org.uk

Tel: 01992 586969
Email: contact@carersinherts.org.uk

Herts Young Homeless

www.hyh.org.uk

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

Relate – couple and family relationships

www.relate.org.uk

Tel: 0300 003 2324
Email: info.inwh@relate.org.uk

London Colney Good Neighbourhood Scheme

hwww.londoncolney-pc.gov.uk/?p=2623

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

Redbourn Care Group

redbourncaregroup.co.uk

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

Sports England – #StayInWorkOut campaign

www.stayinworkout.org

National Education Union – Education advice for parents and carers

coronavirusandschools.org.uk

Film resources for home schooling

www.bbfc.co.uk/Films-and-resources-for-discussion-and-home-schooling

#ITVKidsCreate Project

www.itv.com/itvcreates/articles/itv-kids-create

Eat Farm Now – education resources

eatfarmnow.com


PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

NHS medical advice

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

NHS 111 advice -telephone service

Dial 111

West Herts Hospital – closed to visitors and all non-urgent appointments

www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk

Minor injuries

Tel: NHS 111 to find out if you need hospital treatment first
Attend the Urgent Care Centre at Welwyn Garden City’s New QEII Hospital (not St Albans or Lister hospitals)

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

covid.joinzoe.com

Asthma UK

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

Cancer Research UK

about-cancer.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/coronavirus-and-cancer

MacMillan Cancer – patient advice

www.macmillan.org.uk/coronavirus

British Heart Foundation – patient advice

www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health

Kidney disease patients

www.kidneycareuk.org/coronavirus

Crohns and colitis

www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice

Independent fact checking service

fullfact.org/health/wuhan-coronavirus

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Mental health advice – Samaritans

call 116 123 helpline 24 hrs a day, 365 days
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

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

Mental health for young people – information tailored for young people from MIND

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

www.mindinmidherts.org.uk

Tel: 01727 865070
Email: admin@mindinmidherts.org.uk

Shout – mental health SMS text crisis line

Text ‘SHOUT’ to ‘85258’ to be put in touch with trained crisis volunteer


VULNERABLE AND EXTREMELY VULNERABLE GROUPS

HM Government advice on shielding and the medically extremely vulnerable

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

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

 

ADVICE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Age UK – advice for older people

www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/staying-safe-and-well-at-home
Tel: 0800 055 6112 (8am-7pm, 365 days a year, free to call)

Age UK – Advice on staying safe at home

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

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

Abuse of older people helpline

Tel: 0808 808 8141, Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm

 

FOODBANK HELP FOR LOW-INCOME

St Albans and District Foodbank

Tel: 01727 613 019
Email: info@stalbansdistrict.foodbank.org.uk
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

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

Clinicians returning to NHS and care professions

www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/returning-clinicians

NHS and social care workers – free parking

www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-provide-free-car-parking-for-nhs-and-social-care-staff

NHS and critical workers – free parking app

nhs-freeparking.co.uk

 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Personal Protective 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

Caravan and park homes sites

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-advice-for-accommodation-providers

 

WELFARE, PAYING BILLS AND CONSUMER ADVICE

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

https://www.gov.uk/

Council tax support

https://www.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)

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/

Visa & Immigration advice

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-immigration-and-borders

Refunds for cancelled EasyJet flights

Email: customer.support@easyJet.com

Pregnancy and maternity leave rights and benefits

https://maternityaction.org.uk/covidmaternityfaqs/

St Albans Commuter and Passenger Action Group (Facebook group)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/469243693525776/permalink/920971991686275/

 

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, COMMERCE AND EMPLOYMENT

HM Government - Coronavirus financial support for Business

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

HM Government – Coronavirus job retention scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

HM Government – Advice for charities

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-charity-sector

HM Government – New starter employees on furlough

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

St. Albans District Council Small Business Grants portal

https://stalbans.force.com/guest/s/coronavirus-grant

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

ACAS – free employment law helpline and webinars

Tel: 0330 123 1100

Jobs at Ocado and Feed the Nation

https://www.ocadogroup.com/careers
http://hopslaboursolutions.com/seasonal-work/

 

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
The male domestic violence hotline: 0808 8010327.


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/

Reporting nuisance bonfires

https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/environmental-services or https://www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/bonfires

 

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