Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support2020-03-26T13:17:50+00:00

Coronavirus is an unprecedented pandemic facing our society. Please use this page to find links for information, support and guidance that may be affecting you as an employer, employee, parent or resident.

What you need to do
Guidance for employees, employers and businesses
Business Support
Employment and Financial Support
Urgent Vacancies
Parents
Home educating and other activities
Volunteer Groups and Volunteering
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do

Information, news and guidance can all be found in the below link on the government website

www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

This site covers:

  • How to protect yourself and others
  • Employment and financial support
  • School closures, education, and childcare
  • Businesses and other organisations
  • Healthcare workers and carers
  • Travel
  • How coronavirus is affecting public services
  • How you can help
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK.

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses

thumbnail of COVID19_Guidance_Employers_and_businesses_This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff on:

  • The novel coronavirus, COVID-19
  • How to help prevent spread of COVID-19
  • What to do if someone has symptoms of COVID-19 has been in business settings
  • Eligibility for sick pay.

This guidance also provides details of support available to businesses including:

  • A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • Statutory sick pay relief package for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance
  • A new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme to help with tax.

Links

Guidance for employers and businesses

HM Government Business Support

Guidance for employees

Support for Businesses

Wiltshire Council, in partnership with the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP), is doing all it can to support businesses in the county that may be affected by COVID-19.
To find out more including advice, news and announcements, please see the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub support page.
The following organisations are able to offer additional advice and support
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply: Financial support packages for businesses

Employment and Financial Support

Please use the below links to the government to find out what support you may be entitled to, as well as other information:

DWP and Jobcentres

Jobcentres will now be closed to all but the vulnerable cases and other related transactions, which cannot be completed through any other channel in order to receive timely payment. Inside Jobcentres, strict social distancing measures will be in place for those allowed access. For all other enquiries and support please visit the Universal Credit portal https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/ This page provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. It will continue to be updated. Please check this page regularly for updates on the arrangements the Department for Work and Pensions is making to support those who are affected by coronavirus.

Parents

As of 20th March all registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges are closed; however schools will be open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where they can.  Details of who key workers are can be found below
Key Workers and School Closures

NHS Healthy Start voucher scheme posterHealthy start voucher scheme

If you are pregnant or have a child under 4 and you and your family receive benefits or are under 18 and pregnant please ask your midwife or health visitor or check the website above

One voucher per child under 4 per week (vouchers are posted directly to you each month)

Each voucher is worth £3.10

For babies under 1 – each voucher is worth £6.10

You can exchange these vouchers in most supermarkets, corner shops and some market traders for:

  • Fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables (if frozen – no toppings or sauces etc included)
  • Powered baby milk
  • Milk
  • Bread

To apply for those or to find out more information, please go to: www.healthystart.nhs.uk

Home educating and other activities

A home learning guide for all ages can be found on Wiltshire Council’s Right Choice website. On their website a selection of materials is now available to support home learning. Their home learning page holds documents containing links to websites that will help plan work for children. In addition, there will be a weekly “pick ‘n’ mix” of activities for each Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and EYFS posted on this page. Within looking after yourself and your children, you will find booklets and guidance to help during our current situation and also a guide for children to help them understand what Coronavirus is.

Other learning links and activities are:

BBC Bitesize offers a range of courses across the ages; Primary (3 – 11 years) Secondary (11 – 16 years)

Seneca Learning – for those revising at GCSE or A level, free revision content

James Dyson Foundation has devised 44 engineering and scientific challenges to keep you thinking

edX a huge catalogue of free courses at various levels, secondary and above

TTS – curriculum-focused independent learning resource with over 40 home learning activities all planned and all prepared!

Twinkl – home learning and school closure packs, introduced a new offer for all of them to be completely free, use code: parentstwinklhelps

Imagination Tree – planning, play and learning ideas with children

TEDEd@Home – to support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free

Open University offer a range of free courses, these range from 1 hour to 50 hours covering Health, Sports, Psychology, Money, Business, Nature, History etc.

BBC Bitesize offers a range of courses across the ages; Post 16 (Functional Skills)

Wiltshire College Distance Learning – courses are free but you can only enrol on one course at a time

Seneca Learning – for those revising at GCSE or A level, free revision content

TEDEd@Home – to support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free

James Dyson Foundation has devised 44 engineering and scientific challenges to keep you thinking

Coursera a range of courses with free elements

Future Learn choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations

Virtual tours of museums – 12 famous museums are offering online free tours to keep children engaged!

Starting Monday 23rd March Joe Wicks is going to be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel.

With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it’s more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive.

Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.

The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.

You don’t need any equipment, just tune in to his YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.

Story Time Online – watch a wonderful range of famous authors and stars reading children’s books and short stories for kids of all ages

Toy Theater – educational games for children

Imagination Tree – planning, play and learning ideas with children

TinkerCAD – free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!

National Geographic Kids – quizzes and games all about animals to engage children

TEDEd@Home – to support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free

James Dyson Foundation has devised 44 engineering and scientific challenges to keep you thinking

Volunteer Groups and Volunteering

Wiltshire Council has published a directory of community volunteer groups that have been set up throughout the county, in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The directory can be found online – and will be updated as regularly as possible.

Additional volunteering opportunities include: