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COVID-19: Information, Local Community Help & Volunteering

Image of microscopic coronavirusThe Town Council continues to liaise with the local community to coordinate the response to Covid-19 and following the latest social distancing and other Government guidance. We will be using this page to share information about what you can do to protect yourself yourself, and information about local community groups which are offering local support to people who continue to be affected.

COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME SITES

The COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to be rolled out to other age groups. This includes hospital hubs, GP-led local vaccination services, larger vaccination centres, and a roving service to take the vaccine into people’s own homes if they cannot attend a vaccination site.

A priority in the NHS planning is to ensure that it is as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated when it is their turn.

>>View LIST OF VACCINATION SITES IN SUSSEX

COVID-19 TESTING SITES

There are several sites in East Sussex where COVID-19 tests can be booked in advance. You should strive to get a test if you either:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms or;
  • have been asked to get a test (e.g. by the test and trace service)

If you do have symptoms, you and other people in your household must self-isolate immediately, only leaving your home to visit a designated test site.

BUSINESS SUPPORT

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses:

  • Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available
  • Employers might be eligible for financial support to pay wages
  • Self-employed people might be eligible for a taxable grant covering 80% of trading profits

>>FIND OUT WHAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT SCHEMES YOU MAY BE ELIBLE FOR

BRITISH RED CROSS HARDSHIP FUND

As part of its response to the coronavirus outbreak, the British Red Cross, in partnership with Aviva and the Aviva Foundation, has created a Hardship Fund to provide financial support to individuals who were already financially at risk before the outbreak and, whose financial situation has deteriorated due to the crisis.

>>FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BRITISH RED CRISS HARDSHIP FUND

LOCAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT & VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

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+ Sunflowers Mental Health & Well-being

Sunflowers Mental Health & Well-Being CIC  is managing the Facebook group ‘Hailsham Crisis Support’, which welcomes volunteers to help support the vulnerable and elderly in Hailsham and surrounding rural areas during this difficult time. If anyone wants to lend a helping hand or is in need of this service please get in touch and email at sunflowersproject@outlook.com. For more information visit their Facebook page.

On behalf of Hailsham Crisis Support, town councillor Anne-Marie Ricketts is offering telephone contact with people who suffer from mental health issues or are in need of support due to anxiety about Covid-19. Cllr Ricketts can be contacted on 07837 208877.

+ 3VA: Voluntary Action in Eastbourne, Lewes & Wealden

New community hubs have now opened in every part of East Sussex in response to the coronavirus pandemic. These hubs will focus their help on people who do not have an extreme medical condition but are vulnerable because they are isolated from help, too unwell to buy food or have other pressing difficulties. The hubs will also bring together volunteers, donations and projects to co-ordinate East Sussex’s community response to the virus. To contact the Wealden branch (including Hailsham) please phone 01323 443322 or find out more here.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & WELLBEING

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a lot of information about the virus and its effects on mental health. That’s because coronavirus and the social, financial and psychological implications it carries can seriously impact one’s mental wellbeing.

Try to take as much action as possible to ensure your mental health won’t suffer during the pandemic. Click here for more information and useful resources.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & ADDICTION

Covid-19 has impacted the lives of many and, unfortunately, that also includes the increase of those struggling with substance abuse and mental health. A useful resource page is available that shares valuable information for those seeking help while battling addiction and co-occurring conditions.

Coronavirus and mental health issues | Substance abuse, overdise and suicide | Alcohol addiction

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION

  • A free helpline is available for those who may be struggling with their mental health or drug/alcohol addiction. Fully trained staff are are able to help those who are struggling and can provide advice in what can sometimes feel like a very lonely world. The Ocean Recovery Centre website has a plethora of resources for those who do not wish to talk and a free helpline is available too: 01253 847 553.
  • Rising rates of substance misuse and fatal overdoses during the pandemic are ongoing issues of concern among health professionals, and individuals and families affected by addiction. For those affected, a number of resources have been developed to help guide those affected during the pandemic, with information on how to find treatment, coping skills, and lists of virtual support options… Click here for more information (external link).

INFORMATION & RESOURCES ON COVID-19

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+ NHS Advice

COVID-19 can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by the coronavirus.

+ Government and public health information

How to protect yourself and others in the community.

+ Coronavirus cases in the UK

Dashboard and statistical analysis of reported cases, including new cases, cases by upper tier local authority in England and number of deaths.

+ News and public communications

Browse government agency news articles and other communications on Covid-19.

+ Guidance on access to green spaces

Useful guidance on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others in the process.