Useful Resources for the whole family, to help you through these uncertain times…support, shopping and activities

Below is a list of support available for carers, families and vulnerable members of our community, together with a list of useful resources to occupy you and your family whilst staying at home. This list will be updated regularly as more support becomes available.

Blackpool Carers’ Family Resources Pack

Our team have compiled this very useful pack containing information on health and wellbeing, activities to keep the family entertained for hours and a list of shops providing home delivery services.
CLICK HERE to download the pack as a Zip file.

How to use Zoom video chat

Zoom is a great way to stay connected with friends, family, and people you can’t meet up with in person using a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. It allows you to call or video chat a person or a group of people.

CLICK HERE to download Zoom instructions in easyread format.

Support in the Community

Blackpool Council is committed to maintaining essential services and protecting the most vulnerable members of our community. They are setting up a community Corona Kindness helpline for those who want to help and for those that need help.

The services that we propose to help with initially are:

  • Food shopping (personal shopper volunteers are available)
  • Dog walking
  • Medical supplies
  • Social isolation and loneliness

If you need to access any of those things you can email: helpneeded@blackpool.gov.uk or call: 0808 196 3080.

Information from the Government to find out what you can do if you are struggling because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Use this GOV.UK service to find out what help you can get if you are affected by coronavirus. You can use it for yourself or someone else.

You can find information about:

  • feeling unsafe
  • going in to work
  • paying bills or being unemployed
  • getting food
  • having somewhere to live
  • mental health and wellbeing

Help with energy bills

  • Blackpool Green Doctor is a new FREE service to help households deal with worries over energy bills.
    Telephone 01253 478301 or email: eric.greenhalgh@groundwork.org.uk for more information

Benefits information available via WhatsApp

You now access the most up-to-date benefits and support information via your smart phones, using WhatsApp. The service, which can be accessed by sending ‘Hi’ in a WhatsApp message to 07860 064 422, has been launched to help combat the spread of incorrect information and to make the correct information easily accessible.

The GOV.UK service currently has more than 312,000 unique users, and has sent more than 2.6 million messages since its launch on 25 March 2020. DWP is one of the first government departments to provide information via the service which includes information on benefits support available, how to check if you are eligible and how to apply.

Food Delivery Services

This is just a small selection. Please CLICK HERE to download a more extensive list.

  • BCM Community Meals (My Chef)
    A family business based in Blackpool providing a delicious hot meals service – available 365 days a year
    Call 01253 305200 or 0800 146330 or visit: www.b-c-m.co.uk
  • Strongs Fruit and Veg
    Delivering fresh fruit and veg to anyone living in Blackpool and all surrounding areas. Free delivery on orders over £20 or a £2 charge.
    Contact via Facebook page – ‘Strongs Fruit and Veg Poulton’ or call/text 07557 046839. 
  • Harvey Wright Fresh Produce
    Delivering different sized produce boxes which include bread, milk, eggs, juices, salad, fruit and vegetables. Standard box: £17.50 / Large box: £27.50.
    Contact via Facebook page or call 01253 973523 or 07917 868904.
  • Eezie-Freeze
    Provide a delivery service for a huge range of different household goods and food products. These include: frozen and chilled goods, tinned foods, bread, pasta, cereals, drinks, confectionary, cooking sauces, cleaning products, toilet/kitchen rolls and pet supplies.
    To place an order email: info@eezi-group.co.uk or phone: 01253 693400. Can also be contacted via Facebook page – ‘Eezi-Freeze Wholesale New Page’
  • Bispham Salad Bowl
    Offering free same day delivery on a large selection of fruit and vegetables, as well as eggs and some other essentials.
    Contact via text/call: 07472 71727.
  • The Bread Basket
    Free delivery on any orders over £5. There is a selection of fresh bread, cakes, cheese, milk, cooked meats and much more.
    To order call: 07415 366586
  • Milkman Deliveries
    Will be providing deliveries of milk, orange juice and eggs.
    Contact Craig: 07775 904969 / Geoff: 07855 315029
  • De La Warr Butchers Bispham
    Traditional butchers providing high quality meats (majority locally sourced).
    Tel: 01253 358138

Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Lancashire Mind
    Lancashire Mind offers online support for those worried about Coronavirus (Covid-19). The information is to help you cope if:
  • you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
  • you’re staying at home or avoiding public places as part of social distancing
  • you have to self-isolate

Visit: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

If anyone is suffering with their mental health or who may be concerned about someone else and requires emotional support then they can contact the LSCFT Wellbeing & Mental Health Helpline on 0800 915 4640, open 24 hours a day.

  • Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Health and Wellbeing online resources
    CLICK HERE for online physical and mental health resources to support you during these difficult times.
  • Brighter  State of Mind Hypnotherapy
    CLICK HERE to listen to a YouTube Hypnotherapy session on Stress, Anxiety and Sleeplessness, with Blackpool born hypnotherapist Rob Wernick.

Education

  • ABC Does
    A website set up by an international community of Early Years practitioners who have a wealth of knowledge and a HUGE bank of ideas and activities to help parents and carers find fun things to do at home with younger children. Most have an educational slant but focus on being ‘play based’.
    Visit: https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/
  • Twinkl
    Provides teaching resources and teacher created planning and assessment tools for both primary and secondary children.
    Visit: www.twinkl.co.uk
  • The Maths Factor
    Is now offering FREE online Maths tutoring for children aged 4-11 until all schools reopen.
    Visit: www.themathsfactor.com
  • Go Noodle
    GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
    Visit: www.gonoodle.com
  • Backyard Nature
    Lots of fun ideas for children to get involved in looking for nature in the garden/yard.
    Visit: www.backyardnature.org.uk 

YouTube Channels

  • ‘Spread the Happiness TV’ – Daily upload of ‘Dough Disco’ videos and many other activities to keep children’s brains working whilst having fun.
  • ‘The Body Coach TV’ – 5 minute move with Joe Wicks. Live at 9am each day but available to watch anytime. Ideally aimed at KS1 but suitable for most ages.
  • ‘Ruth Miskin Training’ – A variety of educational videos. Also offering daily phonics lessons Mon-Fri with lessons available for 24 hours.
  • ‘Maddie Moate’ – Fun science and nature learning opportunities with Maddie and Greg. Weekdays at 11am.
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