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Date: Tuesday, 12th May 2020 | Category: Covid-19, Covid-19 Volunteering

Easy Read Documents

Public Health England easy read guide on Coronavirus

Opening Doors have made several easy read documents available

Signed Language

The deaf health charity Sign Health have created a series of signed videos explaining what COVID-19 is and what help and advice is available.

The NHS 111 BSL (British Sign Language) online service can be accessed online, here, or using the InterpreterNow app.

Sussex Police have also produced some videos with advice in BSL, here.

Covid Brighton & Hove Directory

A coronavirus help directory for Brighton & Hove has been developed by Community Works and the Trust for Developing Communities, with support from NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and Sussex Community Foundation. You can access the directory at

You can use the site to find organisations who can help with everything from food shopping or getting your prescription, to coping with loneliness or finding advice about money and benefits. You can also use it on behalf of a friend, family member or neighbour who you’re worried about.

Safeguarding Adults

With the Coronavirus outbreak community groups and volunteers are increasingly crucial in supporting adults at risk.  With that in mind, if you are volunteering with your local community, or you are hiring volunteers, it is important that you safeguard yourself and others from harm and abuse.

The Ann Craft Trust has published information to help.

The Government has produced a factsheet designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time.

The Brighton & Hove SAB has also produced a poster with safeguarding guidance for volunteers, which you can access below. You can also access more general guidance on our website,, or contact us at

Safeguarding Information for Coronavirus (covid-19) volunteers

Safeguarding Children

There are Children whose usual protective factors such as attending school, being cared for by other relatives have now been removed. Therefore we need to ensure that no child is “hidden”.

BHSCP are working on a campaign to raise awareness of these vulnerable children, and have developed posters to promote the message “See something, Say something” as far as possible.

You can also find these posters on the BHSCP website in the ‘Covid-19’ news section, here, along with other useful resources to help keep children safe in Brighton and Hove.


Please click here for the latest updates from the Government.


See section 3.2.

Sussex Police

Sussex Police have advice and information about coronavirus, including information in British Sign Language. This can be accessed here.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

East Sussex Fire & Rescue have outlined how risk can be reduced during the Covid19 outbreak, including measures to facilitate home safety visits and measures for businesses. You can access this information here.


Healthwatch Brighton & Hove have been collating resources and information for members of the public, which can be accessed here.


Third Sector

Many third sector organisations and services have produced advice or guidance relating to Covid19. For organisations or services not listed here, you may wish to search the Covid Brighton & Hove Directory detailed in section 6.3.

  •  AgeUK Brighton and Hove

You can access Age UK Brighton and Hove website here. A flyer is also available detailing help available with contact details, which you can download here.

  • Brighton and Hove Recovery Service

Change Grow Live now provides the city’s drug and alcohol services. They have have detailed changes to the service, details for referrals and online support, and contact numbers/addresses on their website.

  • RISE

RISE is a Sussex-based charity that supports people affected by domestic abuse and violence. They have published a service update on their website, here.

  • SWOP

SWOP is the Sex Workers Outreach Project, led by Oasis Project, and is a service which provides support for women involved in the exchange of sex. Help is offered around sexual health, mental health & wellbeing, drug/alcohol use, staying safe, and other practical assistance and signposting. You can read more about the service here, or find guidance around sex work and Covid-19 here.

  • BHT

Brighton Housing Trust provide housing and support, advice, and guidance for individuals across East Sussex. You can find details about their response to Coronavirus, and updates for tenants on the BHT website.

  • Clock Tower Sanctuary

The Clock Tower Sanctuary is a drop-in day centre for homeless 16-to-25 year olds in the city. The service is currently being run remotely, and contact details are available on the CTS website.



Health Education England have made available free training resources on COVID-19 that will be useful to staff and volunteers.

Health Education England also offer a free online safeguarding adults training.