On this page we have gathered together some useful coronavirus information for particular groups to support you during the pandemic. You might also find it useful to visit our section on shielding vulnerable people.
- Providing unpaid care
- Family carers : The following initiative has been set up by Leicester Ageing together. The #DistantSocialising infoline has officially opened and is available on 0116 249 8850. Find out more at www.leicesterageingtogether.org.uk. This might be of interest to anyone who is at a loss for things to do at the moment. It is an ideas and chat line for people who are isolated and may be feeling lonely. There will be someone on hand to talk through ideas of something to do or just to talk to someone if they are alone.
- LAMP are also operating a weekly virtual group for carers of people with mental health difficulties every Wednesday at 11.00am. There is also a phone support service available. Contact Rowena Bland on 0116 255 6286 for further details.
If you have a health condition
Hundreds of LPT patients with long term conditions will benefit from technology to help keep them safe at home – and to minimise the chances of them contracting Covid-19. Around 800 people with heart failure or the lung condition COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) will be offered a package including a tablet computer, blood pressure monitor, weighing scales (for heart failure patients) and oxygen saturation monitor to use at home. Read more at: Hundreds of vulnerable patients to benefit from digital care
We have included some links below to some information produced by some health charities for people with a health condition:
If you are pregnant
Mum’s Mind, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s ground-breaking text message mental health support service for new and expectant mums, has seen demand rise during the pandemic. The confidential service offers expert advice and information to support mothers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who struggle with mental health issues during pregnancy and baby’s first year. Support is provided via a dedicated text line – 07507 330 026 open between 9am and 4pm on weekdays for mums and their families. Read more here.
COVID-19: Looking after your mental health during pregnancy and after birth
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has produced some specific advice for pregnant women. Click here for more information.
Children and Young People
- #TenSecondTips for young people: Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT)’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) has launched a social media campaign to support the mental wellbeing of young people during the COVID-19 lockdown. #TenSecondTips videos highlight simple actions to promote positive mental wellbeing. The tips, are provided by young people themselves, and by mental health clinicians and youth workers. Visit www.healthforteens.co.uk for more about Coronavirus and young people.
- LGBT+ children and young people: Read about the services that are available to support LGBT+ children and young people to help you to cope with any negative feelings and challenges you may be experiencing. In particular, the Leicester LGBT Centre will be able to offer local support.
- Residents are being urged to be extra vigilant of children’s welfare during lockdown and report any concerns they may have. The ‘Their door is shut. Ours is open’ campaign has been launched following a fall in calls to local safeguarding teams since the introduction of social distancing measures. You can read more about the campaign here and what to do if you are concerned about a child
- The NHS is urging parents to bring children forward for lifesaving jabs to stop killer diseases like measles and mumps. These essential, routine vaccinations like the MMR jab can save a child’s life and are available through family doctors. With many people expressing concern and even fear about seeking help during the virus emergency, the NHS is running a nationwide campaign to encourage people to come forward for help when they need it. If those attending appointments, including parents of babies or children, do not have symptoms or are not self isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, all scheduled vaccinations should go ahead as normal. For more information visit vaccines campaign
If you are being controlled or physically, sexually, economically or emotionally abused by a partner, ex-partner or family member, this is domestic abuse. The household isolation instruction as a result of coronavirus does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.
Download our factsheet about where to get support or visit www.gov.uk/domestic-abuse.