This page was last updated on 11 January 2021.
Accessible coronavirus information
- Translations: Covid-19: letters to clinically extremely vulnerable people
- Keeping safe from coronavirus: new guidance for adults who have Down’s syndrome
- Translations from RBC: simplified and translated coronavirus safety and flu vaccination materials, with locally produced information and signposting to national resources.
- Translations from Doctors of the World: latest guidance on coronavirus translated into 60 languages.
- British Sign Language: advice and updates on RBC services.
- British Sign Language: coronavirus updates from The Deaf Health Charity SignHealth.
- Beyond Words: coronavirus resources for people who find pictures easier to understand than words.
Resources and information
- Funding: grants for individuals and families in need.
- Basic needs: information about community food projects, clothes and household necessities and more.
- The Parent Employment Wellbeing Project – a new project from RVA for parents who are over the age of 16, not in employment, not furloughed and living in Reading.
- Download: coping with family life during lockdown
- Help with getting online (an RVA guide which is easy to print out for someone not already online)
- Autism Berkshire have a page of coronavirus advice and resources and a page of fun things to do at home or online during lockdown. They continue to run online autism advice workshops and support groups – read more here.
Resources from 2020, for reference
Easing/ending of lockdown
Children, young people and families
- Download: Top tips for Autistic and ADHD children returning to school in September 2020 – information leaflet produced by Autism Berkshire and Parenting Special Children.
- My Back to School Bubble e-Storybook
- RBC’s Family Information Service: Daily updated list of available childcare for key workers
- Hungry Little Minds – simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five
- Free book explaining coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler
- 8 April: Government announces extra support for schools and parents and increase in Working Tax Credits and Child Benefit.
- Voucher scheme for schools providing free school meals
- An easy read guide to coronavirus from Mencap
- Project Linus Berkshire: handmade quilts to comfort children and teenagers
- First Days: emergency help for families (referrals by professionals only)
- NSPCC: how to have difficult conversations with children
- Future Learn: free online courses to help carers of people with dementia cope during current restrictions
- Coronavirus: information for people affected by dementia
Helping in your neighbourhood
- Be a good neighbour – advice to those who want to help
- Coronavirus and social isolation – Campaign to End Loneliness
- Sight loss: helping you to help others during coronavirus
Keeping in touch online
Employment, self-employment and benefits
- Advice on Universal Credit and coronavirus
- Citizens Advice: coronavirus – what it means for you
- Institute of Directors: coronavirus – government support for the self-employed
Managing anxiety and wellbeing
- Mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak – round-up of support and information, including national helplines
- Government guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (Covid-19)
- Anxiety UK – support and resources
- Talking Therapies – NHS Berkshire Healthcare
- Samaritans: if you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Every Mind Matters: 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing – information from Mind
- Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak – Mental Health foundation
- How to stay active while you’re at home – Sport England
- Active at home – Get Berkshire Active
- Compass Recovery College – online courses and activities
- Social Prescribing: if you have received support from RVA’s Social Prescribing service in the past and would like us to get in touch again can email email@example.com.
- If you are feeling lonely, our Ready Friends Toolkit has been updated with three new sections: live online meetups, telephone and video befriending and storytelling, podcasts and audiobooks.