Here you'll find all the latest info to help you and your family stay safe and also ways to support your organisation
What an extraordinary few weeks! I know that many of you have been working exceptionally hard to either provide direct services to our communities or to reconfigure your own services and move activities online or provide telephone in place of face to face support.
At One Westminster we have been working as hard as we can to keep in touch, keep you all informed and work with the City Council to establish much needed services. Although we are in fast evolving and changing times, I wanted to bring you up to date with where we are up to.
Jackie Rosenberg, One Westminster CEO
Up to 1.5 million people in England have now been identified by the NHS as being at higher risk of severe illness if they contract coronavirus. The government has urged they should stay at home for at least 12 weeks (from 22 March 2020) to protect themselves and the NHS are contacting the people who are most vulnerable.
A new helpline phone number for vulnerable Westminster residents, which also offers support in community languages, has now been set up by Westminster City Council on:
020 7641 1222
People can phone the number or register online here.
It's sad to report at this time of national crisis that unscrupulous criminals are seeking to make money out of our fears and distress, often from society's older and vulnerable people.
The Government has now issued a full set of guidelines on how to help others while staying safe yourself. At the moment you should only leave the house for one of four reasons, and one of these is to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. Even when you are doing this, you need to do so safely. Follow this link for the full Government details on how to help safely
If you're struggling to follow the official advice in English - or know someone who is - then check out Coronavirus (Covid 19) advice in 43 languages, which now includes the lock down rules for the UK population. Videos are now being created - so far only in Turkish and Spanish, but many more are planned. Check them out here.
Produced by Doctors of the World in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice, the guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information. Please forward this information to migrant and asylum-seeking communities who would like this crucial information in their own language.
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Superhighways, a project of Kingston Voluntary Action, supports small charities and community groups in London to do more with digital and data, has generated some great advice for organisations planning or getting started with working remotely. Check out these useful hints and tips below.
The National Council for Volunteering Organisations has a range of useful practical advice to help voluntary groups and organisations get to grips with the enormous changes expected of all of us in the days and weeks to come.
Click here for full details.
Healthwatch Central West London has brought out a Guidance & Support pack that has crucial guidance from national charities on what to do if you have an underlying health condition, and the latest communications from hospitals in our area. Access it above if you are living with such conditions as diabetes or asthma, or other conditions.
In these perplexing times, the British Red Cross reminds us of the power of kindness with eight ways to be kind to your neighbours - and yourself! Click here to read.
The government has now advised that if you have an underlying health condition(s) or if you are aged 70 or older, you should be social distancing for up to 12 weeks. This can seem a daunting process to many, so the Royal College of Occupational Therapists has created some top tips to help people get through it all. Click below for a printable poster.
The Government has advised us to practice social distancing, but what exactly does it mean in practice? Click to view this video from the BBC - it's all you need to know in just about a minute!
Westminster City Council has produced these useful flyers to remind groups and organisations dealing with vulnerable adult groups what to do and where to seek help during the COVID-19 outbreak. Check them out below.
Advice from the NHS on how to protect yourself or how to access medical help can be obtained by clicking here.
The government's response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 includes advice on staying at home, social distancing, travel and guidance for employers and businesses. Click here
Click here for guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health professionals and organisations.
You can find advice on social distancing throughout the UK and also how older and vulnerable people can be protected by clicking here.