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Howard Primary School & Nursery Unit, Dungannon

Important- please read!

15th Sep 2020

Please see information below on a variety of topics. We have been asked to pass this information on.

Vulnerable families - Internet and computer access for home learning

If a family feels that they need a device or internet access for distance learning, they should contact their school in the first instance and the school can work with the EA to see what is needed within the agreed criteria.  The form to apply for the digital device or internet connectivity is then completed by the school which is available on the c2k exchange.

Coronavirus: Practical help and financial support






Good afternoon,

The past few months have been incredibly challenging for the nation and indeed the world. The team at Turn2us continues to work hard to help individuals and families around the country who are facing unprecedented loss, hardship and great uncertainty. 

Government support and national or even regional measures to control the pandemic change on an almost weekly basis which makes it even harder for you to know what your rights or entitlements are. With a second wave of the pandemic moving through the nation and a surge in redundancies, the dedicated team at Turn2us continues to provide up to date support and information for people struggling to get by.

As always, our online tools – which includes our Benefits Calculator, Grants Search tool and helpline are there to give you support at this challenging time.
We hope you and your loved ones stay safe during this time. 
Best wishes from everyone here at Turn2us.

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Coronavirus: Changes in financial support

The shielding programme has ended. People are no longer entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) as even if they have been advised to shield. 

As lockdown measures begin to be lowered, the conditions of government support schemes for workers are changing. 

If you are furloughed, shielding, redundant or at risk of losing your job check our up to date Coronavirus up-to-date Information and Support pages.

Find out what support is available

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Pension Credit


Are you over State Pension age and struggling financially? Help may be available to you through Pension Credit.

Pension Credit is a means-tested benefit for people on a low income who have reached State Pension age. Currently, as many as 2 in 5 eligible older people are not claiming this benefit.

Find out more and check if you’re eligible.

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School costs support

The cost of school uniforms, new shoes and stationery can add up quickly. 

Many new items required to better protect children from catching or spreading Coronavirus are adding to that already significant cost.

See resources that may be able to help if you are on a low income.

Learn more

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Use the Turn2us grant search to find help

If your income has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, help may be available to you from a charitable fund. This includes occupational funds that help people who work or have worked in occupations/industries badly affected by Covid-19. Some have set up specific coronavirus funds or may be able to help you with specific information and advice to help you cope at this difficult time.
An example is ABTA Lifeline - which helps people who work or have worked in the travel industry for ABTA members.  As well as giving financial advice and grants, the charity has just launched a redeployment service with People 1st.
You can use our Grants Search to find any that match your background, circumstances and needs.


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Here to Help 
Support available from grant-giving charities 

Our friends at the Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO) have just launched their Here to Help (#HeretoHelpAlways) campaign which hopes to raise awareness the support benevolent funds and grant-giving charities like Turn2uss can provide at this difficult time. 

As we sadly anticipate more redundancies and people in need of financial support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the government's Job Retention Scheme ending, ACO will be campaigning to raise awareness of the charities that could provide financial grants and wellbeing support to individuals who are struggling. 

Visit their website for more information and to help spread the word about the available charitable support.