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Psychological Impact of COVID-19

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Researchers from a collaboration group would like to invite you to take part in a short questionnaire exploring the psychological impact of the coronavirus, its effect on our emotions, behaviour and wellbeing.

The aim of this survey is to better understand coronavirus and the impact of the current lockdown on our day to day lifestyle. They hope to find out what is helpful for people during this time and also what may be causing some people to be affected more than others in terms of their wellbeing.

Anyone over the age of 16 can take part.

Want to find out more?  Just click here (opens in a new tab)

Keeping Connected

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Ings Plus, have received funding for the project ‘Keeping Connected’ to serve those in Hull and East Riding. This is part of a response to support those with Autism, ADHD, Learning Difficulties etc and who are vulnerable in terms of their health/mental health in relation to the Covid 19 crisis.

They are focusing on those age 18+, who live fairly independent lives with little or no support from health or social care services.

  • They can connect by text, phone, email or video
  • They can give information on how to stay safe and well during the Coronavirus outbreak
  • They can tell you where you can find local support

You can contact Autism Plus by email ingsplus@autismplus.co.uk

or phone 01482 795700

Let’s Talk are here to help

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During the Coronavirus outbreak most people have been concentrating on their physical health but Mental Health Awareness Week (18 to 24 May) has been a reminder that we also need to look after our mental and emotional wellbeing.

City Health Care Partnership CIC’s Let’s Talk service is still very much open for business and providing a vital support to people in Hull who are struggling with a range of issues, some of which may be made worse by the stress of the pandemic.

Dawn Barnes, operational manager for psychological wellbeing at CHCP, described some of the issues that Let’s Talk can help with. “We can help people experiencing bereavement, trauma, health anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, loneliness, a feeling of being overwhelmed, worry and any other feelings that you are finding it hard to cope with,” she said.

“Getting in touch with Let’s Talk couldn’t be easier; you can either call 01482 247111 or go to www.letstalkhull.co.uk/pages/make-a-referral to fill in an online form. Your referral will be assessed in the same way whether it’s by phone or online, then the team will look at what your needs are and what your next step should be. They will recommend a therapy that will work for you and give you options from our list of providers of who can help.

“The provider (for example a counsellor, bereavement specialist or stress control expert) will then get in touch with you by phone or text to talk you through the next steps. Your appointments will either be on the phone or by video link; whichever works best for you.”

Remember: Let’s Talk are here to help. If you have a Hull GP, just call 01482 247111 or go to www.letstalkhull.co.uk. (opens in a new tab)

New Support and Advice line set up to support Hull residents with alcohol or drug use

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A new Support and Advice Line has been set up for those who may be worried about their own, or a family member’s, alcohol or drug use.

The new Support and Advice line has been launched by ReNew, Hull’s alcohol and drug support service.

The Freephone Support and Advice Line is available for people in Hull to use outside of ReNew’s opening hours and is available during weekday evenings 5-9pm and 9am-9pm weekends and bank holidays.

The Support and Advice Line is free to call and open to those who may need help and advice for alcohol or drug use. All of the services are free and confidential.

ReNew is delivered by national charity Change Grow Live and commissioned by Hull City Council.

If you would like to speak to someone about your drug or alcohol use you can contact ReNew directly by phone or email.

If you are a partner, family member or friend and are concerned about some please contact ReNew

Doctors and partner agencies, such as social services, can also refer someone into ReNew, with consent.

If you would like advice or support for alcohol or drug use for yourself or someone you are concerned about, Call: 01482 620013 Monday to Friday 9-5pm


0800 6126 126 Support and Advice Line weekdays 5-9pm, 9am-9pm weekends and bank holidays

Sharing Good Practice In Autism And/Or Neurodiversity

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Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN) is working in partnership with West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership to identify a range of projects and programmes across the region which demonstrate a positive impact on the physical and/or mental health and wellbeing of young adults (14-25) and adults who have Autism and/or Neurodiversity.

They are inviting organisations across the partnership to identify any services that you would be willing to see featured in a review of good practice across the region. To participate, please complete the case study form available here. (opens in a new tab)This form should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and should be completed by Friday 31 July 2020.

Further information can be found on their website. (opens in a new tab)

Hull Business Discretionary Grant Fund – open now

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Hull City Council has launched a new business grant fund to help businesses that may have missed out on previous support during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hull Business Discretionary Grant Fund is to help small businesses and charities not eligible for the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund.

You can find more information, and apply, here (opens in a new tab)

The fund will allow small businesses and charities that have suffered loss of income due to Covid-19 to apply for grants of up to £10,000.

The discretionary fund is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs.

It will prioritise businesses including those in shared or flexible workspaces without their own business rates assessment, such as those in units in industrial parks and business centres.

Regular market traders with fixed building costs are also eligible, as are small charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief.

Bed and breakfasts eligible to pay council tax rather than business rates can also apply for the grants. Other small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and which missed out on the earlier schemes can also apply.

This scheme is limited to one grant per business. 

Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “The council has already distributed more than £40 million to support thousands of businesses in Hull. The two earlier rates-related grants were based on having a business rates assessment, which unfortunately excluded a number of businesses from accessing grant support.

“Although the top-up funding provided for this new scheme is more modest, it could provide a lifeline for those businesses that are not eligible for the existing schemes.

“The council has chosen to award the grant at a maximum level of £10,000 per grant to maximise the number of businesses which can be supported. In many cases, the grant, if awarded, will be under £10,000.

“The level of the award will be determined in a fair and transparent manner in accordance with national and local criteria.”

Keeping People Who Are Autistic And/Or Have ADHD Connected

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(For people aged 18+ who live in Hull, East Riding, North Lincs or North East Lincs and are autistic and/or have ADHD (either formally diagnosed or waiting for a diagnosis], and do not have a learning disability)

Many people who are autistic and/or have ADHD will become increasingly vulnerable during the current Covid-19 crisis. In response to this, the new “Keeping People who are Autistic and/or have ADHD Connected” project is being launched with a focus on people who are not known to services or are not accessing support. It aims to help this group of people by connecting with them during this current situation.

It is co-ordinated by Inclusion North, Humber Transforming Care and Matthew’s Hub. The project will run for 8 weeks from Wednesday 20th May – Wednesday 1st July 2020.

Matthew’s Hub will assess how safe a person is, what additional help they may need, and then support them to access this help. The individual will receive contact from specialist staff who will support them with understanding information relating to Covid 19, talk through their worries and offer reassurance. They may be signposted to local services to be able to access support with any practical issues, advice, and resources. If a person is in crisis, they will be referred to the appropriate services with the person’s consent.

If you or someone you know may benefit from this project, please contact Matthew’s Hub by:

Call/Text: 07857 351170 Email: gill@matthewshub.org or sophie@matthewshub.org

If the person consents and would prefer to be contacted by us, please email us their details with ‘Keeping People who are Autistic and/or have ADHD Connected’ as the subject. They will be given options for their preferred method of communication at initial contact. Follow up contact can be made if needed.

If you are not sure if a person is Autistic and/or has ADHD, but it is clear they are feeling isolated and in need, you can refer them to Matthew’s Hub

Impact of COVID-19 on outdoor learning among children

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Katie Parsons, from the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University, is investigating the changes brought about to normal school routines by the global pandemic. She has launched a survey aimed at 4 different groups:

  • Children and Young People
  • Parents and Carers
  • Teachers
  • Members of the Children’s workforce

You can take part in the surveys here (opens in a new tab)

Consultation – Impact of Covid 19 on Arts and Culture Sector in Hull

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Arts Development are in the process of assessing the impact that Covid 19 has had on Hull’s arts and culture sector.

They would like to hear about the impact of the current pandemic on artists, arts organisations, and the voluntary arts sector locally. This will help them to form an overall picture to ensure that the Arts and Culture are included in the Council’s understanding of the economic impact of Covid 19.

They are aware that the situation is constantly changing and developing so they plan to organise a follow up survey later in the year.

Please follow this link to share your situation (opens in a new tab)

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