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Coronavirus: support and guidance for people in Bristol

By ellie pipe, Thursday Mar 19, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping the globe has prompted Bristol’s communities to rally together.

Bristol City Council is coordinating volunteering efforts in response to what has been described as an unprecedented situation and received more than 1,000 offers of help in just two days.

Amid this constantly-shifting situation, access to support and advice is vital.

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Bristol24/7 has compiled a list of useful resources to help people across the city:

Bristol City Council has set up a dedicated coronavirus page with the latest health advice, help for businesses and other organisations:
www.bristol.gov.uk/crime-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know

The NHS has issued advice for people to avoid spreading the virus and what to do if you have symptoms:
www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Health England is updating its page on the government response, guidance for businesses and the number of cases across the UK:
www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

How you can help
Bristol City Council is coordinating official volunteering efforts: register online to help.

FareShare is working to ensure food reaches people who need it most.
To donate: www.faresharesouthwest.org.uk/support-us/donate-to-fareshare-south-west/
To volunteer: www.faresharesouthwest.org.uk/volunteer/

Business support
Business West is providing a dedicated webpage to help businesses, with a list of FAQs on business finance, employment law information and a form to ask advisors detailed questions and receive support: www.businesswest.co.uk/trading-through-coronavirus

Home schooling
Schools are due to close their doors on Friday, March 20, remaining open only for children of frontline workers such as NHS staff and vulnerable children.

A number of online education companies are making their resources available for free to help parents.

Bristol-based not-for-profit company Learning With Parents has made its resources available for free to ensure children can continue their education at home: www.mathswithparents.com.

Additional resources also offering services for free for a period include:
www.whiterosemaths.com
www.twinkl.co.uk

Bristol24/7 is running a daily live blog to bring the latest news, updates and advice for the city. 

Main photo by Martin Booth

 

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