Below you will find a list of useful resources to help support you through the coronavirus pandemic. We have listed links to organisations and websites where you can access different kinds of support. Click on each of the subheadings to view each list.
You can also call our Support Hub on 0117 929 7537 and one of our team can talk you through the support that is available to you. We can answer your queries or concerns relating to coronavirus, or changes to your circumstances due to the currect restrictions.
Where to find official advice
Here you will find links to the government and NHS websites, as well as advice available in easy-to-read and audio formats.
Click the button below to visit the Age UK national website for information about coronavirus (COVID-19), or to read advice and guidance on face coverings, including what is a suitable face covering, why and where you have to wear one, and who is exempt from wearing one.
EasyRead Info provides information about coronavirus and the terms used in an accessible and easy-to-read way. Click on the button below to visit their website.
Advice from the Government on how to manage if you're staying at home. Click the button below for the latest advice.
Talking audio version of easy-to-read information on coronavirus.
For the latest advice, please visit the NHS website.
NHS Online Service
Get advice from the NHS on what to do if you think you may have symptoms of, or been exposed to, coronavirus (COVID-19).
Looking After Yourself and Others
Here you will find links to where you can seek mental health support, wellbeing support, and Bristol City Council's Care Direct
Anxiety UK is a charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Bristol City Council’s Adult Health and Care department provides lots of help and advice on care and support for adults in Bristol. You can also apply for a care assessment through their online form or by phone. Find out more about their services below by clicking on the button below to visit the Bristol City Council website.
Community Access Support Service
Community Access Support Service (CASS) have produced a 'What is grief' booklet for information about grief, and where to get help if you are struggling.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse is the largest bereavement charity who provide free care and bereavement counselling to people suffering from grief. Click on the button below to visit their website.
Bristol Mind is a mental health charity who run an emotional support helpline, a trans+ and non-binary helpline, a mental health Information and Signposting line, and an Outreach Advocacy service. Click on the button below to visit their website.
Support with Loneliness and Isolation
Here you will find links to several telephone befriending services. You can also call our Support Hub to be referred for these as well as our own small-scale telelphone befriending service.
Call In Time - Telephone Befriending
Age UK's Call in Time is a free national telephone friendship service for people 60 and over. You can apply online yourself, or refer someone else.
Advice and Support for older people, including a helpline and telephone befriending.
The Silverline - Telephone Befriending
The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Support for Specific Conditions
Here you will find an alphabetised list of organisations that provide support and advice for a range of specific conditions.
Alzheimer's Society is a charity that provides information on dementia, inclduing factsheets and helplines.
Advice, ideas and tips on how to stay well and continue managing arthritis while self-isolating including; Pain management, at-home exercise videos, diet information, mental health directory.
CfD - Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
CfD have put together a list of links to useful sources of information and support related to Coronavirus for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
Deafblind UK is a charity supporting people with combined sight and hearing loss. They can give some parctical help about how to look after yourself, as well as emotional support if you find yourself more isolated than usual.
DEEP - The UK Network of Dementia Voices
Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project. Visit their website for great resources for people living with dementia including cooking videos, audio recordings, ‘virtual cuppa sessions’, and more.
Dementia Wellbeing Service
This is a Bristol run service supporting people living with dementia.
Be visible when you want to be
Macular Society provide free information and support to people with macular conditions and their family and friends. They help people with everything from information about diagnosis and treatment to advice about managing everyday tasks with a macular condition to dealing with the emotional impact of sight loss.
A national charity dedicated to providing a comprehensive source of information for public and professionals alike, as well as supporting education and promoting research about melanoma. Visit their website for more information, or for their Melanoma Helpline.
Relay UK brings relay services for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired people right up to date with the latest app technology. Visit their website for more information.
RNIB - Royal National Institute of Blind People
The RNIB is one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people. Visit their website for more information. You can also view or download a guide on supporting others with sight loss during the coronavirus pandemic by clicking the link below.
Vision West of England
Supporting Blind and Partially-Sighted People across Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Vision West of England provides information, advice and guidance services over the phone and email, as well as guidance on how to use accessible technology and more.
Staying active at Home
Here you will find links to several sources of at-home excercise videos and guides. For non-digital activities, or to find out more about Age UK Bristol's virtual activities, call the Support Hub or sign up as a FAB member (free) by clicking here.
Active Ageing Bristol
Active Ageing Bristol is working with The Support Hub to support older people to be active and healthy at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Visit the website to view a list of resources of home-based and virtual activities.
Public Health England
A booklet developed to support older people and those who are shielded to be active and healthy at home, from Public Health England, Sport England, and the National Lottery Community Fund. Click on the link below to view and download the PDF.
We Are Undefeatable
We Are Undefeatable is a campaign supporting people with health conditions to be active through the ups and downs, celebrating every little victory. Visit their YouTube channel for a wide variety of at-home excercise videos, from beginner to higher level, seated excercise to standing, cardio to relaxation.