Practical information on supermarket vouchers, food, post offices, domestic violence, how to pay for gas meters.
SO: Linked have a service supporting Southampton through the coronavirus situation:
- navigating people who are affected by the coronavirus situation to practical and emotional support
- supporting/coordinating the Southampton voluntary sector response
So if you are impacted by self isolation or other issues surrounding coronavirus contact them and we will do our best to link you with voluntary organisations who can help in practical ways and offer emotional support. They can also signpost to other resources and help link someone in with virtual support groups. If you are making a referral on behalf of someone else you must tick the consent box for them to accept the referral. You can refer via the online form, email or phone number or EMIS / System gor to https://www.solinked.org.uk/. They also have a dedicated page which will be regularly updated with the Community Links for support during COVID-19 where you can get help and how you can be of help.
Children and school
People can now refer themselves for help from an NHS volunteer. If you meet certain criteria and need help collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies or are feeling lonely, call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm). Carers can make a referral on someone else’s behalf, and can self-refer if this will enable them to continue in their caring role.
Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS) maintains the SO:Linked website as the main source of information on services and support available to help people during this time. It lists all sorts of help, such as getting medicine delivered, looking after pets, drug or alcohols support and many more topics. You can search for help, guidance and services by postcode as well as topic.
Yellow Door’s DIA (Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy) Service hosts zoom sessions on Thursdays 3.30-5.00 for anyone in lockdown to provide a safe space to share experiences, connect with others and find out about support in Southampton. See Yellow Door Community Zoom
Southampton City Council webpages on coronavirus set out what is open
Southampton City Council web page on all forms of support
See also Southampton City Council Community Support Hub for vulnerable people
See the Hampshire County Council dedicated webpage with links to each Council service, where you can see the impact of the virus and lockdown.
Hampshire-wide Coronavirus Dorset and Hampshire: https://m.facebook.com/groups/
Their office is closed. CLEAR’s advice services to asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants continues through the lockdown, by phone, email and WhatsApp. Anyone requiring assistance should call the main number 023 8022 1111 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clearsprings Ready Homes
Clearsprings Ready Homes continue to house and support service users whilst minimising physical contact and movement. They are collating telephone numbers and email addresses for existing service users and will provide hard copies of any communications for those that cannot access information electronically and mobile phone handsets for those without access to a mobile phone. They have written to each Main Applicant in the top 10 languages with links to the latest Public Health information and 111 options, with a reminder to contact the AIRE service through Migrant Help if any further support is required. See their statement Clearsprings Covid 19 update 2020_04_01.
Migrant Help telephone helpline (0808 8010 503) continues to be open 24/7, free to call for all asylum seekers in the UK. It can be used to apply for asylum support, general asylum related advice, or to report issues with asylum accommodation or support payments. See their statement MH Asylum Services update 31 March 2020.
Last Updated: 03/06/2021 – Next Update Due: