Covid- 19 Support, Advice and Guidance

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic KCIL’s office will be closed until further notice. We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time and we are doing everything we can to continue to support you. We are working hard to provide you with up to date and useful information regarding coronavirus and we’ll be updating this page regularly with links to relevant and trusted websites and resources

Team KCIL can still be contacted via General email  – enquiries@kcil.org.uk & Telephone – 020 8546 9603

This page was last updated 01/05/2020 at 15:45pm

Covid-19 Advice & Guidance

Coronavirus outbreak Government FAQs: what you can and can’t do – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested – Government Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested?wp-linkindex=3&utm_campaign=Social_care_coronavirus_weekly_&utm_content=dhsc-mail.co.uk&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Department_of_Health_and_Social_Care

Campaigning: Disability Rights & Coronavirus

Covid 19 and the rights of disabled people – statement supported by disabled people’s organisations and allies https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/april/covid-19-and-rights-disabled-people To have your name added to the list of signatories please complete this form

Response to open letter ‘COVID-19 and the rights of disabled people’ – https://tinyurl.com/r74qzvd

Mencap ‘Treat Me Right’ Campaign – to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital – https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-mencap/treat-me-well

Royal Borough of Kingston Services & Guidance

Connected Kingston is a site dedicated to helping Kingston residents find local activities and navigate local services – https://www.connectedkingston.uk/

Kingston Council have launched a new online and telephone service to support people get access to things like food, prescriptions or regular phone support if you are feeling isolated and lonely complete their online request form here – https://tinyurl.com/rqvw98p If you do not have online access you can phone 020 8547 5000

Kingston Council Latest Coronavirus News –https://www.kingston.gov.uk/coronavirus

Kingston Stronger Together (Easy Read) – http://kcil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Easy-read-Kingston-Stronger-Together-Google-Docs.pdf

Kingston Citizens Advice Service – https://www.citizensadvicekingston.org.uk/corona-virus/?fbclid=IwAR01hF-EBRwlvMa6EIVqElbM4k4radowsSmYBkhGgeP7SGKNy5CcnI5nFqU

Direct Payments & Personal Assistants

Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments (Published 21/04/2020) – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-people-receiving-direct-payments

Kingston Council Letter regarding Direct Payments (dated 15/04/2020) – http://kcil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/DP-letter-from-COuncil-15-APril-2020.pdf

Government Statement: Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-disabled-people-through-the-coronavirus-outbreak

Disability Rights UK Coronavirus Advice & Guidance – https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/coronavirus

Mark Bates Ltd: Managing coronavirus issues at work guide for individual employers – http://kcil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/MBL_COVID-19_Employers_Guide_UPDATE_v2.pdf

Mark Bates Ltd: Guide for Self Employed service providers in home care – http://kcil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/MBL_Covid-19_PCA_Self-Emp_Guide_UPDATE_v2.pdf

PayPacket Coronavirus FAQ – https://paypacket.co.uk/services/coronavirus

PayPacket General Advice and Guidance on Coronavirus For Local Authorities – https://tinyurl.com/vtmw6br

PayPacket Important Advice and Guidance on Coronavirus for Service Users – https://tinyurl.com/ulyva9o  

Government guidance to social distancing, including carers – https://tinyurl.com/t6ssvqa

Government guidance for employees, employers and businesses – https://tinyurl.com/s5temgs

Government Guidance: Shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable – https://tinyurl.com/rpt6ygm

SEND Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Temporary Changes to the Achieving for Children Direct Payments Scheme (31st March 2020) – http://kcil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Temporary-Changes-to-the-Achieving-for-Children-Direct-Payments-Scheme-1.pdf

Letter to children and young people with EHCPs and their families – Ian Dodds, Director of Children’s Services and Tonia Michaelides, Managing Director, Kingston & Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) sent the following letters on (23rd April 2020) – https://kr.afcinfo.org.uk/pages/local-offer/information-and-advice/covid-19-updates-and-resources/communication-updates?fbclid=IwAR3cqQrUC9f0aRdAONTTDY_zw55xTemB5805u9XvpnKhfgaaTn1w8dKMVDg

IPSEA update on COVID-19, school closures and SEN provision – https://www.ipsea.org.uk/news/ipsea-update-on-covid-19-school-closures-and-senprovision

Government list of online education resources for home education (Including SEND) – https://tinyurl.com/setto6s

Council for Disabled Children FAQ – SEND support during the Coronavirus pandemic – https://tinyurl.com/ybmyy5z3

150 Sensory Learning Ideas – https://inclusiveteach.com/2020/03/20/150-sensory-learning-ideas/amp/

Accessible Information

Doctors of the World Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 44 languages – https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

Easy Read – Tips for good mental health & Coronavirus http://kcil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Tips-for-good-mental-health-Coronavirus.pdf

SignHealth British Sign Language (BSL) health and wellbeing support, advice and information – https://www.signhealth.org.uk/

Mencap Easy Read – Guide for Staying Indoors https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/24th%20March%20Cv19%20UpdateCU.pdf

Public health England Alternative Formats – Hand Hygiene Advice (Easy read, Braille, Large Print & BSL) https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101/resources/5080

Beyond Words – Range of short, wordless stories regarding Coronavirus https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/downloads-shop/beating-the-virus?fbclid=IwAR2HXCx16De6yXvcfXCP0J3PY5oOFnt5yhB0Oa3KJohy0RYSU9kMuIOT2Ag

AbilityNet Remote Technology Support – https://tinyurl.com/wubbr5a

COVIBOOK short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19 (Downloadable in 25 languages) – https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

Financial Advice Services

Which? Coronavirus financial advice – https://tinyurl.com/t9qmhk3

Money Saving Expert: Coronavirus money need-to-knows – https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/latesttip/

Step Change: Debt & Coronavirus advice and Support – https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/debt-and-coronavirus.aspx

Facilities & Utilities

Age UK Shopping Advice – https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/doing-your-shopping–coronavirus-advice/

London Taxicard Scheme Covid-19 Changes https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/press-release/02-april-2020/covid-19-%E2%80%93-taxicard-changes?fbclid=IwAR2vKCQU4kvH0Imr5OogP3Tpu8sXx72TZLuJ9e0OeuXxVToQDzk1udv0Nvw

Extra Support During a Power-cut / Priority services register – https://tinyurl.com/sj5akqz

Press Release: Government agrees measures with energy industry to support vulnerable people through COVID-19 – https://tinyurl.com/t4sfwrn

Supermarket opening hours and designated opening time for people with disabilities – https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/money/supermarket-opening-times-coronavirus-tesco-asda-sainsburys-morrisons-aldi-hours-when-open-today-2502402

Government Guidance: Support available for landlords and renters reflecting the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-support-available-for-landlords-and-renters-reflecting-the-current-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Health & Wellbeing

Disability Horizons How to self-isolate and get help: a practical guide if you’re disabled – https://tinyurl.com/ybuaw5bt

Mind Mental Health Charity: Coronavirus and your wellbeing – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Samaritans Kingston: Listening Service – https://www.samaritans.org/branches/kingston-upon-thames/

Public Health England: Easy Read Looking after your feelings and your
body – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876996/Easy_read_looking_after_your_feelings_and_body.pdf

Activities for Older Adults During COVID19 – A guide to online resources for those providing care for people with dementia – https://healthinnovationnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Maintaining-Activities-for-Older-Adults-during-COVID19.pdf

National Autistic Society – Tips for autistic people and families – https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/tips.aspx