Remember, Carers Support West Sussex is here to support you through these difficult times. Get in contact with us so we can provide you with help, support and guidance: 0300 028 8888.

We have assembled this list of resources to help you stay informed, calm, healthy and entertained.

Official information and resources

When you do seek out updates, make sure to get them from a trusted source.

  • The NHS website provides the most up-to-date and reliable health advice, plus an online questionnaire for those concerned they have the symptoms of coronavirus.

Local resources

  • An interactive map of the businesses and organisations still offering services in the South Downs
  • West Sussex has a county-wide community hub which is available seven days a week and staff will be on hand to respond to enquiries between 8.00am-8.00pm. A dedicated telephone helpline is also available for residents who are unable to go online: 033 022 27980. Visit the Community hub if you need support, wish to volunteer or would like to find out more about community hubs.

Carer Resources

Specific advice for carers during this time

  • Carers UK have created a resource to answer common questions that carers might have during the coronavirus situation
  • An excellent easy read guide to coronavirus from Mencap
  • Advice for cancer patients and their carers from Macmillan
  • Information for people who need social care support and for family and friend carers

Parent Carer Resources

  • Advice from Young Minds on speaking to children about coronavirus
  • Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing
  • Young Minds – Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing
  • Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic
  • Amaze – information pack for parents

Mental Health Resources

  • Headspace meditation – free and paid options
  • FACE COVID: how to respond effectively to the coronavirus
  • Lifting Lockdown a resource to help alleviate some of the pressure you may be feeling when thinking of life getting back to normal

Health resources

  • Home exercises for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions from Activity Alliance
  • Daily online PE lessons for children and workouts for adults from the Body Coach 

Financial Resources

Learning Online

  • Free online courses in a variety of subjects from The Open University’s Open Learn online portal.
  • Learn a new language online for free with Duolingo.
  • Carers UK’s Learning for Living, designed to help you recognise skills gained through caring to help you apply those skills in relevant environments such as paid work or volunteering.
  • Khan Academy has a range of free courses, including maths, science, computing, economics and humanities.
  • Free courses from FutureLearn in a range of subjects from business to nature, art to politics and everything in between.
  • Free online course from universities including Harvard and MIT at edX.org.
  • Coursera has free online courses from top universities.

Just for fun

  • Virtual tours and online exhibits from over 2500 museums and galleries around the world on Google Arts and Culture.
  • Adventure Journal have compiled a list of animal webcams, from zoos and wildlife spots around the globe.
  • The Sofa Singers is a free online singing event where you can join an online choir.