Supporting your employees’ health & wellbeing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
02 June 20  /  Covid-19

Lockdown restrictions may have eased slightly, but it’s still a long way back to some form of normality, especially for the business world, where the fall-out from coronavirus is taking its toll, causing stress and anxiety for many.  

Forced to cope with a different way of working - operating remotely from home, socially isolated and with limited access to resources - many workers and business owners are experiencing difficulties. Worried about health and financial security, coping with workload and managing additional pressure due to employee absence, there is a great need for external help and support. 

A wide range of lifelines have been implemented by the UK Government and local communities, but with news coverage at saturation point, it’s difficult to know what is actually available. We wanted to give clients and friends of Mathews Comfort access to reliable and accurate sources of information, helping business owners and workers access help, advice and support. 

Here, we provide details of charities, government bodies and local support groups providing  business assistance and personal help to those experiencing problems with isolation, mental health issues, physical health and any form of abuse:  

Business support:

Government Business Support Helpline

Advice and financial help from Government-backed schemes, helping you stay in business and keep your staff employed, including help with tax, exporting and writing a business plan: Visit the website.

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP)

Providing support for businesses of all sizes concerned about coronavirus, keeping you informed on latest developments that may affect your business and helping you to remain resilient and productive: Visit the website.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Providing advice and guidance for small business on reducing the risks from coronavirus and linking you to the latest Government information, measures and updates: Visit the website.

GOV.UK support for businesses and self-employed people

Coronavirus help and support, including webchat: Visit the website.

HMRC’s helpline: 0800 024 1222 

Helpline if you run a business and/or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus. Please note, due to measures put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus, fewer advisers are available to answer calls. 

Personal support:


Confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post, to develop positive coping strategies, healing and increased self-esteem to move forward in life: Visit the website.

NHS Mental Health

A range of mental health helplines and support groups offering expert advice, whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one: Visit the website.

Oxford Community & Voluntary Action (OCVA)

Here to help you help others by supporting and empowering volunteers, networks, partnerships and non-profit organisations big and small: Visit the website.

Age UK

The country’s leading charity for older people, providing services and support, particularly for those hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis: Visit the website.

The Silverline

A free, confidential helpline, providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24/7, 365 days a year: Visit the website.


Supporting anyone at home, in the workplace, school, prison, the military, health and care who is struggling to cope, or knows someone struggling to cope, feeling suicidal or bereaved. On the phone, by email, letter, self-help app 24/7, 365 days a year: Visit the website.


Help and advice to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone with a mental health condition, via an Infoline, Legal Line, publications and website: Visit the website.

The Mental Health Foundation

Part of the national mental health response during the coronavirus outbreak, providing up to date information on Government advice and latest public health guidance: Visit the website.


A useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to access the guide

Domestic abuse

Free, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, providing support, access to specialist services in your community and a refuge vacancy for you and your children: Visit the website.


Equipment-free workouts for all levels, that can be done anywhere, at any time, putting the fun back into fitness: Visit the website.

Exercise for elderly people

Aerobic exercises providing cardiovascular benefits and building muscle to maintain balance and stability, suitable for all abilities, helping you to stay active, fit and independent while at home: Visit the website.

Mathews Comfort – here to help

We hope that you find these sources of information helpful. If you know of any other Government backed support schemes or local support hubs that we have not highlighted, please let us know.

If this article has highlighted your need for an accountant, legal or financial support, or assistance with corporate finance or banking, we are happy to introduce you to our connections. Please call 01865 208 000 or email us at:

Safe wishes to all of our clients and friends.

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