Keeping yourself informed during this global pandemic is critical
The safety and wellbeing of the residents of Daventry Town remains a number one priority for Daventry Town Council. In order to keep you accurately informed, we have compiled a list of websites below for you to refer to:
- GOVERNMENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES - For the latest official government guidelines and main source of advice on the coronavirus - including support, information on social distancing, how to stay safe and more.
- NHS COVID-19 INFORMATION - For the latest NHS information and advice on Covid-19 including a symptom checker.
- BEING TESTED - Check to see government guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.
- ASK FOR A COVID-19 TEST - apply via the NHS to check if you have Coronavirus.
- 119 TESTING CALL CENTRE: By calling 119, members of the public, who don't have online access, can book a coronavirus swab test and ask any questions relating to having a test and getting results. This includes about drive through test sites, mobile test units and home tests. The call centre is open from 7am to 11pm and can be accessed by people with speech or language difficulties as well as by people whose first language isn't English.
- COVID-19 TESTING WITH SYMPTOMS: Symptomatic PCR Testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms can find details of all testing facilities across Northamptonshire and book online.
- COVID-19 TESTING WITHOUT SYMPTOMS: Asymptomatic LFD Testing (Rapid Flow testing) for people without COVID-19 symptoms can find details of all testing facilities across Northamptonshire and book online.
- BOOK A CORONAVIRUS VACCINE: Information about who can and how to book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or manage your appointments.
- SELF -ISOLATION SUPPORT: Northamptonshire County Council has put together a self-isolation pack with advice, helpful tips and information.
- PUBLIC HEALTH FAQ - Public Health England (PHE) has FAQs that will be updated regularly.
- EMPLOYERS & BUSINESSES GUIDANCE - this guidance, developed with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, aims to assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff. Plus advice and support from the government and DDC.
- ACAS Advice - You may find the advice from ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) useful in considering any employment-related matters.
COVID-19 SCAMS: Watch out for coronavirus scams — these can take the shape of:
- Phone call: pretending to be from the NHS Track & Trace
- Emails: pretending to be from the government asking for sensitive information
- Texts: claiming to be from the NHS advising you that you are eligible to apply for a vaccine asking for payment
- Adverts: selling face masks at high prices
- Door-to-door: Someone knocking at your door asking for money for a fake charity
REMEMBER: Please help make elderly relatives or neighbours aware of these scams and to always be on their guard. Remember to always use official website channels only such as gov.uk for your information. Legitimate organisation such as the NHS will never ask for you for sensitive information, bank details, log-ins or for payments
REPORTING: If you think someone might be trying to scam you, take the time to get advice. You can contact the Citizens Advice consumer service for help with what to do next, and report scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud. If you think you have been scammed or see a scam report it!
- For advice on scams call Citizens Advice on 0808 223 11 33
- To report a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
- Forward suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Report SMS scams by forwarding the original message to 7726 (spells SPAM on the keypad).
- For more information visit the Citizens Advice website
LATEST SCAMS: There has been an increasing trend of COVID-19 phishing and SMS text message scams. Here are five key trends:
- Fake URL links claiming to redirect you to GOV.UK website to claim relief payments.
- Lockdown fines suggesting you have breached government regulations.
- Offers of health supplements that will prevent you from being infected.
- Financial support that appears to be from your bank.
- Fake text messages claiming to be from the NHS advising individuals that they are eligible to apply for vaccine, but requiring sensitive data such as financial information to make a payment.
- Never click links within emails or text messages as these can take you to fake websites.
- Never call back using an unrecognised SMS phone number
- Use official channels only such as GOV.UK to verify information
- GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON WEARING FACE COVERINGS - Here is the link to government guidelines on when and where to wear face coverings, how to make your own and information about those exempt from wearing one:
- Face Covering Exemption Cards: Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign. This is a personal choice and is not necessary in law. This link has card templates you can print off at home.
Supporting your recovery after COVID-19
If you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.
These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.
Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.
Your wellbeing is important - Don't be afraid to ask for support
We all deal and react to a crisis differently, and there is no shame in admitting that you are struggling. We've put together a list of sources (which you can download below) that can help you if you need to talk to someone outside of your friends and family unit. You don't have to suffer in silence.
If you need support or advice during this difficult time there is a helpline out there for you:
- Samaritans: 116 123 - 24hrs/7 Days
- Mind: 0300 123 3393 - M-F 9am-6pm
- Relate: 01604 634400 - M-F 9am-5.30pm
- Shout: 85258 - Text 'Shout' 24hrs/7 Days
- Scope: 0808 800 3333 - Disabled people
- Childline: 0800 1111 - Under 19 years old
- Time2Talk: 01327 706706 - 13-19 year olds
- The Lowdown: 01604 622223 - 11-25 year olds
Here are 5 tips we hope can help:
- Talk about your worries: it is normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Maintain contact with friends and family via phone and video calls to share how you are feeling.
- Keep a regular routine and set goals: you may need to set a new routine for now. Try writing a plan for your day with the things you can still do at home, like watching a film, reading a book or completing a puzzle. Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Maintaining good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically too, so it's important to get enough (the Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep).
- Manage your media and information intake: if 24-hour news and constant social media updates are making you worried, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to coverage of the outbreak.
- Do things you enjoy and try something new: focusing on your favourite hobby, learning something new, or simply taking time to relax indoors should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can help boost your mood. Look online for lots of free tutorials and courses.
- Look after your body: our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Go for a walk, run or bike ride - but make sure you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others.
Remember – you are never alone.
Support for all
THE NHS MENTAL HEALTH NUMBER: For local support and services call one of the mental health navigators anytime of the day or night call 0800 448 0828 - Lines available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
DOMESTIC ABUSE: If you're currently experiencing – or have experienced - domestic abuse and/or coercive control, Northamptonshire County Council have put together information to help you feel safer and less alone.
PARENTS - ACTION FOR CHILDREN: Coronavirus Updates Early Help Five tips for family wellbeing. Lots of us are being asked to stay at home or keep our distance right now. This can feel scary, yet there are simple ways to manage stress and
feel less anxious.
HEALTHWATCH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE - is the independent people's champion of health and social care in the county. They work to help people get the best out of their local health and social care services, whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow.
YOUNG HEALTHWATCH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: This group have regular zoom meetings and even an online quiz to keep young volunteers connected during this time as well as to update them on progress locally. For more information visit their website here:
MIND ACTION FOR KIDS: Emotional Wellbeing Early Years Anxiety in young people is rising as a result of Covid-19 and we all have our own fears and worries. Advice and information to help children understand their feelings, and what they can do to manage them.
NORTHANTS LIBRARIES: If your local Northamptonshire County Councils Library is closed did you know you can still access a host of resources from your home via the virtual library - and it is FREE to become a member.
ACTIVE NORTHANTS: FREE sessions in Boxing, Calisthenics, Dance, Fitness and Yoga for 14-19 year olds. Simply register with Active Northants.
MENTAL HEALTH GUARDING: An article about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
HOUSEHOLD WINTER SUPPORT SCHEME: The Daventry District Council Covid-19 Household Winter Support Scheme is available to help households, especially those with children, who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and are struggling to stay warm and put food on the table this winter. For more information you can read their leaflet, call 0300 126 1000 and select option 5 or visit their website.
FREE WEBINAR: HOW TO SUPPORT ANXIOUS ONLINE LEARNERS: After huge demand for this webinar, Creative Education have made this 60 minute webinar available to download for free. It is aimed at parents and teachers. During this one hour recording, parent and educator Tom Vodden will walk you through some guiding principles and practical ideas for supporting children and young people are not gelling well with online school. Tom will share ideas that can be adopted by parents, carers and educators to work alongside children who are anxious when it comes to online learning. To access the webinar please visit their website.
FREE2TALK has been working with young people across Northamptonshire for over 10 Years. In that time, they have worked with thousands of people, making an impact on young people and their community. Includes Youth Mentoring, Online Youth Clubs, Music Courses, Youth Groups and Forrest Schools.
Citizens Advice Daventry & District
From August 3rd 2020, Citizens Advice Daventry and District are offering face to face advice on Mondays and Wednesdays at our offices within The Abbey in Daventry.
This is an appointment only service as they are unable to resume their drop in sessions or offer home visits at present.
Appointments are available with trained advisers for issues such as housing and employment and our caseworkers are able to offer specialist advice and ongoing support with debt and benefits, including help to claim.
To book an appointment phone 01327 701646, leave a voicemail with your name and phone number and they will call you back within two working days to complete your booking.
- CADD Phone Advice Line: 03444 889 629
Daventry Crisis Cafe
Mind Northampton Crisis Cafes are located all across Northamptonshire. They provide a safe place if you are in a crisis and need someone to talk to. They have professional mental health on hand to offer you support and a safe space.
Their aim is to support people in reducing any immediate crisis and to put together a safety plan - drawing on strengths, resilience, and coping mechanisms to manage their mental health and wellbeing.
Daventry Mind, The Old Gasworks Car Park, Brook Street, Daventry, NN11 4GG
Tel: 01327 879416
Wednesdays from 12pm to 9pm - there is no need to call, just drop in.
For the opening times of all the Crisis Cafes across the county visit the Mind Northampton website.
Supporting Independence Programme
Now, more than ever, services across the community are working together to support those most affected by COVID. The Northamptonshire Support Independence Programme aims to enable vulnerable adults to improve and maintain their independence, wellbeing and resilience for as long as possible.
Their service can be tailored to support anybody in the county, over the age of 18, who may be struggling with one or several areas of their life, leading to mild frailty or reduced independence.
They are currently operating as a telephone service, offering 12 weeks of person-centred support with a trained Wellbeing Advisor. Advisors have a wealth of knowledge and contacts for community services, charities and organisations across the county, working in partnership to achieve a positive outcome for customers. Examples of areas we support with include:
- Social isolation
- Mental and emotional health
- Physical health and mobility
For more information and to access the online referral form, please visit their website.
WELL-BEING: 5 Ways to look after the most important thing - you:
- Try and connect with the people around you
- Try be more active in a way that you enjoy
- Try take notice of the here and now - be mindful of what is going on around you and your surroundings
- Always try to keep learning new things all the time
- Try and give more - whether it is with your time or a random act of kindness