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How we can all help

Want to know how you can safely help older people in your family or neighbouring area? Here are five tips for making their lives easier during this difficult time.

Stay at home

The Government has asked everyone in the UK to stay at home. This means even people who may not be at a high risk should only leave the house for limited reasons. These measures are to help prevent the spread of the virus, and protect the most vulnerable.

1. Keep in touch

Phone your older relatives and friends and ask if they need anything and let them know if they do, you can help out. And while you’re on the phone, why don’t you have a chat?

You could set up a rota with other family and friends to make sure someone is regularly giving them a ring to see if they’re OK.

This might also be a useful time to introduce older relatives and friends to technology that might prove helpful during this period, such as Skype or FaceTime. We've also written a guide to video calling. 

Keeping in touch using a video call - How to use different systems for video calling, with instructions and demos on video. Learn More

2. Lend a hand

If you’re feeling well, why not offer to pick up shopping for an older neighbour or relative who might not be able to or is too worried to go to the shops? If you are helping someone who is self-isolating make sure you leave the shopping on their front doorstep, knock on their door and step back while you ensure they safely receive it. Make sure you stand 2 metres away from them at all times.

You could help an older person who lives further away from you and isn’t familiar with technology by doing an online shop for them. It’s worth checking before you offer to do so, though, as some services have suspended deliveries due to overwhelming demand.

Age UK's coronavirus information hub - Information on coronavirus, including updates on how you can look after yourself and loved ones, comments from Age UK, and ways you can support older people. Find out more

3. Show you care

Why not make homemade cards (which is a great project to do with the kids), send a postcard, even post small gifts to keep people’s spirits up or just write a good old-fashioned letter to an older friend or relative?

Why not get creative with it? Share any pictures or videos of what you’re up to by tagging our Facebook or Twitter accounts, or emailing: info@ageukstockport.org.uk

4. Share these numbers

It can be helpful to know who you can call, especially if someone’s feeling isolated.

For more information on how we can assist and practical support call Age UK Stockport on 0161 480 1211

For Information & Advice leave a message on 0161 477 1213

For a cheerful chat, day or night, call Silver Line: 0800 470 80 90

Please note: as this is a very busy time, it may take a bit longer for you to get through. Please do leave a message and we will get back to you.

5. Donate now

Demand for our vital services has increased rapidly. All donations will help us continue to keep services running and deliver community support to the people of Stockport. Ways you can donate.