The Swiss Benevolent Society, in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, is constantly appraising the situation and welfare of our fellow Swiss Citizens here in the UK.
During this period of isolation due to COVID-19 you may experience difficulties, feel lonely and/or just want to have a chat.
The Swiss Benevolent Society is operating a Helpline Monday to Friday, from 11am to 3pm. Call 020 7616 6080 to speak to one of the volunteers. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org – we are here to help.
To best protect the welfare of our clients, prospects and the SBS Welfare Officer, we have implemented preventative measures to best ensure the containment of the virus with social distancing. Therefore we have postponed all SBS events including our Coffee-Morning, Tea Party, Annual General Meeting 2020, Swiss Settlement Applications to remain in the UK, and non-urgent visits.
In the first instance to find support you should contact your local council, local community groups and local services who have mobilised many resources for things such as access to food, obtaining prescription medication and services for the vulnerable, disabled and ill. Please follow official advice given by the NHS or GOV.UK, and keep in touch with friends and family.
To seek advice and information on the evolving Coronavirus updates in the UK, please first consult the COVID-19 information provided on official channels by the:
- UK government Covid response – what to do, who to contact regarding employment, benefits, travel and public services
- NHS Advice and what to do if you have Corona Virus symptoms
- Swiss Embassy London advice for Swiss citizens in the UK
- Swiss authorities
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Employment & financial government support
- Check if you can get statutory sick pay (SSP)
- Check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit
- Check if you’re eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can’t work
- Financial help if you’re self-employed
- Get an isolation note to give to your employer
- Your rights if your hours are cut or you’re laid off
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Universal Credit