Wed 15th April Update

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

Children

  • 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.

Tue 14th April Update

We hope everyone is doing well and stay. Please see our latest round up below.

Exercise

  • 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.

Funding

  • 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.

Jobs

  • 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.

Mental Health

  • 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:

  • 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.

Events:

  • 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.

Wed 8th April Update

Todays’ update and list of links:

  • Government advice here
  • Brighton and Hove Council Advice here
  • Healthwatch information here

Food

  •  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

Community

  • Great online Community Support via Brighton and Hove Mutual Aid Community Support click here

Disability

  • 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 info@bhspeakout.org.uk

Tue 7th April Update

Please find todays’ update below

  • Latest government advice here
  • Brighton Council advice here
  • Healthwatch information here

Translation / language services

  • Sussex Interpreting Services are still running their translation service please find further info here

Health and Wellbeing

  • Healthwatch update on changes to local healthcare services during this time can be found here
  • Brighton and Hove Council help form, this new form allows you to request help for yourself or someone else if you need urgent help due to Covid-19. This includes referral to Foodbanks, help with shopping, feeling lonely and isolated. Further information here
  • Headspace are offering parts of their meditation app for free during this time. Further information here
  • Brighton and Hove Switchboard shared the following tweet and image which is very helpful This is a useful graphic to help us understand & place our psychological responses to the new experience of living in the midst of #pandemic. It’s not necessarily a linear process & we probably move back and forth a lot. Wherever you are today, that’s ok.”
  • Outside In Charity has shared a lovely wellbeing post for artists that is useful to us all. Click here.

Theatre

  • National Theatre are still screening plays for free during this period. On Thursday 9th April it is Jane Eyre, and is available on youtube for two weeks after. More info and full schedule here.

Mon 6th April Update

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

Young People:

  • 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

Disability:

  • 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

Food:

  • 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

Older People:

  • Ageing Well has great help page for people 50 plus during Coronavirus. See page here

Wellbeing:

  • 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 bics.brighton-and-hove-wellbeing@nhs.net 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

Nature:

  • 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:

Gardening:

  • Good article on gardening tips, with lots of ideas on saving money here

Art

  • Carousel’s Sarah Watson is setting an art challenge every week. See their Facebook for more details here.

Wed 1st April Update

  • Government advice here
  • Brighton council information here

Food

  • Healthy Start Vouchers: Government has said that  from 6th April there no longer needs to be a signature from a health professional on healthy Start Voucher applications. Vouchers help low income families with children under 4/ where mother is pregnant to buy fresh or frozen fruit & Veg and milk/infant formula) here If you send a form in before 6th April you can  add a letter saying you are skipping the signature bit because of covid; after 6th April you can that bit of the form blank.
  • Food Partnership: Really useful and vital information on Brighton & Hove Food Partnership website for those needing to access low cost of free food during this time.

Health

  • Healthwatch are regularly issuing updates and their website contains info and FAQs and people might find this useful. Please see their website.
  • Mindfulness Apps: Article by Independent on best Mindfulness apps during a crisis.
  • Clap for Our Carers: Now taking place every Thursday at 8pm, to thank those who are caring for us during this time.

Tue 31st March Update

  • Latest government advice here
  • Brighton and Hove Council advice here

Events

  • Community Base Zoom Events: A lot of events are still happening, but online, often using Zoom. Why not use our events calendar to promote your online events, be it yoga. a virtual pub quiz etc! Click here

LGBTQ

  1.  Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard: Now operating helpline service again .New helpline number which you can reach us on if you could use a friendly chat with another LGBTQ person: 01273 359042. This is a temporary number which we will be using until we are able to safely return to our office. Hours are the same as before, Weds – Thurs, 7pm – 9.30pm, however we will be extending our helpline and web chat provision shortly, we will send an update once this is in place. See website here .

       Switchboard Groups:

  1. Older People’s Project – We will be supporting members directly through the phone and email – we will also start Zoom video chat social groups if people are interested in this. Contact helen.bashford@switchboard.org.uk
  2. Grief Encounters – We will continue to run the Grief Meets group on Zoom, and will have themed sessions from guest facilitators. We will also be in contact with current Grief Encounters service users via email and phone to support. Contact grief.encounters@switchboard.org.uk
  3. Disability Group – We will be hosting weekly Zoom social groups every Wednesday afternoon (starting from tomorrow, 1st April). Initially these groups will be a social hang out but in the future we may have themes and guests as we learn what works and what people want. In addition, we have been supporting members via email, phone and through our Facebook group. Contact disability.project@switchboard.org.uk
  4. Rainbow Cafe – We will be contacting members regularly via the phone, we will also start a Zoom group if people would like one. Contact rainbow.cafe@switchboard.org.uk
  • Disability Pride : Disability Pride Facebook Friends group for people with all disabilities and impairments – as well as for their carers, families and friends. Link here
  • Mindout: Still running their service. Can email and call. Further info plus information on their groups on website here
Funding
  • Coronavirus Emergency Fund: CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) has launched a rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. The funding aims to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to communities across the UK. More info here

Theatre

  • National Theatre: Is screening full length plays every Thursday on Youtube. For further info and to see the schedule click here.

Health

  • Healthwalks: New facebook page, with information on walks challenges you can do during your one walk a day, alone of with members of your household. Info here.
  • Brighton Gin Hand Sanitiser: Brighton Gin have begun making hand sanitiser, with every bottle purchased enabling them to donate to an organisation in need. More info and to purchase click here.

Mon 30th March Update

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)

Health:   

  • 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.

Refugees:

  • 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 info@refugeeradio.org.uk  for more information or call 01273 234868.

Interpreting Services:

  • 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

Children:

  • 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

Nature:

  • Sussex Wildlife Trust: ‘Go Wild At Home’, have some great resources online and also really good to do with children too,  here.

Wed 25th March Update

We have listed a few things that may be of use today:

Wed 24th March Update

Older People: There is some great support and advice via Ageing Well if you are 50 plus, see their website for contact details here

Free School Meals: Food Partnership have just put up the following post regarding free school meals, in Brighton, Hove and Portslade.

Last night new government advice was issued in the UK:

Stay at Home
*Only go out for food, health reasons or essential work
*Stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people
*Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Further info here