National advice and information

You can find full coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and support on the GOV.UK website

Latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Health and wellbeing

Get a test if you have symptoms – Information on how to get a PCR test, exposure to COVID, symptoms and isolation periods

Get a test if you do not have symptoms – Find out how to get a free rapid lateral flow COVID-19 test

NHS: Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home

Coronavirus vaccinations – Information about Somerset’s COVID-19 vaccination programme

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for 12 to 15 year olds

COVID-19 vaccination: checklist for parents of children aged 12 to 15 years

You can find out about the roll out of the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset on the NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group website

NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – Find out about the vaccination, including who will get the vaccine first and information about vaccine safety

COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people – Information for eligible children and young people on COVID-19 vaccination.

Better Health – Every Mind Matters – Mental health campaign supports the wellbeing of children, young people and their parents.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Schools, education and childcare

Somerset County Council – Coronavirus Education guidance for parents and carers

All GOV.UK education guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students – Guidance about nurseries, schools, colleges and universities.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – Information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in 2021.

Young carers and young adult carers: providing care during coronavirus – Guidance and information for people under the age of 25 who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Keeping children safe online – Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus outbreak.

Work and financial support

Find out what support you can get if you are affected by Coronavirus

Getting financial help and staying safe at work

Access to Work Factsheet – guidance on starting or keeping a job if you have a disability or long term health condition

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits – Guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Somerset County Council services

You can find a full list of Somerset County Council affected services here

Latest Coronavirus updates from Somerset County Council can be found here

All Somerset County Council Coronavirus information

For information and advice, read Somerset County Council’s pages on Coronavirus or phone the dedicated helpline

Other links and information you may find useful

Anxiety about attending school

Coronavirus vaccinations for unpaid carers

Activities for children during COVID-19

Beating the virus – Illustrated guide created by Beyond Words

Disabled Children’s Partnership have a help and support page

Exploring the new Coronavirus – A comic just for kids

Face coverings on First Bus service – If you, or someone you care for have a face covering exemption and you are unable to wear a face covering please be prepared to inform the bus driver and show an Extra help to Travel card (Journey assistance card). You can download the card here.

Frome Town Council Support Services Information – support for families in Frome

Healthy Somerset – Health and wellbeing in Somerset

NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group has issued an open letter to everyone in Somerset, jointly signed by the County Council, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The letter offers all Somerset residents information and reassurance as we enter this second national lockdown. The message is “Health and care services in Somerset are open and here to help you.”

Mindline Somerset – One to one support– Coronavirus emotional support helpline: 01823 276892. Available Monday – Friday 9am to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday 8pm to 11pm

Resources for parents of children with additional needs during COVID-19

School is closed – Social story in pictures

Self isolation guide for carers – Coping with COVID-19 isolation, booklet produced by Community Child Health and Children’s Occupational Therapy

Somerset Carers Service are keeping their website up to date with key info and still have their advice lines available for carers.

Somerset Parent Carer Forum are keeping their Facebook pages and website as up to date as possible.

Somerset SENDIAS – provides information, advice and support about Special Educational Needs and Disability for parent carers, children and young people (up to the age of 25).

Somerset Survivors – Domestic abuse help and advice

Staying at home and staying safe – Picture communication

Support for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition and their families during the COVID-19 isolation

What is Coronavirus? – Booklet produced by Little Puddins The Autism Educator

Young Somerset are doing their best to make sure they are still able to support Young People. Keep checking the Young Somerset Website and Social Media in case there is something useful for the Young people who use the services.

Links to District Council information and advice

Mendip District Council
Sedgemoor District Council
South Somerset District Council
Somerset West and Taunton