We are aware that coronavirus Covid-19 will be impacting members within the sector in a number of different ways. We appreciate this is a rapidly changing situation, we also recognise in particular those that will be impacted financially; we will continue our advocating for the needs of our members.
Collated information and guidance for those in the sector are listed below; this will be updated as the situation changes.
UK arts councils have produced the following guidance freelancers and publicly funded cultural organisations.
Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk/news-and-announcements/coronavirus-information
Arts Council of Wales/Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru arts.wales/news-jobs-opportunities/coronavirus-covid-19-update-16-march
Arts Council of Northern Ireland artscouncil-ni.org/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice
UK government advice
UK government response www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
NHS Inform Scotland) www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
NHS Direct Wales www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/
NHS Back on Track
Back on Track offers a variety of treatment options to assist with getting back on track. The link provides further information, the different individual therapies offered and the variety of ways to access them.
NHS Every Mind Matters
UK government Foreign travel advice www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
World Health Organisation advice www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Benefits and self-employment
Universal Credit www.gov.uk/universal-credit
Employment and Support Allowance for people with a disability or health condition that affects how much they can work (including those who are self-employed) www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/eligibility
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE): Action concerning Coronavirus and advice for freelancers
Mutual Aid Groups
Listing of already existing mutual aid groups.
COVIBOOK Available in over 19 languages.
Covid-19 Children’s book: Supporting and reassuring children around the world by author Manuela Molina.
The Happiness Trap (Video/s) by Dr. Russ Harris, free resources
Act Mindfully (audio) by Dr. Russ Harris, free resources