WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

COVID-19: General advice

We are making provisions to ensure that WY-FI beneficiaries can continue to receive the best care and support possible during this worrying time.

The health of our beneficiaries, our staff and peer mentors remains our top priority. To help reduce the spread of the virus, we may need to reduce some of what we offer, or carry out appointments remotely where we can.

We will do our very best to keep our essential services running. We are in regular contact with all our beneficiaries to support them during this period.

We’ll be updating this page as the situation evolves.

How to keep safe

The NHS website will provide you with the most up to date information and will be able to answer most of your questions.

What is coronavirus?

It is an infection that is passed from person to person. It can be spread through the air as droplets from coughing or sneezing. It can also be carried on your hands and passed onto others by touching surfaces that an infected person has touched.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Some people have no symptoms early on in the infection. Common symptoms can be a temperature (feeling hot) and a cough. Certain people, due to their underlying health conditions, are classed as higher risk, and for them, the infection is more serious. People at higher risk will be getting a letter in the post from their GP. If you do not get a letter you can still check yourself on the NHS website.

How can I keep myself safe?

All of us should stay 2 meters away from each other. Wash our hands with soap for 20 seconds regularly. Cough and sneeze into tissues or into the elbow.

For those at higher risk people are being advised to be “shielded” – i.e. to stay inside, in one place, for 12 weeks. You can find out more on the Government website which allows you to register your details for extra help.

Consider having a reliable, trustworthy adult to act as your “nominated individual” to help you collect shopping, medication or prescriptions. It can be a worrying time so looking after your mental health is even more important than ever, here are some tips if you are worried about coronavirus;

  • Connect with people regularly – talking to others can really help.
  • Support and help others – try to think of things you can do to help those around you
  • Do things that you enjoy – focus on your favourite hobby or learn something new

Visit the NHS website for more tips to help your mental wellbeing.

It is important to sleep well as it can reduce stress and make you feel less anxious. Here are some tips to help you get a better night’s sleep;

  • Try not to have caffeine or nicotine three hours before you go to bed
  • Avoid daytime naps or long periods of sitting or lying around
  • Try to have a regular bedtime routine

Take a look at our sleep hygiene factsheet for more tips.

If you are well but are living with others who have developed symptoms, then you should stay at home from 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms. If you continue to feel unwell or get worse then contact NHS 111 (111.nhs.uk/covid-19).

Please visit the NHS website for more information.