Updated: 28 May 2020
Communities have really come together to look after each other in response to the Coronavirus situation, the page will show you where you can go to get help with support, food and other services.
You can still register someone at risk of coronavirus, even if they didn't receive a letter from the government. Register them today to see if they are eligible for free support from the government with food and collecting medicine: www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
Here is some of the local support available: www.warrington.gov.uk/help-and-support-vulnerable-people-coronavirus
Your local authority - support with everyday tasks
Warrington Borough Council (WBC) and Warrington Voluntary Action (WVA) are working together to support our communities to help look after our most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.
To receive support from Warrington Voluntary Action, please call 01925 443322 or email email@example.com.
Keep updated on WBC services at:
If you would like to volunteer your time to provide support to your community, contact Warrington Voluntary Action 01925 246880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting social! Your Community – stay connected
There is lots information on your local social media pages. You can find information on local support, community groups and much more.
Keep up to date with all the latest coronavirus breaking news and updates affecting Warrington residents as well as all the latest advice from the government on the Warrington Guardian’s dedicated Facebook page.
Foodbanks & help with food
If you need emergency food, please contact the foodbank directly. Families do not currently need a voucher to access the foodbank, contact them on 07583080521 or 07925937659.
Find out more on the Warrington Foodbank website.
Free local food & delivery services:
Nisa Dallam – essential deliveries in Dallam & Bewsey: sign up online, there will be one drop off per household per day for essentials only.
Kings church Warrington – Bewsey & Whitecross: contact King’s Church and they can deliver to Bewsey and Whitecross.
Ames Hapi Hub: free food in the community, find out more on Facebook.
Friends of Meadowside: Free food in the community (Orford & Longford), find out more on Facebook.
Salvation Army: support for the elderly and vulnerable with shopping, call 01925 451000.
St Joseph’s Family Centre: emergency food parcels – please email email@example.com or call 01925 635448.
ASDA Volunteer Shopping Card:
Asda has launched a dedicated volunteer shopping card, to help meet the shopping needs of those who are self-isolating due to Covid-19. The card provides a contactless, safe and secure way to allow others to shop for them.
It comes in the form of an e-gift card, with a barcode that can be scanned for payments. It can be downloaded and presented on a phone screen or be printed on A4 paper and scanned by a member of checkout staff. Find out more and buy here.
Sainsbury's Volunteer Shopping Card:
Sainsbury’s has launched Volunteer Shopping Cards – enabling others to shop on behalf of the elderly, disabled and vulnerable among other customers who can’t shop for themselves.
The Volunteer Shopping Cards can be purchased online: www.sainsburysgiftcard.co.uk enabling friends and helpers to shop on behalf of the elderly, disabled and vulnerable together with other customers who may not be able to shop for themselves.
Our charitable arm, Torus Foundation is here for you online or over the phone. They’re working with a huge number of partner organisations to give you help and support with:
Employment Advice: If you’ve come out of work, our advisors have details of all the latest vacancies in your area, to help you get back in. They’ll also help with CVs, interview techniques and more. Just get in touch.
Staying Connected: Need help to make video calls or order groceries online? We can help. Our digital team can take you through the basics by phone, email or Skype.
Staying Healthy at Home: Your health and wellbeing are so important during this time. If you feel completely isolated and in need of support let us know and we will try and point you in the right direction.
Budgeting Support: If you’re worried about money, get in touch. Our financial team can offer support with managing your budget, applying for Universal Credit, reducing your fuel bills and more.
If you are struggling to pay your rent, please visit our dedicated rents support page.
Contact the Torus Foundation on 0300 123 5809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twitter: @TorusFoundation
- Facebook: /TheTorusFoundation
- Facebook: /TorusFoundationWarrington
If you are self-isolating due to coronavirus and feel at risk from a partner or family member in the home then support is still available, so don’t suffer in silence.
IN AN EMERGENCY, ALWAYS DIAL 999 - if you are unable to speak always press '55' when prompted to confirm an emergency.
Visit our dedicated Domestic abuse page for more information and support services.
Safeguarding adults during the crisis
During the COVID-19 crisis, it is particularly important to safeguard adults with care and support needs. They may be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect as others may seek to exploit disadvantages due to age, disability, mental or physical impairment or illness.
These groups may be targeted because of several factors. Generally speaking, they may need assistance with some tasks, be less up to speed with technology, more welcoming of new contacts, more trusting and – for many older people – wealthier. There is evidence that social isolation increases the likelihood of abuse. Many older and disabled people spend long periods at home alone, and now as the whole nation is being asked to stay at home the same groups are more likely to be alone rather than in a family group.
At a time of international crisis, those who seek to exploit these vulnerabilities are quick to act. We will all have been warned of new scams offering help and advice on COVID-19 or with financial assistance. Many of us will have concerns for family members who may fall prey to fraudsters.
‘Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business – as Usual’ but particularly at this is time when we must all be extra vigilant and try to pick up any early signs that something isn’t right.
For further information and contacts please visit the Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board webpage.