MARCH 2020 onwards - Coronavirus and vulnerable people - UK
On 16th March 2020 the UK Government announced a number of restrictions, in response to the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), that will particularly affect people over the age of 70, and younger adults whose underlying health issues make catching coronavirus potentially very serious.
This has since been superceded by requirements for the whole population to stay at home except for essential trips and daily exercise, practicing social (physical) distancing whenever away from home - with the additional 'shielding' of people whose underlying health condition means catching the virus carries a potentially much higher medical risk.
There's a lot of information and reporting on all of this - and many things are being annnounced or otherwise changing daily; but it can be hard to find out what you need especially if you receive or need treatment, care or support in your life because of the impact of serious illness, disability, or life changing injury - or if you're part of that support. Useful websites from some relevant organisations are given below (just click on the name to oopen their website in a new window), to which I will add the caveat of saying that, while I completely understand that many organisations and individuals are in need of and are asking for additional financial support at this time and it can feel overwhelming having so many asking for support, please bear in mind this will be just as relevant for any charities listed here, whose income and ability to continue to function is in many cases being very much affected by the closure of their shops, cancellations of their fundraising events, and loss of many other forms of income. These are just some suggestions - there will be others. Listed in alphabetical order:
Disability Rights UK
Marie Curie UK
Relatives and Residents Association
All best wishes, to all.
My consultancy work
I've been working with and for older people for a very long time! Most of my work covers health, housing and social care services - all over the UK.
What interests me is finding out about, supporting and - where needed - working to improve older people's quality of life, especially those who are ill or disabled - or both. Although I've worked most with older people, I've also worked alongside younger adults with learning disabilities, chronic and terminal illnesses, physical disabilities and mental ill health.
Since 2013 I've been recording and sharing people's stories digitally through photofilms. You can see some examples here - http://vimeo.com/lornaeasterbrook.
The work I carry out is commissioned by universities, local authorities, the NHS, central government, national charities, local charities, housing associations, private sector organisations, and private individuals.
This website will tell you:
- about the range of consultancy work on offer
- my background, and my approach
- what it might cost
- how to get in touch.
To do this work, I often need to find out information from people - things like their names and contact details, the facts of any caring situation, or someone's views or experiences on a topic for discussion. This sort of information is called 'data'. You can find out how I comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and EU General Data Protection Regulation here. You can see a copy of my registration with the Information Commissioner's office here.
You can also see a copy of my working policy with regard to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and adult safeguarding, here.
You may want to start browsing this site by looking under About. Feel free to do your own thing! but please check the legal bit first.
The legal bit:
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