1 March: We will begin to reopen our Recovery Group sites in the coming weeks following UK Government guidance. As before, there will be social distancing, and safety measures in place (mask-wearing, hand sanitising stations, reduced numbers/hours, etc.).

Please see your individual Recovery Group page for more information.

Your Recovery Group teams will also be in touch with you to advise you of the re-opening dates and times.

For general enquiries please be in touch with our Referrals team: referrals@restore.org.uk

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 NHS 111 – with local mental health advisors from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust staffing a dedicated team of experts on hand to support people with their mental health.

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.

Restore’s Employment Coaching Team will continue to work via phone or remote video conferencing – for employment/training/volunteering. 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.

The Oxfordshire Recovery College is currently offering a wide range of online courses, from “Coping with Stress and anxiety” to “Adapting to the new normal”. Our courses are delivered via Zoom. They are interactive courses where students can share ideas and strategies with other students who are struggling with similar challenges.

For more information and to sign up take a look at 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.

Our friends at Rehab 4 Addiction have created this brilliant infographic about COVID-19 and mental health.

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.

The Recovery College have created a new podcast, and are looking at making their courses available online. www.oxfordshirerecoverycollege.org.uk

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.

https://www.facebook.com/oxrestore

https://twitter.com/oxrestore

https://www.instagram.com/oxrestore/

and keep up-to-date with any news developments here on our website.