I want to help

Hythe and Lyminge

Volunteer with the Hythe & Lyminge Community Support Hub

Phone: 01303 269 602

Email: [email protected]

Age UK Hythe & Lyminge
Sanford House
Stade Street
Kent CT21 6BD

Romney Marsh

Volunteer with the Romney Marsh Community Support Hub

Email: [email protected]

Romney Marsh Day Centre
Sunflower House
Rolfe Lane
New Romney
Kent TN28 8JR


Volunteer with the Folkestone Community Hub

Email: [email protected]

Folkestone Community Hub
Three Hills Sports Park

Cheriton Road
Kent CT19 5JU


NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

I need help

Hythe and Lyminge

Contact the Hythe Community Support Hub

Phone: 01303 269 602

Email: [email protected]


Contact the Folkestone Community Support Hub

Fill in the form below and email to [email protected]

Phone: 01303 316 186

Romney Marsh

Contact the Romney Marsh Community Support Hub

Phone: 01797 208 590

Email: [email protected]

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Email [email protected] or call 01303 761 116

Health Advice
Business Advice
Travel Advice


COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called Coronavirus.

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

Check if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Pregnancy advice

If you are pregnant you are more vulnerable to getting infections than a woman who is not pregnant. If you have an underlying condition, such as asthma or diabetes, you may be more unwell if you have coronavirus.

If you develop more severe symptoms or your recovery is delayed this may be a sign that you are developing a more significant chest infection that requires enhanced care.

If you feel your symptoms are worsening or if you are not getting better you should contact your maternity care team or use the NHS 111 online service for further information and advice.

Should I close my business?

The Government has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
and save lives, and announced that all non-essential premises and businesses must now close.

Am I a key worker?

The Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.

Support for local businesses

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. This includes:

  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small to medium-size enterprises
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • £25,000 grant funding for retail, hospitality & leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Government grants will cover 80 per cent of the salary of retained workers up to a total of £2,500 a month. The cost of wages will be backdated to 1st March and will be open initially for at least three months – and will be extended if necessary.

Support for self-employed

The Government has announced it will pay self-employed people a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month, for three months – but we will extend for longer if necessary.

HMRC help

A dedicated helpline has been set up to help businesses and self-employed individuals.

If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.

Read more at:
HMRC's tax helpline

Kent County Council

KCC has a dedicated business support line for coronavirus-related issues, delivered by the Kent & Medway Growth Hub.

Call 03333 602 300

Call for businesses to help make NHS ventilators

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the Government's response to COVID-19.

If you think your business can help, please follow the link below to register your details.

Travel Advice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide.

If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:

  1. contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
  2. get in touch with your insurance provider
  3. continue to follow the NHS coronavirus guidance

If you’re abroad

You must follow the advice of local authorities. Your safety and security is the responsibility of the local authority where you are.

If the local authority where you are proposes to quarantine you for your own protection, you should follow their advice.

If you wish to leave the country you are in, contact your airline or travel company and your insurance provider as soon as you are able, and keep up to date with the latest developments. International travel may become more difficult. The UK Government will only organise assisted departure in exceptional circumstances.

Copyright 2019 Damian Collins. All rights reserved

Promoted by Russell Tillson for and on behalf of Damian Collins, both of Folkestone & Hythe Conservative Association both at 4 West Cliff Gardens, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1SP


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