This page contains useful advice and information for anyone involved in helping respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in Middlesbrough and join in the #BoroResponse. It will be continually updated, and we recommend you sign up for our regular ebulletins which will become more frequent.
Covid-19 Mutual Aid Local Groups are small groups of people setting up independently in communities to support vulnerable people in their local area through the outbreak. Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid.
We are compiling a list of local groups offering specific help with delivering supplies to people isolated, befriending, transport and volunteers. If your group can offer such services get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advice for your organisation
NCVO has an excellent page of resources and advice, regularly updated, to help you decide what steps you may need to take.
Temporary changes to DBS ID checks - these can now be done online.
Charity Digital on communications, planning and offering reassurance and clarity to staff.
How to work remotely in a time of crisis on Civil Society blog.
Sick leave and rights guidance from Acas.
Advice to service users in a variety of languages
Doctors of the World have produced Coronavirus (Covid 19) advice for patients in a range of languages. There is also an easy read guide and photo poster.
Guidance for carers and suggestions for making plans from Carers UK.
Guidance for local carers from We Care You Care advice for local carers in Middlesbrough specifically around COVID-19.
The North East Migration Partnership page - helpful for anyone working with refugees and people seeking asylum.
Training for staff and volunteers
Whilst many staff are furloughed there is a wealth of free online training relevant for voluntary sector. We've compiled a list of courses covering a huge range of topics:
Mental health training and resources for staff in the voluntary sector, provided by Public Health South Tees
Middlesbrough Council has put together important information to help residents through these changing times. This includes translated information.
Middlesbrough is now classed as an 'area of enhanced support' because our number of cases is increasing quickly. Find out more about what this means.
PIPSCO is a volunteer-run community project that delivers food parcels to people self-isolating on Teesside.
COVID-19 Community groups
Find your nearest COVID-19 Mutual Aid group with a map feature.
Homeless/rough sleepers in Middlesbrough
There is a freephone helpline number from the Council for any residents homeless/rough sleeping or potentially homeless: 0800 1303667
Mental Health and wellbeing
Victim services are still operating across Cleveland. The below services provide support for domestic abuse, sexual violence and illegal cultural harms like forced marriage, honour-based violence and FGM. Please give them a call if you are in need of help.
Help for children and young people
New emergency measures with the energy industry have been agreed by the government to protect the domestic energy supply of those most in need during COVID-19. http://ow.ly/8KZL50z0LMq
Middlesbrough Volunteer Centre has a list of current opportunities:
We have produced a guide is to help volunteers during the current crisis make the right choices, ensuring their safety as well as the people around them.
You can join the Middlesbrough Covid-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group which is offering help and services from local people and businesses and for those who also need help.
Middlesbrough Foodbank requires more volunteers due to many of their regulars being in the older high-risk categories.
Looking out for your neighbours
The simplest thing everyone can do right now is look out for their neighbours and offer help with shopping and other errands.
It's not just about neighbours who are self-isolating or vulnerable. Other people in the community who might also appreciate help are:
- stretched medical staff and volunteers
- staff and volunteers in key worker roles
- supermarket workers
- delivery drivers
Staying safe when supporting others
We have produced a help with shopping guide to help with shopping for others safely.
Other tips include:
- Let family and friends know what you’re doing.
- Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call.
- Stay at least 2 metres - about 3 steps - away from people you’re helping.
- Offer to run errands for people but stay outside of people’s homes.
- Keep washing your hands often for 20 seconds.
- Don’t take on too much - it's often better not to offer at all than to let someone down.
- If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues – don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services.
Short videos on how to volunteer safely