Covid 19- Support Bubbles

Published: 12 June 2020

Coronavirus updates


Support bubbles

It’s almost the weekend, though sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that as one day can roll into the next!

Whilst the weather is a bit hit and miss this weekend, things have changed a bit following the announcement earlier this week regarding ‘support bubbles’.

Previously, we had pretty much complete lockdown, then slightly relaxed allowing us to social distance with friends / family in gardens and open spaces.

That means meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people you do not live with, whilst observing social distancing guidelines and keeping at least 2 metres apart.

Support bubblesForming support bubbles

The next step is that from Saturday, 13 June, single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s home, including overnight, without needing to stay 2 metres apart.

We have made cracking use of social media to do our best to stay in touch with one another, we’ve had quizzes, we’ve had catch ups, virtual dance parties – but for those who have been on their own for such a long time, the ability to now socialise in real life with another person is so important for mental health and wellbeing.

Full information on support bubbles and the new rules is on the GOV.UK website.

GOV.UK - support bubbles

Looking after your wellbeing

Public Health England has published guidance for the public on practical steps people can take to look after their mental wellbeing and specific guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

PHE has also updated its Every Mind Matters platform with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the current situation. This is in addition to useful resources you may have already seen, including World Health Organisation guidance on mental health and psychological resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic and wellbeing information from Mind.

Staying active in your home and getting daily exercise will help both your mental and physical health.

The NHS Live Well website contains lots of information to help you keep fit and healthy.

With life very different at the moment and hard in many ways, our Path to Recovery service is available, and a one-stop service for advice, support, and treatment to those over 18 whose lives are affected by alcohol or drug use.

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