COVID-19 Info




From now on and for the foreseeable future, EBCDA's eBulletin will prioritise details on local community support and information available in East Belfast in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. There are sections with updates on: neighbourhood responses, statutory agencies, community servicesfunding information, and health & wellbeing news. This eBulletin will be refreshed and circulated every Wednesday. To be added to the distribution list email jonny@ebcda.org










Latest COVID-19 News

COVID-19 Advice

Keep following the public health advice for #COVID19. More information @ pha.site/coronavirus

Take 5 Leaflet during Covid

Took a look at the updated Take 5 Leaflet with useful tips on supporting your mental and emotional health & well-being during Covid and beyond. pha.site/wellbeingCOVID

NICHS Covid Recovery Service

NI Chest, Heart & Stroke will be launching a support service in August for survivors of coronavirus, to help them deal with the physical and psychological problems caused by the illness and to help build up their lung and general health.  Covid-19 survivors can be referred to the recovery service in the first instance by a medical professional chestsupportni@nichs.org.uk

Online Stress Control Classes

Stress Control classes are FREE to all. The classes last for 6 weeks and will 'give you the tools to help you cope and become your own therapist', as one of the previous participants said of his experience of the course.

There is no need to register or login, all classes are streamed on the site, each class remains available online on catch up for two days. To find out when the next Stress Control classes take place or to to find out more info visit www.ni.stresscontrol.org


East Belfast Covid-19 Reference Group

East Belfast Covid-19 Reference Group, which emerged out of the original community response to the Coronavirus, have re-established their highly successful local Helpline 07783 631114 In addition to those seeking practical support it is expected there will be a rise in requests pertaining to mental health and employment services. The Helpline will be available Monday - Friday between 9.30am - 4.30pm

Action for Happiness Happier Joyful June 2021 Calendar

Action for Happiness Joyful June Calendar for June 2021 is here

This month's theme is all about finding the joy in life, even when things are difficult.  Reseach has shown that experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones leads to a tipping point beyond which we naturally becom emore resilient to adversity.  So let's train our brains to find the joy.  To find out more information about Action for Happiness visit https://www.actionforhappiness.org/


Keeping Well At Home Booklet

A new publication released by Mary Peters for older people with advice on exercise, home safety and scam prevention. To download the booklet visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-ni/documents/stay-well-at-home/keeping-well-at-home-dv.01-ni-bel-19-june-2020-download.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1JzMTJ-_HuIWZtTQcDciUCe7Fo5xqHnS3-QxLOmzr4SPTzNt07gngQgSA

Hug in a Box parcels for those living with Dementia

We have developed our Hug in a Box scheme to ensure those living with Dementia and their carers feel supported in their homes during Covid-19. These parcels contain a range of activities and resources along with information on what support there currently is in their local communities. If you would like to request a Hug in a Box for a family memeber, friend or someone you care for email davina@ebcda.org or call 079224 23160.

Important Information for Carers

As we are faced with the challenges and changing situation of COVID-19 we are aware that this will be a really anxious time for family carers.  While we can’t offer you face-to-face support at the minute via the Carer Support Service we want to highlight the support that is still available for carers from the Belfast Trust.



Diabetes Helpline Launched by Diabetes Network for NI

Diabetes Helpline launched for Covid-19

A new Diabetes helpline and email support service for those living with diabetes has been set up in response to Covid-19 by the Diabetes Network for NI. Read more:bit.ly/2JJM9Ly



Community Helpline NI

The freephone COVID-19 Community Helpline is designed to ensure the most vulnerable in society and those most at risk of COVID-19 have access to support services such as food, medication and practical or emotional support.


Dedicated Northern Ireland Covid-19 app launched

Click here to download the app on google play or search for "Covid-19 NI" on the Apple app store

Staying At Home Government Advice

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Click here for the Government's full guidance

Take 5 Steps during Isolation

With our usual social activities on hold for the moment, it is very important that we look after our mental and emotional wellbeing.