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About Keeping Healthy and Safe

This section contains information and advice on maintaining your independence whilst self isolating. There are links to official COVID-19 guidance, positive and uplifting articles on how individuals and communities are working together, ideas for socialising using technology, and also guidance for improving your physical and mental well-being while at home.

Official Advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visit the NHS Inform website for health information and advice on the coronavirus. See the Scottish Government response to coronavirus on GOV.SCOT.

For Scottish Government updates about COVID-19 in BSL, please visit

Keeping Healthy and Safe stories you may be interested in:

Beware of scams

During this crisis please do be careful that you are not taken in by scams. Here is some help from the English and Scottish Trading Standards to help keep you safe.


Advice for your well-being and mind

Please view the information from the English and Scottish NHS services to help you to maintain a positive well-being during this period.

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Help for Carers

This is an App that you can use for free during this crisis. Invite family members and friends who are helping to care for and support your loved one. Together you can share the care with each person doing what they can to make your loved one feel safe and well at home.

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Coronavirus and your well-being

Mind for better mental health, has developed useful information to cope with being anxious or worried about the coronavirus and how it can be affecting you at this time. This might feel stressful but there are a lot of things you can try to help your well-being. Please do share this article with friends and families or colleagues in your workplace.

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Staying well when social distancing

Advice from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) for social distancing.

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Coronavirus: Three grandmothers self-isolating together

"Doreen Burns, Carol Spark and Dotty Robinson are all in their 70s and have known each other for over 40 years.

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82 year old the first UK cyclist to ride 1 million miles

In November, octogenarian Russ Mantle became the first person in the UK to ride 1 million miles. The 82-year-old from Hampshire completed a five-mile trip from his Aldershot home to a cafe in Mytchett, Surrey, to reach the feat. Mantle rolled into Canal Cafe in Mytchett recording his millionth mile flanked by fellow cyclists.

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Secrets To Healthy Ageing

104-year-old woman says continuing ed, dancing and positivity have kept her feeling young. Some say the secret to a long life is staying physically active, others say that it's maintaining a healthy diet. But 104-year-old Virginia Leitner, of St Charles, Missouri, says the real key is keeping up-to-date with the changing world and being creative. Leitner has taken classes to learn how to use a computer, sews, showcases her paintings and has even competed in a pageant.

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700 Miles in 7 days at 72

Chilton resident Rod Alexander, aged 72, is planning to cycle 700 miles in seven days in memory of his wife Jacky, to raise money for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. Rod, who has lived in Chilton near Thame for the past 31 years, will complete the first 600 miles in six days around the undulating Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside. The final 100 miles will be completed on a static bike on Saturday July 27 th outside the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Shop in Thame where he volunteers two days each week.

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Fire Safety in the Home - Self Assessment

A new online fire safety quiz has been launched by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to support people to stay safe at home – and potentially save lives.

The ‘Fire Safety in the Home - Self Assessment’ survey asks a series of simple questions and then automatically generates a home fire safety report.

To complete a self assessment please visit the following website:

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