SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY WITH GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES

We’ve collated some resources and services that people in and near Hemel Hempstead and Dacorum might find useful during the Covod19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, please share with family/friends if you think they might find them useful. Don’t forget, we all still need to carry on respecting the government guidelines and Social Distancing, even when the sun is shining in Hemel Hempstead. If you know of a service we should add to this page, please let us know: info@hemelfans.co.uk or if you have an expertise and think you may be able to help or guide people in difficult situations, and you’re willing for your contact details to be added to this page, please let us know.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and would like someone to talk to, you can call the Crisis Helpline provided by Herts Mind, there for you 24 hours a day, every day of the week. 01923 256391, calls will be charged at your standard local rate. http://www.hertsmindnetwork.org

If you need help, from advice to assistance with shopping, please contact HertsHelp. You can also contact HertsHelp if you are concerned about a vulnerable person and think they need help. HertsHelp have a free helpline to give you the support and advice you need in difficult times. They like’ll make sure you get the help you need by directing you to specialist support services who can give you confidential and anonymous advice. Call 0300 123 4044 or email info@hertshelp.net http://www.hertshelp.net/hertshelp.aspx

Significant disruption to many of Herts County Council’s services. Currently, only essential services continue. Check their website for service updates http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/coronavirus-service-updates.aspx

Latest news about benefits and tax credits for people affected by Coronavirus http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/media-library/documents/adult-social-services/money-advice-factsheets/advice-news-april-2020.pdf

The Government has announced that there will be support for small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. This support takes the form of two grant funding schemes – the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. Dacorum Borough Council has more information and an online application form http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/business/business-rates/business-rates-relief/coronavirus-(covid-19)-business-support-grants

Vanarama have set up a Covid-19 Small Business Support Team. If you have any questions about topics such as the business support available, the process of furloughing staff, arranging a mortgage holiday or anything else, call Vanarama’s Covid-19 Small Business Support Team free on 0808 196 3900 or visit http://www.vanarama.com/covid-19-small-business-support.html

YC Hertfordshire is still supporting the young people of Hertfordshire. YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People face-to-face work is currently suspended following government rules on staying at home in order to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak, but we are still supporting young people in many ways. Young people can still get information, advice, guidance and support on a wide range of issues via phone and email. Youth Workers and Personal Advisers can help and work with young people one-to-one and in monitored online youth projects with other young people. http://www.ychertfordshire.org/support-for-young-people/support-for-young-people-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

In the last few weeks DENS in Dacorum has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of local people using their Foodbank for emergency food supplies. Help keep this vital service running by donating to the DENS Emergency Appeal: https://justgiving.com/campaign/denscoronavirus

Older people are more susceptible & are more likely to succumb to Covid19. AgeUK Dacorum have introduced support services to help those who are self-isolating. Support their work – donate to keep older people safe & healthy. http://www.ageuk.org.uk/dacorum/about-us/news/articles/2020/coronavirus-pandemic-appeal/

Whilst your family is self-isolating, your kids might be spending more time online. The NSPCC can help you identify signs of grooming so you can help keep your children safe online: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/grooming/

Hertfordshire Constabulary has a Twitter dedicated to advising on child exploitation and online safety: http://www.twitter.com/HertsPoliceHalo

Staying with the child online safety theme, Think U Know have created home activity packs to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets

Herts Police also continue to prioritise tackling domestic abuse, despite the lockdown and social distancing measures. Officers are equipped with personal protection equipment and can attend domestic abuse incidents whatever the circumstances. http://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/Advice/Coronavirus-COVID-19/domestic-abuse

For those living with a perpetrator of domestic abuse, life may have become especially difficult. You may also be increasingly worried about someone you know. Dedicated support is still available from Herts Sunflower: http://www.hertssunflower.org/support-during-coronavirus.aspx

Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline is a confidential, free, support and signposting service for anyone affected by domestic abuse. Call 08 088 088 088 9am-9pm Monday to Friday and 9am-4pm weekends. Confidential email Kim@mailpurple.org http://www.hertsdomesticabusehelpline.org/

More general crime prevention advice: http://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/Advice/Crime-prevention/

How to shop sensibly and safely during the pandemic: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/04/coronavirus-how-to-shop-safely-at-the-supermarket/

If you are feeling like running away or are away from home, the RunawayHelpline is there to listen. Call or Text 116 000. Free, confidential, 24/7. http://www.runawayhelpline.org.uk/stages-of-running/the-risks-of-running-away/

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