Living in Lockdown

If you’re worried about you’re employment or rights at the moment, there are advice agencies in Bristol that can help.

It seems that working from home is going to be a reality for a lot of people over the next few weeks. There are ways to do it well. Here’s a couple of ideas:
BBC: Coronavirus: Five ways to work well from home.
The Guardian: What do I need to work from home due to coronavirus?

Supporting Mental Health

CASS Bristol has a Covid-19 Directory that covers changes to access to mental health services in Bristol.

For young people struggling with the change and disruption to services, Off the Record is running online support. Keep an eye on their social media channels for more info. See their statement here.

Young Minds also has coronavirus-related support for young people and parents and carers.

Some other useful articles:

Supporting Physical Health

Empire Fighting Chance has launched a Content Hub with exercise and careers advice to support their young people and families.

Wesport is supporting #StayInWorkOut with Sport England with their resource page for indoor and outdoor activity.

From Items of Interest

Updated 19 May 2020

  •  Public Health England’s guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus can be accessed here, and guidance focusing on children and young people’s wellbeing here. And Bristol Mind have developed a series of short free-to-access videos offering advice and support to help us all look after our wellbeing during the current Coronavirus outbreak; more here.
  • The South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SWRCCU) is continuing to offer free help and advice regarding Cyber Security and how individuals and businesses across the South West can protect themselves online during the lockdown and afterwards. Find out more at the SWRCCU website here where you can sign up to the Fortnightly Regional Cyber Briefing newsletter.  Please also continue to follow advice from the National Cyber Security Centre here.
  • Visit Bristol has a list of restaurants, cafes, bars, breweries and tea rooms delivering food and drink to the city’s homes; view it here.
  • A new campaign from the National Cyber Security Centre is intended to highlight cyber security threats to the public during the current outbreak, given that criminals could look to capitalise on increased use of internet devices. The Centre has already taken down 2,000 scams – including 471 fake online shops – trying to trick people looking for coronavirus-related services; more here.
  • Bristol Food Kind, a campaign from the team behind Bristol’s bid to become a Gold Sustainable Food City, offers people staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic practical ideas on how to shop, reduce food waste and grow at home in a way that benefits yourselves and the wider community, and contributes to the city’s food response; more here.
  • Bristol Old Vic is involved in a number of initiatives to maintain access to the city’s arts and cultural scene during lockdown; find out more here.
  • Click here for further information on financial help if you’ve lost your job or had a drop in your income because of COVID-19. The page includes a useful benefits calculator.
  • View a map showing where you can pick up essential shopping here; you can also click through (at the top of the page) to a map of local independents delivering and providing remote services.
  • Under the Laughter in Lockdown banner, the Bristol Slapstick Festival is in the process of releasing a decade’s worth of previously unseen footage onto its YouTube channel. Latest content includes performances by John Cleese, Rory Bremner and Tim Vine; more here.
  • Read more here about what scams you need to be aware of currently, what to do if you think you or someone you know has been approached by a scammer, how to report price hiking and unauthorised products.
  • This website lists an extensive range of local independent businesses offering online and delivery services during the lockdown.
  • Visit the new Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) employment and benefits support website here to keep up to date with the latest guidance and messages on sick pay, existing benefit claims, new claims to benefit, self-employment, housing and more.
  • Official guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus can be accessed here. And the NHS Every Mind Matters website is regularly updated – view it here. And social enterprise Talk Club is a talking and listening club for men, a male mental fitness movement. While physical meetings aren’t feasible currently, virtual ones are; find out more here.