Community Support Information

Metrobus is proud to work within the communities we serve.

To provide an extra helping hand to our communities; our Community Team have been collecting together some community support information in partnership with many of our local and national partners.

With schools closed, we know it can be difficult to find stuff to do to occupy children whilst staying safe at home. Visit our activities page where you can download colouring-in sheets and 'make your own bus' sheets - print off then get creative.

We have added in other activities for keep fit links. As well as this, there are numerous links to community support information; including official government and council advice. 

This web page is being updated daily therefore if you or your organisation wish to be added to this information page please contact the community team - Victoria and Sam - via community@buses.co.uk 

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us put this information page together. Your contributions have been invaluable. The coronavirus has already changed our lives in so many ways and catapulted us into unchartered waters but we believe we can come through this together.

#TogetherWeCanDoThis

Bus information 

GOV.UK Official advice - Including NHS and County Council information 

Crawley NHS

Local Councils - information and advice for your local area

Mental Health and anxiety support and information

Loneliness and isolation support and information 

  • Campaign To End Loneliness - 0203 8653908 
  • AbilityNet - This FREE webinar will offer information and support on how you can stay connected with family and friends using technology during a time of social isolation - and to learn skills for when it is no longer necessary. 

Information and support if you have a sight impairment

Advice and support for people living with dementia and also carers'

  • Alzheimer’s Society - Head office - 0330 333 0804  Dementia Connect Support Line - 0333 150 3456 
  • Dementia UK - Head Office - 020 8036 5400 - Dementia Helpline - 0800 888 6678

Support and advice for carers 

Information and support for people with a hearing impairment

LGBTQ

Fraud and Scam Awareness Advice


Keep Fit whilst #StayHome - Helpful links for at home fitness

Other activities whilst #StayHome

All other group information 

As well as the links above we have also added information from:

Age UK

Age UK West Sussex

Information and Advice, Telephone befriending, Doorstep Deliveries, Welfare and Safety Support, Wellbeing advice.
If you’d like to access any of the services above, or you’re worried about an older friend or family member at this time, please call on 01903 731800 or email information@ageukwestsussex.org.uk

Press release here - Includes information on food collections. 

Euan’s Guide

0131 510 5106
Visit their website here 
The team behind Euan’s Guide, the website where people leave reviews rating the disabled access at the places they visit, has now launched a new online forum 
The charity focused on making it easier for disabled people to get out and about has now turned their attention to keeping everyone amused whilst they stay indoors.

Every Mind Matters

Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters service has launched a new suite of tips and advice, focussed on looking after people’s mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website provides simple tips and advice for you to look after your mental wellbeing during this time – visit everymindmatters.co.uk to get your free online personal Mind Plan

Some NHS advice includes:

  • Maintaining contact with friends and family via telephone and video calls, or social media;
  • Keeping a regular routine and sleeping pattern;
  • Looking after your body with indoor exercise;
  • Talking about your worries – with friends or via a helpline / volunteer service;
  • Staying on top of difficult feelings and try and manage unhelpful thoughts;
  • Finding time to relax and trying out relaxation techniques;
  • Focusing on a hobby or learning something new
  • It's important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it

Find out more here

St Catherine’s Hospice

As your local hospice, we are proud to help people in our community through the most difficult of times. Now, more than ever, we must look after each other.

We have already seen a severe impact on our fundraising, but our expert nurses, therapists and doctors are still providing care in the hospice and visiting people in their own homes, and our nursing and bereavement teams continue to offer advice and reassurance via our phone lines – as we do 365 days a year. In these uncertain times providing our care has never been more important. If you’re able, you can support our urgent appeal by donating online here

Whilst we all adapt to the changes this pandemic brings, you might also like to join us with your loved ones for our new Big Orange Quiz – starting weekly from Wed 22 April on our Facebook page.

Or if you’re looking to relax or keep mobile, enjoy our online seated Tai-Chi and Meditation sessions

Keeping active is really important for those living with a terminal illness, and can have lots of benefits; from helping to reduce physical symptoms, help to increase your energy and reduce fatigue. Keeping moving can also have a real impact on your mental wellbeing, helping to improve mood and combat stress.

This is a guided, seated Tai-Chi video led by Lianne from our St Catherine’s Hospice therapy team. This video has been made for patients of St Catherine’s Hospice to continue to be able to participate in a form of gentle exercise

Meditation can significantly help to reduce stress, anxiety and worry. This practice is offered at our Living Well Centre through guided meditations with one of our volunteers, Graham, and is very popular with many of our patients and their loved ones.

This is a short guided meditation that you can do from the comfort of your own home. We hope it will offer some relaxation and calm to those who choose to take part.

Scope 

Helpline and advice  - Scope's helpline provides free, independent and impartial advice and support on issues that matter to disabled people and their families.
You can contact the helpline by:

The Silver Line 

Visit their website here 
The Silver Line operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. Helpline number – 0800 4 70 80 90

They also offer telephone friendship where they match volunteers with older people based on their interests,  facilitated group calls, and help to connect people with local services in their area

YMCA DownsLink Group

Visit their website for advice and support for young people.

They have also provided these documents with helpful information on the services available for young people at this time:

Press Release Emergency Isolation Campaign

YMCA Crisis Family Mediation Services document