Links to support sites - isolating, quarantine, financial, long covid etc

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MRex Tue 22-Sep-20 09:51:17

If anybody has additional useful links, please add them below. I can't see a similar thread.

Need to isolate or quarantine, or still unwell, but require food or medication
1) the covid support groups still exist and can help:
covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/.
2) if you look on your local council site www.local.gov.uk/our-support/guidance-and-resources/communications-support/digital-councils/social-media/go-further/a-z-councils-online, they will have additional support resources and usually have a general "what support do you need" form and phone number to call, so that they can direct you to the correct services.

Testing www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
1) If you can't drive or are too unwell to go out but need a test, there is a courier service for home tests, so request that with a courier pickup.
2) Call 119 for help with booking or registering a test.

Employment and money
1) If you have any issues with your employer, ACAS can help: www.acas.org.uk/contact or 0300 123 1100
2) For any financial concerns, the Money Advice Service offers free and impartial support: 0800 138 7777 or www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/about-us
3) Local Councils have some hardship fund money to provide to their residents, contact their support page if you need help: www.local.gov.uk/our-support/guidance-and-resources/communications-support/digital-councils/social-media/go-further/a-z-councils-online
4) Housing advice - england.shelter.org.uk/.

Health
1) If there is an emergency, call 999. 111 is still there for non-covid and non-urgent matters, 119 for testing. But if someone is unwell enough that you would usually have called 999, then call 999.
2) NHS site - www.nhs.uk/
3) Long Covid - This site has links to a wide range of support groups: www.selfhelp.org.uk/COVID-19_Survivors_Group_UK
4) Anxiety and other mental health issues - www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/ or www.mind.org.uk/
5) Depression - call Samaritans on 116123 www.samaritans.org/.

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frozendaisy Tue 22-Sep-20 10:07:11

Thank you very handy.

Augustbreeze Sat 03-Oct-20 16:36:48

What a brilliant thread. Sad and wrong that this advice isn't readily available, afaik, elsewhere.

Augustbreeze Sun 04-Oct-20 09:56:07

Link (from NHS page) to financial support available including universal credit:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-employed-and-cannot-work

Augustbreeze Sun 04-Oct-20 10:04:23

Info from Martin Lewis's MoneySavingExpert site on the £500 payment for those self isolating on low incomes:

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/benefits-help-coronavirus/#supportpayment

The site also have lots of other useful financial info eg on furlough, self employment support.

Augustbreeze Sun 04-Oct-20 10:04:23

Info from Martin Lewis's MoneySavingExpert site on the £500 payment for those self isolating on low incomes:

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/benefits-help-coronavirus/#supportpayment

The site also have lots of other useful financial info eg on furlough, self employment support.

MRex Sun 01-Nov-20 18:49:26

Bump as a reminder for anyone who needs support.

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MRex Sun 01-Nov-20 20:17:04

Thanks @Augustbreeze and @Ormally for the contributions.

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Choconuttolata Sun 01-Nov-20 20:20:47

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