We appreciate how difficult the current social distancing, isolation and shielding measures are. Here are some support options for you.
Please try to get support from family, friends or neighbours if at all possible. This will then save the charity, council and national volunteer resources for people who do not have any help at all.
BCP Shopping Support Line – self-referral via 0300 123 7052. Open 7 days a week 8am to 8pm. Support for anyone of any age/health condition who is having to isolate because of COVID. Online self-referral form here: https://togetherwecan.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/services/carepackageapplication/
Local Food Supplier Directory: https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID19/Find-help-or-help-your-community/How-to-get-help/docs/bcp-community-food-suppliers.pdf
Connections, the Dorset HealthCare Mental Health Support Line is open 24/7 – self referral via 0300 123 5440.
NHS One You has resilience resources for dealing with COVID anxiety: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/. There are other support options on the attached mental health leaflet - it is only natural if you are feeling worried, anxious or isolated, so please do use the help on offer.
Leonardo Trust COVID Helpline for Carers: self-referral via 01202 698325 or by text message on 07742 868002. Open Mon-Fri 10am to 2pm.
Government Extremely Vulnerable Support Service including priority online shopping delivery slots and food parcels. Only available to people in the shielding category with a mandated 12 week complete isolation / shielding confirmation letter. Self-referral via 0800 0288 327 or online via https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
Good Sam/NHS Responder Volunteers – Available to people in both the shielding and vulnerable categories but not otherwise healthy people isolating for symptoms. Referral via professional agency only - contact the Practice if you feel you need this. List of eligibility criteria available here: https://volunteering.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/nhs-volunteer-responders-portal/isolating
NHS Healthy Start Scheme – Vouchers for milk, fruit and veg. Eligibility criteria is income/benefits dependent. Self-referral via: https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/
School Meal Vouchers – schools will be in touch directly with families who meet the criteria to receive either a weekly food hamper or shopping vouchers. If you think your family should be in receipt of this support, contact your child’s school directly. More information available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/voucher-scheme-launches-for-schools-providing-free-school-meals
BCP Private Renter Advice and Support – if anyone is a private renter and are worried about paying rent during the pandemic they can seek confidential support. Self-referral via 01202 451474 or email@example.com Mental Health support