Easy read guides to help you stay safe and well

Take a look at the headings below and the links to easy read guides underneath.

Latest government guidance

Latest Government Guidance

Clinically extremely vulnerable

Shielding has been paused for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Please see this advice. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

 

Vaccine

See our wepbage about the coronavirus vaccine which includes easy read guides and answers to frequently asked questions.

Doing a test

 

Easy read document about lateral flow tests 

 

Rapid lateral flow home test kit instructions https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/instructions-for-covid-19-self-test

 

PCR home test kit instructions https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/testing-for-coronavirus-at-home

 

Self-isolating

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Face coverings

This PDF easy read guide explains what face coverings are, including why and how they should be worn.

There are different rules for wearing face coverings depending on where you are. 

We have created this PDF easy read guide on face coverings rules for people living in England. (Please see separate guidance for people in Northern Ireland (PDF)and Wales.)

People who do not have to wear a face covering

This guidance explains why some people do not have to wear face coverings.(For example; because you have a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering, or because it causes severe distress).

If you do not have to wear a face covering, there are cards (sometimes called "exemption cards") that you can take with you when you go out to help explain why, if someone asks you in public. The cards can also be used to ask someone else to remove their face mask or covering so you can understand them better.

Please use these cards if you need them:

Going to work or working from home

Government advice on working from home

How to make online meetings accessible (PDF)

Traffic light cards to help you communicate in meetings (PDF)

Keeping clean and handwashing

How to stop coronavirus spreading by keeping clean (PDF)

How to wash your hands (PDF)

Test and trace

About the NHS Test and Trace application (PDF)

What to do if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace (PDF)

The NHS have also created easy read posters like this (PDF) so people know when and how to get a test for coronavirus.

Wellbeing and mental health

Looking after yourself (PDF)

Tips to help you feel better (PDF)

How to improve your mental wellbeing (PDF)

Befriending

We know that people with a learning disability already experience high levels of loneliness and social isolation and that this will only have been made worse by coronavirus and lockdown.

Befriending can help. 

So please get in touch with us to:

  • see what befriending options are available in your area
  • find out more about befriending volunteer opportunities
  • tell us about your befriending scheme if you already have one set up.

Email us at friendships@mencap.org.uk and tell us who you are (e.g. an individual, family member or carer, or an organisation or professional), where you live and what you are interested in (e.g. support, being a befriending volunteer).

About coronavirus

About coronavirus (COVID-19)

What will happen if I get coronavirus (COVID-19)? (PDF)

What to expect from coronavirus (COVID-19) if you live with other people (PDF)

What to expect from coronavirus (COVID-19) if you live on your own (PDF)

Care homes and supported living

Keeping safe from Coronavirus in care homes and supported living (PDF).

Going out if you live in a care home (PDF)

Visiting care homes (PDF)

Social distancing

ER Social Story About Social Distancing.pdf

Images of someone washing their hands

How to wash your hands thoroughly

Follow these steps when you wash your hands:

  1. Wet your hands under warm running water
  2. Apply a small amount of soap
  3. Rub your hands together and make sure that the soap and water cover all over your hands
  4. Carefully wash your palms, the backs of your hands, your fingertips, thumbs, your wrists and nails
  5. Rinse your hands under running water
  6. Dry your hands thoroughly.
PDF easy read guide to handwashing

Talk to us

We know this is a difficult and unusual time. We're here to help.

If you need information or advice you can contact our helpline or if you can, have a chat on our online community

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