Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

This page was last updated on Monday 11 May 2020.

Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), a new illness that affects your lungs and airways. Visit the NHS website. For advice go to GOV.UK.

Tell the NHS about your current experience of coronavirus. By answering some quick questions, you can help the NHS plan its response to coronavirus.

The Town Council 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.

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.

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Read the Prime Minister’s address (Sunday 10 May 2020) for the latest information.

Stay Alert. Control the virus. Save Lives.

 

Information, Help & Advice
  • Our reception and Littlehampton Museum is closed. You can still email us at ltc@littlehampton-tc.gov.uk 
  • Rosemead Play area is closed but the Park remains open. Please adhere to social distancing measures. GOV.UK have issued guidance on using green spaces.
  • All Committee Meetings are cancelled until further notice.
  • Cancelled Littlehampton Armed Forces Day on 27th June, Sandcastle Competition and Screen on the Green in August and the Town Show & Family Fun Day in September.
  • All Mayoral public attendances are cancelled until further notice.
  • Southfields Jubilee Centre is closed until further notice. 
  • We have issued a notice to allotment holders to respect Government advice on staying at home and social distancing. Read it here.
  • We are working with Councillors and colleagues at Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council to get key information out to the public.

The Town Council will continue to conduct usual tasks such as safety inspections of all its sites, including Rosemead Park and Allotments.

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 (you can volunteer too)

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.

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

Covid 19 Littlehampton Support Group - go 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.

West Sussex Community Hub (COVID-19) needs volunteers to help with shopping, deliveries and phone calls to those in isolation. You can register your interest on their website.

Asda have created the Volunteer Shopping Card, the cashless - and less stressful - way for people to help get the shopping in - read more here

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 and Asda.

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.

Government has a coronavirus business support finder tool to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

The new business support finder tool can be found here.

More details on support for businesses can be found on the coronavirus business support hub. There you can read guidance on the following topics:

Employment and financial support

  • Check if you can get statutory sick pay (SSP)
  • Check if you're eligible for Universal Credit
  • Check if you're eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can’t work
  • Financial help if you’re self-employed
  • Get an isolation note to give to your employer
  • Your rights if your hours are cut or you’re laid off
  • What to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time

Business Support 

What you can do now

  • Find out what financial support you can get for your business
  • Find out how to claim for your employee’s wages if they’re on temporary leave
  • Find out how to apply for a grant if you’re self-employed

Further information can be found on Arun District Council's website.

Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000 (from 4 May). Visit the Government website.

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

Driving and transport

  • Car, motorcycle and van MOTs extended by 6 months
  • Driving and theory tests suspended
  • MOTs for heavy vehicles suspended
  • Relaxation of drivers’ hours rules
  • Vehicle approval tests suspended

Housing and local services

  • Planning inspections

Please read Government Guidance on school educational settings closures.

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

If you need advice, information or support please contact the team on 07860 858654 (including Fuel Top ups and Foodbank vouchers for families with children up to 18 years) . Lines are open 09.00-16.30 Monday to Friday. 

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

 

There are a number of businesses offering delivery including many of the existing Pubs, Restaurants and Cafes. In addition, we are aware that other types of businesses such as pet supplies are also delivering. It is worth searching online especially on Facebook if you can. 

Our colleagues at Rustington Parish Council are being given information on which businesses are offering a delivery service so to avoid duplication we suggest you visit their website. They have Littlehampton businesses on the list and Rustington businesses that deliver in our Town.

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.