While my team and I are always very happy to assist constituents, we thought it would be useful to create a list of other information and specific support services people can turn to. We believe these details are up-to-date, but please let us know if you encounter any problems.

Local Community Support

Lewisham Council – advice and support on all council services
Lewisham Local – sign up to volunteer or request assistance
Foodbanks – list of local donation and distribution points
Lewisham Covid 19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group – local group for those in need of assistance or wishing to help others
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK – database of mutual aid groups (UK wide but includes many local groups)

Money and Benefits

Advice Lewisham – local service for advice on benefits, housing, council tax, employment, immigration and consumer rights
Entitledto – advice on what you can claim if your employment has been affected by coronavirus
Turn2Us – advice on benefits and coronavirus
Citizens Advice – advice fort sick or disabled people and their carers
Employment & Support Allowance – Government advice on how to submit a claim
Universal Credit – Government advice on how to submit a claim
StepChange – debt advice
Ofgem – advice on coronavirus and your energy supply

Businesses and Employment

Government Business Advice – Government advice for businesses
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – a guide for employers. Includes information relating to people on zero hours contracts
Free advice from the Good Growth Hub – new portal set up to support London-based businesses and employers to manage and mitigate their exposure to Coronavirus
Mayor of London’s Employment Rights Hub – information for those concerned about their rights
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – Government advice and how to apply
Federation of Small Businesses – guidance for small businesses
HMRC Tax helpline – support for businesses and employees
Self-employed individuals – Government statement on support for self-employed people
Self-employed and Freelancers advice with IPSE  – advice for freelance and self-employed workers
ACAS employment advice – advice for workers
Lay-offs and short-time working – Government advice
Unite the Union – advice for workers
Royal Mail – update on postal services
TUC – advice for workers


Shelter  – general housing advice
HomeOwners Alliance – advice for those buying or selling a home
Residential Landlords Association – advice for landlords
Protections for renters – Government statement on measures to protect renters and landlords
Leasehold Advisory Service – advice for leaseholders and lessees

Travel and Transport Advice

Foreign Office Travel Advice – latest Government travel advice (listed by country)
Money Saving Expert Coronavirus Travel Rights – advice on holiday refunds, travel insurance cover and more

Health and Well-Being

Support for extremely vulnerable people – Government advice on how to access support as an extremely vulnerable person
NHS advice – NHS advice on coronavirus symptoms and when to seek help
Lloyds Pharmacy prescription service – for delivery of NHS prescriptions
Age UK – advice for older people
Alzheimers UK – support for those coping with dementia
Asthma UK – specific support for people with asthma
Autistica – specific support for people with autism
Cancer Research – specific support for people with cancer
Diabetes UK – specific support for people with diabetes
Mind – mental health support
Rethink – mental health support
Anxiety UK – specific support for people with anxiety
Domestic Violence – please see this page for a list of organisations offering support


Individual guidance from supermarkets:

Education and Children

Education Provision – guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision
Children’s educational resources  – UCL has compiled a list of resources for teachers, school leaders, parents/carers and young people, including information on how to talk to children about coronavirus
Children’s Commissioner – advice for educators, parents and others working with children
Childline – support and advice for young people

Other General Guidance and Research

Coronavirus: What You Need to Do – all the latest government guidance
House of Commons Library – great resource for all the latest research
COVID19 Cabinet Office updates – comprehensive list of all the latest announcements

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