Chairty warns social distancing could lead to a surge in harmful drinking

Charity offers advice to people tempted to drink more than usual

Drug, alcohol and mental health charity We Are With You (formerly Addaction) is offering advice to people tempted to drink more than usual due to the measures in place to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Simple tips to reduce your drinking:

Drink free days

Having several drink free days will help reduce your alcohol use which should improve your physical and mental health. Public Health England has a Drink Free Days App to help you manage this. 

Find a routine

Social distancing can leave you feeling out of sync, but a routine can help provide order and familiarity. Try dividing your day up into sections and plan what you’re going to do at each time. Have slots for work, meals, chores, relaxation, exercise and stick to these as much as possible.

Stay in touch

Not being able to go out or have friends and family to visit can make people feel lonely, so make time to call people and where possible video call so you can see a friendly face. 

Reach out for support

There’s no shame in needing a helping hand in these tough times. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one you can speak anonymously to a trained advisor via We Are With You’s online webchat. Just visit

Laura Bunt, Acting CEO at We Are With You, said: 

“These are really difficult times for everyone. Our experience of working with people to reduce the amount of alcohol they drink shows that social isolation is a big factor in why people may drink more heavily. Coupled with the huge anxiety of living through a pandemic, this means we could see a big rise in people drinking more alcohol at home. 

“Harmful drinking can impact people’s physical and mental health, so I hope our simple tips to help reduce alcohol consumption are useful for anyone who might be worried they are drinking too much at this time. It’s also really important people know they aren’t alone through this crisis. Our services are still available to help anyone make healthier choices. Look up the treatment service in your local area or you can talk to a trained advisor via our online chat at”

Public Health England states that harmful alcohol consumption is defined by someone drinking more than 14 units per week, equivalent to six pints of beer or six glasses of wine. If people exceed these limits they are at increased risk of developing health issues such as liver disease, high blood pressure, cancer and strokes. Increased drinking could also put extra strain on the NHS through alcohol related hospital admissions, while regular alcohol use can lower people’s immune system. 


Notes to Editors More information about the charity and how people can support them can be found at

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North East Lincolnshire Council is proud to be working with Employers For Carers to help businesses and health partners in North East Lincolnshire support and retain Carers in their workforce.

The information below will allow employers and Carers to create their own free account.

Practical resources, advice and information is available and is designed to help employers look after staff who are juggling work alongside caring for someone.

Employers side website:  Go to and select ‘create new account’.

You will need the Membership Code to do this, which is: #EFC2217

Carers side website: Go to and ‘create new account’

Your Unique Access Code, which you will need to create an account, is: DGTL2217

The resource includes:

  • About Me, our e-learning programme designed to build resilience in caring
  • Health and wellbeing resources
  • Jointly, our care co-ordination app designed to create and support circles of care for people sharing caring
  • Carers UK’s information guides including our Upfront self-assessment tool
  • Being Heard, a self-advocacy toolkit
  • Looking After Someone, our comprehensive guide to the support carers are entitled to
  • Links to your own local information and support for carers.

It also has a link to Carers UK’s own COVID-19 guidance for carers, including support for mental health, and a link to Carers UK’s online forum so that carers can connect and offer each other peer support.

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Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit Newsletter

Bellow is The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit’s first-ever newsletter, which will be published on a monthly basis.

This newsletter intends to keep you up to date with the latest cyber crime news and provide you with vital safety online tips. With increased numbers of people working remotely, it is more important than ever to be aware of online security and best practises. they will also provide any details on coronavirus scams and exploits to be aware of.

The monthly updates will include information on cyber crime and fraud, as well the latest official figures and statistics.

If you wish to receive this newsletter monthly, please contact Lili Curtis:

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Government announce cash support for food redistribution during coronavirus outbreak

The government has announced a £3 million fund for food redistribution organisations help them cut food waste during the coronavirus outbreak.

“The Defra-funded grant scheme will be managed by sustainability not-for-profit WRAP, which works closely with governments, businesses, and redistribution organisations to minimise food waste.”

To find out more, please visit the GOV website here.

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Indigo Trust – Emergency grants

Indigo Trust is taking immediate action to more than double its annual expenditure to alleviate suffering from the COVID19 crisis.

They’re making three grants, totalling £2,500,000, to help alleviate immediate need at both a local and national level:

  • £1,000,000 to the Trussell Trust to support running foodbanks nationwide. Disruptions to supply chains, the impact of Covid-19 on volunteers and an anticipated rise in demand for their services as a result of economic hardship make these very difficult times for foodbanks up and down the country.
  • £1,000,000 to National Emergencies Trust to support their Coronavirus Appeal.The trust will disburse money through community foundations across the UK.
  • £500,000 to the Oxfordshire Community Foundation to re-grant to organisations most in need in the local area.

You can found out more at the Indigo Trust website here.

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The Leathersellers Company: Small Grants Programne

Deadline 11th May 2020

The Leahersellers Company have a small grant which is a fast track application process for small one-off grants. This fund can be useful for small projects or to cover unexpected costs.

The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000.

The fund is open to UK registered charities which are currently supporting:

  • The homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
  • Provision of food and essential supplies
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Nursing care to vulnerable patients

Click here for The Leathersellers Company Website.

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