Please find todays’ update below.
- Government advice here
- Brighton and Hove Council advice here
- Healthwatch information here
Local Brighton & Hove Services:
- If you are searching for a local Brighton and Hove service, take a look at our 2020 Poster Service Guide here. Some of the organisations operational hours may have changed due to current situation, so please check direct with them.
- Brighton Womens Centre ‘Peer to Peer Support Service’ is still running via video call , and they are accepting self identifying women to the group who need the service. Please see their website for more details and contact info here.
- Open Strings have the following new services:
- for people who are socially isolated: our online Musical Box Scheme has a small number of free spaces available: these are monthly screen-based visits from a friendly musician, with a wipeable resource pack for people to explore between sessions, to combat social isolation and promote cognitive stimulation and connection. “I thought it would be remote feeling but it wasn’t. I am surprised at how interactive it was. It gave me a real lift. I was feeling blue, but I don’t anymore. We will put some music on and carry on the theme.” email Anna: firstname.lastname@example.org / call 01273 569096 www.openstrings.co.uk
- for teams: we offer virtual musical teambuilding and staff wellbeing sessions for creative connections! ”Like a mini holiday – fun and profound, relaxing, and refreshing” email Bela: email@example.com /call 01273 569096 www.openstrings.co.uk
- for everyone: we have just launched Musical Windows, on our facebook page: a short video series to brighten people’s day, packed with musical activities, things listen to and interact with, and tasters of what we are offering in our online one-to-one sessions. Musical requests taken! A new Musical Window each day this week, and then weekly: www.facebook.com/openstringsmusic
We hope everyone is staying safe. Please see todays’ update:
- Madeira Drive first road to be allocated for walkers and cyclists. From Monday 20 April (today!), Madeira Drive will be temporarily closed to traffic and open to residents in the area to walk and cycle. Remember to stay 2 metres apart.
- Brighton and Hove Shops that are delivering info here
- Redroaster Coffee are currently delivering their coffee roasts without a delivery costs to Brighton and Hove.
- Alongside their brilliant website with info regarding food banks etc, Food Partnership also have a great Facebook page where they post lots of cooking and gardening videos etc. See here.
- Sew for the NHS
Sew Brighton are coordinating a local sew for the NHS. A team of volunteers are currently making bags, hats, masks, headbands and even scrubs. If you can sew and want to take part please see their website here for further details, or pass along to anyone who may be interested.
- Age UK, are still operating during this time. Please see their website for current services they are offering here.
- They are also providing great info on how to avoid scams, during the pandemic here
Funding: This section is most relevant to charities and organisations
- Barclays have launched Covid-19 community aid packages. More info here.
- Clothworkers have launched an emergency capital appeal programme more info here.
- Tescos bags for help Covid-19 Community fund more info here.
- Updated info regarding Brighton Council Coronavirus funding here.
- Action for Happiness are sharing lots of positive posts (including the one below) and resources on their website around wellbeing. Click here.
Please see todays’ update where we will be focusing in activities to do with your children during this time and some useful resources.
- Government advice here
- Brighton Council Advice here
- Healthwatch advice here
- Ben Fogle is doing a live ‘Adventure Class‘ every day at 4pm, see details here.
- Joe Wicks is still doing his daily PE Class Monday to Friday at 9am here
- Tate Gallery has lots of online art resources for children, from things to make, games, quizes and online gallery here.
- Brighton Libraries are continuing online storytelling for children via facebook here
- Music With Mike is running his popular music classes for children via youtube. Further details and schedule on his Facebook page here
- The Science Museum has a wealth of online learning ideas here
- Gardening Projects with kids via Gardeners World here
- Cosmic Kids Yoga and Meditation via Youtube here.
- If you are worried regarding your Children’s mental health during this time Young Minds has a list of resources here.
We hope everyone is doing well and stay. Please see our latest round up below.
- Cranks – bike repair shop still running but by appointment only. Further details on website here.
- Online free workouts: Guardian article on the best free workout from home videos / websites here.
- The Brighton and Hove City Council has created a new live portal you can use to see if you are eligible for a small business grant. Please note, once you have completed it you will not receive an immediate answer. There are two grants: £10,000 for those whose business premises have a rateable value up to £15,000 and £25,000 for those who have a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
- We are continuing to post jobs on our website throughout the time. Dependent on the organisations we expect interviews will be done virtually. Please see our website for current positions here.
- Samaritans have gathered lots of resources about mental health on their website which could be useful during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Mind has lots of useful resources on their website here too
- NHS has some really useful tips too on anxiety during this time here.
- Food Partnership continue to provide up to date information on their website here.
- Real Junk Food Project: check their facebook page for info on their food hubs opening times here.
- If you are running an events during this time online, why not add it to our events calendar? You need to sign up and register, but it’s a free service. Click here.
Todays’ update and list of links:
- Government advice here
- Brighton and Hove Council Advice here
- Healthwatch information here
- You can now register for help for someone you identify as ‘vulnerable and with no other support’ through the council (no consent required). This will help those most in need access financial and food aid. Click here
- If you think someone is ‘extremely vulnerable’ please also register with the government scheme: register at GOV.UK or phone 0800 028 8327 as this will lead to additional support. There is a list here of conditions that would be considered in this category: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
- Shops that are happy to deliver: see this website https://www.brightonquarantine.co.uk/
- and P18-23 of The Ageing Well Directory list other local food delivery schemes like community transport working with Dubleaus grocers (most are offered to all ages isolating): click here
- Great online Community Support via Brighton and Hove Mutual Aid Community Support click here
- Brighton & Hove Speak Out are continuing to offer the following support to people with learning disabilities during the Coronavirus emergency.
- Telephone helpline – Monday-Friday 9-5pm on 01273 421921
- Check in calls – from Speak Out staff or a volunteer for people who are isolated and need this support.
- Advocacy – over the phone or via video calls.
- Online support including:
- Advocacy groups via Zoom
- Virtual drop-in sessions – Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4pm
- Speak Out chat rooms – including an information hub where people with learning disabilities can get information about local support bit.ly/SpeakOutChat
- Please see Speak Out’s website for more information www.bhspeakout.org.uk or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope everyone is safe and well. Please find our latest update and list of resources here. Do get in touch if there is anything in particular you are searching for and we will see if we can pass on the best organisation or service to contact.
- Latest Government Advice here
- Brighton and Hove council advice here
- Healthwatch advice here
- AudioActive are developing ways we can continue to offer free delivery and opportunities to young people during lockdown – especially those with limited resources. Survey here for young people to see what they might want to get out of our online presence in the coming weeks. Click here
- Albion in Community: Helping young people stay Active at Home , releasing new videos showing them football skills. Click here
- AbilityNet in response to the Coronavirus emergency is running a series of live online events to help share useful information for disabled people and their carers and employers. See here
- Real Junk Food Project: Lots of info on their Facebook page here regarding their food hubs where you can get food.
- Supermarket Opening Hours: Due to change this weekend due to Easter holidays. Argus has compiled list of revised hours here
- Food Partnership regularly update their website regarding access to food and food banks during this time. See here
- Ageing Well has great help page for people 50 plus during Coronavirus. See page here
Update from the Wellbeing Service regarding changes to this mental health provision during COVID-19 In response to Covid-19 we are working with mental health services across the county to ensure that our acute and crisis mental health services are staffed, the most vulnerable patients able to access ongoing support and NHS staff are able to access the mental health support they require. Due to this, some of our staff are being asked to support crisis and front line services. We are therefore having to adapt our service offer to our clients.
Due to the redeployment of staff to crisis services and the restrictions in social distancing we have currently had to paused our provision of F2F therapy, treatment, assessments and groups and instead are offering telephone support as an interim measure. We are aware that for certain groups of clients where F2F would be most appropriate, this is limiting their ability to access our service at this time and want to reassure you that we are working hard to find a solution.
We are in the process of developing online psychoeducational support in our adult service, and for children and young people with a hearing impairment who are 13+, the service is able to offer written online therapy via e-wellbeing.
We are currently finalising our alternative service offer so please keep an eye on our website for further updates. If you have any concerns, please contact us at email@example.com and we would be happy to discuss this with you.
- Brighton and Hove Healthy Lifestyles Team, running a 5 ways to wellbeing campaign on their website here
- Grow has some lovely prompts for nature journaling and wellbeing , and enables us to get our nature fix when we may be stuck up home. See here
Museums and Libraries:
- Good article on gardening tips, with lots of ideas on saving money here
- Carousel’s Sarah Watson is setting an art challenge every week. See their Facebook for more details here.
We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Please see this mondays’ update of information and resources which we hope will be of use below. Don’t forget all Community Base staff are still working remotely, so do get in touch if you need us. Our contact details are here (simply select on the dropdown menu who you need to contact)
- Healthwatch is regularly issuing updates and our website contains info and FAQs and people might find this useful.
- Latest Government Covid 19 advice here
Relationships / domestic violence:
- Relate currently offers live chat, telephone and webcam counselling services. For more information call 01293 657055 or visit their website.
- Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app, providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know. Available on the Android Play store here or Apple Store here
- Survivors Network have published their latest update here which says their helpline will run from 12-2pm (rather than in the evening) from Wednesday 1 April.
- Update from Rise on their services and contact number on their website here.
Food Banks and Shopping:
- The brilliant Food Partnership are updating their website here daily information of Food Banks, help with shopping etc.
- Brighton Community Centre & Families Project is running an emergency food parcel delivery service Tues-Friday (deliveries on Tues, Thurs, & Fri) for households on low income. Use their Facebook page and website for more information. They are currently supporting households as far as Southwick and Peacehaven! Therefore they are requesting that if clients have access to the internet to complete online form which is on the homepage or call 01273 671 213, leave a message and someone will get back to you.
- Refugee Radio’s mental health support group for refugees and asylum seekers will now be going online due to the current situation. 3pm-5pm every Monday, but now we will be meeting up online through Zoom, instead of at our office in Community Base. Anyone new who would like to join us should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call 01273 234868.
- Sussex Interpreting Services are still running their vital interpreting services and offering remote interpreting, full details on their website here
Books / Audio Books:
- As all Brighton and Hove Libraries are closed you can borrow books online and also download audio books via borrow box, further info here
- Brighton and Hove Libraries: Are doing free video story reading on their Facebook page here.
- Kew Gardens online resources: Kew has launched online resources for KS1 TO KS5 children here
- Sussex Wildlife Trust: ‘Go Wild At Home’, have some great resources online and also really good to do with children too, here.