The government has escalated the coronavirus response to the second phase – moving from containing the virus to delaying the spread. Recommending Self-isolation, household isolation if anyone shows symptoms and 12 week isolation for any at risk groups.

If you have any symptoms such as:

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature

You will now have to self-isolate for 14 days – this doesn’t require you to call NHS 111 to tell them that you are self-isolating. You should keep in contact with family and friends via the phone. This BBC article looks at what it means to self-isolate and how you should do it.

If you require food or medication – you should contact the relevant services and arrange a delivery. They will have to deliver this to your front door – do not ask them to come into your home. There is also a huge voluntary effort coming from the community to ensure that anyone who needs support can access it. Many of the supermarkets are now offering a exclusive time for the vulnerable to visit.

Here are some more guidelines from the government about how to manage self-isolation and best practice when considering various complications, such as house sharing, single parenting with kids and caregivers. Recommendations, look at trying to stay 2 meters away (3 steps) from those you live with, scheduling times for using the bathroom, regular cleaning and keeping in touch through social media, phone calls, and texts.

There is an online service from NHS 111 here, they ask that you use this first. You should call NHS 111 if…

  • You cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after seven days

Wellbeing and the Coronavirus:

Mind has shared some resources here. It is so important that you take care of your mental health at this challenging time. Please use these resources and share them with others.

This is a photo symbol poster that could be of use when talking to individuals who respond better to visual aids.

We hope this helps and please get in touch if you have any resources, information or experiences you would like to share.

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Safer MK VCS Representative: Appointment Instructions for Applicants

Instructions for Applicants

Thank you for your interest in the role of Voluntary Sector Representative on Safer MK, or as the Deputy Representative.  

Application Letter 

As you will know, we are looking for letters of application to be submitted on Thursday 12th March 2020 to Paula Williams at Community Action:MK. 

Please make sure that you have demonstrated how your skills and experience match that of the role description and the person specification.  This is the criteria against which your application letter will be assessed.  


The interviews will take place on Friday 20th March at Community Action: MK offices in Acorn House at 10am.    There will be two parts to the process.  Firstly there will be a group exercise and this will be followed by a formal interview with two independent, practioner assessors.  

Interview Preparation (observed and assessed)

In the group exercise you will be asked to come to a ‘pre-meeting’ with colleagues from the voluntary sector to prepare for the next Safer MK Board meeting.  Before coming to the interview please consult with three groups in the voluntary sector about what they feel the three most pertinent crime and community safety issues are for MK.  You will then be asked to give a five minute presentation about these issues to the group.  

After the presentations have all been completed, you will have a group discussion to reach a consensus about which three key points which ought to be raised at the next Safer MK Board on 9th April 2020.  The successful candidate will be able to bring these issues to the actual meeting. 

There are two rules for the preparation of your presentation.  

One is that when you choose your three groups to contact, you don’t approach Community Action: MK.  

Two is that you are not to use powerpoint, presentation materials, or reports: the assessment will be purely based on your verbal performance.  


DateTime Task 
12 March 20205pm Submit Application 
13 March 2020 12:30pmAssessors undertake shortlisting 
16 March 202010amSuccessful candidates are invited to interview and set a preparation task.  
20 March 202010am Candidates arrive at CAMK for Interivew briefing 
10.15amGroup Exercise
Each candidate has 5 minutes to present their findings and answer questions. 
All candidates seek to reach consensus on the three key points which ought to be raised at the next Safer MK Board. 
11.15am Refreshment BreakQ&A with Safer MK member 
We have requested that each candidate is able to have a 10 minute 1:1 with a Safer MK member to answer your questions about the role. 
12pmInterview 1
12.45pmInterview 2
1.30pmInterview 3 
2.15pm Interview 4

Decisions and Feedback 

We will endeavour to inform all candidates by the end of 20th March 2020.  Following a successful recruitment, Community Action: MK will write to Safer MK with recommendations for confirmation by the board on or before 1 April 2020.

If you would like feedback from our assessors, they are happy to provide this at your request. 

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