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
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.
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.
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
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