Message from Helen’s desk
We’re still here for you
I hope you are managing to keep safe and well. These are unsettling times and I want you to know we are here for you.
As I’m sure you all know our building on Chaucer Street is currently closed following Government guidance but we’re still working to support women remotely. Our staff are in regular contact with current service users via email and telephone and our policy staff are collating details of the new challenges and issues you are facing to inform local services and government of the changes they need to make to help us all.
Other local organisations are offering support and there are details of many of these in the newsletter this month. There are also links if you want to offer your time or donate goods or money. If the help you need isn’t listed then get in touch and let us know as we may be able to put you in contact with a group that can help or encourage someone to start something. Our reception staff are taking calls from 10am – 2pm on our usual number 0115 9411475. They can also answer emails firstname.lastname@example.org Or you can also follow us on social media where we will be posting information about sources of help. Facebook: nottingham.womenscentre Twitter: @nottswcentre and Instagram: nottswomenscentre
We hope you are staying safe and well. Please do stay in contact and let us know if we can help.
Support for vulnerable people
Register with the Government to get support as an extremely vulnerable person
If you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (i.e. if you’ve been told to self isolate for 12 weeks) you should register to get support from the Government. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway. You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
. We can can support women to register as vulnerable – call us for more information 0115 941 1475.
Support from Nottingham City Council and community groups
If you don’t have trusted friends or neighbours to help you with picking up and delivering your medicine, food and household supplies, call Nottingham City Council’s Golden Number: 0115 915 5555. They will connect you to community support groups and neighbourhood volunteer teams. This Golden Number is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or you can visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus
Important information for survivors of domestic abuse
People experiencing domestic abuse are exempt from current Covid-19 restrictions on leaving or moving between households. This means you can leave when you need and you can still call 999 if you are in danger (more info here
). There has been a spike in domestic violence since lock-downs across the globe so please share this information far and wide:
- Domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247
- LGBTQ+ domestic abuse helpline: 0800 999 5428
- For children experiencing domestic abuse: 0800 1111
Emergency Resources from NCVS
Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service have created a webpage
with information about places to donate money, volunteer and get support.Covid-19 Advice for Patients in 34 Languages
Doctors of the World have produced Coronavirus advice for patients in 34 languages: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese. The guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information. It’s particularly important that this guidance reaches migrant and asylum-seeking communities in the UK. Click here
Right Track Community Support
Right Track Social Enterprise is offering support FREE SUPPORT to those who are isolated, disabled and elderly between 23rd March – 17th April1. Free Delivery for Essential Items:
Two people are available Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm to pick up and deliver essential items to those who are isolated, disabled and elderly.
They don’t have the facility to pay for the items, however the collection and delivery is free of charge. Due to capacity they can only offer this in Bulwell & Bulwell Forest. To access this please call 01158 228542 between 9am and 11am Monday to Friday
2. Redundancy Support Line:
If you have been made redundant or at risk of redundancy, Right Track can offer advice on what to do next, free remote training and signposting to relevant organisations.
This support line is open to all Nottingham city residents. To access this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday between 9am and 3pm please call 01158 228541
3. Supporting Parents of Children aged up to 11:
With the announcement of the schools closing or reducing their hours Right Track have launched a support line for parents of children aged up to 11 years old, to give them advice and email them resources for activities that families can do together.
To access this support please call 01158 228543. This line will be open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm to parents of children aged up to 11. This support is open to all Nottingham city residents
Other related information and resources
Urgent recruitment of Care Workers
Nottingham City Council are urgently recruiting for Care Workers. These would be on a Casual Assignment Basis and pay would be £9.94/hour plus casual enhancement of 12.04%. These roles will involve personal care, as well as getting people in and out of bed, cooking light meals, medication checks, etc. They will take walkers and drivers – people will be working within a 1 mile radius of their postcode so will not need to use public transport. Apply here.
Nadia Whittome MP for Nottingham East has returned to her pre-Parliament job as a care worker to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic (BBC news article here). Can you do the same?
Fake Universal Credit Websites
We have been made aware that fake Universal Credit sites are targeting people in Nottingham. Need to claim Universal Credit? Only use the official government website to claim https://gov.uk/universal-credit
. We can support women to claim – call reception on 0115 941 1475.
Robin Hood Fund
Free online lessons, audio books and Apps
There are lots of excellent online lessons, audio books and wellbeing Apps that normally cost money, but are currently FREE and listed in this article
by Money Saving Expert.
- 100s of kids’ audiobooks, incl Beatrix Potter and Winnie the Pooh (normally £11-£15)
- Online PE lessons for kids every weekday morning with Joe Wicks
- Free meditation via the Headspace and Calm apps
- New classic box sets added to BBC iPlayer
- Free three-month language course for schoolkids from Rosetta Stone
- Free home-schooling resources, including Carol Vorderman’s maths school (normally £2/week)
- Free workouts for SIX weeks with Chris Hemsworth’s fitness programme (normally £23/month)
- Free ballet and opera broadcasts from the Royal Opera House
- Free online guitar lessons for three months from Fender (normally £10/month)
Free access to Her Spirit App
Thanks to support from Sport England Lottery Funding, Medichecks and Disciple Media the Her Spirit app
, along with a weekly inspiring podcasts, will be FREE for every woman in the UK until the 30th June.
The Her Spirit app is providing health and well-being support and critically a sense of community during this period of national uncertainty. To help keep you motivated and feeling less socially isolated through this challenging period we are hosting the following Live and On-Demand activities:
• Daily live workouts/activities
• Weekly Her Spirit podcast with Louise Minchin & Annie Emmerson and special guests
• Weekly community challenges
• Weekly live meditations
• Immune boosting recipes
Download here: https://herspirit.co.uk/
Free Indoor games for children by The Scouts
The Scouts have created some great fun and educational indoor activities for kids, which are free to access: https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors