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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. Video conferencing software can help you feel more connected to your colleagues. Why not try Zoom ?
Children and families
The thought of entertaining the children at home may be particularly daunting however there is lots of online support available.
- Family lockdown tips ideas and free online resources
- RSPB Fun Activities
- Advice and resources for children with Special Educational Needs
- Online antenatal classes for parents to be can be accessed free using the code TAMAR
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.
Advice for businesses
Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce have issued this COVID-19 Guidance for Business
Devon County Council have updated 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.
Plymouth University is hosting a free “transitioning out of lockdown” online business development day for SME’s on the 2nd of June
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.
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.
Here up some useful resources to maintain mental wellbeing and support those with existing mental health difficulties during this difficult time.
Livewell southwest 24/7 helpline for adults and young people
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.
- Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE)
- North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA)
- Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services
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.
- NNS -Gym free exercises
- 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!)
- There is a huge range of exercise videos to suit everyone available via Facebook groups such as this one
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.
- Food Buddies south west - - Recipe sharing and food discussion
- Recycle Devon “have your food and eat it recipe book”
- The Pioneers Project CIC weekly cooking demonstrations
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.
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.
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
- Becoming a telephone befriender
- Sending cards to your local care homes
- Producing extra items of PPE
- Spreading joy in your street by decorating your windows or getting involved with the clap for carers
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.