Many of the local support networks from previous lockdowns are still offering help with shopping, medicine collection, dog walking (for those shielding) and much more. If you are unable to get help from family, friends and neighbours, try your local established group set up to assist across the town and villages.
CARING FOR YOUR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
If you or a family member need urgent medical help visit NHS 111 online – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online. For life-threatening emergencies, call 999. The NHS COVID-19 site has advice on self isolation, treating symptoms, testing and the vaccine.
With a more virulent strain of COVID-19 circulating, it is vital we all play our part. It may be difficult, but by following the Government’s guidance, we are helping to protect others.
LOCAL SUPPORT NETWORKS
If you are still struggling as a result of COVID-19 impacting on any aspect of your life, including if you are self-isolating, concerned about education, worried about food, eviction, unpaid bills, etc. please call the Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline on 0333 370 4000 (9am to 5pm, seven days a week: calls charged at local rate) for advice and support. You may also like to contact Citizens Advice on 01962 848000 (from 10-1pm).
The Basics Bank provides emergency food, clothes and provisions to individuals and families across the District: you can self-refer your family online or on 01962 855774. They run the Alresford food hub every Wednesday from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm at the Town Council Offices, Arlebury Park, but please contact them beforehand.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN NEED
For families with children, all schools and colleges have access to provide funds for fuel, transport costs, energy costs, and access to the internet. Please ask your school if you need help: this applies to everyone, not just families already on Universal Credit. Don’t forget to claim your Healthy Start vouchers if you are pregnant and don’t forget: your pre-school age children can continue to go to their childcare setting.
SUPPORT WITH YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
One of the hardest things about the COVID-19 Pandemic is the impact on people’s mental health. Click here for advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing and here if you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, or just want to feel happier. If you are supporting someone else with their mental health, visit MHFA England to learn more about Mental Health First Aid. The Samaritans also provide excellent support for whatever you're going through - call them free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.
SUPPORT IF YOU ARE SUFFERING DOMESTIC ABUSE
Lockdown has seen the number of domestic abuse victims rise dramatically. Abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, emotional or financial. If you alter your behaviour because you are frightened of how your partner will react, you are being abused. Call: Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 or visit their website. Male victims may prefer to contact Respect, the male domestic abuse helpline.