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

Patient and Client Council Health & Social Care Hubs

Patient and Client Council would like to introduce the new Health and Social Care Hubs

Health and Social Care (HSC) Hubs are a chance for the Patient and Client Council to connect with the general public on a range of topics relating to the health and social care system in Northern Ireland. Similar to the Coffee Connection events they have hosted in the past, they want HSC Hubs to become a place where they can provide an update on the projects they are currently working on, have a relevant topic for discussion and show you where to find the latest opportunities to get more involved with Health and Social Care. HSC Hubs will be launched virtually using the Zoom online platform.

Fully Funded Training to those affected by COVID-19

Belfast Met is offering a range of online courses, fully funded by the Department for the Economy, to support those whose jobs have been impacted by Covid-19. Training will be delivered online between August and November and provides an opportunity for individuals to upskill, retrain and gain qualifications.


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

Enhanced rollout of free online Stress Control classes will run monthly until December 2020.

The next run of classes begins on Monday 7th September

The programme has been developed to support people dealing with the effects of the pandemic on their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
To take part in the classes:
visit www.ni.stresscontrol.org

For more general info visit: www.pha.site/NIStressControl

East Belfast Coronavirus Community Support

After 101 days and over 1200 calls answered the East Belfast helplines closed on Friday 3 July. The lines will reopen again if needed in the future.  The Facebook page will still be updated with relevant support information. Work is still ongoing to support the most vulnerable. A range of community support services are available. 

Action for Happiness Self Care September Calendar

Action for Happiness Self Care Calendar for September is here.

Self-care is not selfish - you can't pour from an empty cup. Find ways to be kinder to yourself as well as others.


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.

Health & Well-Being Online Workshops

SPRING Social Prescribing are offering a series of live workshops via Zoom over the coming weeks to improve health and well-being. To register and to find out more visit https://www.springsp.org/root/register

Covid adapted CRISP Programme

Do you support someone living with dementia? Alzhiemers Society have adapted the Carers Support Programme to offer a virtual session. Contact Catherine Maguire on 07889648793 or email crispbelfast@alzhiemers.org.uk

NICVA Covid Response Support Webinars

Training open to those groups and individuals working in The Mount and Ballymacarrett Areas of East Belfast. 

Each session is delivered online and is no more than 90 mins long. 

Wed 1st July 2.15pm: Managing Finances in Difficult Times

Fri 3rd July 11.15am: Involving Volunteers during Covid 

Tues 7th July 2.15pm: How to make an Impact on Social Media

Wed 8th July 2.15pm: Effective Online Trustee Meetings

To register click the following link https://www.nicva.org/article/nicva-launches-communities-in-transition-programme-with-covid-response-support 

Living with Anxiety & Covid WEBINAR

Belfast Recovery College are running a small number of webinars for those who are currently finding social isolation and distancing difficult at this time. Questions can be texted through during the webinars. This will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm-3pm. To register a place email RecoveryCollege@belfasttrust.hscni.net or call 0289504 3059. Spaces are limited to 30 people per webinar. 

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



Online Monthly Fitness Classes

Following the current guidelines to Stay Home, we have devised a weekly calendar with a range of online free physical activity classes. This will be updated each week with the aim to encourage people to "Be Active" and "Keep Learning." If you would like to have your class included, or know of a class which you think people would enjoy then email davina@ebcda.org

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

Coronavirus Community Support in East Belfast

This group has been established to support a coordinated approach to community support in East Belfast. There are currently over 200 volunteers and over 60 organisations working to ensure people living in East are support in all aspects during this pandemic. 

Contact numbers have been created for people who need help during this time; require shopping delivered while isolating, need a prescription collected, require benefits advice or need us to connect you to an organisation or person who can help you please contact numbers below. For more information on this group visit our Facebook Page @EastBelfastCoronavirusCommunitySupport 

077 83631110 & 077 83631114

*These contacts are not for general advice or health advice*


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.