Free support and resources

Some free support groups and resources around at the moment

EXERCISE
NHS One You Ten minute work outs you can do at home. W: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more/home-workout-videos/

FOOD
The British Dieticians Association have developed some frequently asked questions around diet and coronavirus. They’ve also included useful links to factsheets on healthy eating and eating well for less. W: www.bda.uk.com/resource/covid-19-corona-virus-advice-for-thegeneral-public.html

With free Healthy Start Vouchers you can buy milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. To qualify, you need to be at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and in receipt of benefits. Complete an application on their website or call for an application form. T: 0345 607 6823 http://www.healthystart.nhs.uk

MOOD & SLEEP
Good Thinking promotes self-care for common mental health conditions, including anxiety, low mood, sleeping difficulties and stress. You can take their online self-assessment in each or all of these areas to get some useful tips. www.good-thinking.uk/coronavirus

Every Mind Matters Tips to help you manage a range of issues such as low mood, anxiety, stress and sleep disturbances. www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

eQuoo is a free app developed by a team of psychologists and the creators of The Walking Dead games. It combines mental health research with play using choose-your-own-adventure games that increase emotional fitness and teaches new psychological skills.

Shout provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text to anyone in crisis. Every texter is connected with a real-life human. Text SHOUT to 85258 www.giveusashout.org

Www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus Opening times: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday T: 0300 123 3393 or Text 86463

Headspace has some free 10-minute guided exercises to help relieve stress through mindfulness meditation.
Www.headspace.com/covid-19

The NHS talking therapy service aimed at people with mild to moderate anxiety, depression or trauma. Find your local service at Www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/benefits-of-talking-therapy

CARERS
Call our  Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456. Including a Talking Point Online Forum to connect online with other people affected by dementia
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/coronavirus

Caring4carers During COVID-19 they will be setting up a new WhatsApp group to share factual information relevant to carers, good news stories, fitness tips and videos, motivational messages and links to things that you can do on your own or with your family from the comfort of your own home.
E: info@carers4carers.com T: 07939 221 484 www.facebook.com/Carers4Carers-110850376978000/

Coronavirus support for clinically extremely vulnerable people If you have received an NHS letter or are caring for someone who has, you can register for support online or call the government’s new dedicated helpline. T: 0800 028 8327 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable​

Planning for emergencies To assist you and those you care for during this difficult time, Carers UK have put together some guidance on emergency contingency planning. www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/practical-support/planning-foremergencies

Arts 4 Dementia develop innovative arts workshop programmes to reenergise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers. They are running range of online and remote access events. www.arts4dementia.org.uk

OTHER

Royal Deaf Society Daily BSL video updates on the Coronavirus. www.royaldeaf.org.uk/coronavirus-udpates-information-and-advice

Street Link London If you’re over 18 and sleeping rough or see someone who is, report their location here. This will be sent to the correct, independent local homelessness outreach team, so they can locate the individual and connect them with support services. http://www.streetlink.london

Turn2us has an online benefits calculator, grant finder and other tools to help you find financial support. Opening times: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm T: 0808 802 2000 www.turn2us.org.uk

Bereavement Care Cruse have put together some resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected. Www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief