General Information and Support

The UK Government is asking us all to help minimise the spread of the Coronavirus and have published this public health guidance which we urge everyone to follow.

Skills for Health provide a free and comprehensive Covid-19 Awareness Course for those working in the public sector, particularly key workers, to learn about  symptoms, infection prevention, investigation, guidance and support.

Skills for Care offer useful guidance on COVID-19 to support the adult social care sector during this this challenging time.

As criminals begin to exploit the fear and uncertainty around COVID-19 National Trading Standards have warned people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams. They have compiled information to raise awareness of known scams and offer advice on how to protect yourself and others. Friends Against Scams also provide information and resources relating to this issue.

It is more important than ever in these challenging times for everyone to look after their mental health and well-being. Our fellow user-led disability charity Real recognise that social distancing and social isolation can be stressful and anxiety-inducing for everyone, and that disabled people may feel especially vulnerable or targeted. Therefore they have compiled and excellent range or resources and relevant information.

Citylife Line is a new service, set up with partners in the voluntary and community sector, that has been launched to help harness the outpouring of goodwill from residents in Newcastle who want to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak. To volunteer your time or register your need for assistance visit the Citylife website.

Click here if you wish to sign a petition encouraging Parliament to debate how to support social care during COVID-19 and beyond, so that it is financially, publicly and systematically on an equal par as the NHS.