Help for vulnerable people

4. Help for vulnerable people coming out of shielding

The government updated it's guidance on shielding on 6 July. You can now meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from other households, whilst maintaining social distancing.

From Saturday 1 August

From Saturday 1 August, you'll no longer need to shield but you must continue to follow the latest guidance to make sure you stay safe.

We know that returning to a more ‘normal’ way of life following months of staying indoors may seem daunting, but we're here to help. We can put you in touch with local organisations that offer advice and support to meet your individual needs.

Support from the National Shielding Service of free food parcels, medicine deliveries and care will also stop. If you still need help we can advise you on where to find support. This can include advice on:

  • shopping, either for yourself or if you'd like to shop with someone
  • online shopping
  • finding a volunteer to shop for you
  • financial difficulties and not being able to pay for food
  • medicine deliveries
  • anxiety and loneliness
  • social contact
  • support with mental health
  • financial worries

Our dedicated coronavirus helpline is here to help you. To access support call 0161 217 6046:

  • Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm
  • Friday from 9am to 4:30pm

If you're deaf or have difficulty hearing, you can use our textphone number to contact us on 07860 022 876.

You can also use our access coronavirus support online form.

Access coronavirus support online form