Coronavirus - community and welfare
The Government's have published guidelines on how and when to self isolate at home.
- Stay connected and keep in touch
- Health and wellbeing
- Boredom busters
- Don't be scammed
- Financial support if you are asked to self-isolate
Stay connected keep in touch
With many people working from home and others having to self isolate it's important to keep in touch with the outside world and keep yourself entertained.
Some people may struggle with being on their own for periods of time so it's important to look after yours and other people's mental health.
If you're feeling isolated and alone you can call the Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008 and they can arrange for someone to call you for a friendly chat, it can make all the difference.
There are lots of ways you can stay connected with your immediate neighbourhood and work out who needs help or can offer help. The Councils for Voluntary Service (CVSs) and Volunteer Centres can provide advice about what is available in your local area. More information can be found here CVSs in Surrey.
Things such as Facebook Community Groups, WhatsApp Groups and the Nextdoor App that sends neighbourhood alerts can also be great ways of staying in touch with those around you however it can be difficult to know who to trust.
Health and wellbeing
- Visit Healthy Surrey for tips on health and wellbeing to keep you well.
- Active Surrey also have ideas for keeping active whilst being at home.
Mental health support
If you feel like you're struggling on your own there is no need to feel alone. There is help and advice on hand visit the Healthy Surrey Mental Wellbeing web page.
Every Mind Matters provides practical self-care tips and guidance and has a free NHS-approved online tool which helps people build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, improve their sleep and help them feel more in control. It also has advice on Coronavirus and wellbeing.
Mental health helplines
- The Mental Health Crisis Helpline is there for adults 0800 915 4644 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
- For children and young people the Children and Young People's Havens are offering a phone service available every week day from 4pm - 8.30pm and weekends 12pm - 6pm. Call 07773008435
- The Samaritans are available to call for free 116 123.
- CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably have a 5pm - Midnight helpline 0800 58 58 58 and also a web chat if you need to talk to someone.
- The Brigitte Trust is expanding its telephone support service to offer emotional support to any adult in the Surrey area who is vulnerable, lonely, isolated, bereaved or a carer who needs someone to chat to. For more information please contact the Service Co-ordinator Sarah Pattenden on: 07469 932192 or email: email@example.com
- Text SMS contact for the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust crisis line – 07717 989 024
- Text SMS contact for Give Us A Shout - 85258
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, help is still there for you during Coronavirus. There are helplines and apps and ways of communicating to someone even when you are unable to speak.
- Your Sanctuary Helpline 01483 77 68 22 is available from 9am till 9pm 7 days a week. Your Sanctuary online chat service is available.
- Silent Solution if you need urgent police help but can't speak call 999 and then text 55.
- East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services: 01737 771350 (Serving Reigate and Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge)
- Your Sanctuary: 01483 776822 (Serving Woking, Runnymede and Surrey Heath)
- North Surrey Domestic Abuse Services: 01932 260690 (Serving Epsom and Ewell, Elmbridge and Spelthorne)
- South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Services: 01483 898884 (Serving Guildford and Waverley)
- Safe Lives have a dedicated page for help during Covid-19
- Bright Sky App (Free) An app that looks like a weather app and provides support and information to anyone who maybe in an abusive relationship. Available in Polish, Punjabi and Urdu.
- Hollie Guard App (Free) turns your smart phone in to a personal safety device.
The Respect Phone line call 0808 8024040. A confidential helpline, email and web chat service with support for potential perpetrators of domestic violence looking for help to stop.
Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Families impacted by COVID-19
Barnardo's has launched a vital new support service to make a positive difference to the lives of many Black, Asian and minority ethnic children, young people and their families impacted by Covid-19. The new service is a free telephone helpline and web chat facility. Barnardo's specialist advisors will aim to provide on-going support on a complex range of issues including mental health, bereavement, family break-down, neglect, back to school, parenting advice, counselling, family stress, discrimination, barriers to services and more.
You can find out more about the new helpline here: helpline.barnardos.org.uk/helpline
Drug and alcohol dependency
Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care 0808 802 5000 24/7 confidential helpline
Here are some ideas to make sure you keep boredom at bay. Maybe now's the time to plant that vegetable patch, or to finish those DIY projects you started.
- Have virtual meetings and conversations via Skype, Facetime, Zoom or House Party – it's nice to see another human face
- Phone a friend – check up on friends and make sure they're okay
- Make Spotify playlists and share with friends
- In a book club? Could you do this virtually?
- You can download E-books, audiobooks and E-Magazines from Surrey libraries
- The online reference library has a huge collection of information sources ranging from historical newspapers to a music streaming service.
The Surrey online library is available for free. If you're not already a Surrey library member you can join online.
Learn something new
- YouTube have great how-to guides to learn new skills, like knitting, learning a new language or even beginners yoga
- The Open University are offering free online courses
- Get creative with your leftover food here are some recipes with some hints and tips from the Surrey Environment Partnership.
Don't be scammed
Please be aware that not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people will take advantage of this unusual situation our society is facing. Trading Standards have highlighted below the latest scams and tricks so you can be aware and not be taken advantage of. Please note fraudsters come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online.
Latest Test and Trace scams - September 2020
There have recently been some Test and Trace scams operating within the county which we wanted to make you aware of. More information here:
- Ofcom - Advice for consumers: NHS 'test and trace' scams
- Test and Trace scam alert issued by councils
- Action Fraud - UK Finance reveals ten COVID-19 scams the public should be on high alert for
Coronavirus scams advice
This is what Trading Standards are currently aware of. This list isn't exhaustive, but please be aware:
- People offering miracle cures for coronavirus – there is no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Bogus healthcare workers claiming to be offering 'home-testing' for coronavirus – this is a scam these kits are not currently available to buy.
- The council do not need to enter your house to do a deep clean.
- Emails saying that you can get a refund on taxes or business rates should be treated with extreme caution. Often the sender just wants your personal details.
- There are new mobile phone apps that claim to give you updates on the virus, instead they lock your phone and demand a ransom.
- Your bank or the police will NEVER ask for your bank details over the phone.
- People offering to do your shopping and ask for money upfront and then disappear.
Tips to avoid getting tricked out of your money
- Do not place items on your doorstep to say you need help as this is an invitation to scammers that you may be in a vulnerable situation.
- Be sceptical, don't be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.
- Take your time, don't be rushed.
- If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as GOV.uk or NHS.uk details as provided on our Official Coronavirus Information and Advice web page.
- Know who you're dealing with, if you need help talk to someone you know or get in touch with your local district or borough council.
- Protect your financial information, especially from people you don't know. Do not give your bank card or PIN number to a stranger.
Report a scam
If you think you have been scammed then call the police on 101 (999 only in an emergency)
To report a complaint relating to a coronavirus scam you can contact Trading Standards by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us or 01296 388788.
Low income financial support if you are asked to self-isolate
If you're asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and you're on a low income, unable to work from home and will lose income as a result, you may be entitled to a payment of £500 from your local authority under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. The scheme will run until 31 January 2021.
More information about the scheme can be found on the Gov.uk web pages Test and Trace Support Scheme Financial Claiming.
If you're eligible local financial support can be found with your local borough or district council:
- Elmbridge Borough Council Test and Trace support payment
- Epsom and Ewell Borough Council Test and Trace support payment
- Guildford Borough Council Test and Trace support payment
- Mole Valley District Council Test and Trace support payment
- Reigate and Banstead Borough Council Test and Trace support payment
- Runnymede Borough Council Test and Trace support payment
- Surrey Heath Borough Council Test and Trace support payment
- Spelthorne Borough Council Test and Trace support payment
- Tandridge District Council Test and Trace support payment
- Waverley Borough Council Test and Trace support payment
- Woking Borough Council Test and Trace support payment