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Coronavirus - accessible guidance

We want to ensure that our advice and guidance on coronavirus is available and accessible for everyone.
Here you will find links to accessible and easy to read documents, plus guidance in other languages.

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Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Mencap easy read guide for coronavirus

How to stay safe guide (Photosymbols)

Keeping away from other people - an easy read guide

Guidance for gypsy, traveller and liveaboard boater households 

Coronavirus fact sheet for children

Women’s Aid translated COVID-19 safety and support resources for survivors of domestic abuse

Myth busters - Infographics about coronavirus symptoms in different languages

NHS Hands, Face, Space campaign.  

Help Us, Help You campaign - help you access the NHS mental health services when you need them.

Translated messaging re: COVID-19 testing & treatment for overseas visitors - Messaging around NHS entitlements in relation to COVID-19 for overseas visitors, including anyone living in the UK without permission, has been translated into 40 languages. There is also translated advice and guidance on social distancing and shielding.

Support for the bereaved translated into multiple languages


Multilingual Covid Guidance


BSL Videos

Test and Trace

Stay Alert

Coronavirus - Spot the signs

How To Use The NHS

Coronavirus - Essential Advice

Home Isolation Advice

Face Touching

Sandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA)

SDCA offers a remote sign language interpreting service, without any face to face contact.

Tel: 0121 553 0201 (Mon – Fri day time)
Tel: 07885 913 225 (7 days 24 hours for all services)

To book a BSL Interpreter email SDCA or call the number above.

Sandwell Visually Impaired (SVI) and Sandwell Talking News

Blind and partially sighted listeners can still receive their regular copy of Sandwell Talking News (STN) by post, phone and online as volunteers rise to meet the challenges created by coronavirus.

This important service is a vital tool in the efforts to overcome isolation, bringing news and local information to this vulnerable community.

Volunteer readers are sent articles electronically and record them on their phones or tablets. These are edited and put together into each weekly edition by Sandwell Visually Impaired's home-based compiler, then uploaded to a file sharing app prior to internet and postal delivery. 

The STN team are also working with other local talking newspapers in Birmingham and the Black Country to share articles and good news stories.

To find out how to listen to the STN, visit Sandwell Visually Impaired's website and follow the links to Sandwell Talking News. Thanks to the Express & Star for their kind permission to use articles taken from their publications.

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