Coronavirus Resources

Last updated 07/07/20 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 including access to support in your area.
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 Community Insight Team via email, thank you.

Working from home

Working from home comes with its own set of challenges! Here are some useful resources to help you make the most of your working day. 

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 here or call their helpline on 0330 088 4421.

Working from home with a family can be a balancing act, this blog gives some tips for working well with children around.

Although working from home can bring some feelings of structure and normality it can be lonely! Especially if you are used to working as part of a team. Positive People Devon has written a blog post including video guides showing how to stay connected with others online

Positive People have also set up a virtual IT support service available Monday – Friday (10am-4pm) If you're having technical difficulties with your device or you're struggling to get online you can call, text, Whatsapp call (07763093508) or fill in our online form today and our Digital Skills Advisors will get back to you.

Children and families

The thought of entertaining the children at home may be particularly daunting however there is lots of online support available.

  • Advice and resources for children with Special Educational Needs
  • Babcock have some useful resources for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people including coping with back to school anxiety.
  • If you are looking for a toy refresh but do not want to go out and buy a new set the Merry Go Round Toy Library is now offering a click and collect service. Their Facebook Page also has lots of resources to keep kids entertained.
  • Uplift Tiverton are able to safely support families in the Tiverton area. They can provide nappies, clothes, food and family friendly entertainment.
  • Exeter Community Initiatives has launched a new phone advice line for parents and carers across Devon. They can offer advice on a specific issue around family relationships, including any communication issues or conflict you are having with your partner or co-parent of your children. The phone line 01392 949059 is manned from 10 am to 2 pm from Mon-Friday.
  • As we begin to return to “normality” many of us are facing increased levels of anxiety. Young People’s mental health charity, nip in the bud have produced some useful resources around returning to school and coping with anxiety.

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.

The government website provides this help sheet for the charity sector and social enterprises.

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

Cranfield Trust is offering free, high level business support to charities in the South West including 1:1 telephone support, HRNet, Management consultancy and mentoring. 

eBay UK has launched a package of financial support and training to help more charities use online retail to raise funds for UK charities that continue to be impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. eBay UK will be providing unrestricted grants of £1.7million to 250 of the charities most affected by declines in online revenue on its platform, to help make up for the shortfall in sales as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. To upskill charities, it plans to launch Charity Connect, a training programme to support at least 500 UK charities, including those not yet on eBay, to help them raise money through online sales. Training will begin from Tuesday 7 July and charities can book free by visiting this link.

Advice for businesses

Devon Community Foundation will be taking part in a series of webinars run by Exeter Science Park that are aimed at businesses and focusing on what they can do post-pandemic starting on Wednesday 10th June. Find out more and register here.

Devon County Council are regularly updating their business support pages with the most up to date Coronavirus advice

Heart of the south west Growth Hub has very extensive guidance for business navigating the Covid-19 crisis including this toolkit with guidance for restarting business safely. 

Cranfield Trust is offering free, high level business support to charities in the South West including 1:1 telephone support, HRNet, Management consultancy and mentoring

Mid Devon Council have a regularly updated Facebook Page which contains lots of information about the support available to businesses in the area and support accessing these offers. 

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have released a series of free webinars to help businesses make sure they are able to comply with new safety regulations.

Recent events have caused many of us to rethink our working lives. If you are considering becoming your own boss Positive People are hosting a self-employment ideas lab over zoom. This session offers an insight into self-employment from three business owners who have been there and done it.

If you are aged 18-30 and considering starting your own business the Young Innovators awards are now open.  Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality. The Award includes a £5,000 grant, business support and a living allowance.

Finances

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

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.

Further information about the financial aid available and employment rights is available here.

Please visit our Coronavirus Funding Support page for more sources of grant funding for individuals and groups. If you are unable to find what you are looking for please contact our Community Insights Team who may be able to help.

Veterans

There is lots of support available in the county for veterans who may be struggling with various issues. Lily has sent us a fantastic resource that she put together for her grandfather which includes lots of useful information and contacts and was happy to share.

Plymouth Veterans and family Hub are also sharing lots of useful information and resources Via their Facebook page.

The Devon Armed Forces Community Support Hub have launched a programme of digital engagement activities that simulate the face to face work they usually offer across the county.

Mental Health

Here up some useful resources to maintain mental wellbeing and support those with existing mental health difficulties during this difficult time.

  • The Good Grief Trust are able to offer bereavement support and an NHS bereavement helpline is available from 8am-8pm to support families during the Covid pandemic

It is important to keep active both for physical and mental health during this time, here are some ideas for your home workouts

  • 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.
  • There is a huge range of exercise videos to suit everyone available via Facebook groups such as this one

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Although Coronavirus does not cause domestic violence and abuse there are concerns that the isolation situation may make it harder for victims to reach out and access support. Below are some of the Devon based organisations working hard within the sector throughout the pandemic.

Unpaid Carers

The Devon Carers website has lots of useful resources for carers and those they support at this time as well as a telephone helpline and online chat service.

The Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust will be hosting an online version of the HOPE Programme, which provides virtual support for carers helping them to cope better, feel more in control, and be more resilient in these difficult times. "We are looking to support people who are in a wide range of caregiving roles". The course will be running for 6 weeks starting on the 17th of July. For more information and to book your place on this course email: hope.devon@nhs.net or ring: 01803 210493.

Food

Making the most of the food we have available has become an important part of the coronavirus crisis and there are lots of resources to help you get creative with cooking.

If you find you are short of food and don’t have the means to go shopping the food banks are open for business, you can find your local foodbank and get advice and referral from your local Citizens advice.

  • If you are living in the Plymouth area there is an extensive list of food aid available across the city - here

If you are unable to leave the house to go shopping, there are many volunteers offering a shopping delivery service. See Support in your local area below for more details.

Finding Employment

The agricultural industry is recruiting fruit and vegetable pickers across the country to help bring in their crops as part of the Pick for Britain campaign.

Proud to Care Devon has many opportunities to work as a healthcare professional as well as many jobs in the wider healthcare team. You don’t necessarily need qualifications or previous work experience to apply.

Positive People Devon are able to offer support to those currently out of work whether you want to boost your skills, confidence, return to work or simply overcome life's challenges. Their friendly, positive coaches can help you create a plan and achieve your dreams (even during Covid-19)! And it’s completely FREE!

Support in your local area

Devon County Council have put together a list of support available across the county which is regularly updated and allows you to search for offers specific to your locality. 

If you are unable to find what you are looking for please feel free to contact our Community Insights Team who are working hard to understand the Corona Virus response across Devon and may be able to help. 

Volunteering

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer your time to support others during this crisis.

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find out more about joining the NHS Responders and the roles available here.

The agricultural industry are recruiting fruit and vegetable pickers across the country to help bring in their crops.

For more localised voluntary opportunities you can contact your local Council for Voluntary Services who are helping to coordinate the Covid – 19 Voluntary efforts.

Alternatively, you can use the Devon County Council map of Support groups and contact your local support group directly. 

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

There are also plenty of ways to support your community from your own home if you are isolating

If you are unable to find a voluntary opportunity suitable for you please get in touch with the Community Insights Team and we may be able to further advise.