A plea from North Yorkshire LRF partners

Are you self-isolating? Get the help you need. No one in North Yorkshire is alone – if you have no friends, family, neighbours, community groups or support around you call our helpline 01609 780780. We will link you to the support you need.

We know it’s a hard time for everyone, and this time in our lives will pass, but right now it is vital that we all work together and stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Please remember the Government’s social distancing rules.

Please don’t

  • Have street parties
  • Invite the neighbours round
  • Visit family or friends

Please do

  • Remember many lives are at risk
  • Stay on your own property
  • Keep your children at home
  • Only socialise with members of your own household
  • Remember we are still here for you if you need us

Looking after your wellbeing

Try and focus on positive useful things that make you feel good like cleaning, cooking, reading and calling friends for a chat. Eat healthy meals and drink enough water. Try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs and get a good night’s sleep. It might help to try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to media coverage of the outbreak.

Maybe only check the news at set times and only get your news from a trusted source – not everything on social media will be right!

You can contact Age UK Advice Line 0800 055 6112 free to call 8am – 7pm 365 days a year.

Can you volunteer to help North Yorkshire in this time of need?

Let your family, friends and neighbours know that you are available and how you can help. This could include collecting and delivering shopping – leaving deliveries on the doorstep or safe place to avoid close physical contact, caring for pets, or having a chat on the telephone, FaceTime or Skype to reduce loneliness. If you have more time, to offer to volunteer for a local support group call 01609 780780 to be put in touch with a local group.

FRAUD/SCAMS Protect yourself from fraud. Don’t click on links in text messages or emails, never give financial or personal information over the phone and if anything doesn’t seem right then call 101 to report it to the police. We are here to help.

DOMESTIC ABUSE If you are in immediate risk of harm, call 999 and North Yorkshire Police will be there to safeguard you. There’s also a dedicated helpline for York and North Yorkshire 03000 110 110 or a national helpline 0808 2000 247.

PROTECT CHILDREN WHO MAY BE ONLINE MORE Parents and carers, please talk to your children about staying safe online while they’re off school and college. Visit the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership website www.safeguardingchildren. co.uk for more advice.

A message to businesses

Your district council is there to support you with access to the government’s financial support so go to them first.

The Local Enterprise Partnership can also support you. Contact them on T: 01609 797471 E: support@ businessinspiredgrowth.com W: businessinspiredgrowth. com/covid-19/

Paid jobs in health and social care

We’re urgently recruiting new staff. Please apply here: www.northyorks.gov.uk/ careandsupport T: 01904 551550 T: 01757 705101 T: 01756 700600 T: 01653 600666 T: 01748 829100

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