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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice, including help if you are struggling financially

Support for care experienced young people during coronavirus emergency

What you can and can't do during the coronavirus emergency

The government has advised that you must stay at home unless you absolutely have to leave the house to:

  • get food
  • go to work
  • get medical supplies, for example collect a prescription
  • go to a medical appointment

You can't:

  • go to other people's houses
  • visit friends
  • meet up with people outdoors

The police can stop you and fine you if you're out of your own house without a valid reason.

Coronavirus is a very serious illness that does not just affect old people. You must follow these instructions from the government to keep everybody safe. Even if you have no symptoms you can still pass the virus on to others.

Universal Credit

Check what benefits you may be able to get during the coronavirus pandemic with Citizens Advice.

Help with essential items like food and medication

There is a co-ordinated community response in Dorset to help those in need. If you're in need because of financial difficulties or you're self-isolating speak to your personal adviser about how to access the support where you live.

Foodbanks in Dorset

Speak to your social worker or personal adviser about a referral if you need to use a foodbank.

Find a foodbank near you in Dorset.

Staying safe if someone else is doing your shopping

Stay safe and follow our guidelines if someone volunteers to do your shopping for you.

Make it clear if you need to give visitors or delivery drivers guidance

Use our Dorset Council printable posters to make sure anyone who visits you follows the correct guidance.

Charities who are providing advice and support to care leavers during this time

These are charities who can give you specific advice during this time:

Become Charity

We understand that lots of care-experienced young people might be feeling anxious about coronavirus (COVID-19). Things can feel quite overwhelming, especially if you don’t have family around to talk to. At Become, we’re here for you. If you’ve got questions about the impact of coronavirus on the care you’re receiving, want some personal advice, or just need someone to talk to, visit the Become Charitywebsite or get in touch with us on 0800 023 2033 or atadvice@becomecharity.org.uk.

Care Matters

We are running virtual support sessions and workshops online for care leavers over the coming weeks. For more info, to offer support, partnership, to get involved visit the Care Matters website or contact us at info@career-matters.org.

UK Youth

Find online support for coronavirus support for young people from UK Youth

YoungMinds

Looking after your mental health while self-isolating. Find tips that may help you from YoungMinds.

National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)

Despite the challenging circumstances, we want our young people to know that NYAS will continue to provide our services. We’re all in this together. If you know someone in need of support, call our helpline on 0808 808 1001.Contact NYAS.

The Children’s Society 

Find support for mental and emotional well-being from The Children's Society

Rees Foundation

The Rees Foundation is a charity that supports care leavers and care experienced people across the UK. Visit the Rees Foundation websiteor call us on 0330 094 5645.

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