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School Closure Support

We are aware that many families who are self-isolating or social distancing are in need of support for vital supplies or their wellbeing. This page will provide you with links to support and guidance in the community.

NHS Support

 

If you are a vulnerable person and have received a letter from the NHS telling you to socially distance for the next 12 weeks you can register on the government website to get support during this time, including the delivery of medicine and food.

 

Register here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

Hot Meals from the Community Centre

 

The community centre are doing a hot meal service home delivery at £6.50 for a 2 course meal. Meals can be booked on 07967550167.

Essex Welfare Service

 

A new Essex Welfare Service is now available for those in the county in need of urgent support during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is also the place to report anyone in the Essex area who you are concerned about.

 

0300 303 9988 (Mon-Fri 8am-7pm and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm)

essexwelfareservice@nhs.net

Mental Health Support

 

Looking after your mental health during this time is really important. Here are some ideas and places to reach out to for support if you feel overwhelmed or anxious.

 

Check in with people regularly
Being at home can be isolating; ensure you and your friends/family have regular check-ins by phone or online. Sometimes a friendly voice makes all the difference.

 

Look after your body
Your physical health really affects how you feel. Try to make sure you and your family eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, sleep well and exercise regularly. Try and get outside for a walk or a run.

 

Do not stay glued to the news
Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone. Perhaps set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to checking a couple of times a day. Use trustworthy sources – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website – and fact-check information from the news, social media or other people.

 

Take time to relax
Youtube has a range of free online yoga classes and guided meditations. Try to set aside time in a space in the house away from the family - perhaps a hot bath or to read a magazine.

 

Keep your mind active
Now is the time to learn a new skill, or continue with something you never usually have time to do. Read, write, play games, do crosswords, complete Sudoku puzzles, finish jigsaws, or try drawing and painting.  The BBC are helping you learn a new language http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

 

For more information or support go to

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

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