With the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation evolving rapidly, I’ve rounded up a list of useful resources for anyone looking to help or be helped.
I’m in touch with local volunteers, businesses, community groups and Leicester City and County Council’s and this page will be regularly updated with information on any general and Leicester initiatives providing advice and assistance at this time.
- Always ensure any information you’re reading is from an official channel. For anyone experiencing Coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature or a new continuous cough), your first ports of call should be official NHS Corona Virus Information.
- The local authority’s page with advice and information about services and the latest health advice can be found on the links here for Leicester City Council and here for Leicester County Council Coronavirus Advice.
Support for vulnerable people
People with underlying medical conditions
- If you have an underlying medical condition, you can register for special assistance during self-isolation. You are considered to have an underlying medical conditions if you:
- have had an organ transplant
- are having certain types of cancer treatment
- have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
- have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
- have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
- are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
- are pregnant and have a serious heart condition
Assistance for the elderly
Please see the foodbank section below for food parcels and hot food delivery all serving the elderly in Leicester East.
Food banks often struggle to get enough volunteers and acquiring certain staples foods (pasta being the obvious one). If you have the means, most of them also accept financial donations as well as food. You can find your nearest food bank on The Trussell Trust
A list of Leicester food banks can be found here and are providing emergency food and supporting local people.
Please find some specific and additional food banks for ease of access below;
Corona Virus Shakti Seva
Text: 07379 461 380 10am-6pm
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegetarian meals tiffin service 3 times a week
07956 609 981
Hot food and food parcels
Global Mercy UK
07861 772 881
Wednesday and Thursday
Help The Homeless Leicester
0116 403 0141
Hot food daily delivered to your door. Food packages delivered on three days of the week
07856 522 319
Food parcel delivery
Emergency Food Packs only
Leicester Community Services (LCS)
07758 594 519
Food Packs & Hot Meals
Leicester Nirvana FC
07950 802 123
Food Packages delivered
LIA Relief Trust
0116 413 0141
Daily Food Pack delivery
Nurul Qamar Trust
07764 533 129
Zam Zam Organisation
07866 600 001
Food Parcel delivery
Bushy Lions Charity
Delivering essential food packages free of charge in Belgrave area
Christ Church – Thurnby Lodge
01162 419 526
Food parcels available Mon & Thur only in the Thurncourt area
Shree Sanatan Mandir
0116 2661 402
Support Helpline, talking & listening service for the lonely and isolated.
Will also collect medications and essential shopping items and deliver to those shielding.
Many supermarkets are offering specific hours for the elderly to come in. They’re also encouraging those who can to shop in-store in order to free up delivery slots for more vulnerable people and those in self-isolation
TESCO : Are currently offering vulnerable customers priority shopping from 9-10am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while NHS workers get a priority hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays when they show their ID in store. Both groups also have priority during the browsing hour on Sundays before tills open. For online shopping click here.
ASDA : NHS and care workers get priority hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-9am as well as the browsing hour on Sundays. For online shopping click here.
MORRISONS : Priority hour for NHS workers, who can shop from 6-7am Monday Saturday. For online shopping click here.
SAINSBURY’S : No longer has reserved hours but gives priority entry for NHS and care workers from 7.30-8am Monday-Saturday and for elderly, vulnerable and disabled customers from 8-9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For online shopping click here.
CO-OP : priority hour for NHS workers, care workers and vulnerable customers is 8-9am Monday- Saturday and 10-11am on Sundays. Aldi – stores are opening for elderly and vulnerable customers half an hour before regular opening on Monday-Saturday and half an hour early on Sundays for emergency and care workers and Blue Light card holders. For online shopping click here.
LIDL : no priority hour but priority entry is given to those who might have difficulty queueing. For online shopping in conjunction with buymie click here.
Mental health and isolation support
- Don’t suffer in silence. We know it’s going to be a difficult time for everybody over the coming weeks but there’s always help out there. Here’s a list of helplines from the NHS that can offer you and your loved ones support.
- Campaign to End Loneliness have published a helpful briefing advising you on how to deal with the long-term challenges of self-isolation.
Masjid Abu Hurairah
Please email and someone will call you. Dedicated lines for Males & Females.
Mutual Aid Leicester COVID-19
Join facebook page here
LeicesterWoman 4 Change
07568 059 078
Language Support and assistance for families
07931 114 034
Specialist Mental Health counselling for BAME communities.
0300 123 3393
Confidential support for people with mental health problems.
Advice for Teenagers during Covid-19
Please see link here for advice for Mental Health Advice for teenagers during Covid-19. This includes help for those who have just received GCSE and A-Level results and ways to keep your mind and bodies active during this difficult time.
A mutual aid group is a group of local people who organise informally to support one another and the needs of their local community. It is independent from any organisation or official body, and it is led by local people who volunteer their time. The groups are organised online either through Facebook or WhatsApp.
What you could be doing, examples include:
- Reaching out to people in the community and providing information and advice
- Dog walking if people are unable to get out themselves
- Providing a friendly phone call service to help people that may be isolated or lonely
- Picking up shopping for those that can’t do it easily themselves
- Posting mail
To join your local mutual aid group for your ward in Leicester East please contact Priya Thakrar via email and you can also join the Leicester East Facebok and What’s App groups using the buttons below.
If you would like to sign up to volunteer to help during this time then please visit the Voluntary Action Leicester page to sign up.
Bereavement and Funeral Services
COVID-19 Leicestershire Muslim Funeral Support Group
07833 533 490
07710 458 526
07879 610 649
Funeral Strategy for Muslim Families Across Leicestershire
Shama Women’s Centre
Financial Support for Individuals
- Citizen’s Advice and Step Change have published helpful advice on support for anyone struggling to meet their living costs, outlining how you can access emergency loans, access benefits payments early and other vital resources such as food.
- You can get assistance with utility bills by calling your provider and telling them you are self-isolating. If you have a prepay meter, they will give you two weeks of gas/electricity and if you have a smart meter, they will top you up.
0116 222 2200
Emergency grants in the form of essential goods for those
experiencing financial hardship due to the Covid-19
Leicester City Council
Difficulty paying Council tax and rent