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Staying safe and well together through the Coronavirus outbreak

03 April 2020


The Government has asked us all to ‘stay alert’ to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

But like many people, you may also find yourself feeling sadder, more stressed, and possibly even more scared than normal. A lot of us are feeling the same, so we thought we’d share what CODE is doing to help.

Here are our 8 top tips to keep happy while you stay inside:

  • 💻 Have a chat
    Our Chat service is online at www.codestudents.co.uk 9am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday, and you don’t need to have a problem to talk to us. Why not just say hello, ask us what our Netflix favs are, or find out what books we’re reading right now.
  • 📧 Let us know if you need more help
    Our welfare@codestudents.co.uk inbox is still being manned during the crisis. Our trained staff can talk to you if you need a little bit more help and support. We can even do this ‘face to face’ via Facetime/Whatsapp/similar.
  • 🏋️‍♀️  Exercise once a day
    Online videos and lessons may be dominating YouTube right now but we are starting our fitness classes again but this time online! Simply join our Facebook page and we’ll live stream the sessions. Here’s a little taster session.
    🤸‍♂️Monday – Core and HIIT 45min
    🧘Wednesday – Yoga 60 min
    🤸‍♀️Friday – Full body HIIT 45min
    You can also stroll around the site as much as you want, just please remember that 2m rule.

  • 📱Stay in touch with family and friends
    Connect with loved ones from a distance – call your friend or have a video-call catch up with your family. We’ve tried Skype, Zoom and Houseparty in the last few days… see what works best for you.
  • 📅 Keep in a daily routine
    Plan out your time so you know what you are doing each day. Keep things like the time you get up or when you shower and eat the same to add a bit more structure to the day. Also, try and have something to look forward to.
  • 🧶 Try something new
    Why not try arts and crafts, meditation, baking new foods or learning a new hobby like origami. Even better if you make use of some of the things you may already have in your flat.
  • 🌈 Make your own rainbow
    Pictures of rainbows have been appearing in windows across the country as people try to stay positive while they are locked in their homes during the coronavirus outbreak. Crack open those coloured pencils and let’s see how many we can get appearing.
  • 😃 Know we’re working hard to make things better
    Some of the key CODE Team are now back on site keeping you safe. Areas like fire safety and health and safety remain our priority, with tasks like alarm testing and emergency maintenance still going on.

If you are feeling worried or distressed, you can also use Student Minds – Coronavirus Resources for more guidance and support.

Show some #CornonavirusKindness

Let’s #BeKind during this crisis. Individuals, companies like CODE and even the Government have had to change lives at a speed and intensity never seen before. Keep working to support others (even if you have to do it remotely). We’re working hard to help you – even if some of it is “behind the scenes”.

We’re particularly loving the #CoronavirusKindness – start sharing what you’re doing during the crisis to help.

Here’s what we’ve been doing at CODE:

* We’ve helped a student nurse to keep her own room for another year, when original she thought she would be moving out.

* We’re supporting key workers with free laundry credits

* We’ve delivered emergency toilet roll to someone who wasn’t able to buy any for themselves

* We’ve helped students get their parcels from before the lockdown – including delivering one students yoga mat to them at Coventry

Let’s stay safe and well together.