We have put together a list of links to information, guidance and suggestions about minimising risks, emergency planning, mental health and talking to your children.
Public health advice
Government advice is available on this website. Advice will change over time, so please keep checking.
Here is a simple checklist of things to do if you think you have symptoms of coronavirus.
More detailed information is available on this NHS web page.
Information for carers
Carers UK have advice for carers, including how to protect the person you care for, contingency planning, and advice for working carers.
Sheffield Carers Centre has resources that can help you think about planning for an emergency, including what steps could be taken if carers become unwell.
Voluntary Action Sheffield have published an interactive map which shows support offered by community aid groups in Sheffield. You can zoom into your neighbourhood to see where you can get information or support; or to offer to volunteer. Please the read advice below the map before proceeding.
If your child has a social worker or a case worker via MAST, SNIPS or the Looked-After Children Team and you would like support with meeting your child’s ongoing care needs, please contact the Children with Disabilities Team on 0114 273 5368. They will be able to help you with concerns regarding prescriptions, groceries, etc.
If you or the person you care for has a medical condition that makes them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (see list), you can register for support here. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.
Disability Sheffield have created a new Covid-19 PA register. This will hold the details of Personal Assistants (PAs) and other support workers (e.g. from day services) who are available for work, and match people who need support with a potential PA.
Sheffield City Council have set up a coronavirus helpline. You can call 0114 273 4567 between 8.45am and 4.45pm, Monday to Friday, to get advice, signposting and referrals to help you resolve your concerns relating to the coronavirus crisis.
Work and Benefits
Working Families have a list of frequently asked questions about the implications of coronavirus for working parents.
Contact have published information about coronavirus and welfare benefits for families with disabled children.
You can also contact Sheffield Occupational Health Advisory Service if you have questions about caring and work.
Looking after your mental health
The Mental Health Foundation has advice on looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak.
MIND has useful advice about managing mental health, including information about hand washing and anxiety.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy has advice on coping with anxiety about coronavirus.
Specific conditions and coronavirus
Epilepsy Action have published frequently asked questions about epilepsy and coronavirus.
ADHD Action have published ten tips for households affected by ADHD.
The Down’s Syndrome Association has page with advice on coronavirus.
Rethink have published advice for carers of those with severe mental illness.
The National Autistic Society has published guidance and useful information for autistic people and those who support them.
Information and resources for children and young people
Easy Read advice has been published by Mencap and Easy Read Online.
BBC newsround is a good source of information for older children.
Buzz Company have published a workbook about coronavirus.
Mindheart have published a cartoon in several languages.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital have a page where you can download communication boards and social stories with Widgit symbols.
Twinkl have free resources for making visual timetables.
Kooth offer a free online counselling service for young people aged 11-18 years in Sheffield.
Talking to your child about coronavirus
The British Psychological Society has published a advice on talking to your children about coronavirus.
The Mental Health Foundation has advice on talking with your children about news that might be scary.
Young Minds have published advice on talking to your child about coronavirus, which includes ten top tips from their parent helpline.
Place2Be have an article about answering questions about coronavirus from children.
Social stories can also help you to talk to your children about coronavirus.
The Anna Freud Centre has videos for parents, children and schools/colleges, as well as a booklet about supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption.
A note about our services
In line with public health advice, we have cancelled all our events and meetings, and staff are working from home. You can still contact us through this website, by emailing email@example.com and through Facebook. We can call you back if you you want – just include your phone number in your message. Please do not leave urgent messages on the office answerphone, as these will only be checked once a week.