Coronavirus news Update: 24th March


  • For help and support in Whalley Range, or if you know of an older or vulnerable person who might need some help, please contact your local councillors:

Mary Watson, tel: 0161 860 5523

Angeliki Stogia, tel: 07901 528 750

Aftab Razaq, tel: 07799 560 244

  • Barlow Moor Community Association have a  package of support in place, including

A remote Befriending Service

Referral’s to other organisations such as those helping with Emergency Food Packs, grass roots community/church groups

Those volunteers who are eager to offer their time will be signposted to grass root community/church groups

  • Online delivery of courses will continue with remote tutor support

They are registered to issue Foodbank Vouchers Electronically

Holding a virtual Youth Club at the times youth provision would normally be on

Providing online play activities and packs for children

Offering remote services and staying in touch with all our parents and carers of Nursery Children

Tel: 0161 446 4805 or 07985 740 669

  • Levenshulme Inspire For telephone befriending support, food deliveries, books and DVD sharing and more please contact Kate Williams, tel. 07952 178 459.


  • Burnage Good Neighbours have able bodied volunteers willing to do shopping for anyone over the age of 55 and living in Burnage (all DBS checked) also daily/weekly phone calls if required Tel: 01614317220 or 07395958649
  • Wythenshawe Good Neighbours have decided to extend their telephone befriending service to any self isolating person who feels that a “how are you” phone call would benefit them. Please get in touch if a member of your family, friend or neighbour would like to receive a regular phone call. If you would like to volunteer there’s plenty of telephone befriending opportunities and you could make that difference. Contact Marie on 07875286866 or Sam on 07816960025 for more information.
  • LGBT Foundation if you are feeling worried, isolated or alone do pick up the phone and reach out to us on 0345 3 30 30 30


·         Books to go

Books to Go provides a home delivery service for Manchester residents who have limited mobility, a visual impairment or any difficulty leaving their home.

They have books in both ordinary and large-print size, talking books and DVDs. Call 0161 227 3800 or email

  • AgeUK Manchester are setting up donation and distribution sites in Openshaw, Wythenshawe and Gorton to provide local older people with daily essentials.

They are particularly in need of: Paper products, e.g. toilet roll, kitchen roll, tissues, cleaning products, toiletries, non-perishable food items

Things to pass the time when in isolation, e.g. books, crossword books, jigsaws etc.

Donations can be dropped off Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm at:

Gorton Day Centre, Melland Centre, Mount Road, Gorton. M18 7QR

Crossacres Care Home, Reel Hall Road, Wythenshawe, M22 5DG

Openshaw Resource Centre, 10 Catherine Street, Openshaw. M11 1WF.

Ardwick and Longsight Foodbank need donations; food and money. So if you can help pls email
or call 0161 273 3977, that 0161 273 3977


FareShare needs volunteers to help manage food redistribution to the more vulnerable . They’ll provide training and expenses.

If you are COVID-19 free ,not in a vulnerable group nor supporting someone who is, please call 0161 223 8200 option 6 or go to



  • Take care of yourself at this time. Try and get enough rest, eat healthy food, do some physical activity, and stay in contact with family and friends. Avoid using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. In the long term, these can worsen your mental and physical wellbeing.

Try and stay in contact with people when possible. Even when isolated, try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines or create new routines.

Minimise watching, reading or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed. Get information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause us all to get worried. Get the facts; not the rumours . Gather information at regular intervals, from places such as the BBC, Manchester City Council, NHS, ALL FM. Facts can help to ease the fears.

Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support as well as the helper. Check-in by phone on neighbours or people in your community who may need some extra assistance. We’ll get there.

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