Those concerned about finances/employment

Losing your job and having your income reduced can cause significant emotional distress may trigger feelings akin to grief. If you have lost your job, you are likely to feel more in control and less stressed if you take steps to help improve your situation.   There are many helpful things you can do to help you cope. 

Follow these links for advice on looking after yourself during the current situation:

For a list of National helplines -


For further support locally, contact:

Samaritans -  You can call any time, day or night, all year.  Email service also available.  Face to face service is not available at present.  Call 116 123 or email

Gloucestershire Age UK - For information and guidance call the Help Team on 01452 422660 or for older people who would like a listening ear and friendly chat call the free phone 0800 2980579.  Lines are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm.


Citizens Advice– Your local Citizens Advice is here for you:

Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Tewkesbury - Our central telephone number is 01452 527202. Our lines are open Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Stroud & Cotswolds – Telephone 0808 800 0510 and 0808 800 0511 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm (calls are free from landlines and most mobiles).


Community Wellbeing Service  - Community Wellbeing Service is accessible to everyone throughout Gloucestershire. It is delivered by five providers, tailored to the needs of a local area and based on extensive local knowledge.  The Community Wellbeing Hub Co-ordinator providers and contact details are:


Cheltenham and Tewkesbury – CCP

Telephone: 0300 365 64 63.




Cotswold – Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC)

Telephone: 01452 528491.




Gloucester – Home Group

Telephone: 0300 131 0024



Forest of Dean – Forest of Dean District Council

Telephone: 01594 812447




Stroud – Independence Trust

Telephone: 0345 863 8323




Looking for work? JobHelp is a good place to start.

Despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, there are still jobs out there to apply to.  JobHelp  are here to help you get started.

You can also find hints and tips on applying for jobs if you haven’t done so for a while. If you are looking for a full or part-time job in England, Scotland or Wales – or even some temporary work – visit Find a job.

There is a range of advice and support available if you have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy.

There is also information about the benefits you could be eligible for.

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