Covid – 19 updates

01/04/20 1.30pm

  • 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.

31/03/20 3pm:

  • 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.

30/03/20 3.30pm:

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.

25/03/20 2.30pm:

We have listed a few things that may be of use today:
March Network: Has some great resources for creative isolation.
PE with Joe: If you have children Joe Wicks is doing daily PE lessons.
Big Read for Children: Is still running this year but has been moved online further details on their website.
Rethink Mental Illness: Online support and information.
Local Food Stores Many local food stores are now delivering this may be of use.                                                                                                                              The Real Junk Food Project: are still running their hub and takeaway cafe, see facebook page for regular updates as to where and when.

24/03/20 11am: 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.

24/03/20 10am: 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

23/03/20 2pm: 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.

20/03/20 12pm: Please check our social media too, especially our Facebook which we are updating regularly during this time with local resources, information on food banks etc when we see them. We will try to share as much relevant information as possible.

18/03/20 11am: For the latest Brighton and Hove Council information and advice regarding Coronavirus please see their website here

18/03/20 08.30am: Despite reception itself being closed from today, the reception team will still be taking email, phone and website enquiries from Monday to Thursday 9-5pm and will still be publishing job adverts, volunteer, event and service applications to the online services on the Community Base website.

Please bear with us as we adjust to this new way of working and we will contact you as soon as we can.We really appreciate your support and understanding and apologise for the inconvenience.

17/03/20 10am: Just a reminder that our reception is closed from tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March), but please check with individual organisations regarding appointments you have with them. We will continue to update our website and social media during this time with practical information.

16/03/20 16.00 pm: Postal address: For those that use Community Base as a postal address you can access your post by appointment, email reception@communitybase.org to arrange.

16/03/20 14.30pm: Community Base has made the difficult decision to close our reception from Wednesday 18th March as a duty of care to both our reception team and the people that use reception for signposting and appointments. We will review the situation in two weeks’ time and will regularly update the webpage.

We really appreciate your support and understanding and apologise for the inconvenience

If you have an appointment with an individual organisation please check direct with them, if it is still running. Contact details for organisations can be found here 

16/03/20 11:45am: Our job and volunteer posts are still functioning as normal. Community Works has a really useful post with advice for volunteers and general information.

Community Base is currently not taking any more meeting or conference room bookings. All existing bookings are currently continuing, terms and conditions apply. For queries regarding this please contact the Community Base director Olivia Canham, centremanager@communitybase.org

15/03/20: This Brighton Covid 19 Mutual Aid Facebook group is a brilliant resource. We will be compiling all the information we can on the website from Monday. Please let us know if there’s anything you think should be included. If you run a service in Brighton please update your plans on our Service Search or sign up if you haven’t already. Contact us through the enquiries page on our website. Stay safe.

13/03/20 : Just to make you aware Community Base is monitoring the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation, and we will update our website and social media if anything changes or we need to close as a result. The current government advice can be found here