Many people will be finding the lockdown has put extra pressure on tenancies, incomes and relationships. Below are links to organisations which can offer free advice and support, and some light relief.
Mind have provided online resources to help those struggling with their mental health during Coronavirus. Visit Mind.
Housing and income information and advice
Repairs, Maintenance and Gas Safety Checks: What should your landlord be doing? This is set out in the government’s letter to social housing tenants on 19th May.
Domestic abuse contacts and advice
If you’re in danger but can’t speak safely dial 999. Listen to the operator for instructions. If you can, respond by tapping the handset, or press 5 twice to let the operator know you need help.
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is confidential and open 24/7: Call 0808 2000 247
Or read more at their website
Support for vulnerable households
Get government support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person. Link here to the government’s website.
How to book supermarket delivery slots for vulnerable people. Link to article in Hello Magazine
Find a local mutual aid group. Link here to CovidMutualAid.Org
Perks for NHS staff and key workers
The NHS have pulled together a list of offers available to NHS staff. Some of these will also be available to other key workers. Link here to the NHS website.
The Open University have free online courses. Full list here.
This article in The Independent contains helpful links to educational resources for children.
Amazon Prime Video have made some of their family friendly content free to stream. Link to article in The Independent.
WhatsOnStage have a regularly updated list of plays, musicals and opera you can watch online for free.
Police have reported a rise in scams due to coronavirus-related fraud. Which.com have a list of signs to look out for that an email or text may be a scam:
- Unsolicited emails and texts: be careful of anything you weren’t expecting that claims to be from an organisation such as a bank, BT, Sky, PayPal, Microsoft, the BBC and other large, trusted organisations. And at the moment, particularly watch out for unsolicited emails claiming to come from health bodies such as the NHS, the WHO and the CDC.
- An urgent tone: phishing and smishing messages are designed to scare you into clicking on their links. Grammar and spelling: the phishing email claiming to come from the WHO is clumsily written and has typos such no spaces after commas.
- No name: legitimate emails from services you have accounts with will always address you by name. Phishing emails and smishing texts usually start with ‘Dear Sir’ or ‘Dear Customer’.
- Fake domains: scammers often set up website addresses that look legitimate in order to trick you. Security researchers Digital Shadows says that more than 1,400 domains linked to the Covid-19 disease caused by the coronavirus have been registered in the past three months. While many of those may well be legitimate, others will almost certainly be used to trick anxious consumers into thinking they’re genuine.Read more at their website