At times like these, mutual support is vital. Here are some useful links to information and assistance:

Let’s start with the official rules, which some people find confusing:

There are three levels of alert – medium, high and very high – there is no “low”.

You can check any local area by entering the post code here – https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions

This will explain what is and is not permitted/recommended in your area at any given time.

For more detail about particular venues – who is open under what restrictions – see this government page https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-medium

And keep an eye n the BBC for useful summaries: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54373904

For news from your local council see https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/coronavirus/

And use this form to ask for support if you are “living alone and do not have any help from family, friends, neighbours or a professional health carer.” – https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-support/

There are community based Covid Support groups in your local area, where you can find someone to help with shopping, collecting medicine, or conversation:

This is for the whole of Worthing: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WorthingC19SupportNetwork/about

These are specific to your area:

Broadwater: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BroadwaterC19SupportGroup

Ring 01903 442137

Gaisford: https://www.facebook.com/groups/559385948028288

Offington  https://www.facebook.com/groups/511071919795921

Selden: https://www.facebook.com/groups/641389770014125

Ring 01903 442137

And here are some useful links for financial and emotional support:

Can you claim Universal Credit?

https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

Phone: 0800 328 5644 Textphone: 0800 328 1344 NGT text relay – if you cannot hear or speak on the phone: 18001 then 0800 328 5644

Do you need housing benefit or council tax support?

Adur & Worthing Council Tax & Housing Benefit Support https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/ benefits/benefits-explained/

Phone: Worthing – 01903 221062

On a low income? Got an emergency?

This could help with living costs, rent, council tax, free prescriptions and/or school meals.

For emergency expenses, there are one-off payments from the Social Fund or from a welfare assistance scheme To find out what help you can get if you are on a low income.

Citizens Advice Low Income

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/

Phone: 03444 111 444

Also keep an eye out for the new emergency grant if you are self-isolating

Struggling with money?

Get an appointment with a member of their local team for help with maximising your income and reducing outgoings, checking benefit entitlements, comparing and switching household products e.g. gas and electric, and supporting people with creditors.

Money Junction One Stop Support Adur & Worthing https://onestopjunction.org.uk/money-support/

Phone: 01903 221400

In financial need?

Gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face-to-face through these organisations.

Turn2Us This is their contact form – https://www.turn2us.org.uk/About-Us/Contact-us/Contact-us-form Not-for-profit credit union for people who live or work in Worthing. They give local people access to fair and affordable loans and savings accounts and also help members to manage their money.

Boom Credit Union, Worthing

Phone: 01903 237221, info@boomcu.com, 129 Montague Street, Worthing, BN11 3BP

Do you need advice and support with debt, household bills and understanding your rights?

Citizens Advice are here for all of us and help with problems like managing debt or household bills, understanding rights at work or housing issues. They also provide specialist services in debt, homelessness and employment.

Citizens Advice (Worthing)

https://www.advicewestsussex.org.uk/worthing/ Monday – Thursday 9.30am- 4pm Worthing Town Hall Chapel Road, WORTHING, West Sussex, BN11 1HA

Phone: 0344 477 1171

Worried about keeping your home warm this coming winter?

Are you on the best energy tariff? Could you switch to a better one? Would you like some advice on how to reduce your energy bills?.

West Sussex advice on helping with fuel bills https://www.westsussexenergy.co.uk/article/31490/Home-energy-advisor-service

Phone: 0800 060 7567

Struggling to pay for your energy use?

For friendly, helpful, home energy telephone support.

Phone: 01903 737941

Affected by domestic abuse?

Safe in Sussex

https://www.safeinsussex.co.uk

Helpline available Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm- Phone: 01903 896202 Out of hours – call the National Domestic Abuse 24-hour helpline 0808 2000 247 Looking for confidential advice and help? Phone:0330 333 7416

Affected by mental health problems?

For you, a friend or a family member of any age, help is available. West Sussex Mind To access services at their Worthing support hub Phone: 01903 268107 or email pathfinder.worthing@westsussexmind.org

Also take a look at https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/coronavirus/mental-health-coronavirus

How schools can help with period poverty

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/period-products-in-schools-and-colleges/period-product-scheme-for-schools-and-colleges-in-england

Pregnant and on benefits?

Apply for vouchers from healthy start to get food and milk.

 

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