The lockdown imposed to help control the spread of coronavirus is making life difficult for all of us. But if you are having to self-isolate, it is even tougher.
Some people in Kent have not been able to get out to buy food and other essentials and it can be difficult to known where to look for support. So we've created a simple guide to help.
Ashford Borough Council community groups
The council has put together a comprehensive list of Covid-19 volunteer and community groups for every ward in the district, who can help with shopping, collecting prescriptions and various other tasks.
The charity can deliver hot meals to the elderly, arrange volunteer shopping, medicine pick-ups and also has a over-the-phone befriending service.
Call 01227 462368.
Red Zebra is working with other local charities to coordinate the response to Covid-19, delivering emergency food parcels, supporting isolated individuals over the phone, and providing information on what other local services are available.
This Facebook group enables those who live in Dover but don't have any family or friends nearby to help get essentials while self-isolating. You can ask for help from volunteers by posting on the page.
If you have no one who can help you get food and supplies but you're having to self-isolate, volunteers from the hub may be able to assist. It's open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.
Call 01304 821199 or email email@example.com.
The Deal Centre
You can get meals delivered to your door if you are elderly and self-isolating.
Call 01304 372608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Age Concern Sandwich
The centre has expanded its meals on wheels service during the pandemic and is also offering support and advice for elderly people over the phone.
Call 01304 614237 or click here to view menus and prices.
Faversham, Sheppey and Sittingbourne
Swale Borough Council community support line
The support line is for those aged 70 or above, people with underlying health conditions or those self-isolating due to people they are living with displaying coronavirus symptoms. You can get help with food and essential items. Lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30pm on Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.
Call 01795 417525.
Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh
Folkestone and Hythe District Council-funded community hubs
Emergency food and meal deliveries, help with repeat prescriptions for medication, help with pets or just a person on the end of a phone to talk too are all services offered by the community hubs. They are open from 9am to 4pm.
For Hythe, run by AGE UK, email email@example.com or call 01303 269602.
For Folkestone - run by Three Hills Sports Centre supported by Citizens Advice and Kent Coast Volunteering - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01303 316186.
For Romney Marsh - run by Romney Marsh Day Centre - email Covidemail@example.com or call 01797 208590.
Folkestone and Hythe District Council helpline
Open from 9am to 5pm daily
Call 01303 761116 or can email Covidfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Gravesham Borough Council and North West Kent Volunteer Centre
Volunteers can help get vital supplies such as food and medicine to vulnerable people across the borough.
This furniture business is offering asistance to anyone in need living in Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs, Westgate, Birchington and Sandwich. The company is using its two delivery drivers and two vans to purchase and deliver shopping to residents in need across the area.
You can contact the shop on 01843 593069.
Offering support over the phone and help with shopping. Hot meals can also be delivered for £8 each.
Call 01843 223881
A free telephone service for people aged 50 and above struggling with loneliness.
Call 01843 210005, email email@example.com or visit the Facebook page by clicking here.
Tonbridge and Malling
Community Support Helpline
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has set up a helpline for those in the shielding group or having to self-isolate. Volunteers can help provide food, support and befriending.
A Facebook group to help vulnerable people living in Paddock Wood with shopping, picking up medicine and other needs.
To join click here or call 07385105340 for more information.
Kent Together, Kent County Council
A support network for people who do not have family or friends they can call on for help during the pandemic.
If you requite assistance, fill out a form by clicking here or call the 24-hour helpline on 03000 419292.
Involve - Safe and Well
Involve has set up a telephone befriending service for vulnerable and isolated people who live in Maidstone, Tonbridge, Malling, Borough Green, the Weald, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and parts of Dover and Folkestone.
To see whether your eligible call 03000 810005 and choose option five or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are part of a general community group for your area or follow a Facebook page, you could always write a post asking for a little help. The groups often have thousands of members and so someone is likely to be able to offer assistance. Mention the vague area you live, the fact you're self-isolating and what you need help with and you'll get a notification if someone responds.
The Silver Line
A free, confidential helpline for people over 55, providing friendship and advice 24 hours a day, every day.
Call 0800 4 70 80 90
If you know of any other support groups helping vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic please email details to email@example.com.