Easy read guides to help you stay safe and well
Take a look at the headings below and the links to easy read guides underneath.
Clinically extremely vulnerable
Shielding has been paused for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
Please see this advice.
See our wepbage about the coronavirus vaccine which includes easy read guides and answers to frequently asked questions.
Doing a test
Rapid lateral flow home test kit instructions https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/instructions-for-covid-19-self-test
PCR home test kit instructions https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/testing-for-coronavirus-at-home
There are different rules for wearing face coverings depending on where you are.
We have created this PDF easy read guide on face coverings rules for people living in England. (Please see separate guidance for people in Northern Ireland (PDF) and Wales.)
People who do not have to wear a face covering
This guidance explains why some people do not have to wear face coverings.(For example; because you have a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering, or because it causes severe distress).
If you do not have to wear a face covering, there are cards (sometimes called "exemption cards") that you can take with you when you go out to help explain why, if someone asks you in public. The cards can also be used to ask someone else to remove their face mask or covering so you can understand them better.
Please use these cards if you need them:
Going to work or working from home
Help with food shopping
We've created some letters for you or your support worker to use to contact your local supermarket and find out when their priority shopping hours are, and if they can provide support with your shopping:
List of supermarket details
You can check for the latest information and find contact details for the major UK supermarkets on their websites.
Marks and Spencer: www.marksandspencer.com
To try and prioritise vulnerable customers for home delivery, Sainsburys has a vulnerable persons careline: 0800 052 5500. (There may be long call wait times.)
The government have created these signs that can be used to show the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing.
Keeping clean and handwashing
Test and trace
The NHS have also created easy read posters like this (PDF) so people know when and how to get a test for coronavirus.
Wellbeing and mental health
Moving into a new home
We know that people with a learning disability already experience high levels of loneliness and social isolation and that this will only have been made worse by coronavirus and lockdown.
Befriending can help.
So please get in touch with us to:
- see what befriending options are available in your area
- find out more about befriending volunteer opportunities
- tell us about your befriending scheme if you already have one set up.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us who you are (e.g. an individual, family member or carer, or an organisation or professional), where you live and what you are interested in (e.g. support, being a befriending volunteer).
Guidance from the Government
Care homes and supported living
How to wash your hands thoroughly
Follow these steps when you wash your hands:
- Wet your hands under warm running water
- Apply a small amount of soap
- Rub your hands together and make sure that the soap and water cover all over your hands
- Carefully wash your palms, the backs of your hands, your fingertips, thumbs, your wrists and nails
- Rinse your hands under running water
- Dry your hands thoroughly.