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Resources for disabled artists and freelancers in response to COVID-19

We are continuing to update our list of resources, opportunities, and important information over on the Shape website. The most up-to-date version of this blog can therefore be found here.

We are talking with others about their responses and where we can join forces to provide new options or advice. We are also looking out for good sources of information and sharing those. These include the following: 

Useful resources and networks 


 If you want to add something to this lists, please email it to info@weareunlimited.org.uk 


COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
We are sharing the Public Health England (PHE) guidance on COVID-19 (also available in Easy Read format): 

The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines. 

  1. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. 
  2. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to. 
  3. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel. 
  4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. 

A list of mental health helplines can be found on the NHS website here.

At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change. 

You can read about what we have been doing as an organisation to combat problems created by COVID19 here.

Disclaimer: Unlimited are unable to provide direct or specific medical or financial advice. This list is collated from Third Party sources, and Unlimited is not responsible for their content. We aim to keep this list up-to-date and carefully curated, but do get in touch with us with any related queries or suggestions.