Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

This page was last updated on Wednesday 4th November 2020.

New Restrictions from 5th November. - Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the NHS website. For advice go to GOV.UK.

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Find help if you’re struggling because of coronavirus

For example, with paying bills, being out of work, or taking care of your mental health. Visit the Government website.

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

  • Wash hands keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

Read the government's FAQs page for latest updates.

Information, Help & Advice

From Thursday 5th November through to Wednesday 2nd December (subject to Government Guidelines) our services will be changing. We are still providing services but in a different way.

Reception Area

Our reception area will be closed during the new period of lockdown but we continue to be available via email and phone (01903 732063).

Allotments

Allotments are open but we are asking users to respect current Government advice on staying safe and social distancing.

Littlehampton Museum

Our Museum will be closed but visit their website for online galleries and resources. 

Rosemead Park

The Park is open. Please adhere to social distancing measures. GOV.UK have issued guidance on using green spaces

Committee Meetings

All Committee Meetings are now being held remotely. Details can be found on the Committee Meetings page.

Southfields Jubilee Centre

Southfields Jubilee Centre will be closed.

We will be sharing news and updates on our Facebook Page.

You can sign up for eProgress, our email newsletter, to receive regular updates straight into your inbox. Click here to sign up.

West Sussex County Council Community Hub 

If you are self-isolating, the Community Hub can help you with:

  • Picking up shopping
  • Picking up medication
  • A friendly phone call

How to make your request:

Call the Helpline 033 022 27980 Lines are open 8.00am - 8.00pm

Visit the Website 

If you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), please register for support via GOV.UK.

If you need someone to buy shopping for you there are a number of supermarkets offering Volunteer Shopping Cards which you can top up and give to the volunteer/family member. Participating supermarkets include Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, M&S and Waitrose. You can find more information by searching online or visiting the store.

Information, Telephone Calls, Shopping & Meals

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove has adapted the way they work and are offering:

  • Information and Advice
  • Telephone befriending
  • Doorstep Deliveries
  • Welfare and Safety Support
  • Wellbeing advice.

If you’d like to access any of the services above, or you’re worried about an older friend or family member at this time, please call them on 01903 731800 or email

Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice are not doing face to face work but are still available via phone by calling 0344 477 1171 or 0300 3300 650 (if calling from a mobile). If you are facing financial hardship please contact them as they may be able to refer you to the local Foodbank.

Meals on Wheels are currently operating as normal and are accepting new clients. Call them on 01903 718893 to find out more.

Local Community

We are aware that some community support groups have formed as a result of the outbreak. These are:

Coronavirus Littlehampton Support Group - go to to their Facebook page

Please note that Littlehampton Town Council is not endorsing these groups.

Domestic Abuse & Violence

Safe in Sussex -  0330 333 7416

My Sisters' House CIC01243 697800

WORTH Project  Helplines are open 7 days a week, 09:00 - 17:00, please reach out for help, support and advice. Monday to Friday - 0330 222 8181 Weekends - 07834 968539. If there is an immediate risk of harm please call 999.

Homelessness 

Arun District Council can help you if you are homeless. Access to buildings will be limited to those people who are homeless on the day. Please see their website for information. 

Find help if you’re struggling because of coronavirus

The Government has a section where you can find help.

Use this service to find out what help you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus. You can use it for yourself or someone else.

You can find information about:

  • feeling unsafe
  • going in to work
  • paying bills or being unemployed
  • getting food
  • having somewhere to live
  • mental health and wellbeing

Find it here

Please read Government Advice How to help others safely.
 

Volunteer

Age UK West Sussex is looking for volunteers to help and have a number of roles available. See their website for more information.

Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester have a number of volunteering opportunities. You can register your interest online, view their latest vacancies and find out about what they do. 

Littlehampton Foodbank is working with local agencies to support those in self-isolation. Contact them via their website to see if they need help.

Shopping for someone else

If you are buying shopping on behalf of someone else, there are a number of supermarkets offering Volunteer Shopping Cards which can be topped up. In addition to Asda there are other supermarkets offering this service including Morrisons, Sainsbury's, M&S and Waitrose. You can find more information by searching online.

Donations

Littlehampton Foodbank is accepting donations at Morrison's, Asda and Waitrose. They are also opening their premises for donations, please check their website for details.

Be scam aware

Fraudsters are targeting the public and organisations with emails, texts, phone calls and WhatsApp messages offering advice and treatment for the coronavirus.

Some have set up fake websites selling products and offering ‘cures’. Others have set up bogus websites asking for donations for victims or promoting awareness and prevention tips.

Cold callers have been contacting organisations suggesting they must have certain measures in place by a certain deadline. 

Citizen's Advice have guidance on scams and fraud available. 

You can find out about scams that are being reported in Arun by visiting the Arun District Council's website.

Anyone can find themselves the victim of fraud. If you suspect you may have been scammed or involved in fraudulent activity, or have information about a possible fraudster report it via the Sussex Police's website.

Business support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses

  • Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available
  • Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can’t work
  • Self-employed people can receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least 3 months

Business support can be found here.

 

Please read Government guidance on children's mental wellbeing

Please read Government guidance on adult mental wellbeing

West Sussex Mind

They are still providing their services via phone and email and ask that you contact them via email in the first instance and only call if you have no email. You can email or call 01903 721893. See their website.

West Sussex Wellbeing

Offering a wide range of online resources for older people looking for ideas to keep physically active. Visit their website.

Arun Wellbeing

See website for more information or call 01903 737862.

Mental Wellbeing

NHS Every Mind Matters has top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you have to stay at home and if you're feeling anxious about coronavirus. Visit their website.

The outbreak has affected every aspect of our lives and many services have had to adapt. See the Government website for information on the following topics:

Benefits

  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Universal Credit

Crime, justice and the law

  • Court and tribunal cases
  • Visiting prisoners

Housing and local services

  • Planning inspections

Please read Government Guidance on education and childcare during coronavirus

Online Resources

The Government has produced an online list of educational resources for schools and parents to help children learn at home. See it here.

Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown. You can access it here.

Littlehampton Family & Children Centre

For opening hours, sessions and contact details visit their website

Please read Government Guidance on pregnancy and coronavirus.

If you are pregnant or have a child under 2 years of age register with Family Assist for online support and to answer any questions you may have during this difficult time. 

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) Learning Zone

A series of educational resources on fire safety, for primary school children.

The resources have been designed to help families with educating their children from home during COVID-19 lockdown.

The key stage one and two resources range from colouring in to identifying hazards and risks around the home.

Follow this link to find out more

Domestic Abuse & Violence

Safe in Sussex -  0330 333 7416

My Sisters' House CIC01243 697800

WORTH Project  Helplines are open 7 days a week, 09:00 - 17:00, please reach out for help, support and advice. Monday to Friday - 0330 222 8181 Weekends - 07834 968539. 

www.safespacesussex.org.uk has all the information on support services who can help any victim of crime across Sussex.

If there is an immediate risk of harm please call 999.

Don't be caught out by coronavirus scams!!


Coronavirus-related scams are on this rise. Find the latest information on how to protect yourself from Action Fraud 

For advice on scams call:

Citizens' Advice Consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133

To report a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 

Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

Lockdown easing comes with risks of further outbreaks.

To help us manage any new outbreaks in the county the County Council has developed a ‘local outbreak control plan’ which includes details about the public health response and what actions businesses and residents might be asked to take. Read it here.