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Posts by Vanessa Allen

Guideposts – Supporting carers during the covid crisis

Guideposts CEO Matthew Jones writes about some of the challenges carers have faced during 2020 and how the Guideposts team have taken some key services online to great effect.

World Mental Health Day

Paul continues his blog series to reflect on World Mental Health Day and his own experience ending mental health stigma.

Help with the worries of the pandemic: Jenny’s story

Guideposts Information Service heard from a young woman, Jenny, who lives with from Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and had been self-isolating at home during the Covid-19 crisis.

The worries of the pandemic: Is it safe to have workmen at home?

During lockdown, we took a call from a lady, who was distressed and needed urgent help for her elderly father who has Parkinson’s Disease, loss of voice and lives on his own in Gloucester. Some sockets in the kitchen had come off the wall and were unsafe. Harriet was worried that her father might try to fix it himself and cause an accident.

Long Covid: What do we know?

An article to help understand the persistent symptoms that are sometimes reported following a Covid-19 infection, and some ways to handle them.

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The worries of the pandemic: obsessive cleaning

How Guideposts Information Service helped Bethany who was extremely anxious about shopping, receiving post, wiping surfaces, washing clothes and the thought of lockdown ending.

GLADS Superheroes Colouring Competition

We are celebrating our incredible staff at GLADS in Oxfordshire and the massive impact they have made during the pandemic with a colouring in competition.

World Photography Day and Mindfulness

Creative hobbies like photography are great for boosting our mood and lowering our stress levels. It’s a really great activity for our mental health.

Learning Disability Week: Dawn

We visit the team in Oxfordshire to hear about our Learning Disability Specialist and GLADS Team Leader, Dawn McCall who has worked with Guideposts for 13 years.

Learning Disability Week: Friendship

This week, 15 – 21 June is Learning Disability Week. The theme of the week is the importance of friendships during lockdown. We caught up with James who leads our work at our Community Hub in Stroud, Gloucestershire to talk about friendships.