Please see below essential tips and info for all to help get through these uncertain times.

Public Health Information and guidance:


Excellent info from Money Saving Expert:

New style ESA starts from day 1 of sick leave

DWP Face to face assessments suspended for 3 months and after there will be a massive backlog:

HMRC Coronavirus Helpline: 0800 0159 559

 Essex Families: Essex Welfare Service for financial support queries: 0300 303 9988 they are open Mon-Fri 8am-7pm and then 10am-2pm Sat-Sun.

Travel Refund and Insurance Advice:

Self Employed Info:

Before you read our top tips here’s some words from the fabulous Melanie Thomson:<3 Friends <3 BE POSITIVE!
View this isolation as an opportunity, to self-reflect, discover passions and grow as a person…
Write a “Me-Time” schedule!
Finally we can…
exercise regularly, read that book, paint a canvas, start an online business or course, cook new recipes, learn a language, and most of all love and support others. <3
DON’T WASTE IT and feel yourself shine!
Love Mel x

Working from home TIPs:

How to manage remote working – UCL

Working from home tips – METRO

Staying at home things to do TIPs:


Join the National Theatre every Thursday at 7pm UK time for some of the best British theatre, free to stream for a week. Starting from 2 April with the online premiere of One Man Two Guvnors


  1. Create a routine/timetable – give yourself a small daily goal this keeps you focused on day to day – clearing out under the sink, 20 minute walk, calls / social media / films /reading
  2. Check in with family/friends/neighbours and see if there’s anything you can do to support them, no matter how small.
  3. Write letters or cards to family or friends instead of email. It’s always lovely to get a handwritten note 🙂
  4. Arrange a phone call or Skype with a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in ages.
  5. Do those cleaning or DIY jobs around the house you’ve been putting off for months.
  6. Read some of those books that have been gathering dust on your shelves. Maybe join an online book club.
  7. Start a vegetable patch
  8. Find a group exercise/yoga class you can do online.
  9. Learn some new recipes and cooking techniques (if you can find food, of course!)
  10. Watch all your favourite films, especially ones you haven’t seen in years. Bring on The Sound of Music on repeat!!

More ideas:

Maintaining fitness:

Ottobock Videos for Fitness for Amputees:

LimbPower: Stay In Stay Active

LimbPower have created a private Facebook group for all our LimbPower community members and anyone else who wants to join, to support the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of amputees and individuals with limb difference. We are posting online videos, live videos, Q and A sessions and useful and relevant resources and social media challenges to keep our community members active, reduce feelings of isolation and support their physical, social and psychological health.

LimbPower Juniors: Stay In Stay Active

Tips for home educating children:

Free online education resources: Phonics Play, Reading eggs, Twinkl, Times Table Rockstars

Great facebook group at FAMILY LOCKDOWN TIPS featured on the news:

Weekday PE sessions with Joe 9am daily weekdays

Gareth Malone’s Virtual Choir 5.30pm every day:

Kitchen Lockdown Disco every night 6pm on Facebook and Instagram – we can send the playlist if you are not on social media so you can join in – its one song a night and everyone dances to the same song in their kitchen – a chance to shake it all out

Tips for babies and toddlers:

Create a home sensory pack:

Tumble tots are doing video sessions on their youtube channel or facebook

have a picnic in the garden whilst facetiming other mums

Facebook Page: Boogie Babes Newmarket

Maintaining Mental Wellbeing stuck at home:

Blog from MIND:

NHS Wellbeing Website:

Great useful phone lines and info on Huff Post
Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI – this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill.)
The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email:
Rethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on