Latest updates on COVID-19

Long Term Social DistancingWhilst the UK and Scottish Governments are starting to consider what, if any, lockdown measures will be laxed, when and how, the update on social distancing rules will continue to at least the end of the year.  This means that no matter how much life may be returning to normal, we will still have to keep our distance.

The Importance of Looking After YouAttached is a self-care starter kit information pack which not only applies to your colleagues but to you as well.  The mental wellbeing of every single person is so important just now.  Whether a keyworker, homeworker or furloughed, employees in all organisations will be feeling the effect of longterm social distancing, missing physical contact with friends and family or being able to go the cinema, pub or gym.  The attached should be shared with all of your colleagues and anyone else you think could do with some helpful hints and tips on how to support themselves during these challenging times.

Domestic Abuse Increasing

A recent report to the Government has devastatingly shown calls to a national domestic abuse helpline rose by 49% and killings doubled weeks after lockdown.  Following the “surge” in violence, the report called for a Government strategy on domestic abuse during the pandemic.  “Safe spaces”, where victims can seek help, should be rolled out to supermarkets and other shops.  The Home Office said it was increasing funding to support helplines and online services.  14 women and two children had been killed in the first three weeks of lockdown.  The figure is the largest number of killings in a three-week period for 11 years and more than double the average rate. 

One of the hardest thing for any person whether male or female to do, is ask for help.  If you are the victim of domestic abuse or you know someone who might be at risk, now is the time to do something before becoming just another statistic.  Don’t wait until it’s too late, get help now!   Free phone – 0808 2000 247

Protecting lone workers

With so much social distancing now becoming the new normal, the number of people across all sectors who lonework is far more common.  The HSE has guidance for employers to keep loneworkers healthy and safe.  The HSE  Protecting lone workers: How to control the risks of working alone is for any organisation who now has loneworkers including self-employed people and homeworkers.  Employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff including  work-related violence, keeping in touch, and the impact of loneworking on stress and mental health.
If you don’t have a Homeworking Policy and/or Loneworking Policy, get in touch for a template

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