General information 

Where do I get the latest information?

As changes occur frequently, the latest updates can be found on the following website here;

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses, such as SARS and MERS. A novel coronavirus, identified as COVID-19, is a new strain not previously identified in humans and that is the type we are currently monitoring.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus, how it affects the people, how they can be treated, and what countries can do to respond.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

It is important to balance the need to take sensible precautions and plan for a possible increase in the outbreak, yet not to cause panic. At present there is no significant community spread of the disease. Nevertheless it is prudent to ensure our practices and plans are in place should the outbreak get worse.

How does this new coronavirus spread?

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how it spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets or sneeze droplets. These droplets fall on people in the vicinity and can be directly inhaled or picked up on the hands and transferred when someone touches their face.

How long any respiratory virus survives will depend on a number of factors; for example:

  • what surface the virus is on
  • whether it is exposed to sunlight
  • differences in temperature and humidity
  • exposure to cleaning products

Under most circumstances, the amount of infectious virus on any contaminated surfaces is likely to have decreased significantly by 24 hours, and even more so by 48 hours.

How can I protect myself and my child from infection?

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing. For more on the latest advice, check the NHS or World Health Organisation websites.

Information regarding face masks and face coverings

I think that I/my child may have come into contact with someone who has coronavirus, what should I do?

Use the NHS online coronavirus service to find out what you should do.

What is the advice on travel to/from areas impacted by coronavirus?

Please check the website for the latest information.

The team at the The Evolve Trust are available to answer all of your queries during these challenging times, so please continue to contact us via the usual ways. These can be found by

Specific mental health support is available for NHS and social care workers:

text FRONTLINE to 85258 to start a conversation. This service is free on all major mobile networks and is a direct support for those who would like to receive support. You can also contact Hospice UK for bereavement and trauma support on 0300 303 4434

Samaritans also has a specialist Wellbeing Support phoneline, which is free to access and available from 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week. You can get support signposting and confidential listening from trained professionals in a number of areas, from coaching and bereavement care to mental health and welfare support on 0300 131 7000

Special access has been arranged for you to certain wellbeing apps such as Silvercloud, Sleepio and Daylight, for advice on how to cope with stress, improve sleeping patterns and suggestions for mindfulness

Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (Covid-19)

-What can help your mental health and wellbeing

-Challenges you may be facing

-If you are being treated or taking medication for existing conditions

-Managing difficult feelings or behaviours to do with hygiene, washing or fears of infection.

-Managing panic and anxiety

-Managing feelings of being trapped or claustrophia

-Managing eating disorders

-Support for NHS or social care workers

-People with a learning disability

-People with autism

Further links for general guidance:

Mansfield District Council

Mansfield Community Hub Page created to provide information for residents about support that is available across the district.


Public Health

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Please click on the links below for Financial Support

Council Tax / Housing Benefit Claims / Test and Trace Support Payments / Financial Advice

Please click on the links below for Help in your Community

Community Support / Food Banks / Citizens Advice Bureau / Mansfield Community Befriending Line / the Grief Line

Tenancy Support / Advice for families receiving free school meals / Extra government support to help top up your energy supplies.

Please click on the links below for private landlord and tenant support

Universal Credit / Discretionary Housing Payments / Advice for families receiving free school meals / Protection from eviction during coronavirus / What will happen if I fall behind with my rent? / Carrying out repairs during coronavirus / support for landlords

Bereavement Support