Coronavirus advice for people experiencing homelessness

Groundswell have developed resources to support people experiencing homelessness during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These include guidance for people who are rough sleeping and living in temporary accommodation and tools for planning a local response.

Working with our volunteers – people who have slept The front cover of the coronavirus advice for people in hostels or temporary accommodationrough and those residing in hostels and temporary accommodation and our #Healthnow partners – Groundswell has produced  resources for helping those who are homeless during the coronavirus pandemic.

People experiencing homelessness are disproportionately affected by poor health and often face challenges accessing the healthcare and support they need. Measures being taken to combat the spread of coronavirus are likely to impact significantly on the lives of people who are homeless.

In response we have produced short, accessible guides on managing health and other related issues for people experiencing homelessness. Many of these are available in a range of languages.

These guides are based on current guidance from the NHS England, Public Health England and the Department for Work and Pensions; with messaging adapted so people who are homeless can apply it to their current situation. The guidance has had clinical approval.

We will be updating these documents as frequently as possible as guidance changes. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed and sign up to our #HealthNow newsletter to stay updated. 

These guides are designed to be printed on a standard A4 printer and can be folded down into a booklet. They can be printed in black and white. Please print these and distribute to people experiencing homelessness.

Access all our guides online, download as PDF’s to view or print:

 

Health guide title 

English

Romanian 

Polish

Coronavirus advice for people who are sleeping rough

 View English guide Not available  Not available 

Coronavirus advice for people who are in shared accommodation

View English guide  Not available  Not available 

Advice on accessing and managing benefits during COVID-19

View English guide View Romanian guide View Polish guide

Advice for people dependent on drugs during COVID-19

View English guide View Romanian guide View Polish guide

Advice for people dependent on alcohol during COVID-19

View English guide  View Romanian guide  View Polish guide

Advice for managing your well-being during COVID-19

View English guide Not available  Not available 

Registering with a GP during COVID-19

View English guide  Translated versions will be available through the Healthy London Partnership Translated versions will be available through the Healthy London Partnership

GP Preventive Care: screening and vaccinations

View English guide  Translated versions will be available through the Healthy London Partnership Translated versions will be available through the Healthy London Partnership

Safer sex and contraception

View English guide 

Front cover of the Health & Wellbeing in a crisis Pavement magazineIn collaboration with Groundswell, the Pavement have produced a magazine on ‘Health & Wellbeing in a crisis’:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have produced a podcast summarising the key advice and messages for people who are homeless. This podcast, along with Groundswell’s other podcasts can be found on sites including Anchor, Spotify and Google Podcasts – search ‘Groundswell’ and subscribe for free.

In addition to producing specific advice for people who are homeless during the coronavirus pandemic,in collaboration with our #HealthNow partners we have also developed resources to support local task force planning for COVID-19 response for people who are experiencing homelessness. View our ‘Listen Up!’ resources and find out more here.

We know that planning and response to coronavirus is moving quickly and we will be updating these documents based on national guidance, feedback from partners and our ongoing consultation with people who are experiencing homelessness.

You can read Groundswell’s full response to the coronavirus in a letter from Chief Executive Steven here

We appreciate comments and feedback on the materials we have produced. Share your views by contacting us on Twitter @itsGroundswell or by emailing info@groundswell.org.uk.

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