Coronavirus: Useful links and information

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.

Health advice

NHS Coronavirus advice for everyone 

NHS Coronavirus advice for those at higher risk

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.

Shelter housing advice

Citizens Advice Bureau contact information

MoneySavingExpert have put out advice for the self-employed and workers on zero hours contracts.

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.

Keeping busy

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.

Avoiding scams

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