You might find it useful to take a look at some information and resources relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) from other organisations.

Take a look at the headings below and click the heading to reveal links to relevant guidance beneath.

Dealing with change

The National Autistic Society (NAS) have created some helpful resources around coronavirus for people with autism and their friends and family members, including:

Top tips for families to help deal with this period of change and uncertainty

How to support a friend, family member or neighbour deal with this time of uncertainty

Resources for autistic people and their families

Mental health and wellbeing

Easy read guidance on looking after your feelings and your body (from Public Health England)

Coronavirus and your wellbeing (from Mind, the mental health charity)

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing if you are staying home (from the Mental Health Foundation)

10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus (from NHS One You)

Mental wellbeing whilst staying at home (from NHS One You)

Books Beyond Words are offering free downloads of their resources which are aimed at families and carers of people with a learning disability, including:

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability have created coronavirus resources about:

  • coping with feeling down
  • getting a good nights sleep
  • being active and staying well
  • problem solving
  • coping with anxiety
  • relaxing.

A Coronanxiety support and resources website hub (from Anxiety UK)

Family carer advice on inpatient units

Coronavirus: family contact in inpatient units

This factsheet from Access Social Care is for family carers whose relative is detained under the Mental Health Act in an inpatient unit.

Coronavirus and discharge planning

This factsheet from Access Social Care is for family carers who have a relative who is currently living in an inpatient unit. It explains what effect the coronavirus pandemic may have on discharge planning.

Testing

Books Beyond Words have created short, wordless stories about having a coronavirus test, either at home or a drive-through testing faciltiy

 

Working from home

Cue cards to help when you need to say something in a video meeting (from Keep Safe)

Beating the virus

A short wordless story about what to do if you have coronavirus and how to keep yourself and those who you care about safe (Books Beyond Words)

Ways to keep busy

Creative activities: a collection of free activities designed to engage the senses and connect with nature (from Sensory Trust)

Music therapy resources for parents and carers (from Music Therapy Works)

Free activity resources (from ELSA Support)

Live streams of animals from around the world you can watch at home for free (article from Country Living)

See our webpage about keeping busy and activity ideas for more ideas and information.

Learning new skills

The Skills Toolkit is made up of free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills (from the National Careers Service)

Benefits

Guidance for people receiving direct payments (from GOV.uk)

Scams and fraud

Check if something might be a scam (from Citizens Advice)

COVID-19 related scams - news and resources (from Action Fraud)

Talk to us

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