COVID 19 - Help
Sources of Information and help
OFFICIAL ADVICE FROM THE GOVERMENT
Government Response https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE NHS
(Each item listed has a link to the relevant NHS advice)
For Information on financial options and support visit
EXPLAINING COVID 19 TO CHILDREN
As some children will be going back to work, they may be more anxious and have more questions about the Corona virus, hopefully the information below will help
VIDEO FROM ADER HEY
Alder Hey have produced a short video to help children understand Coronavirus
ADVICE FROM VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS
For advice from the NHS visit
For advice from the NSPCC visit
For advice from the BBC's tiny happy people
For advice from Mental health.org.uk visit
For advice from Youngminds visit
LOCKDOWN AND DOMESTIC ABUSE:
Since the UK-wide COVID-19 lockdown be-gan, there has been a 49% increase in calls and online requests for help relating to domestic abuse.
Bishop John Sherrington said:
‘Every person has a right to live their life free from violence, abuse, intimidation and fear. Catholic parishes can play an important role in the fighting the scourge of domestic abuse, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic where we are seeing some shocking statistics from leading domestic abuse organisations. My thanks go to those organisations and individuals already working so hard to ensure that people suffering domestic abuse can live safe lives. Every local situation will differ and so our new guidance is designed to be used as an introduction to start a local project. I hope that Catholics and parishes will be inspired to take this up in their local area. Violence of this kind should never be tolerated or justified. It is an offence against the dignity of the human person.’
For help and support visit https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/domestic-abuse/
DEMENTIA RESOURCES DURING LOCKDOWN
Dementia support line https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/dementia-connect-support-line
Demetia support forum https://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/
Top Five tips
The Alzheimer's society have produced a top 5 tips for peole caring for those living with Dementia. You can download a copy of this volunteer toolkit by clicking here
Supporting older people and those living with Dementia
Click here for a guide from the British Psychological Society
Advice from Dementia UK
The Archdiocese has put together a page of resources to help those LIving with Dementia and those who care for them. Click here for more information.
Sing for the Brain
On the 30th April Alzheimer's UK ran a sing for the brain session on Facebook. You can watch a video of the event by clicking here
ARTS for Dementia are providing opportunities for people to join in remotely with dance, drama music. To discover what is available and how to join in visit https://arts4dementia.org.uk/events/
Videos from Inovations in Dementia
Inovations in Dementia have developed a series of videos to assist volunteers and carers to understand the needs of a person living with Dementia. They are availabl on their youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVqQdwbR6zDgIGTPfxi0BYA
They have also produced a document that can be completed and shared with volunteers. Click here
At home shouldn’t mean at risk, but sadly for many people the lockdown has meant that they are trapped in isolation with their abuser under a pressurised situation.
Over the weekend, the government launched its #YouAreNotAlone domestic abuse campaign to reassure victims of domestic abuse that there is still help for them during the Covid crisis.
If you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse. (Gov.uk, Covid19 and domestic abuse) the COVID-19 household isolation does not apply
Domestic abuse is a serious crime. Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.
- If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police - the police will continue to respond to emergency calls.
- If you call 999 from a mobile and cannot speak, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard (link embedded to scheme) and this will transfer your call to the police. Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.
- National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247 or www.
SOURCES OF HELP
- Childline – 0800 1111
- Refuge – 0808 2000 247 (National Domestic Abuse Helpline)
- Women’s Aid
- Men’s Advice line - 0808 801 0327 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
- The Mankind Initiative - 01823 334244 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)
- National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Domestic Violence helpline - 0800 999 5428
- Respect Phoneline offers confidential advice and support to help domestic violence perpetrators stop being violent and abusive to their partners or ex-partners. 0808 802 4040
(With Thanks to the Archdiocescan safeguarding officer Alex for providing us with the above information)
A FREE BOOK TO HELP CHILDREN UNDERSTAND THE PANDEMIC
SLLL have closed their weekly over 60’s group at Mossley Hill Church, but are continuing to offer friendship and support to anyone over 65 who is isolated through their befriending service.
Liverpool City Council have set up two Holtlines in response to the CoronaVirus Crisis (manned 8am to 6pm)
The volunteer hotline is 0151 233 3068.
Volunteers are needed to help deliver medication to those in self-isolation, or check in with neighbours, and to help the foodbanks across the city
The support hotline is 0151 233 3066.
This has been established for anyone to call who feels they need support with a range of basic tasks because they don’t have a support network – friends and family – in place.
People can also sign up online via Liverpool City Council’s website: www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus
MENTAL HEALTH - SOURCES OF HELP
“The Hub of Hope is the world’s first of its kind mental health database bringing grassroots and national mental health services together in one place for the first time ever.
Using the location of web browser or mobile devices, the cloud-based web application allows anyone, anywhere to find the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts, as well as providing a ‘talk now’ button connecting users directly to the Samaritans.
It is currently the biggest and most comprehensive resource of its kind, with more than 1,200 validated support networks already registered on the web app and this number increasing each day. I
t has been endorsed by the Samaritans and 25 other national mental health support organisations and trusts. It already has a proven record of providing support to thousands as a vital stopgap for those on the five to six month NHS waiting list for mental health referrals.”
The Samaritans operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you're feeling, or if you're worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at
https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/ (0800 4 70 80 90)
The Silver Line is a free confidential telephone helpline offering information, friendship and advice to older people in the United Kingdom, available 24 hours a day.
Students against depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill.
Kind to your mind
Developed for Merseyside and Cheshire, with access to online therapy courses developed by medical professionals. https://kindtoyourmind.org/
The following resources may be useful for those living with dementia and their carers. Some of the advice is applicable to all carers (whoever they are caring for)
BBC MUSIC MEMORIES:
A very useful resource for people living with dementia can be found at: https://musicmemories.bbcrewind.co.uk/
ARE YOU A CARER?
The Senior Caregivers Alliance have suggested the following website which carers may find useful: https://blog.taxact.com/tax-deductions-and-tips-for-seniors-and-their-families/
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
A number of organisation have created a page on Corona Virus - which provides some advice for those caring with those living with dementia
ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY'S DEMENTIA CONNECT SUPPORT LINE: 0333 150 3456
DEMENTIA UK: 0800 888 6678
CARERS UK: 0808 808 7777
SAMARITANS 116 123
THE SILVERLINEUK 116 123
LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL COVID SUPPORT HELPLINE 0151 233 3066.