Coronavirus - Communities
Community support and what you can do
If you are able to offer help, or need help sign up to the Gloucestershire Community Help Hub. It 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.
Gloucestershire Community Help Hub
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.
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 have tips 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
Sport England have set up a £195 million funding programme to clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic.
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.