COVID-19 Resources

On this page we are collecting best practice information and guidance for supporting individuals experiencing multiple disadvantage and the local areas working with them during the COVID-19 crisis.

Special editions of Multiple Disadvantage Matters
We are producing special editions of our newsletter to keep local areas updated on the latest news and policy announcements:

Ask the Network series
MEAM will be producing a series of recordings focused on multiple disadvantage and COVID-19 over the next few weeks. Our staff will be discussing local responses to the virus with a host of experts and exploring ways of reducing the potential negative impact it could have on this group.  We hope these videos will be a way for the MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives networks to keep in touch with each other over the weeks ahead.

If you have any practice you would like to share or any urgent questions about supporting people facing multiple disadvantage at this time please email Steve Moffatt.

Helping areas plan for transition

MEAM have published a new “working document” to support local areas and the new national homelessness taskforce with transition planing. You can also read our blog.

Clinks have set up a dedicated page on their website updating the work they are doing around the crisis and the most recent policy changes to prisons and probation.

They have established an RR3 special interest group on COVID-19. Voluntary sector leaders discussed what is needed to mitigate the impacts of the virus on criminal justice sector organisations and those they support. They intend to publish the key points from the discussion in a blog.

The Government has announced that following instructions for people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives, prison visits are temporarily cancelled.

Homeless Link
Homeless Link has created a host of resources around homelessness and the virus which can be accessed here.

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, has written a blog setting out the actions the Government must take to protect and support people experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Link will be hosting a webinar every Wednesday on the virus and homelessness sector which you can sign up to here. The recording of the most recent webinar is here.

Collective Voice
Collective Voice have collated all guidance for the sector on a resource page on their website. They will be updating this page when new relevant guidance emerges so please keep checking back.

Mind has published a host of online resources to help people look after their wellbeing during this stressful time.

Violence Against Women and Girls
MHCLG and PHE have released guidance on isolation for domestic abuse safe-accommodation settings.

Safelives has published a briefing on the key issues for domestic abuse victims in the virus pandemic. Surviving Economic Abuse have produced some guidance that looks at keeping yourself safe while self-isolating, as well as practical issues including benefits and sick pay.