Below are links to some up-to-date local and national information on Coronavirus
General public health guidance
UK Government's website - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
NHS England's advice website - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS England (Coronavirus experience checker) - https://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-status-checker/
Travel advice: (COVID-19) - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Government support for employers, employees and self-employed affected by Covid-19
Want to find out which Coronavirus government financial support is available to your business (or Charity organisation)? Are you self employed and want to know what support is available to you. Follow this link to find out
What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how does my company or charity apply for furloughed staff?
I am employee (zero hours/agency/contracted) on PAYE. Am I eligible to be furloughed by my employer? What do I need to do?
I am Self Employed. How can I apply for the Self Employed Income Support Scheme?
I am Self Employed, how will HMRC calculate my entitlement?
I think I will struggle to pay my tax bill
You can also contact the HMRC Payment Support Helpline
Payment Support Service
Telephone: 0300 200 3835
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
I run a Charity organisation. What support is available for us?
Volunteering in Bedfordshire
Below is a link to a non-exhaustive list of organisations where volunteers may be required as put together by Bedfordshire's Community Voluntary Service (CVS)
Coronavirus Support Lists - https://www.cvsbeds.org.uk/covidsupport
Bedfordshire Local Authorities' Coronavirus websites
Bedford Borough Council - https://www.bedford.gov.uk/social-care-health-and-community/public-health/coronavirus/
Central Bedfordshire Council - https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/26/public_health/737/coronavirus_-_covid-19
Luton Borough Council - https://www.luton.gov.uk/Health_and_social_care/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx
Police & Crime Commissioner's Office and Bedfordshire Police
Our response to Coronavirus - https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/information-and-services/Advice/Coronavirus/Our-response-coronavirus
Keeping yourself and others safe - https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/information-and-services/Advice/Coronavirus/Keeping-yourself-and-others-safe
Apply for PCC's Coronavirus Fund - https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/covid-19fund
Help with Domestic Abuse
Call Bedfordshire Police on 101. Always call 999 in an emergency
24 Hour Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 - open 24 hours a day, every day
National Rape Crisis helpline 0808 802 9999 - open 12 - 2.30pm and 7pm - 9.30pm, every day
MALE (Men's Advice Line) 0808 801 0327 - open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
ChildLine 0800 1111 - open 24 hours a day, every day
LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0800 999 5428 10am - 5pm daily
Government Domestic Abuse website resource -
You can also get more information from:
👉🏻Looking after your mental health
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Follow the link below for NHS expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
👉🏽If you feel you are struggling to cope, are self-harming, having suicidal thoughts, hallucinating or just constantly feeling down, you need to speak to someone. Below are some helpful resources that can be accessed via the NHS' website. 👇🏾
👉🏻Free 24-hour listening support
When life is tough, Samaritans are here to listen at any time of the day or night. You can talk to them about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult.
Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website https://www.samaritans.org/
👉🏻SHOUT offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.
Text "SHOUT" to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis website https://www.giveusashout.org/
👉🏼Crisis support for young people
If you are under 35 and feel that life is not worth living any more, call Papyrus's HopelineUK from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends.
Call HopelineUK on 0800 068 41 41
Text 07786 209697 or visit Papyrus's website https://papyrus-uk.org/
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason.
Call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Free, anonymous webchat with trained staff https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/
Visit the CALM website https://www.thecalmzone.net/
Anyone who is registered with a GP can access psychological therapies on the NHS. You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service (IAPT) without seeing your GP.