Coronavirus and Staying Safe

*NEW* Spreading the news October 2020 - Coronavirus changes to local restrictions

There are new rules now for different areas of the country. In this issue we look at what the rules are like in our area of South Yorkshire.

Read more here.

Spreading the news 10th August 2020 - The NHS is here for you!

We’re joining forces with South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Cancer Alliance to bring you some
important messages. The First Big Message is that all NHS Services are open!

Read more here.

Spreading the news 4th July 2020 - More and more shops will be opening

More and more shops will be opening … Including hairdressers, some pubs, cinemas and cafes will be opening too. Here are some of the changes you will see and what you still need to do to be safe. Read more here.

Spreading the news 8th June 2020 - Dentists and using the bus/tram/train

In this edition we look at how dentists are going to open so you might be able to get help if you have toothache or need help with your teeth. Also people will have to wear face masks if they use the bus/tram or train. Read more here.

Spreading the news 1st June 2020 - Easing the Lockdown, what does it mean?

In this edition we look at what people can do now that the lockdown is being lifted slowly. But it still means we all have to be careful and keep to the rules.

You can read more here.

We have also written 2 helpful guides to help you Kick Out the Lockdown Blues: Guide 1. Guide 2. We have now written an update to say what we have done - what have you done to Kick out the Lockdown Blues?

Spreading the news 25th May 2020  - Eid Edition

This week we have been celebrating Eid! It’s brightening up our lives in this Lockdown and we want to tell you what it’s all about.

Download Spreading the News Eid Edition here

Spreading the news - What does it all mean - part 1

Hello everyone! This weeks edition of Spreading the News is all about the words we all hear to do with Coronavirus. It has a list of the words you might hear and tells you what they mean.

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Spreading the news and Kicking Out the Lockdown Blues

Hello world! We have been busy writing some new things for you which might help while you are stuck at home. Our Spreading the News E-Zine has not been released for a while, this issue has things to help you at home.

We have also written 2 helpful guides to help you Kick Out the Lockdown Blues: Guide 1. Guide 2.

Treats to help during the lockdown

Being at home all day and not having much to do can make us all feel unhappy. Our team have been thinking about some of the things you can do at home during the lockdown. These are fun easy things which you can do using the things you might have around the house. Try them out yourself:

Weekly Treats 1

Weekly Treats 2

Weekly Treats 3

Weekly Treats 4

You can choose one thing to do each day if you like, mix them up and maybe come up with new ideas of your own too!


What other things has Speakup been doing?

We have been talking a lot about the Coronavirus outbreak at Speakup and have been trying to work differently so we can still support people, but keep safe. We have set up social media groups to help people stay safe and keep in touch and feel less anxious and less isolated. We are also using Zoom to hold video meetings and help people to stay at home but still see people and talk to them.

We have also set up Zoom events so people can do Yoga, exercise, quizzes and peer support groups from home using their video camera on their phone. To find out more please contact us.

You will have heard on the news that it is important for people to do things differently in their lives so they are safe and they keep others safe:

  • Only going out of the house for food and to walk dogs

  • If they do meet people to keep at least 2 meters away from them

  • To sneeze into tissues and wash their hands a lot

  • If they are older or have a health condition, to stay away from other people and stay at home

We have written a small guide to help people understand what they need to do:


You can download it here

If you are very unwell or know someone who is, then you can call 111 for help and advice.

Other organisations have also made guides and a video to help you:

NDTI Facts about Advocacy and Rights

A Guide to Coronavirus

The Hand Washing RAP

Hospital Passports

We think it is really important that people with learning disabilities, autism or both have a Hospital Passport as well, just in case they get ill and need to go into hospital. The hospital passport is designed to give hospital staff helpful information that isn't only about illness and health.

You can download a blank Hospital Passport here - print it off and fill it in

Your passport can include lists of what you like or dislike. This might be about the amount of physical contact you're ok with, to your favourite type of drink, as well as your interests. The passport helps all the hospital staff know how to make you feel comfortable.

If you go into hospital, your hospital passport should go with you. The passport tells the doctors and nurses that they should make a copy and put the copy in your hospital notes. If you are going to be an in-patient, and stay in the hospital overnight, your hospital passport should hang on the end of your bed so that anyone treating you can take a look at it.

This will mean that health professionals have key pieces of information to help them if a person is admitted to hospital, as we know that people with learning disabilities, autism or both struggle from greater health inequalities than the rest of the population in general.
This information is vital to ensure that people are cared for appropriately and kept safe.

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