LAST week we talked about how to try to stay safe and well during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. As expected, the situation regarding advice is fast-moving and many will now find themselves having to self-isolate, particularly those over 70.

To support those people who are having to self-isolate, Age UK South Lakeland has teamed up with some of their accredited charity partners to offer a comprehensive service including shopping, prescription collection, befriending and other forms of support to anyone who needs it.

Community spirit is coming to the fore across South Lakeland with many offers of support from new groups that are forming to offer similar services.

Whilst it is a matter of personal choice as to which group someone should seek help from, it is also important for anyone needing support to consider their own safety and well-being.

When seeking help or support you should make sure that the organisation you are contacting is a bona fide group that has accredited volunteers providing the support. It is vital that you do not reveal too many personal details and that you do not hand over cash, payment cards or PIN numbers to anyone you do not know, on the doorstep. We are aware that there are already many scams impacting people’s lives and would urge everyone to be extra vigilant.

The service being offered by Age UK South Lakeland and its third-sector partners does not require payment on the doorstep and is being staffed by fully accredited staff and volunteers. If you would like to access these services, please contact the helpline on 030 300 30003.