Covid-19 Help and support

Resources to help at your time of need

Below you can find people and places to help during the Covid-19 outbreak. We are stronger together so please reach out to the below organisations for help, if you’re a business or an individual there are places you can turn.

Government support

The UK government is making huge efforts to help businesses and support them financially during the Covid-19 outbreak. See relevant links below on funding and latest updates on guidelines.

Web Links:

GOV.uk Support for Businesses LATEST

Business Bank of Britain – Business Interruption loan Scheme

National Bank Updates

Banks are working closely withe the UK Government to support businesses and families. Clear understanding of the latest announcements of support is still being established, here are the individual banks updates.

Web Links:

Bank Of England

Barclays Bank

Natwest Bank

HSBC Bank

Halifax Bank

Santander Bank

Nationwide Bank

Lloyds TSB Bank

Yorkshire Building Society

Financial Help

Here are some amazing organisations that can help you free of charge if you have financial issues and need support.

Web Links:

Citizens Advice

CAP – Christians Against Poverty

Medical information

There is alot of conflicting information around health during the Covid-19 outbreak. We think it’s best you read directly from the source rather than 3rd parties. See the most accurate links and sites for help below.

Web Links:

NHS Direct

Public Health England

Health & Safety England

World Health Organization

Local Councils Updates

Your local councils are finding ways to help you and will have regular updates, stay in the loop on the below links.

Web Links:

Exeter City Council – https://exeter.gov.uk/clean-safe-city/community-safety/coronavirus/

Mid Devon District Council – https://www.middevon.gov.uk/

East Devon District Council – https://eastdevon.gov.uk/ 

Torbay Council – https://www.torbay.gov.uk/

Teignbridge District Council – https://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/

Devon County Council – https://www.devon.gov.uk/document/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/

North Devon Council – https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/

Educational tools

A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.

Web Links:

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetect…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/…
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

B2B Volunteers

A non-exhaustive list of people offering B2B support and volunteering time and expertise for free.

Bluegrass IT
https://bluegrass-group.com/
Practical advice on remote working, technical assistance etc. The business must be Devon based.  My email address is david@bluegrass-group.com.

Straight Marketing
https://www.straightmarketing.co.uk/2020/03/free-marketing-advice-freefriday/
I’m offering a free one-hour marketing consultancy session over Zoom. I guarantee to help one business every Friday, more if I have the time. The business must be Devon-based ajobson@straightmarketing.co.uk

Alder and Alder
www.alderandalder.co.uk
11am. Friday morning. 30 minute brand consultation. For Devon-based business. Advice and insight on how to make the best use of your brand. We can cover brand strategy, brand identity and brand management. jonathan@alderandalder.co.uk

Making Social Media Work
http://mrmattyoung.co.uk/
I can offer a free video call, advising a LOCAL business (which REALLY needs the support right now), with their social media output. Happy to do this every week, for a NEW business each time… so as many businesses as possible, get help. 07973 507297

Launch Online
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6014735828882869261
A group of business experts (including me!) from across the UK are volunteering their time to help small & micro businesses with actionable advice and insights jaye@launchonline.co.uk

Attention Media
https://www.attention-media.co.uk/
Marketing and PR support, happy to offer advice on anything surrounding comms tactics and strategy for businesses sarah@attention-media.co.uk

The Greatfield
www.thegreatfield.co.uk
We’re offering a free one-hour Brand Focus Consultation via Zoom. The offer is open to any Devon based business. This consultation is for anyone who feels they are in need of help to refocus and maybe reposition their brand. This is an objective view of things to help discover and inspire new ideas. If you are or know someone who fits the criteria, then please get in touch or feel free to forward our details. For more information or to set up a call and discuss with me, please send an email to jamie@thegreatfield.co.uk

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