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Covid 19 Community Corner

We’ve made things a little easier for you by rounding up all the help, information, services and support available locally in Greater Manchester to help get you through Covid-19. If there are any categories you think we might have missed or anything you would like to add, please email us.

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Pleased to welcome you back

We have social distancing and health and safety measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please check with stores direct for individual opening times.


Temporary Jobs

Looking for temporary jobs during Covid 19 or perhaps you want to volunteer and put your spare time to good use. Click here to find a range of local and wider UK opportunities available.


Manchester Community Central also has a dedicated page to local volunteering opportunities.

If you want to formally volunteer, Action Together is currently registering people interested in volunteering in response to Coronavirus in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside. These will be organised and co-ordinated volunteering roles to fill a specific need. We encourage you to register your interest as a volunteer by completing the form on the Volunteering page.

Benefits and Money

The Council has announced an almost £7.5 million package of support available to Manchester residents facing financial hardship during the coronavirus outbreak. Click here for more information.

Businesses and Employers

For all the latest information on help, advice and support available to businesses and employers click here. This is kept up to date daily here by Manchester City Council in line with government guidance.

Donate to Manchester’s front line

The We Love Manchester Charity Covid Community Response Fund gives money NOW to the amazing Manchester groups and charities responding to urgent community needs. Please give what you can. The charity will get it straight to the frontline – to keep people safe, fed and supported. Click here to donate.

Travel Information

Do not travel unless it is absolutely essential – stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. If your travel is essential you can click for the latest bus timetable, Transpennine Express and Avanti West Coast

Bin Collections and Recycling

All 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across Greater Manchester are closed. Your council’s bin collection crews are working hard to ensure your bins are collected. However, there may be changes to your collection service. Click here for more information.


Whether your looking for emergency support or to make a donation, you can find all the information here.

Cooking at Home

You will find a whole host of healthy recipes and how to videos over at Food Sorcery. You can even learn how to cook with your little ones and teens. Click here to find out more.

School Meal Vouchers – Healthy Meal Ideas

Bite Back 2030, has issued some great advice on how to feed kids at home on a budget. It includes useful info on how people whose children receive free school meals, can claim a £15 shopping voucher along with healthy meal ideas.

Food deliveries

Our friends at Food Sorcery have so far made and delivered over 500 meals after launching a home delivery service last week. They said the most joyous thing about it has been people’s reactions when they deliver, especially to the vulnerable who can’t get out to the shops.

Click here to view the menu of home cooked meals and place your batch order

Special Education Need and Disability

We know this is a very anxious time for SEND families in Manchester. Manchester City Council has pulled together some information that they hope will be of help to families. Click here for more information.

Mental Health

The Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has taken a lot of us by surprise. Some people have described it as an episode of Black Mirror that they want to turn off, while others have said that they feel like the entire world is upside down.

One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. People are coming together to sing on balconies, others are setting up groups to offer support to the elderly or vulnerable – like collecting groceries or calling them for a chat. We have heard stories of people having virtual movie nights and creating choreographed dances over video chat to share with the world.

Click here for a list of Random Acts of Kindness ideas during the coronavirus and help keep people smiling.

Family and children

Keeping them busy

We’re all spending a lot more time at home at the moment which means we’re having to come up with new ways to keep the kids entertained.

While most schools are sending out work and we’re inundated with lists of home education apps, there have never been more resources on hand to keep our children learning.

Carol Vorderman is offering free maths lessons, David Walliams has released 30 free audio stories and Joe Wicks has become the nation’s PE teacher with his daily YouTube fitness class – for those that have stuck at it anyway.

But there’s so much more that kids can benefit from too. From arts and crafts to nature trails and a whole load of Easter fun, there are all sorts of ideas to keep kids of all ages entertained.

Some of the ideas have been shared on the popular Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas Facebook page, which has proved massively popular since launching just a few weeks ago.

Set up by mum Claire Balkind, it has already amassed more than a million members and is growing by the day.

Manchester Evening News has put together a mammoth list of activities to keep the kids engaged. Click here to view.

Explaining Coronovirus to children

The BBC Newsround site has a comprehensive section on coronavirus with text and video guidance focusing on tips if a child is worried, how to wash your hands, and what self isolation means. Read more

Older People

Age UK has had to adapt services to comply with government advice and to ensure clients, staff and volunteers stay safe. Find out about your local Age UK here.

Home Schooling

School may have closed for the foreseeable future, and all exams cancelled, but children still need to be educated and entertained – as well as reassured. Many schools plan to send work home and there are lots of free resources available via online platforms such as BBC Teach. But meanwhile, how do you even start home learning when this is all so new? The Guardian asked teachers for their emergency advice and you can find it here.