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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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Government guidance and information

The Government’s Covid-19 guidance for everyone is available on their website:

It's important for the safety of us all that each of us follows this advice as closely as possible. Note that the police now have powers to fine or even arrest those not following it.

The best source of Coronavirus (COVID-19) information is provided by the NHS on their website:

For businesses, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have now created a dedicated Coronavirus page for businesses here:

Staying safe

Here is some useful advice from Cheshire East Council:

Link to "Cheshire East People Helping People" document (PDF)

See the People Helping People page on Cheshire East Council’s website and the Cheshire East Social Action Partnership website for more sources of help.

You can also visit Cheshire East Council’s Covid-19 web page for more information, especially on their own services.

And information on local medical practices, pharmacies and shopping from Congleton Town Council:

Link to "Congleton Town Council Key Information" document (PDF)

Living on your own or struggling to cope?

Age UK Cheshire are about to go live with their offer of support, which will be across Cheshire, to help with the coronavirus outbreak. Briefly, the support they will be offering is as follows:

  • Practical help in the community for all older people who are self isolating — collecting prescriptions, food shopping, urgent errands and anything else that they can do practically.
  • Telephone befriending — open to all older Cheshire residents, regular phone calls from our team to keep peoples spirits up and to form friendships over the phone and to reduce the risk of loneliness and social isolation.
  • Regular welfare checks — weekly telephone calls to all of our clients to ensure that they are safe and well and escalate if not

One number to ring if you need their help: 01606 881 660

or email: www.ageukcheshire.org.uk

Are you suffering domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse poster: repeats information in text

Domestic abuse is never okay, but being in isolation doesn’t mean you’re on your own. If you, or someone you know, issuffering abuse, help is available. Please don't suffer in silence.

You can get help and advice at openthedoorcheshire.org.uk.

  • Contact Cheshire Police on 101
  • If there is an immediate risk of harm, call 999
  • National Domestic Abuse 24hr helpline 0808 2000 247

Are you concerned about your mental health?

Link to NHS new mental health helpline press release (PDF)

Are you a young person looking for support?

Visyon is now offering its full range of  services over the telephone and/or online.  Visyon encourages people not to wait or feel that what is going on for them is not serious enough for help — if you need someone to talk to they are there and ready to listen.

How to keep children safe online

Because they can’t meet physically, children may be using video-chatting apps and sites to access learning and keep in touch with friends and family.

Two new Parent Info articles look at some of the things parents and carers should think about to make sure their child’s experience of video chat is safe and fun:

  • Video chatting: a guide for parents and carers of primary school-age children
  • Video chatting: a guide for parents and carers of secondary school-age children

Please go to www.thinkuknow.co.uk were you can download and view the guides.

Are you currently caring for a family member, partner or friend who needs help?

Cheshire East's Carers Hub can help: call 0300 303 0208 (calls charged at local rates) or email enquiries@cheshireeastcarershub.co.uk.Carers Hub poster linking to correpsonding PDF

Are you concerned about your own finances?

There are many sources of financial assistance if the emergency has caused you to lose your job or otherwise reduced your income — see this document (PDF).

Are you a key worker looking for childcare?

If you are looking for childcare and you would like Cheshire East Council to help you, contact them on 0300 123 5033 (Monday — Thursday 8:30am — 5:00pm, Friday 8:30am — 4:30pm) or by email at fis.east@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

To access lists of early years providers who are open in your area visit www.Cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell.

Safeguarding adults for community support

Safeguarding adults for community support - echoes text of page

We want to make sure that adults at risk are safe when they are self-isolating. Here are some things to think about if you are offered, or need, support during this time.

You can contact Cheshire East Council Adult Social Care on 0300 123 5010 if you need support or you feel unsafe. In an emergency, call 999.

Try to use existing and trusted community groups. If not, could a family member, friend or neighbour who you know and trust help?

If you are worried about a child, call 0300 123 5012

Safeguarding adults for people self-isolating

Safeguarding adults for people self-isolating - echoes text of page

We want to make sure that adults at risk are safe when they are self-isolating. Here are some things to think about if you are offered, or need, support during this time.

You can contact Cheshire East Council Adult Social Care on 0300 123 5010 if you need support or you feel unsafe. In an emergency, call 999.

Try to use existing and trusted community groups. If not, could a family member, friend or neighbour who you know and trust help?

If you are worried about a child, call 0300 123 5012

Working at home or running a business?

You can find the details of Government support for small businesses in this document from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Details of how to make your business safe for your employees as they return to work can be found on this web page from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial and Public Health England.

Here is some useful advice for business owners and managers and their employees working at home from The Parkinson Partnership LLP:

How the police are playing their part

See howCheshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner are playing their part in the emergency in this document (PDF).