Mon 23rd March Update

Firstly, here is the latest guidance from the government on Covid-19 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance , Guidance on Social Distancing and the NHS Overview  – please do take the time to read it.

We have split this posts in to sections to make it easier to access the info you may be looking for.

Mental Health: If you are struggling with your mental health during this time some of the following links may be useful:

Mind in Brighton & Hove

Community Roots  or freeephone 0808 196 1768

Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Food and Foodbanks:

Food Partnership: See their website for information if you need to access food during this time.

Also if you are able to help or volunteer please see here: Volunteer

The Bevy:  They Bevy are running lots of great project including Bevy Bites food deliveries to the seniors in our community who usually come to their lunch clubs.  If you know someone who would like a meal delivered please ring the Bevy on 01273 281009. If the cost is an issue for you but you are in need please do still ring.

Jack Monroe – great resource for cooking on a budget and is sharing #lockdownlarder recipes on website here

Helping Communities:

Amaze: Amaze have created Community Help Postcard to help vulnerable SEND families during COVID-19. Find out more and download the postcard here

Viral Kindness: A really lovely campaign which started online. Great to print and share with your neighbours if you are able to help.Clap for Our Carers happening this Thursday 26th March.

Survivors Network: have shared a great list of online resources available during social distancing and self isolation.

Travel: It is recommended you only travel on public transport if completely necessary or you are a key worker.

Brighton Buses, information here: Also if you have an annual Bus ticket it is worth contacting the bus company to see if they can freeze your ticket if you are not currently travelling.

Job / Volunteer positions: Community Base are still operating our online service including job and volunteer posts.

Service Update: Finally an up to date Service Update via Community Works:

  • The Resource Centre – The Resource Centre is still offering printing, information and telephone/online advice services for groups. Their equipment hire and open access front desk services are suspended until at least 31st May. Please contact them on 01273 606160 (10am – 1pm, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri) or info@resourcecentre.org.uk to arrange printing or other support. Check their Facebook (fb.com/ResourceCentreBH), Twitter (@ResourceCtrBH) or website (www.resourcecentre.org.uk) for updates
  • Amaze The Amaz-ing Community Postcard is now live on their website and story on social media. Please help them by sharing it widely across all your contacts https://twitter.com/AmazeSussex/status/1240974328155471873. You could even think about printing it and making it available to your customers and clients
  • Guildcare: Information on the current services being offered can be found at – guildcare.org
  • West Sussex Mind: Groups, dropin services and in person sessions are all suspended. People can email and will receive a call back: pathfinder.worthing@westsussexmind.org
  • Aspire Sussex: As of 20 March all face to face adult ed services being suspended and Adult Education Centres will be closed to the public
  • Samaritans: The Samaritans are still providing phone and email support, but all the face to face centres have been closed for the foreseeable future. samaritans.org jo@samaritans.org or call 116123
  • Citizens Advice: people are encouraged to visit citizensadvice.org.uk for self-help information. You can also call 0344 4771171 or use the web chat service online.
  • Grace Eyre: Active Lives day services are closed until at least 30 April 2020. Staff can be contacted on 01273 201909 or activelives@grace-eyre.org
  • Sussex CYP: All youth club activity has been postponed until at least 20th April. Upates will come via social media and their website when services resume.
  • Freedom Powerchairs continues to offer an emergency service throughout Sussex to the disabled and mobility impaired from breakdowns, repairs and ‘get you home’. 0800 0096631 or breakdown@freedompowerchairs.org.uk
  • Safe in Sussex:  All community groups have been cancelled, refuge provision continues to operate as usual. Referrals to the outreach support services can continue and people are still being supported, but not face to face. Anyone in immediate danger should dial 999 or contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Voices in Exile: Many of the ViE services are still running – more details on their website voicesinexile.org. Call 01273 082105
  • Community Transport Sussex: The team are working remotely, email advice@ctauk.org to receive a call back for advice and support. The advice service are holding a weekly online drop-in – email to be included
  • Albion in the Community: All activities in the community have been suspended until further notices and they are looking to identify other ways to continue to support their most vulnerable service users. A full statement is at albioninthecommunity.org.uk
  • Extratime – the core team at extratime are still available via email and their office number 01273 420580
  • Allsorts Youth Project is working hard and making great steps towards moving our groups, one-to-one emotional support, advocacy services and LGBT+ training & education sessions online to ensure that the vital support we offer continues. In the meantime, if you are a young person in crisis and need support, please visit their crisis support page on our website for services that can help >> bit.ly/AYPCrisis
  • Survivors’ Network https://survivorsnetwork.org.uk/get-help/drop-in/will be suspending all of groups, including the Drop-in groups in Brighton and Eastbourne, all of our workshops, our yoga and our therapeutic groups. They will be running their Helpline three times a week  01273 720110 on Monday 7-9pm; Wednesday 7-9pm; Thursday 7-9pm. They will be offering phone or online appointments instead of face-to-face appointments. This includes Counselling, ISVA and Outreach appointments.

Lifecentre: As of Monday 23 March they are stopping all face-to-face counselling and will instead be offering telephone or online counselling. Their text, online and helpline service are currently operating as normal.