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We understand that you may currently be experiencing some unexpected changes in your workplace or at home due to COVID-19 and would like to assure you that as your training provider, we are here to help and safeguard you in any way that we can.
We have gathered 5 key pieces of information and guidance on the following topics to support you during this period.
At this time of social distancing and lockdown, it’s of course understandable that everyone will be spending a lot more time on social media and online. With this in mind it’s even more important that we are all aware of the potential dangers that people could be exposed to.
Key tips for staying safe online…
The NSPCC also has useful advice and guidance online, including the facility for anyone aged under 18 to report if an image or video of them has been shared online and for it to be removed from the internet. For more information visit https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre
You may be completing your 20% off-the-job training at home, at your own pace, or working from home rather than attending your workplace; whatever your circumstances learning or working from home is a new experience for most of us.
5 Top Tips for working/learning at home:
It’s also a great time to learn a new hobby or develop new skills. Try cooking or baking, a new dance, a new language and reading more often – whatever you are interested in!
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters provides a free mental health plan and some great health and well-being tips at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters
Also take a closer look at their ’10 tips to help if you are worried about Coronavirus’ by clicking here.
Top tips for keeping your mental health and well-being in top shape
Do you feel you are at risk of abuse?
Not being able to get out of your home can bring additional problems for some people. Controlling your own anger and feelings can be difficult, and taking them out on people you live with can be a problem. Likewise, living closely in a household with others who are abusive can make you feel unsafe. If something doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t right.
If you feel this might be impacting on you, you can get help in the following ways:
Keeping Healthy & Active
Just because we are in lockdown that does not mean we can’t take care of ourselves and enjoy some exercise. Over the last few weeks there has been significant increase in virtual fitness classes.
If you are on Facebook, check your local exercise classes, there could be yoga, Zumba, dance, toning, all online.
Divina McCall also offers online fitness and well-being guidance free for 30 days at https://ownyourgoalsdavina.com/
Don’t forget… you can still go for walks; it is free and you never know which new and interesting routes you may find when you are out and about. If you are aged under 18, please always do so with the permission of your parents/guardians.
Do you know what the Coronavirus is, what it means to you and how you can help yourself and others keep safe?
Often referred to as COVID-19, Coronavirus is the name given to the virus that is impacting how we currently live. It was first detected in January 2020, but has reached almost every country in the world.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. In England this means you must:
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
There is lots of advice and guidance out there but also plenty of false information. We always recommend you follow the guidance set out by the Government, which is reviewed regularly. Government information on what you can and can’t do is available by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
Do not leave your home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. The main symptoms are:
Have you been Furloughed? Do you know what it means for you?
This is a bit like putting your television on standby. It’s not working but it could at any time! In other works, if you are on furlough you are not out of work, and you could be asked to go back to work at any time.
Many companies have put their workers on furlough. Being on furlough is an unfamiliar situation and can bring about mixed emotions. Everyone will look at furlough in a different way. You may experience feelings of concern, fear or frustration; or feelings of relief if being on furlough allows you to balance caring responsibilities.
Whatever you are feeling, this could have an impact on your well-being. Just remember there is always someone to talk to. All the organisations detailed on this page will offer some form of advice and guidance. The websites below also provide information and guidance on being furloughed.
Government guidance can be found by clicking here.
Click here to access The Citizens Advice website.
Click here to visit the ACAS website.
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