With difficult times ahead of us with COVID-19, and those in vulnerable categories asked to stay home for 12 weeks. The movement the government has called “shielding”. You might be worrying about how to get their essentials. Especially if you have no family or friends nearby to ask for help. It can be difficult to know who to turn to or where you can find the right information.
We’ve taken the time to put together a list of all the charities, things you might be able to do yourself or groups out there that can help you with your essential needs if you’re in one of the vulnerable categories.
Register as a vulnerable person
If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus (COVID-19) you can register on the gov.uk website for extra support. You can fill out the form HERE – you can fill out the form yourself or on the behalf of someone else.
You may of already received a letter from the NHS which says you’re extremely vulnerable, received contact from your GP or hospital.
Booking priority home delivery slots is an option if you are on the extremely vulnerable register we have linked above. These slots are available at select supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s.
Community Aid Groups
Community Aid Groups have been created in response to Coronavirus and offer help to those who need it in their local community. Most of these can be accessed on Facebook or Twitter.
Community Aid Groups are run by local volunteers who will pop to the shops for you, pick up prescriptions, walk pets etc. They are not trained professionals.
Your Local Authority
Your local authority may be able to support you or signpost those who can. They can be found HERE
Your local Age UK may be able to support you or be aware of local provisions being made in your area. You can find their contact details HERE by entering your postcode.
Top tips to help get the essentials:
- Make a list of things to need day to day – include food, household essentials and medication,
- There is no need to stockpile. Shops and pharmacies will keep refreshing their supplies and have reduced measures to curb stockpiling.
- It may take longer than usual to receive online deliveries to your home. Plan ahead, especially if you usually have prescriptions delivered. Talk to your pharmacist if you are concerned.
- If someone claims to be from a recognised organisation, ask to see proof or check with the organisation itself.
- If someone you don’t know offers to help with your shopping, don’t feel pressured to accept help. Should you do accept, never hand over money, bank details or card to someone you don’t know offering to help you.
- Should someone offers to do your shopping, ask for a receipt so you can pay them on their return to cover the costs of the items.
We hope this list helps you and that you stay safe in these times of uncertainty. If there’s anything we at Premier Community can do to help you, contact us.