Here you will find some of the most useful information, links and guidance that is available nationally as well as locally. We will share what we have found and been sent, but please do email us on gemma@bhpt.org.uk if you would like to add/amend something to this page

The NHS website has information for everybody.  If you click on the rainbow logo above it will take you to their websites dedicated Coronavirus pages. Here you will find:

  • Advice for everyone
  • Advice for people at higher risk
  • Symptoms and what to do
  • Self-isolation of you or someone you live with has symptoms
  • Advice on hand washing
  • Advice on your wellbeing and mental health
  • Advice for pregnancy
  • What to do if you need medical help and much more

 

The GOV.UK website has information for everybody.  If you click on the crown logo above it will take you to their websites dedicated Coronavirus pages. Here you will find:

  • Information on how to protect yourself and others
  • Information on employment and financial support
  • School closures, education and childcare information
  • Information for healthcare workers and carers
  • Travel guidance and how Coronavirus is affecting public transport
  • How YOU can help
  • And lastly, guidance on what you can and cant do can be found on this page here.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse have put together some resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic. They cover some of the different situations and emotions bereaved people may have to deal with. They will be adding to and updating this information as the situation develops. They really are worth having a look, click here to view their web page.

During the global coronavirus pandemic we are all facing tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. It can be very important to talk to someone, to share these feelings.

Bereaved people may have to deal with increased trauma, and may be cut off from some of their usual support network. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.

See below, a poster for the latest contact information from Cruse

 

Mind – Better mental health

Coronavirus and your mental health

If you're finding things hard emotionally right now, you're not alone. Mind are here to provide information and support.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting all our lives. Things are changing fast, and many of us are worrying about what it all means for ourselves and for our loved ones. Those of us already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too
 
On Mind's website you'll find reliable information and tips to help you cope during this time. We will be including some of these in our blog but here is the link to get you started on their website. We really like this! 
You can find information on things like:
  • Going in to work
  • Young people
  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • Loneliness
  • Managing stress
  • Trauma
  • And how to stay active at home

If you would like to know more about mindfulness, check out Minds dedicated page here, and also Francis, one of our Trustees, came across this website, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, offering free podcasts and mindfulness sessions! Worth checking out!

Click the image above to go to the dedicated finance, housing & unemployment worries page on mentalhealth.org

They have lots of helpful tips, links and advice that may help you or others during this difficult time

Debt Advice

Below are trusted sources for debt advice. You can use these links to access help and advice from some of the biggest names in advice, support and guidance in the uk.  These charities and agencies offer practical support to help and empower yourself when you feel you might need some extra assistance.

StepChange

StepChange is a debt advice charity set up to help people take back control of their finances and their lives.

StepChange have a very comprehensive website which offers advice and guidance on types of debt, an online benefits calculator to make sure you are getting everything you are entitled to and even has a unique 7 Days 7 Ways email programme to help you via videos, to feel more confident and informed to take control of your debts.

To visit their website, click here.

Shelter

Shelter is a charity who helps millions of people each year, in particular relating to housing and homeless. If you are in debt and threatened with homelessness take a look on Shelters website here.

Shelter can offer advice on tenancy deposit refunds, benefit issues, housing options, housing eligibility and more.  Shelter offer face to face support, online support, a national telephone helpline and also legal help.

National Debtline

National Debtline are a charity who pride themselves on being easily contactable. The first thing you see when you come to their website is a web chat box.  You can chat online and ask questions or their number is in bold green at the top of their website.

National Debtline have a range of fact sheets, a useful budget tool and even helpful videos and letter templates!  They explain different the categories of debt, to make things simple and clear.  Their website is really easy to navigate. Click here to view it.

Money Saving Expert – Martin Lewis

MoneySavingExpert.com is a website set up by Martin Lewis, a financial Journalist.  It offers tips, advice and guidance as well as a community to help on a broad range of things to do with all aspects of finance.  From saving money to debt and bargains, this is a useful website.

You can find templates to creditors, parking debt example letters, advice on what help is available and much more.  Martin also gives up to date advice when legislation changes here in the uk.

To view the website click here.