Covid-19 Information

Covid-19 Coronavirus Information

Information last updated Thursday 23rd July 2020. Please call 01234 346525 or email office@mohammadyasin.org if you can’t find the answer to your query.

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I’m worried about my mental health, what help can I get?

What are the key websites for information?

How can I get tested for Covid-19 Coronavirus?

What is the Government’s lockdown exit strategy?

I have a medical condition that makes me extremely vulnerable, what should I do? 

Should I be self-isolating?

I am over 70, what should I be doing?

How are schools reopening?

What support is available to businesses, charities and voluntary groups?

What can I do if my employer is compelling me to work when I shouldn’t?

I have a family member overseas, what should I do?

I want to volunteer and help others vulnerable to Covid-19, can I do this?

My business could help efforts to address Covid-19, e.g. manufacture medical equipment, how do I find out more?

I am a clinician considering returning to the NHS, what should I do?

Can Mohammad Yasin still help with casework?

I’m worried about my mental health, what help can I get?

Limiting contact with other people, staying at home, changes to your employment and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic could have mental health implications. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. It may seem daunting and scary but there are plenty of resources and people who can help.

You can speak to your GP or self-refer to the Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service

Mental health charity Mind has some guidelines here

What are the key websites for information?

Bedford Borough Council’s page for Covid-19 information can be found here, including contact details for the Community Hub, which includes a helpline manned 24/7. Please contact this helpline if you, or somebody you know, is self-isolating or ‘shielded’ and requires assistance, for example with buying groceries, getting prescriptions collected, walking dogs or if they are struggling with feelings of loneliness.

NHS Covid-19 updates can be found here.

‘Stay alert, control the virus and save lives’ instructions can be found here.

How can I get tested for Covid-19 Coronavirus?

Details of how to get tested can be found here.

What is the Government’s lockdown exit strategy?

The Government has recently outlined its exit strategy which you can find here

I have a medical condition that makes me extremely vulnerable, what should I do?

The Government’s guidance on shielding and protecting people on medical grounds as ‘extremely vulnerable’ from Covid-19 can be found here – the government is currently advising people to shield until 31 July.

Bedford Borough Council’s page for Covid-19 information can be found here, including contact details for the Community Hub, which includes a helpline manned 24/7. Please contact this helpline if you, or somebody you know, is self-isolating or ‘shielded’ and requires assistance, for example with buying groceries, getting prescriptions collected, walking dogs or if they are struggling with feelings of loneliness.

Should I be self-isolating?

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

NHS guidelines on self-isolation can be found here 

Government guidelines can be found here 

I am over 70, what should I be doing?

All over 70s, unless clinically extremely vulnerable, should follow the Government’s general advice at this time, which can be found here

How are schools reopening?

Schools will reopen to all age groups from September. Information can be found here

The Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline is 0800 046 8687

What support is available to businesses, charities and voluntary groups?

During the budget certain measures were announced to support businesses affected by Covid-19. These were revised by the chancellor on the 17 March who pledged £330bn of government-back loans and guarantees. The chancellor has said that for smaller businesses in that sector who don’t have insurance cash grants of £25,000 will be provided.

Bedford Borough Council have provided information, including a form to apply for a business support grant here 

Government information can be found on the Business Support website, providing support, advice and information to help with the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on your business here 

For detailed guidance and answers from The Confederation of British Industry here

If you are a business who needs any help or advice please call the Business Support Helpline – telephone: 0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Government guidance for small businesses can be found here 

Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) is coordinating and distributing funds from the National Emergencies Trust. They have created a new fund – the Bedfordshire Coronovirus Emergency Fund, to distribute these funds specifically to help charities and voluntary sector organisations in Bedfordshire.

The fund is now live for charities and voluntary organisations to make their application up to £5,000 to cover additional services needed in the pandemic, as well as the costs of reframing existing services, including staffing and equipment costs, and more information and details how to apply can be found here

What can I do if my employer is compelling me to work when I shouldn’t be?

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee is asking people who are being compelled to work when they shouldn’t, according to the government’s guidance, to email beiscom@parliament.uk

I have a family member overseas, what should I do?

If you know someone who is overseas and is stranded, you can find consular support here.

I want to volunteer and help others vulnerable to Covid-19, can I do this?

Please get in touch with Bedford Borough Council’s Community Hub to find out about volunteering opportunities, contact details can be found here

Details about opportunities to volunteer with charities or the NHS can be found here

My business could help efforts to address Covid-19 e.g. manufacture medical equipment, how do I find out more?

The Government have provided a service online to register your interest, which can be found here

UK Research and Innovation are inviting proposals for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, more information can be found here

I am a clinician considering returning to the NHS, what should I do?

Information about how to return to the NHS can be found here

Can Mohammad Yasin still help with casework?

The office of Mohammad Yasin is still able to help constituents of Bedford & Kempston.

I am offering face to face surgeries via Zoom on Fridays between 3-5pm, to book an appointment email office@mohammadyasin.org or call 01234 346525.