COVID 19 Messages from VSNS

Volunteer Locally

• We want to help your organisation. How are you helping your community? What area are you in? How many volunteers do you have? Can we help you find more? email info@voluntarysupport.org.uk or call 01932 571122

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• Get in touch if you need help info@voluntarysupport.org.uk or call 01932 571122

Your NHS needs volunteers

If you’re fit and healthy, the Government are looking for NHS Volunteer Responders which means you can now help the most vulnerable people in your community who will need to stay home because of coronavirus. For more information and to volunteer visit:
https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army/

Key points of state of national emergency

• Stay at home – no unnecessary journeys or social contact
• Only leave home for essential shopping or medical needs
• Or for exercise away from home once per day
• Or travelling to and from work but if it’s absolutely necessary
• Only leave your home for medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
• Public gatherings of more than two people are banned excluding those that live with you
• Do not visit other people’s houses or socialise outside your home
• Police can fine you if you do not follow the rules
Other measures
• All shops selling non-essential goods, and other premises – libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship to close
• All social events to stop, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals
• British travellers urged to return to the UK as soon as possible
• All but essential travel outside the UK to stop for an initial 30 days.

Please follow the advice given by the UK Government on keeping your loved ones safe.
COVID-19 Easy Read Guide

Watch out for scammers

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has warned that criminals have ramped up bogus email campaigns that aim to trick users into clicking links that can lead to their computers being infected or seek to fool the recipients into divulging sensitive information.
It has cautioned that people should also be wary of opening attachments unless they know the sender.
Security firms have also warned that some scammers have sent out bogus SMS messages. “These SMS spam attacks attempt to use the fear around the coronavirus worldwide emergency to try to push their targets to respond to the SMS spam.”

Working from home

Useful advice from the Health & safety Executive (HSE) about working without supervision, working with display screen equipment, stress & mental health and keeping in touch
Working from home

Looking after your wellbeing

A short, simple guide on Coronavirus the symptoms, how its spread, when to call 111 etc is found via this link to Boots the pharmacist:
https://www.boots.com/coronavirus

You might be worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. Useful advice can be found here via this link:
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Your mental wellbeing

They are offering free, two-week trial of their mindfulness audio sessions during the current crisis, covering topics such as “Navigating Change”, “Panicking” and “Feeling Overwhelmed”. After the trial, the cost is £49.99 per annum.

Headspace

Your physical Wellbeing

Encourage everyone you know to take their authorised daily walk, run or cycle every day. Alternatively, why not “PE with Joe Wicks” – free, simple, equipment-free workouts from The Body Coach for everyone – 9.00 am every day and online ay anytime.

PE with Joe Wicks

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