We have produced a number of FAQs to help people with learning disabilities access the latest information on COVID-19 and find information and further advice and support online. Have a look at the queries below which we’ll be constantly updating.
The Prime Minister's letter which went out to all households explaining the current situation with COVID-19 is also available in an easy read version.
NHS England has an easy read poster which helps to explain coronavirus.
MENCAP has a range of great resources on its website including an easy to read guide.
The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council also has a selection of social stories on their website to help explain the coronavirus and why social isolation and social distancing is important:
Books Beyond Words has produced some short wordless stories to help people to understand what to do if they have Coronavirus and how to keep themselves and others safe. The stories also show how to safely help others who may be self-isolating, and explain social distancing, lockdown, and support with mental health and daily routines suggestions. Supplementary text at the end of the stories give information on where people can seek help if they are unwell, and signposts to other useful resources.
There are several titles available on the Books Beyond Words website including: Beating the Virus and Good Days and Bad Days During Lockdown. All titles are free to download from the Books Beyond Website, and a free video of the Beating the Virus book is available on YouTube.
There are a range of local organisations who have social media groups including:
- Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living which has a Facebook page.
- The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council supports parent carers of children and young people with additional needs and also has a Facebook page.
When using social media, please be safe. Mencap has an excellent guide on how to use the internet safely.Close
- Keep Safe website has regular activities for families, carers and people with learning disabilities.
- Wiltshire Parent Carer Council Its website is updated daily, with information, advice, guidance and resources to support parent carers:
COVID-19 Learning resources and activities
Coronavirus changes to events, courses and activities
Coronavirus information and changes to services.
- Carer Support Wiltshire has a range of advice and support available
The government has said that everyone is entitled to go shopping for essential items. The government has a range of accessible information guides available on what people can do.
The Department for Work and Pensions has information regarding the coronavirus and benefits which it updates regularly.
The website provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. Please check this page regularly for updates on the arrangements the Department for Work and Pensions is making to support those who are affected by coronavirus. There is information about changes to Statutory Sick Pay, changes to Jobcentre appointments, changes to health and disability-related benefits’ assessments, and making a new claim.Close
Mencap provide information on internet safety training.
The charity Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust has a Stay Safe Online Team which is currently offering advice regarding online safety. One of the police vetted volunteers can call to provide advice. People can refer themselves by calling and leaving a message on 01380 861191 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.orgClose
Along with partner authorities we have worked with Wiltshire Police to create The Herbert Protocol. This is a booklet which can be used to store information on the person you care for which can then be used to assist family, friends and others including the police if the person goes missing.
You can find out more and download the booklet to complete here