Wed 22nd April Update

We hope everyone is ok

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

Health

  • A&E wants to remind people they are still open if they need treatment, and have lots of safety measures in place. Please see article here.
  • Doctors surgeries have changed the way they operate with phone appointments firstly and only those going in to the surgery when the doctor deems it essential. Please check with your individual practice regarding how they are operating
  • The Brighton NHS Walk In Clinic is also operating a phone service first. Please see their website for details here.
  • Dentists – Healthwatch have provided a useful information document about accessing dental services In Brighton & Hove during this time. Please find this here

Wellbeing

  • Brighton Natural Healthcare Centre, are running a free guided relaxation online class at 12 every Monday. It’s half an hour, is suitable for absolute beginners. Further details and booking on their website here.

Tue 21st April Update

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.

Women’s Services:

  • 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.

Music:

  • 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: anna@openstrings.co.uk / 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: isabel@openstrings.co.uk /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

Mon 20th April Update

We hope everyone is staying safe. Please see todays’ update:

Exercise:

  • 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.

Food:

  • 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.

Crafts:

  • 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.

Older People:

  • 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.

Wellbeing:

  • Action for Happiness are sharing lots of positive posts (including the one below) and resources on their website around wellbeing. Click here.

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.