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 06th August 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.
The Government’s Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme allows members of the public to receive a voucher worth up to £50 towards the cost of repairing a bicycle.
Registrations for members of the public who want to apply for a voucher are now open on the Energy Saving Trust website. The scheme is open to anyone in England who has an unused cycle in need of a repair. However, as there are a limited number of vouchers available, please consider the needs of others before applying for a voucher and do not delay making planned repairs outside of the scheme should your circumstances allow it. Vouchers can only be used with bike repairers or mechanics that are registered for the scheme in England, and up to two vouchers can be claimed per household.
Morrisons is offering additional support toward food provision, details here - https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/12306794/eat-out-to-help-out-extra-discounts/?utm_campaign=sunmainfacebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1596546276
Areas in England which are currently in lockdown or have restrictions imposed on them and classed as areas of intervention are:
Blackburn with Darwen
City of Manchester
While these parts have not been put back into a full lockdown, meeting people outside of your household in your home or at a pub or restaurant is now not permitted. Areas of enhanced support receive extra resources and funding from the Government, such as extra testing.
Luton and Oadby and Wigston moved down from intervention to enhanced support.
Starting from August 3, many public spaces will reopen within Leicester City including restaurants, bars, places of worship, libraries, community centres and outdoor playgrounds and gyms.
Salary – Employed and Self-employed support
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53580656 - 4 Reasons workers are reluctant to return to the office including quality time with family and children and improvement in mental health
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52567567 - What must your boss do to keep you safe?
Mental Health Support
“We are all in the same storm but in different boats”. A longitudinal study reviewing and recording the lived experiences of age groups has produced interesting statistics and insight into the disparity of experience during the pandemic due to socio-economic divergence, here is the research - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/divergence-mental-health-experiences-during-pandemic.
Guidance on how to support people during COVID-19 - https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/coronavirus
- 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