Coronavirus: help and advice

We know it's really hard for lots of people at the moment and many young women are feeling worried and facing difficulties. It's normal to feel uncertain and anxious. 

There are lots of organisations and initiatives which you can turn to for guidance and support at this time. They are keen to support as many people as they can.

We know the amount of information online can feel overwhelming so we've picked out some of the most useful people and places here. 

Government and NHS advice and guidance

Government response to Coronavirus

NHS advice on symptoms and how to look after yourself

These pages explain the changes to Universal Credit and advise what benefits are available to you. This includes support for those who are; already claiming benefits, need to start claiming benefits, or are at risk of losing their job due to Coronavirus. 

This service will help you understand what help is available to you if you have been affected by the Coronavirus. 

Finance and employment information 

Citizens Advice provide free, confidential and impartial advice on the big issues affecting people's lives, including employment rights

MoneySavingExpert have a page dedicated to answering questions on things like sick pay, mortgages, rental help, train refunds and energy top-ups

Working Families provide information on employment rights for families and on financial support working families might be able to claim 

ACAS is a workplace expert for England, Wales and Scotland, and have put together some Covid-19 advice for employers and employees 

The Prince's Trust has a job board which advertises opportunitites for young people and has lots of advice for applying for a role during coronavirus. 

Work 180 have created a special list of women job seekers. You can add your name and work experience to the list and they will share the details with approved employers on a regular basis. 

Accessing food 

If you cannot afford food, find your local food bank using the map from the Trussell Trust

If you and your household are self-isolating, you may be able to get support through a local volunteer mutual aid group, which have been established across the country to support people with things like errands and information distribution

Mental health support 

Mind have put together this guidance on Covid-19 and caring for your mental health during self-isolation

Headspace are offering some free meditations on their website, and more on their app. The app also includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.

Blurt have advice on coping with panic attacks, self soothing, digital boundaries and money worries

Good Thinking has tools to help with mental health 

If you're in distress and need support, you can ring Samaritans for free at any time of the day or night on 116 123 

Shout can offer support by text if you’re feeling anxious, stressed, worried, or in a crisis. If you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help, text 85258

Advice for families

Action for Children can offer practical advice and support to help you and your family

Place2Be are sharing tips, advice, and updates on how to access their services. This includes tips on how to answer questions from children about coronavirus

Young Minds share 10 tips from their Parents Helpline experts about talking to your child about coronavirus

Gingerbread offer advice for single parents

Pregnant Then Screwed have an advice line for provide information and guidance to pregnant workers. 

For children and young people

Mindheart have released a PDF printable book about coronavirus for under 7s to read and draw on. Available in multiple languages, it is intended support and reassure children around the world

Anna Freud Centre offer advice for supporting children and young people, especially those who may already be vulnerable or suffering from mental health difficulties, as well as a self-care resource

Hope Support offer online help for young people worried about what the virus means for a loved one with an illness

If you're under 19 you can confidentially call, email or chat online to Childline about any problem big or small on 0800 1111

Entertaining children and young people

Girlguiding has launched online resource hub #AdventuresAtHome packed with activities to entertain children and young people across the UK  

Advice for carers

Carers UK offer help and advice for carers during the coronavirus outbreak

Age UK offer a free, confidential advice line older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals on 0800 678 1602

Domestic abuse and survivors 

National Domestic Violence Helpline is available on 0808 2000 247

Women’s Aid have put together some safety advice for survivors