South West Covid-19 community resources

Entrepreneurialism, positivity, community. This is what the South West prides itself on and what we will be shining a light on in the coming months. If you are looking for business opportunities, highlights, resources to entertain your children at home, or even free online live yoga classes then this is the roundup for you!

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Covid-19 community support

Bristol media supports Bristol’s creative industries by aggregating support and news from members 
Bristol Community Care – Covid-19 Mutual Aid, Facebook page
Volunteer in the community (Bristol and other cities)
Calls for Bristol chefs to cook for NHS staff
Sign up to volunteer in Bristol with the Bristol City Council
BS3 Covid-19 support Facebook page
Free access to AutonoME providing help to people with disabilities

Crowdfunding campaign to make startup Yena memberships free
Discover the Bristol Food Union
The Bristol Lockdown Economy helps Bristol businesses in lockdown 

Management/Entrepreneur resources

Microsoft teams free for NHS staff
Using Xavier to kick-start your cashflow
Free cashflow planner by Ashton McGill

Information on the coronavirus job retention scheme by TLT
£500,000 grant for technology companies helping people working from home
What does COVID-19 mean for data protection?
How to manage a workforce in crisis by GapSquare
How to access coronavirus business interruption loan scheme 
Overview of how to apply for a £25,000 grant to support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19
Information on the Facebook small business grant programme
Free consultation with a board director from
Hubspot offers free tools 
Creatives can use all Affinity apps for free for the next 90 days, and during that time get 50% off if you decide to purchase
Free video consultation for BD and Sales with Jack from Ginkgo BD
Open-source document showing COVID-19 European Investor Status List
Business west launches a South West hub “Trading through coronavirus”
Government tool to find financial support during the coronavirus outbreak

Virtual events

TechSPARK virtual coffee mornings
Remote events email digest
Free finance webinar from Colour Accounting
Online STEM events and sessions
BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival brings a free digital offer into homes with BFI Player
Virtual digital leaders event
Digital Transformation Festival by The Drum
Enterprise Nation lunch and learn events 

Job support & hiring

Brizzle Bears It helps self-employed people earn money, stay creative and support one another
Support local London businesses
Calls for the UK to work in British farms
190 universities launched 600 free online courses
Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
Bristol Media creates a Slack channel for creative freelancers to share info, resources, opportunities and anything to help support the local gig economy. Contact [email protected] for an invite
Moz Academy has created a free SEO course
Online coding activities for Girls Who Code
Free e-books to learn HTML/CSS, Javascript, Python 4 and Web Design


Virtual tours of museums, theatres and attractions in Bristol and Bath
Zoos with live streams
Open-Access JSTOR Materials Accessible to the Public
Free screenings of The Paris Opera
The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
No audience concert streaming
‘Quarantine soirees’: classical music and opera to stream at home
We Are Parable 3 months of free streaming of indie and art film

Hospitality links (Local food & drink)

Food/drink/supplies website for Portishead
Bristol pubs and restaurants that have launched delivery services due to coronavirus
Good Sixty helping with delivery from small, independent retailers in Bristol, Bath and London
Wriggle launches ‘Indie Kitty’ to help independent businesses during the crisis
Bristol breweries deliveries and news
Bristol food and drink news
Find independent shops that are delivering in Bristol

Resources for parents and children

Free stories available on Audible
Reading eggs extends free trial to 30 days
Twinkl is offering free access on one-month Ultimate Membership with code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
Joe Wicks launches daily PE lessons live on youtube for kids
Infinity Football Skills online sessions
Captain Fantastic are doing live storytimes, parties, magic shows for children on Youtube and Facebook
Claire from Play Hooray posts daily simple ideas of activities to do with the kids at home.
Little Black & White Book Project free activities to downloads
50% off printable mindset building activity kits for kids with code STUCKHOME
Children’s authors are doing online stories and activities
Web portal for parents by Literacy Trust
Free support from maths with parents
Hobbycraft daily Kids Craft Club
List of online activities for kids
Resources and upskilling for students from The Skills Connector
Your Kids Can Now Watch Astronauts Reading Stories From Space
Besquare has a library of lessons for homeschoolers
David Walliams releases daily free audio stories for children
INNOVATE eBooks for parents to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs (for parents with older children/teenagers)
Free STEM resources for primary and secondary school children by the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Stress relief and mental health support

One year free of the Balance app
Live stream yoga classes with Bristol-based Trika Yoga
Join sports classes remotely on MoveGB with one month free
TedTalk about getting your brain into focus
Free coaching session with Dr Becky Sage. Code: SURVIVE2THRIVE (one use per person)
NHS backed "Every Mind Matters" gives personalised Mind Plan to improve wellbeing

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