Last updated: 30 April 2020
This is the place to find the feel-good stories surrounding the coronavirus epidemic – all the positive reactions from residents, people executing fantastic initiatives and the heroic efforts of our essential workers.
We’re working with our partners across Manchester to bring you the latest Government guidelines, new ways of coping with self-isolation, and other tips during these strange times.
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Social distancing means no social gatherings whatsoever. Which definitely means no restaurants but also means no family and friend dinner parties. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t order a delivery to support your local restaurant business – and enjoy the talents of local chefs.
In our new series, Manchester chefs share their secret and not-so-secret recipes for you to try at home. It shows how they make it look easy – and also just how much effort actually goes into their restaurant dishes every service. But this series aims to help all of us improve our culinary skills, using ingredients most of us already have or can easily get hold of. Even if you’re an absolute beginner, it’s a chance to learn the basics from the best in the business. The Manchester way is to do it yourself. So definitely do try this at home…
What is COVID-19 aka coronavirus?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
For the latest health information and advice, visit nhs.uk/coronavirus
Advice from Age Friendly Manchester
Guidance can be found on Age UK advice for older people in the community:
The Age-Friendly Manchester Bulletin is being sent out weekly due to current circumstances. You can sign up for it here. The most recent edition listed some local help and support details:
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
Tel: 0161 446 4805 or 07985 740 669
Tel. 07952 178 459
Burnage Good Neighbours
Tel: 01614317220 or 07395958649
Wythenshawe Good Neighbours
Tel. 07875286866 or 07816960025
Tel: 0345 3 30 30 30
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POLICE ADVICE from NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council):
How to stay safe when accepting help from others:
- If you are receiving voluntary help do not share financial details like credit/debit card numbers or personal information.
- If someone you don’t know calls at your home, always ask for ID and always ensure you are comfortable sharing details like your phone number or address.
- Only provide information on a need to know basis and if you have seen ID. Do not feel pressured into providing information.
- If you have doubts about those who are approaching you, and are concerned, it is advised that you don’t engage, and report serious suspicious behaviour to the police.
- Remember that genuine volunteers have been instructed not to enter your home and should all have documentation proving their status.
Offering your support to others
People across Manchester give their time freely to help others and make the world a better place.
In the current circumstances, that support is needed even more and lots of people want to find ways they can help.
The NHS would like people to give blood if they can, more information can be found here.
Many people are getting involved in local support networks, and though groups on social media eg Facebook.
Self isolation #StayHomeSaveLives
Only leave home for essentials like work, food and medicine.
Stay at home 24/7 if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Read the NHS advice about staying at home: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Watch the video about the best way to wash your hands
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Stay home and save lives.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Do not leave home for anything less than essentials.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- Your condition gets worse
- Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 online coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 – only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Advice from Manchester City Council: manchester.gov.uk/info/500361/coronavirus
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UK government response: gov.uk/coronavirus
Government travel advice: gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-
Guidance for employers and businesses: gov.uk/government/
Help with debt, bills and borrowing: manchester.gov.uk/helpinghands
NHS advice and information: nhs.uk/
There are currently 5000 store based roles for unemployed hospitality workers. There will be a simplified recruitment process. You can walk into a local Co-op shop, with a view to start work in the next few days.
They are offering roles such as: store assistants, delivery drivers and store pickers. The temp roles are all in Greater Manchester stores, you can walk in any store with your right to work documents. Be prepared to starts in a few days. You can also apply online.
They’re offering roles such as pickers, distribution, store assistants and also drivers, all over Greater Manchester, including OneStop stores. The roles are with immediate starts, please apply online by clicking the link above.
They are offering store assistant roles working both days & nights in Wythenshawe. Please apply online by clicking the link above.
They are offering jobs in stores, warehouses, and logistics.
They are offering roles such as delivery drivers, cleaners and store assistants across Manchester.
They are offering a minimum of 4 week fixed term contracts, within roles such as stock assistants in stores, and warehouses.
They are offering roles based on 12 hour shifts, 2 days / 2 nights of manual handling in Manchester (Trafford & Salford) applying online.