Further sources of support COVID-19
Use this gov.uk page to find your local council and then click the link to go to their web pages.
Covid Mutual Aid
According to the website covidmutualaid.org, mutual aid is where a group of people organise to meet their own needs, outside of the formal frameworks of charities, NGOs and government. RCN members have found the support they need using their local mutual aid groups, but as with all voluntary schemes you should be safety minded when finding someone to help you or helping others.
Find a foodbank in your area on the Trussel Trust website.
Find a charitable grant based on your individual circumstances by using the Turn2us online calculator.
Member Support Services have online guidance around COVID-19 and your mental wellbeing.
There is an article in RCN Bulletin entitled Mindful Moments in a Crisis.
The "Free Guide To Living With Worry And Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty" is available in multiple languages, created by Dr Matthew Whalley and Dr Hardeep Kaur.
The Self Isolation psychological wellbeing pack was created by Alishia Bann-Khellaf for North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust. You should disregard the local contact details if you are not a patient of the Trust.
Equally Well UK has produced this guide to looking after your health during COVID-19 for people living with severe mental illness.
The World Health Organisation has information on exercise: Be Active during COVID-19.
Money Saving Expert have compiled a list of online exercise resources that are free.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has produced a quick guide to safe shopping.
Key worker discounts
You may have noticed many businesses showing their appreciation for key workers with offers, discounts and protected shopping time. It is worth checking for these before making a purchase in person or online.
NHS England have produced a verified list of offers for their staff. If you are a key worker outside of NHS England and would benefit from one of these offers then do ask the company if you can be considered.
RCN members can continue to benefit from reductions using the RCNXtra discount scheme with free offers for you added in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- COVID-19 FAQs
- COVID-19 and vaccination
- COVID-19 and mandatory vaccination
- COVID-19 and staffing levels
- COVID-19 and time off
- Long COVID
- Employment guidance for NHS staff
- Individual risk assessments
- Nursing students & trainee nursing associates advice
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) advice
- Redeployment guidance
- Managing COVID-19
- COVID-19 vaccination
- Immunisation & large-scale vaccination delivery during COVID-19
- Prescribing safely under COVID-19
- DNACPR & verification of death
- Mental health care delivery