Support in your community

How you can help yourself and support others in the community


We want to make sure you and your families have the support you need during this difficult time.

Local support

The following links provide a directories of information on community support groups and agencies that may be available in your local area.

National database of support groups

Mutual Aid have created a list of COVID support groups across the UK.
Some of these are Facebook pages, which you may need to join to gain access to.
Type your postcode or village name into the search box to find any local support groups:
Covid Mutual Aid Local Groups

How you can get support for you and your loved ones

The Government has provided guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and how we can all work together to protect older people and vulnerable adults. This includes steps you can take to stay connected with family and friends during this time.

Draw on support you might have through your friends, family and other networks. Try to stay in touch with those around you over the phone, by post, or online. Let people know how you would like to stay in touch and build that into your routine. This is also important in looking after your mental wellbeing and you may find it helpful to talk to them about how you are feeling. Remember it is okay to share your concerns with others you trust and in doing so you may end up providing support to them too.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, try talking to your family and friends and sharing how you feel. If you are worried that you may need more help, the following support is available:

Free 24-hour support

Samaritans is available to listen at any time of the day or night. You can talk to them about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult.

Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.

Shout offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.

Text "SHOUT" to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line.

In a life-threatening emergency, you should dial 999.

For the latest guidance please visit the Public Health England website