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Some CHECT families will be finding life particularly difficult at the moment. Here are some resources from the government and other sources which we hope will help, and please do always contact your support worker if you are having any concerns – they may be able to help you to access other support funds if needed.

Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person

Firstly, make sure you register on the GOV.UK website if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway. The service is free, and you can register yourself, or for someone else.

This service is available in England. If you do not live in England, there’s guidance for:

Help with shopping

Get the latest advice on getting shopping delivered if your family is shielding from coronavirus

 

Employment issues

Employment information is available via www.gov.uk and ACAS. Working Families offer advice on your childcare rights during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as information for expectant / new parents, and carers. This extremely comprehensive article has lots of helpful information and links on all matters relating to employment issues during the pandemic. 

 

Your energy supply

 Ofgem are providing useful updates and advice on what to expect and how they are currently working with the government to ensure people remain connected to their power supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This link also has helpful advice for prepayment customers and on affordability issues.

How to get on your utility supplier’s Priority Services Register 

Registering with your supplier for their Priority Service entitles you to advance notice of power cuts, priority support in an emergency and other benefits. 

 

Help with financial products

Another hugely comprehensive and detailed article about what help may be available with mortgages, renting, council tax, loans and credit cards etc.

 

We appreciate there is a lot of information on some of these links, so if you would like someone to help you go through it, please don’t hesitate to give either Sarah or Lesley a call:

lesley.geen@chect.org.uk / 07471 199809

sarah.turley@chect.org.uk / 07526 594762