The Coronavirus crisis is affecting every one of us. Here are some links and resources for those who require assistance.
Below you can find the following information:
- Health Advice
- Where Can I Get Help?- Getting food and medicines
- Where Can I Get Help?- Benefits, employment and business support
- Where Can I Get Help?- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- How You Can Help
- Other Useful Links (including travel advice, information on school closures and resources in other languages)
The government are advising everyone to stay at home except for very limited purposes. These are:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
These measures must be followed by everyone.
For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, it is strongly advised that you stay at home for 12 weeks.
What do you need to know about Coronavirus?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
The symptoms of Coronavirus are:
- A dry cough
- A high temperature
- Shortness of breath
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you experience these symptoms. You do not need to call 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
When should you call the NHS 111 number?
You should call 111 if you are experiencing symptoms and:
- you feel that you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
You can access the online assessment system here.
Where Can I Get Help?- Getting food and medicines
The Council have set up a hub to support Manchester’s most vulnerable people, and help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.
This is primarily aimed at people who:
- are over the age of 70, are self isolating and have no support network
- have received a letter from the NHS advising you are high risk or
- are medically vulnerable according to the government criteria.
They can help with things like:
- Delivery of food
- Delivery of medication
- Combating loneliness
- Managing fuel top-up payments
Help is also available for other reasons, for example if you are a carer, care leaver or young carer.
You can contact them on 0800 234 6123.
Lines are open 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday (10am to 2pm on good Friday and Easter Monday).
There are a number of groups which provide support for older people across the constituency. Details can be found here: Burnage Good Neighbours, Withington Assist, Didsbury Good Neighbours and Chorlton Good Neighbours.
Where Can I Get Help?- Benefits, employment and business support
The Council has a directory of support available at www.manchester.gov.uk/coronavirus which includes sections on ‘Benefits and Money’ and ‘Information for Business’.
Below are some useful links and helplines from the government:
Government business support helpline – 0300 456 3565
HMRC Coronavirus tax helpline – 0800 015 9559
Universal Credit helpline – 0800 328 5644
Where Can I Get Help?- Mental Health and Wellbeing
Being confined to your house for long periods of time can take a toll on your mental health. Mind have prepared some useful tips on how to look after your wellbeing during the pandemic which you can find here.
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have put together a collection of resources for those needing more help with their mental health- Digital Mental Health Resources.
How You Can Help
Manchester Community Central is running a COVID-19 volunteer scheme which looks to link volunteers up to charities and local groups which are working in he community based on the skills they have. You can sign up to that here.
Our local Trussell Trust foodbanks are in need of donations as demand has surged since the Coronavirus crisis started. You can find details of how to help on their websites here: Burnage Foodbank, Fallowfield and Withington Foodbank and Chorlton and Didsbury Foodbank.
Finally, there are a number of groups which provide support for older people across the constituency. Details on volunteer roles can be found here: Burnage Good Neighbours, Withington Assist, Didsbury Good Neighbours and Chorlton Good Neighbours.
Other Useful Links
School closures helpline – 0800 046 8687