Let’s all keep up the good work

As more things re-open and life starts to feel a bit more normal, it might be tempting to relax when it comes to some of the coronavirus safety rules. But it’s really important that we stick to the guidance to keep us all safe and stop the infection rate rising. There’s a useful short summary of the key things we should, and shouldn’t, be doing to keep the rate of coronavirus low in the city.

Safety refresher

Going abroad: what to remember

If you’re going abroad it’s important that you continue to follow the guidance on social distancing, handwashing and face coverings. Remember that there are extra precautions in place when travelling, for example at airports and on planes. If you’re coming back from a country that isn’t on the travel corridor list then you must self-isolate for 14 days on your return. These measures are in place to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, which would see us needing to return to tighter restrictions.

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Lose weight, help beat the virus

With obesity linked to increased risk from coronavirus, people living with excess weight are being encouraged to embrace a healthier lifestyle and lose weight if they need to. A 12-week plan has been developed by the NHS to help you plan meals, be more active and set weight-loss goals. There are also discounts for Weight Watchers and Slimming World and free apps to support your journey. Can you use your weight loss journey to inspire others? Contact us to share your story.

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Do you have a place that’s safe?

If you don’t feel safe in your home because of violence, abuse or threatening behaviour, you can get help with a safe place to stay, or support to stay in your home safely. We understand that due to self-isolation, staying with family and friends might not be an option at the moment. For help and advice, call Stop Domestic Abuse on 023 9206 5494, weekdays 9am-9pm or Men’s Advice Line on 0808 8010327, weekdays 9am-8pm. 

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Last chance to help shape our city

You’ve got until midnight on Sunday to tell us what you think Portsmouth needs for the future. We want to know what values should shape the city, what we should focus on when it comes to culture, the economy, education, the environment, transport, and health and wellbeing – and what you think makes Portsmouth unique. The easiest way to have your say is to take part in Imagine Portsmouth’s online survey. 

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Grants for suicide prevention work

Community and voluntary organisations can bid for grants of up to £10,000 for mental health and suicide prevention work with residents, from the new Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund. The fund aims to support community-based initiatives that target under-represented groups and those at highest risk of suicide and self-harm. The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 14 September.

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Making sure you stay up to date

We’re doing everything we can to make sure we’re directing you to the most up-to-date information and advice. It’s important to make sure you get information from official sources. As well as links to official information about what’s happening nationally, you can find the latest information about coronavirus, how it’s affecting Portsmouth and how you can get help on our website. We’re also putting regular updates on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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