During these times of uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus, those in the electrical trade may find not only their business and work being negatively impacted, but also their mental health. The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) is keen to outline what support it can provide to industry members. Please read on for our 09th July update.
We understand this is a complex and difficult time for everyone. We are living in a time of great uncertainty and increasing worry about our health and livelihoods. We understand that the effect of COVID-19 on industry and income will be great and we will all be affected. In times of darkness and insecurity we want to let our Industry members know, that we will be here to help you.
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do:
Face coverings now mandatory in shops as well as on public transport.
Not if eating in sandwich bars etc, or restaurants, but if going into takeaway then face coverings must be worn.
Holiday accommodation - including hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites, and caravan parks - has now reopened, with households in England allowed to stay away from home overnight. Shared facilities, such as campsite toilets, must be cleaned properly.
Holiday accommodation has now reopened in Scotland as well. In Wales, self-contained accommodation is also now open again, with campsites opening on 25 July.
Travellers from more than 50 countries including France, Spain, Germany and Italy will no longer have to quarantine for two weeks when they enter England, Wales or Northern Ireland, although many of those countries have restrictive rules for people arriving from the UK.
People in Scotland can travel to almost all those countries without having to self-isolate on returning, but not Spain.
Things you can now do for holidays:
1. Take a self-contained holiday break – how about an isolated log cabin?
2. Drive-in cinema
3. Open air gigs both music and comedy, performances – plays and operas
4. Go to a car-boot sale
6. Find a “wild-spot” and go off grid camping but be careful where. The Nearly Wild Camping Club can give advice on where.
Salary – Employed and Self-employed support
Addressing statistics on burn-out resulting from COVID-19 and providing concise, accessible, and easily implemented employer/employee tips to support/prevent and avoid burn-out. https://www.fingerprintforsuccess.com/remote-work-burnout The charity like most industry will be financially burdened by the ramifications of COVID -19, but the welfare team are doing their best to provide both financial and emotional support to those in need. The charity is adapting its support service to help industry members through this pandemic.
The UK government is providing £150 grants toward the purchase of school uniforms. Here is how you apply - https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/how-parents-can-apply-free-22388690
Mental Health Support
Coronavirus: Care home residents in England allowed visits from friends and families again - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/coronavirus-care-home-visit-friends-family-new-rules-lockdown-a9632066.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1595421281
- The charity will consider providing small grants in immediate and urgent need.
- Provide advice to industry individuals regarding financial relief strategies and support services available to them.
- Provide support to employees worried about income, having to work and/or losing their employment.
- Strategies to implement immediately to soften the financial burden i.e. mortgage/rent holiday’s, freezing of gym memberships and others.
- Signposting to other welfare services and charities for support.
- Review of individual welfare benefits, your eligibility and support with the application process were necessary.
- Food vouchers if in immediate and urgent need.
Mental Health Support
- Self-isolation is likely to have a negative impact on our mental health and it is important we remain aware of this and try to buffer against it by putting support strategies in place. The EIC can recommend support strategies to help you cope through this time of isolation.
- Telephone and skype counselling are available to industry members.
- Psychiatric assessments for complex mental health issues are available to industry members.
- Signposting to other mental health support services and online services.
Symptoms, hygiene and self-isolation
- The EIC is recommending that individuals with pre-existing health conditions i.e. undergoing cancer treatment, heart disease, diabetes and others should self-isolated and managers need to be informed as soon as possible if you care for or reside with a family member or person who is deemed as having pre-existing health conditions. The EIC can provide further guidance to you if you feel unsure as to how to communicate this to your employer.
- Hygiene tips and resources
- Managing self-isolation