Due to the government requirements of social isolation during this pandemic, our Recovery Groups are all closed for attendance. We are offering remote support to our members.
This page has some information for members, and will be updated regularly as the situation progresses.
Our Recovery Project members are to receive an individually tailored phone support call on the day they are due to attend their Recovery Groups.
Our staff will provide individual phone support depending on your individual needs. This might include:
- Signposting to online support groups
- Signposting to benefit support, food banks, volunteering opportunities, and any social networks
- Discussing relevant recovery goals, e.g. maintaining wellbeing, creativity, exercise, good eating, maintaining contact with friends/family
- Sharing news and tips from staff, and the other Recovery Groups
- Sharing information to help you prepare for the resumption of regular life, i.e. maximising job readiness if you are working with an Employment Coach
We are doing all we can to follow official government guidelines, and ensure that our members, staff, and volunteers are as safe as possible. The closure of our sites is a temporary measure until we are advised that it is safe to re-open them. Our priority is to help our members, and we look forward to resuming activities with you in due course.
Members have the option to phone for additional support if there are any concerns between 11.00am-3.00pm each working day.
Restore is not a crisis intervention service. If you are in a mental health crisis your Adult Mental Health Team should be your first contact. If not registered with them contact your GP or the new 24/7 mental health helplines in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The number for adults is 01865 904997. For children and young people the number is 01865 904998.
If you are feeling particularly low or anxious, you can call the Samaritans for free at 116 123, and they will listen to you and support you.
All physical concerns related to COVID-19 or other issues should be immediately directed to NHS 111.
Our external coaching clients will continue to have a phone service available as they undertake employment coaching with Restore.
This includes our Individual Employment Support in secondary services run in partnership with Oxford Health.
Our Opportunities in Reach volunteer work to in-patient mental health wards has been suspended following government guidelines, as soon as it is safe to do so we will resume activities.
Target Jobs have created a useful information page for those job-seeking in the current climate, with practical tips on interview techniques.
Due to COVID-19 many industries are urgently seeking staff. If you feel that you are able to take on work at this time, please take a look at this article from Metro which details which supermarkets are looking for staff.
Following government guidelines the Oxfordshire Recovery College has closed to attending students, and all Spring Term courses have been cancelled until further notice. The Summer Term schedule is prepared, but we will not issue this until we know more about the current situation. In the event that we cannot reopen we are looking into online courses. Please stay tuned.
During this period, we will be creating a Weekly Newsletter which will be sent out to all students. We know that this won’t be able to replicate our courses, but we hope it will be useful in terms of advice, tips and ideas about how to stay healthy and maintain your mental wellbeing during this time.
The Recovery College Office will remain open with all staff working from home. If you would like to contact us, please do so by email at contactORC@restore.org.uk, or calling us on 01865 779613.
We will still be completing Individual Learning Plan (ILP) appointments over the phone. If you would like an ILP review or a check in with one of our Student Welfare Tutors, please let us know and we will arrange this for you.
For more information do visit our website.
It’s important now to try to keep to your routine, stay connected with others, and challenge yourself to do something new or pick up a hobby you enjoyed before.
This helpful Self Isolation Pack has lots of advice on ways to keep yourself occupied.
Or you can see how many ideas you can tick off from this checklist.
We have created a directory of useful and trusted websites with information on COVID-19, managing your mental health, activities to entertain yourself, online courses, virtual tours, ways to entertain children, and resources.
Elefriends is a a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
Although government guidelines necessitate that we practice ‘social distancing’ physically for the time being, we understand the importance of maintaining social contact in other ways. Please connect with us on our social pages where we’ll be posting important information and good news stories every day.
and keep up-to-date with any news developments here on our website.