The British Red Cross has some exciting new online resources to help empower people who may be feeling lonely, and provide them with tools to build confidence, reach out to others and look to the future.
Please share these resources. They are all free and can be found at: www.redcross.org.uk/loneliness-resources. Anyone wishing to be notified when they new resources become available on their website can sign up for updates.
Here is the latest advice from the World Health Organisation, including videos for handling masks.
From the National Pensioners’ Convention June Bulletin. Twitter / Facebook pages: @NPCUK. Fraudsters claiming to be from NHS Test and Trace.📞If NHS Test and Trace calls you, it will be from their single number 0300 0135 000. 💻The only website to visit is: http://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk. Action Fraud no. attached.⚠️Contact tracers never ask you to do the following:
Ask you to dial a premium rate number (for example, those starting with 09 or O87)
Ask you to make any form of payment
Ask for any details about your bank account
Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
Ask you for any passwords or PINs or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
Ask you to purchase a product
Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet
Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040.
Help for veterans (Lily Jones) https://businesscostsaver.co.uk/guide-for-veterans/
Whilst not meeting in person, https://www.bellhouse.co.uk/ are still here for wider learning opportunities to our community at home. https://www.bellhouse.co.uk/onlineactivities?mc_cid=b2dc84e300&mc_eid=345bdea9fd
The Festival of Words with the best in writing with poetry & all things literary from Southwark & beyond will be premiering performances, talks & workshops from writers & storytellers for any age from 26/05/20-12/06/20. Next one on Tuesday: Konnie Huq Shares Writing Tips Tuesday 26/05/20 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrPRfbJzHjLgWt0eAnZJ4Mg
Various resource links for Older people’s assistance, including Covid-19 help.
Mind mental wellbeing during Coronavirus https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Isolation Wellbeing Pack from SGTO (Southwark Group of Tenants’ Organisations. http://www.southwarkpensioners.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Isolation-Wellbeing-Pack-newsletter_compressed.pdf
Government Coronavirus https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Public Health England https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/
Shielding and protecting older people https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/
Dealing with anxiety https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/managing-anxiety-breathing
You may find these useful – guides on how to get NHS help when you need it during coronavirus. Click here for the easy read version http://www.southwarkpensioners.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/C0525_Accessing-services-easy-read__compressed.pdf
Some publications from Independent Age
Independent Age Blogs – HERE http://www.independentage.org/news-media/independent-age-blog
Independent Age Support – HERE https://www.independentage.org/get-support
Independent Age Get Involved – HERE https://www.independentage.org/get-involved
Independent Age Campaigning – HERE http://www.independentage.org/campaigning
Southwark has launched a new portal where residents and
others can tell us about public spaces where there are issues with e.g. social distancing or safe travel and suggest interim solutions. https://www.southwark.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/for-the-public/coronavirus/impact-on-council-services/coronavirus-help-us-combat-covid-19-by-suggesting-healthier-streets
Do you have a working Apple iPhone (5 and above) or Samsung Galaxy smartphone going unused? Free it from lockdown and gift it on with a message of hope to help others get connected with family, friends and essential support in Southwark. Hubbub.org.uk/CommunityCalling is working with Southwark Council, Community Southwark and local groups to reach those who are most isolated. Every phone gifted will be data-wiped and sterilised by specialists Recono.me, and O2 will be providing SIM cards with 15GB data, unlimited texts and unlimited minutes for 30 days. Recipients will also be supported with remote assistance and tech support to get up and running so that they can learn how to use their new devices with ease. https://www.hubbub.org.uk/communitycalling
Visit the Stay-at-Home Library for resources you can use
any time as well as a range of live online events and activities for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. https://www.southwark.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/for-the-public/coronavirus/your-stay-at-home-library-of-things-to-do?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
TEDI-London is a new engineering higher education provider
designing & creating dementia-friendly facilities, products and services
and who would love to hear the opinions of people with dementia, carers and the community. They have produced a short survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVk-dyOYCLVc2sGGSm2g4zw_dKd7Tf090DWMZ36nnh3QBrmw/viewform
The People’s Health Trust newsletter is available now, with
articles about delivering food, Zoom conferencing and staying creative. https://dmtrk.net/10CZ-6V43U-C9UP9NDJ6E/cr.aspx
The latest VE Day Special bulletin from Southwark Council
features ways of looking after your mental health, stay at home libraries. GP services and more. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKSOUTHWARK/bulletins/28a54cc
Care & Repair England have updated their Living Safely
and Well at Home brochure offering practical hints and tips about how to make the home safer https://housingactionblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/living-safely-well-2020.pdf
…as well as a ‘Living Safely Well Self Trainer http://careandrepair-england.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LIVING-SAFELY-WELL-SELF-TRAINER-2020.pdf
for families concerned about the safety of older relatives.
The coronavirus related ‘Keeping Well at Home’ guide from Care &
Repair England has information for older people about shielding,
mental health, home exercise & diet. http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=49104
Care & Repair England hopes to make homes healthier, safer places for
people of all ages to live in.
Lockdown Viewing: After the Southwark Local History Group’s
presentation on ‘Southwark’s Riverside Heritage’, Patricia Dark and Lisa
Soverall from the Southwark Local History Library and Archive have compiled some links to historical films of the river Thames: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EaLvlrMsutdO1uT1gVhqLV38dTkctwJy/view?usp=sharing
Taxicard: You can now use your Taxicard for:
Taxicard drivers to pick up and deliver essential supplies for you;
Allow friends and family to travel on your behalf using your Taxicard for the same purpose. Click on the link below for more information: https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/press-release/02-april-2020/covid-19-%E2%80%93-taxicard-changes
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research
Unit in Older People and Frailty has created the leaflet
below: HOW TO STAY WELL during the Coronavirus outbreak:
5 key messages for people living with dementia
Southwark Group of Tenants’ Organisations have provided us
with a very informative Isolation Wellbeing pack. It has some great
links to museums, galleries and other mood lifting public spaces that are doing things online. Click here.
Accessible information for organisations serving the
community – Covid-19
Information is being issued daily. The most up-to-date information can be
found on the government
website which is in English and here are a number
of campaign resources on the Public Health England website again in English so the links below may be useful for you.
Guidance about staying at home and away from others. This
is the latest information following the Government’s announcement on 23 March about staying at home as much as possible. It isn’t currently available in alternative formats. However, Mencap has produced an easy read leaflet about staying at home: Guidance on Staying at Home from Mencap
Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus
infection: Available in easy read and Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese,
Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and
Guidance on social distancing – including protecting vulnerable
people, Available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French,
Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.
Guidance on protecting extremely vulnerable people (shielding) –
protecting people that are at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill from
Covid-19. Available in easy read.
Mental health charity MIND has produced
information about Coronavirus and wellbeing. Their website also includes links to important information about Covid-19 and staying well.
Doctors of the World have helpfully translated the
core Guidelines about Covid-19 into 32 languages: Albanian,
Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, French, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish, Pasto, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Tigrinya, Urdu, Vietnamese
Public Health England resources about hand-washing: Many
resources available, including easy read and large print posters and flyers, audio and British Sign Language videos. Braille versions can be ordered.
The Migrant Information Hub offers useful information and resources to help migrants, and those supporting them, to stay safe, connected and informed, and to reduce the harmful impacts of coronavirus (Covid-19) on people’s lives (includes new multi-lingual resources, national guidance, local services and support, and news and updates on specific migrant issues). They are based in Yorkshire but the resources are relevant
The Roma Support Group also have a number of resources on their website. From NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group