COVID-19 Resources, Opportunities, and Information Banner image: Disability Arts Slogan Tees at a Shape Tate Exchange event. Credit: Rachel Cherry. These links are to third party data sources, so while we try to select them carefully and keep them updated, Shape is not responsible for their content or actions arising from using them. Please let us know if you have related queries or suggestions that would benefit our community of disabled creatives. You can contact us by emailing [email protected] or by messaging us on Twitter! Information and Resources Vital Information: The Government’s updated information NHS Isolation advice Useful links for disabled people throughout the crisis Easy Read guide to COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource List Five ways RNIB services can help Arts Council England response Arts Council: governmental and nongovernmental support for organisations Arts Council of Wales response Creative Scotland response British Council response Tips for working from home when you're d/Deaf (With BSL Videos). HMRC have launched a helpline to support self-employed and business who are worried about paying tax You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice. Business Support Helpline (England) Telephone: 0300 456 3565 Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. You may be able to claim 'New Style' Employment and Support Allowance with, or instead of, Universal Credit, depending on your National Insurance record. How to apply for the new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme to help small businesses survive during the COVID-19 outbreak. Unlimited: Contingencies for Coronavirus Unlimited’s own resources The Skinny: Support for artists and creatives in Scotland NMD United: Covid plan and prep guide for those who cannot self-isolate (because of personal assistants, extensive medical needs…) Mutual Aid: Find your local mutual aid network here or here Find your nearest Food Bank Musicians’ Union: Regular newsletter sharing updates for Musicians Voluntary Arts: Daily #CreativeNetworks – online get-togethers open to anyone involved in the arts, culture, and creativity A thread of publicly available databases, such as JStor Sonia Boué: A freelancer’s guide to online networking Arts and Health Hub: Let’s Connect More: an online Slack group for artists to help combat issues caused by the crisis Drake Music: Accessibility in video conferencing and remote working Fry Law: Equality and discrimination experts at Fry Law have published template letters for disabled people to use if they are facing discrimination during the coronavirus crisis, which can be downloaded free. Fry Law is also organising twice-weekly online sessions that will offer disability rights advice on issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis, featuring advice from Fry Law’s Chris Fry and equality and human rights barrister Cathy Casserley, from Cloisters Chambers. The online sessions will take place between 6pm and 7pm every Tuesday and Friday. 360 Giving: COVID response grants tracker Coronavirus Tech Handbook - more than just 'technology,' rather a comprehensive Google Doc of everything and anything you could need. The Clear Company: Free webinar: Managing neurodiversity throughout and beyond COVID-19. April 29th. In Good Company: A list of free digital resources, software, and tools The Audience Agency: COVID-19 Resource Hub (lots of info!) Mental Health and Wellbeing Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing Jamie Hale: Fifteen tips on coping with self-isolation Distractions and Projects Mslexia: Providing writing prompts Virtual Tours: 12 museums you can visit from the comfort of your own home Heart n Soul’s Inclusive Futures display at Wellcome Collection 75 Museums to virtually tour The Social Distancing Festival! Art UK: Curate your own show with access to over 250,000 works online Disability Arts Online: Online Events Listings COVID Creative Toolkit British Council: Selection of ways to create online! Live streams and uploads of theatre you can watch from home Review of 'Crip Camp' on Netflix, to keep entertained! NHS Poetry Anthology New Digital Collage: Contribute to this online collage project, culminating in a show! Heart n Soul: Creative packs (information on this site can be listened to as well as read) Opportunities and Funds Doncaster Deaf Sign: Learn Level 1 British Sign Language, for free! Hardship Funds: Hull Artists (organised by Middle Child) Liverpool Artists £5 million hardship fund for musicians, from Help Musicians Space Arts: Commissioning opportunities to create digital art DASH Arts: DASH are offering phone/Skype/zoom mentoring on a first come first served basis to any Disabled visual artist across the UK. There will be a maximum of 3 sessions plus a short introductory session where you will decide the topics you want to cover. Each session will last up to 2 hours and can be spread over several months.If you are interested then please contact Artistic Director, Mike Layward at [email protected] for more information. OHMI: OHMI Competition - challenging instrument makers, designers, and engineers to develop musical instruments that can be played with one hand and arm FEAST: Funding opportunities for creatives and artists in Cornwall Access to Work: You can use the Government's Access to Work scheme to apply for funds to cover access materials for your work. There are BSL versions of both the application and renewal procedures available about half-way down the gov.uk website. There is also an Easy Read AtW document available here. B&R Productions: Time to Stare Bursary for artist practitioners and organisations looking to develop work relating to the climate crisis. The Society of Authors: The Authors' Emergency Fund Mainspring Arts: Two Metres Apart - a call for submissions to a digital museum of neurodivergent art. The Princes' Trust and NatWest: Enterprise Relief Fund for 18 to 30-year olds who are self-employed and/or running their own business Grants Online: Composite list of different grants and funds available Good Reads/Watches gal-dem: As a chronically ill person, I know it’s vital we approach coronavirus through the lens of community, Lauren Nathan-Lane COVID-19 COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection: We are sharing the Public Health England (PHE) guidance on COVID-19 (also available in Easy Read format): The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. A list of mental health helplines can be found on the NHS website here. At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change. We are maintaining this resource in collaboration with Unlimited. You can read about what they have been doing as an organisation to combat problems created by COVID19 here.