Coronavirus - Communities
Community support and what you can do
Good hygiene is the best preventative measure. Make sure you, your friends, family and colleagues wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
There are a number of Community Mutual Aid Groups being set up across the country. You can volunteer to set one up if there is not already one in your area.
There are two local mutual aid groups on Facebook:
There are a range of business who take telephone orders and also deliver, view Forest Hub - home delivery businesses
The Department for Work and Pensions are regularly updating their website with information on how to claim benefits for people who have been affected by Coronavirus.
Forest of Dean hot meal service can be contacted on 07543446156.
Support for extremely vulnerable people
If you have been identified as being at high risk, or you think you have a medical condition that places you at high risk, you can register on the government website for coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person. This support can be in the form of getting food, basic needs and prescriptions delivered.
Gloucestershire Community Help Hub
This County-wide community help hub has been created by Gloucestershire’s councils and partners to connect local people who need help with others who can provide the support they need.
The hub includes four forms:
- ‘I can offer help’ for people who are able to support neighbours with tasks such as picking up prescriptions, shopping, dog walking
- ‘I need help’ which can be used by individuals to ask for support
- ‘My neighbour needs help’ which can be used by people to request help on behalf of a neighbour, relative or friend who cannot access the internet themselves
- ‘My business can help’ will allow local businesses who may have skills and resources others could benefit from, to offer their help
The information collected will be shared with us who will connect people who can help each other, or if appropriate refer individuals to an existing service.
Health and Wellbeing
If you are a vulnerable person you can register for support on GOV.UK.
The charity Mind have lots of useful advice and tips about how to protect your mental health and reduce anxiety about Coronavirus.
The Conversations has an article on staying connected and reducing loneliness whilst you are in isolation.
Age UK have launched a new telephone service for older people who need support if they are self-isolating. Call 01865 411 288 and leave your name and number, someone will call you weekly to see how you are, chat and offer practical support if needed.
One way you can help improve your mental health if you are self-isolating is by staying active. These organisations have produced tips and guides for people to stay active:
- Sport England havetips and advice on staying active during self-isolation
- British Heart Foundation have a guide on how to get active indoors
- Change4Life have indoor ideas to keep children active and entertained
For more information on scams related to Coronavirus visit the Friends against Scams website. They have more information on different types and how to protect yourself.