We are trying to keep this as up to date as possible but please note that given the fast-moving nature of the situation some of the links may contain out-of-date information, especially those linking to documents rather than web pages. (With thanks to Healthwatch North Yorkshire)
The Society for Endocrinology is advising slightly different sick day rules for patients with adrenal insufficiency during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. To support this, their webpage has very clear and easy to use guidance
Al-Anon Family Groups - Al-Anon Family Groups are still available to provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking.
Alcoholics Annonymous - Coronavirus news
Alzheimer's (and see Dementia)
Alzheimer's Society - Information for people affected by dementia,
Pernicious Anaemia Society - Following some confusion caused by the guidelines issues to doctors and others about access to regular B12 injections for Pernicious Anaemia during the pandemic, the British Society for Haematology has changed the guidance. The Pernicious Anaemia Society played an active part in the re-writing on the guidance having received many calls from confused and concerned members of the public. Read more
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society - Coronavirus and rheumatoid arthritis
Asthma UK - Health advice for people with asthma
National Autistic Society - Information about coronavirus
NHS - Clinical guide for front-line staff to support the management of patients with a learning disability, autism or both during the coronavirus pandemic – relevant to all clinical specialities
Council For Disabled Children - NHS England and NHS Improvement have produced a Coronavirus FAQs document for their Learning Disability and Autism Programme. They will provide an update on questions and answers each Friday for the next few weeks. We will add this update to our weekly FAQs newsflash which you can sign up for here.
Turn2Us - Benefits and coronavirus
Universal Credit - Coronavirus and claiming benefits
Grief Chat - Grief Chat offers online support for bereavement people between Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm (UK time)
NHS Blood and Transplant - Information about blood donation. You can still travel to donate. Giving blood and platelets is essential to the NHS and vulnerable patients. Please keep donating
British Sign Language
SignHealth - Information – BSL videos
Government - Stay home, save lives BSL video and audio file
Macmillan - Advice on coronavirus for people with cancer
Bloodwise - Coronavirus and blood cancer
Eve Appeal - Gynaecological cancer and coronavirus
CLIC Sargent (Young Lives vs Cancer) - Supporting you through coronavirus
Healthwatch England - Cancer and coronavirus advice article, 28 April 2020 - It’s understandable you might feel anxious about COVID-19. The Government and the NHS have both confirmed that cancer treatment should continue to be prioritised during the response to the COVID-19 emergency.
Carers Trust - Guidance on coronavirus
Rethink Mental Illness - Coronavirus: Advice for carers of those with severe mental illness
Carers’ Resource - Coronavirus updates
Children and Young People
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - Advice for parents during coronavirus - what to do if your child is unwell or injured
BBC - Coronavirus: What is being done to tackle the virus? (Newsround), Coronavirus: Here’s some advice if you’re worried about it (Newsround), Coronavirus: How to help kids cope with life without school
The Mix - Help, I’m worried about coronavirus
Children's Commissioner - Children’s guide to coronavirus
ThinkUKnow - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency's (CEOP) education team have designed resources, designed at helping parents and carers have conversation about internet safety, suitable for a range of ages.
Achieving For Children - Easy read and support resources about COVID 19
Gingerbread - Information for single parents
Crohn's and colitis
Crohn’s & Colitis UK - Coronavirus: Advice for people with Crohn’s and colitis
Citizens Advice - If you can’t pay your bills because of coronavirus
Step Change - Debt and coronavirus
The British Psychological Society - Supporting older people and people living with dementia during self-isolation
Innovations in Dementia - Guide and short films made with people with dementia to help volunteers interact, with deliveries, befriending and transport.
Healthwatch England - Changes to Primary Dental Care services
Disability (and see Benefits above)
Scope - Coronavirus information
Disability Rights UK - Coronavirus information
Easy Read information
Public Health England - Coronavirus information, Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Looking after your feelings and your body
Learning Disability England - Keeping Informed and In Touch during Coronavirus
Ineqe Safeguarding Group - Makaton video about the Coronavirus
National Eczema Society - Advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) for people with eczema
NHS Fitness Studio - Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.
Sport England (Stay in, work out) - Tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home
GamCare - Update on COVID-19
Grief support (see Bereavement)
British Heart Foundation - Information for people with heart and circulatory diseases (British Heart Foundation)
Resuscitation Council UK - Statement on COVID-19 in relation to CPR and resuscitation in first aid and community settings
Terrence Higgins Trust - Coronavirus and HIV
Shelter - Housing advice: coronavirus
National Kidney Federation - Information and advice for patients
Kidney Care UK - Guidance for patients with kidney disease
Learning disability (see Easy Read information above)
British Lung Foundation - Information for people with lung conditions, What is the difference between self-isolation and social distancing?
The Patients Association - Your medicines during the coronavirus outbreak (information about how people should go about obtaining and taking medicines during the coronavirus outbreak)
Mental health and wellbeing
NHS/Gov - Every Mind Matters - Looking after your mental health, Public Health England new online guidance setting out principles to follow to help people to manage their mental health, List of mental health helplines, Changes to mental health legislation under the coronavirus bill, Apps to manage your health and wellbeing
Healthwatch England - Coronavirus is affecting my mental health – what can I do?
Campaign to End Loneliness - Coronavirus and social isolation
Independent Age - Regular phonecalls for older people
The Silverline - 24/7 helpline for older people who want a friendly chat
Samaritans - Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free, If you're worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
FarmWell - Isolation and loneliness
Mental Health Foundation - Looking after your mental health during the outbreak, Podcasts for your wellbeing
National Survivor User Network (NSUN) - COVID-19 update, COVID-19: General Information, COVID-19: Mental Health Information, COVID-19: Advice for User-Led Organisations and Groups, COVID-19: Mutual Aid, COVID-19: And Human Rights, COVID-19: Keeping in touch with each other when we can't meet face to face, Resources on how to support yourself and others with mental health.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - Coronavirus anxiety: how to cope if you’re feeling anxious about the outbreak
World Health Organization - Coping with stress during the outbreak
Beat Eating Disorders - Eating Disorders and Coronavirus, The Sanctuary is an online group created specifically in response to the coronavirus and subsequent social distancing & anxieties this could lead to for people with an eating disorder. A safe space for people with an eating disorder to share concerns and advice on how they are coping with the pandemic
Rethink Mental Illness - COVID-19 and mental illness, Coronavirus: Advice for carers of those with severe mental illness, Managing your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Anxiety UK - #Coronanxiety support and resources
OCD UK: OCD and coronavirus
Text “SHOUT” to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line
The Patients Association - Self-care during self-isolation and social distancing
Headspace - The app is making some of its content free at the moment, including meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.
M.E. Association - ME Association Guidance: Coronavirus and ME/CFS
Combat Stress – For Veterans’ Mental Health - Self-care during COVID-19
Royal British Legion - Their response to COVID-19 and updates. The Legion’s contact centre remains fully operational to support the Armed Forces community and can be reached on 0808 802 8080 (8am-8pm, seven days a week) or at email@example.com.
NHS volunteer responders
Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS to become NHS Volunteer Responders. They can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as: delivering medicines from pharmacies, driving patients to appointments, bringing them home from hospital, or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home. Recruitment has been very successful so is currently paused.
The British Psychological Society - Supporting older people and people living with dementia during self-isolation
Armchair Gallery - A free app that allows older people, and those who support them, to enjoy the life-changing benefits of art. In this era of lockdown and mass isolation it feels even more relevant than before.
Doctors of the World - Information about Coronavirus in other languages
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists - Information about coronavirus for pregnant women and their families
Public Health England - Stay at home for Ramadan
The Muslim Council of Britain - COVID19 – #RAMADANATHOME
Scams and fake information
Whilst there are lots of people and groups who are doing amazing work in local communities, we need to be aware that there are people who will use the current situation to exploit others for their own benefit. Scams can come in the form of people knocking on your door, fraudulent emails, phone calls, text messages or posts via social media. Fraudsters will attempt to get recipients to disclose personal or financial information or click on links that may contain malware - which then will be used for their own fraudulent purposes. Find out more on the Rutland Trading Standards page and find a list of scams on the National Trading Standards page.
If you receive any such fraudulent contact please report via: Action Fraud, 0300 123 2040, Citizens Advice Consumer helpline, 0808 223 1133, to report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Self-isolation and Shielding
British Lung Foundation - What is the difference between self-isolation and social distancing?
Healthwatch North Yorkshire - Things to do while you’re stuck at home
Healthwatch England - Coronavirus: What does shielding mean?
Royal College of Occupational Therapists - Staying well when social distancing (Advice to support people who are undertaking social distancing and for families to support their children while schools are closed)
The Patients Association - Highly vulnerable patients – what to do if you have not been contacted?
Living With Hearing Loss - Your COVID-19 Hearing Loss Survival Guide
Sign Health - Information for deaf people or those hard of hearing
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) - Coronavirus: How RNIB can help you
Macular Society - Coronavirus information and advice
Sight Advice FAQ - Covid-19 information
Stroke Association - Information for people affected by stroke
Marie Curie - Coronavirus if you’re affected by terminal illness