Coronavirus Resources

Last updated 31/03/20 PLEASE NOTE, WE ARE WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO DEVELOP THIS PAGE. PLEASE CHECK BACK REGULARLY FOR UPDATES.

The following is a list of helpful resources ordered by theme. To find support specific to your area of Devon please visit our Coronavirus Support In Your Area page.  

Together with our coronavirus help and support page for those wishing to find updates relevant to DCF, we hope to give you as many tools as possible to support you through the pandemic.

If you know of something that may be of assistance to others that we haven't included on this page, please send details to our Content Creator via email, thank you.

How you can support others

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer. Find out more about joining the NHS Responders 

The Government have issued these guidelines for volunteering which includes links to organisations that are providing volunteering opportunities. 

Bluebell House Care Home are asking people to put pen to paper to write to their elderly residents in Westward Ho! North Devon. 
"The coronavirus is hitting everyone. For those of you that have time I am asking you to put pen to paper to make this period a lot easier for some of the people we look after. I am the Deputy Manager of a local care home and have 31 residents who are feeling low as visits from family have had to stop to enable them to stay safe. Please show them that the outside world cares and are thinking of them. If you can spare a few minutes to write a letter or send a card then please send to Bluebell House, 47 Atlantic Way, Westward Ho! Devon EX31 4JD."

Home working

Cosmic are supporting the digital needs of businesses and charities working remotely from home during periods of isolation, for free. Read their Remote Working Advice Toolkit or call their helpline on 0330 088 4421.

Advice for charities

NVCO have provided this helpful guide for Charities and community organisations in relation to coronavirus. They cover a wide range of topics that include advice on finances and working from home, how to support your service users and employees, to guidelines on handwashing and what to do if you have health conditions.

Advice for businesses 

Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce have issued this COVID-19 Guidance for Business

Finances

The Citizens Advice website contains lots of guidance including help on paying bills, sick pay etc.

Government Guidance - Covid-19: Support for Business

Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert has this page dedicated to Coronavirus Financial Help and Rights that includes advice on sick pay, mortgages, rental help, energy top-ups, cancelled events and more. Also on the site Coronavirus Travel Rights.

If you work in the UK hospitality industry and have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak you may be eligible for a £250 one off emergency grant courtesy of Hospitality Action.

Funding for groups

Please visit this page for information on how to apply to our Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund.

The Devon County Council Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund is offering small grants of up to £500 for community-led schemes which identify and/or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this Coronavirus outbreak.

Looking after your mental health

The government's advice lists 14+ hints and tips for helping your mental health and wellbeing.

Mind has released guidance on covid-19 and caring for your mental health during self-isolation.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has some really simple useful tips and advice to support good mental health.

Exercise

Davina McCall is offering membership to her Own Your Goals fitness programme FREE for 30 days to enable you to take workout classes from home. Lots of choice for all levels of fitness from beginner to advanced - all possible to do without equipment.

Move it or Lose it are running live exercise classes for older people on their Facebook page every weekday at 2.30pm. Other exercise videos can also be viewed on their YouTube channel.

Body Coach Joe Wicks is running free PE sessions for kids live on his YouTube channel live every week morning at 9am which are also posted on his page for later viewing too. (Also suitable for adults!)

Eating

Jamie Oliver is delivering a series of shows starting this week (commencing 23rd March) with recipes, tips and hacks designed to help you feed your loved ones during these unique times. Tune in week nights at 5.30pm or visit Channel 4 to catch up on Jamie: Keep Cooking & Carry On.

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Children at home

There are loads of great tips here for managing your days whilst your children are at home - including some great words on hugging and laughing! Homeworking and childcare - tips for staying sane!

Body Coach Joe Wicks is running free PE sessions for kids live on his YouTube channel live every week morning at 9am which are also posted on his page for later viewing too.

A North Devon primary school teacher and performer has launched 'Storytime with Billy' - reading a bedtime story live each night at 6pm and also helping children learn sign language with his 'Sign a day'. Catch him on his YouTube channel or on Facebook, daily.

This Facebook group has all sorts of free resources such as study packs for various school years, exercises, craft ideas…….

Spread the Happiness have a free downloadable activity sheet containing 100 things to do indoors. You can also find more fun on their Facebook page

Missing the zoo? Edinburgh Zoo are streaming live cams from some of their enclosures here