We’re in a brave new world, and at times like these, we believe it’s just as important to focus on the good that can come out of tough times. Across different sectors and industries we’re proud to see our community in London, Manchester, Dublin and Oslo adapting for their customers and supporting each other with information and advice, which is needed now more than ever.
Government and Policy
There’s a range of information online from different government bodies and organisations regarding the best practice for individuals and companies during COVID-19.
- Partners at PUBLIC Hall, our GovTech hub in the heart of Westminster, PUBLIC has partnered with NHSX to launch TechForce19 – a tech challenge to combat the effects of social isolation. Know of any health-tech innovators? Send them this way.
- PUBLIC Hall members Cinapsi explain how digital advice and online guidance can help in the Covid-19 emergency.
- Scale Ireland has published a brilliant resource for Irish startups featuring resources they’ll need during COVID-19 with a crowdsourced guide covering official Government Information.
- PUBLIC Hall members Apolitical have launched a series of social-distancing friendly digital events, to help public servants stay connected, motivated and informed. From communicating effectively to the public to crisis management in government, find their upcoming webinars here.
Whether you’re looking for support with a job hunt, or financial benefits as a freelancer, our community have created the following resources:
- Job matching platform SonicJobs has launched an initiative to match any advertising costs companies in the key industries spend on SonicJobs. For those seeking either long-term or short-term roles in supermarkets, delivery companies, warehouses, healthcare/social care, cleaning, and the special forces, head to SonicJobs to create a profile.
- Huckletree D2’s resident hiring experts ninedots share their expert advice with businesses who are adjusting to hiring remotely – and remote onboarding, too.
- Huckletree West alumni Obby has joined forces with Collective Benefits to launch a platform to provide teachers and tutors with benefits including sick pay & family / compassionate leave.
It’s natural to feel anxious in times of uncertainty, and your mental health is as equally important as your physical health. Our wellbeing and HealthTech members offer their advice on preserving mental health:
- SleepScore share their expert tips for reducing stress and improving sleep habits, with a focus on mindful meditation and guided visualisation to combat the old pre-bed racing minds.
- Cogito Corporation’s CEO Joshua Feast penned an honest account on the need for empathy and emotional support in the face of anxiety and uncertainty
- Workplace wellness platform Zevo Health’s emphasise the importance of acknowledging Mental Health during the COVID-19 Outbreak, and offers reassurance that we are not alone in feeling worried, stressed, or anxious during this time.
Guides to working from home
Google Hangout check-ins, virtual post-work drinks, cross-team calendars, and a “homeschooling tips” Slack channel: just some of the ways our own team is staying connected. Here’s the latest from our members on keeping team spirit up and balancing family life whilst working from home:
- Bonjoro deep dive into how companies can maintain strong working cultures and keep teams inspired and motivated when working from a distance.
- The Family is offering an online agenda for entrepreneurs and founders to network and stay connected virtually – we’re talking panel talks, “find your co-founder’ matchups, and a good vibes digital networking session.
- Babysitting app Bubble has launched a guide for working parents who are homeschooling their children featuring expert advice from their teaching advisor Sarah Zeqiri.
- Sarah Mosses, Founder of impact distribution agency Together Films, reflects on the impact of coronavirus on the film industry, and shares her hope for a societal shift to a more sustainable future, complete with documentaries and films highlighting issues in society that we have the power to change.
- Apolitical explores if coronavirus will be the end of the global citizen and highlights the potential for algorithmic crisis – in other words, our data could be used for unethical or unfair purposes by government or other organisations.
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