During these times of uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus, those in the electrical trade may find not only their business and work being negatively impacted, but also their mental health. The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) is keen to outline what support it can provide to industry members. Please read on for our 15th April update.
We understand this is a complex and difficult time for everyone. We are living in a time of great uncertainty and increasing worry about our health and livelihoods. We understand that the effect of COVID-19 on industry and income will be great and we will all be affected. In times of darkness and insecurity we want to let our Industry members know, that we will be here to help you.
Salary – Employed and Self-employed support
More useful updates from Martin Lewis
- Useful additional support for businesses in Scotland - https://www.gov.scot/news/additional-support-for-business/
- Struggling to get food, Morrisons has launched a delivery service for the elderly and vulnerable. They can be contacted on phone 0345 611 6111 and select option five. https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/18378732.morrisons-starts-next-day-delivery-customers/
- Debt is a major concern especially during COVID-19, UK Debt Expert has provided useful advice on how to reduce personal debt - https://theukdebtexpert.co.uk/social/?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=ukderetargeting
- Gareth Roberts has thanked the following supermarkets who have answered his direct appeal to help shielded and vulnerable residents in the borough: Waitrose, COOK, Tesco, Sainsburys and Marks & Spencer. If you or someone you know needs this support and they don’t have existing family, friends or other support that can step in, then please call our Community Hub on 0208 871 6555.’This is available in Richmond Borough, and Wandsworth!
Mental Health support
- Scotland is providing additional support for people in distress through the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme, read more https://www.gov.scot/news/new-mental-health-support/
- Not to forget the impact the pandemic is having on student education, Scotland is reassuring its students that they will receive their results in time and university and colleges will provide flexibility in terms of UCAS May deadlines extending by two weeks to give students more time to make decisions about their future. Find out more - https://www.gov.scot/news/reassurance-for-students-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
- Social distancing causes isolations and feelings of loneliness, Psychology Today provides 10 tips on how to cope - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-love-and-war/202003/10-ideas-coping-loneliness-during-social-distancing?utm_source=FacebookPost&utm_medium=FBPost&utm_campaign=FBPost
- Anxiety is something we are all experiencing in varying degrees and severity, it is important that we try and balance the good and bad anxiety that COVID-19 is causing. Here are some useful tips - https://www.apadivisions.org/division-49/news-events/anxiety-covid-19?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-pandemics&utm_content=div49-covid-thinking
The charity like most industry will be financially burdened by the ramifications of COVID -19, but the welfare team are doing their best to provide both financial and emotional support to those in need. The charity is adapting its support service to help industry members through this pandemic.
Here is an outline of our available support services:
- The charity will consider providing small grants in immediate and urgent need.
- Provide advice to industry individuals regarding financial relief strategies and support services available to them.
- Provide support to employees worried about income, having to work and/or losing their employment.
- Strategies to implement immediately to soften the financial burden i.e. mortgage/rent holiday’s, freezing of gym memberships and others.
- Signposting to other welfare services and charities for support.
- Review of individual welfare benefits, your eligibility and support with the application process were necessary.
- Food vouchers if in immediate and urgent need.
Mental Health Support
- Self-isolation is likely to have a negative impact on our mental health and it is important we remain aware of this and try to buffer against it by putting support strategies in place. The EIC can recommend support strategies to help you cope through this time of isolation.
- Telephone and skype counselling are available to industry members.
- Psychiatric assessments for complex mental health issues are available to industry members.
- Signposting to other mental health support services and online services.
Symptoms, hygiene and self-isolation
- The EIC is recommending that individuals with pre-existing health conditions i.e. undergoing cancer treatment, heart disease, diabetes and others should self-isolated and managers need to be informed as soon as possible if you care for or reside with a family member or person who is deemed as having pre-existing health conditions. The EIC can provide further guidance to you if you feel unsure as to how to communicate this to your employer.
- Hygiene tips and resources
- Managing self-isolation