Advice and information
Page last updated 19th May 2020.
IF YOU'RE ELDERLY OR VULNERABLE AND NEED HELP, PLEASE RING HANTSHELP4VULNERABLE ON: 0333 370 4000
Follow the social distancing measures that have been outlined by the NHS: self-isolate if you or someone in your family has any symptoms; self-isolate if you are over 70, are pregnant or have any of the underlying health conditions that have been specified; keep your distance if you go out; and WASH YOUR HANDS!
STAY ALERT. CONTROL THE VIRUS. SAVE LIVES.
As always, keep yourself up to date with the latest advice issued by the government, on social distancing and if and when to self-isolate:
You can find the official guidance from the NHS at: nhs.uk/coronavirus
You can find the official guidance from HM Government at: gov.uk/coronavirus
You can join my official Facebook group for support, updates and information too, at: covid.ranil.uk
You can find the official guidance on Universal Credit at: understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus
You can sign up for the government's mailing list here.
You can view the information, questions and answers on the web-pages using the buttons on the left (if you're on a laptop or desktop computer) or further down (if you're on your mobile).
***HEALTH WARNING: Coronavirus is contagious. Please take every precaution to ensure you are spreading only kindness. Avoid physical contact and keep your distance (2m distance). Wash your hands regularly. Items should be left on your doorstep. Stay at home if you or someone you live with have either: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell, or any other symptom. Visit 111.nhs.uk if you need medical advice.***
Request community help
A Hampshire Coronavirus Helpline is available to provide information and advice, as well as practical support to frail or vulnerable Hampshire residents. The helpline is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm. The helpline is for frail or vulnerable people who need urgent assistance with essential food or household supplies, collection of medication, or who are at risk of loneliness. Please discuss your requirements with their friendly advisors who will ensure you get the help you need. (Calls charged at local rate.) More information can be found here.
Hantshelp4vulnerable can be contacted on: 0333 370 4000
Volunteer community help
I've been pleased and encouraged to see how much our community is spontaneously getting on with helping others and supporting vulnerable and elderly folk and those who can't look after themselves.
For some in isolation in their own homes, however, there may be no way for them to get support and they will need their food and medication delivered. That's why I have set up the form further down this page to map where vulnerable people live and to match their needs with volunteer delivered resources. Local teams, who know our area and the people in it already, are best placed to help. So, if you can offer to volunteer any of your time, please scroll down and do fill it out.
If you know of anyone in your local area who might not have access to or use the internet, you might like to ask them to call the Hampshire Helpline number also.