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Cando Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Information

Written by on 19th March 2020

If you are having to self isolate at the moment due to the current coronavirus situation there is help and advice available to get you through this time.  If you want to add more here send details to

🏥 – for advice about COVID-19, including what the symptoms are and how to reduce your chances of getting it

💻 – to answer your questions about your main symptoms and how to get medical help from the NHS near you

ℹ️ – for the latest information on the Government’s response

☝🏼…/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-…/ – there’s only one you! The One You website is packed full of tips to help you keep safe and well during these difficult times, especially if you are self isolating

💼…/guidan…/covid-19-support-for-businesses – Support for Business (Loans/Grants)

ℹ️…/coronavirus-support-for-employees-bene… – Coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses

🏫–…/plans-set-out-to-support-pupils-eligib… – for guidance for those families who are eligible for free school meals, while schools are closed

🔑…/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-loca… – for the list of critical/key workers

✋🏻 And, #StaySafeStayHome –…/coronavirus-cov…/self-isolation-advice/ CVS are constantly updating the website to keep local volunteers and community groups up to speed with current events.  Support Cumbria is the official collaboration of partners across Cumbria who are working together to provide community support to residents who are struggling to access basic or essential services during the corona virus (Covid-19) outbreak.  This site provides a central point to help coordinate volunteering efforts to support Cumbria residents who may need help. Please share.

Barrow Town Hall 01229 876543 General Enquiries. Council House Repairs 01229 833311 Gas Only repairs 0800 031 6578

Isolation Ulverston 01229 357951. It is an information line with multiple options. See this page for description.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Community Help Barrow and Surrounding Areas Facebook group.. lots of information on where to go for various items, supporting chat and information on businesses that deliver.

Some useful Organisations:

AgeUK @age_uk Telephone 0800 678 1602 or 01229 831425 

AsthmaUK @asthmauk Telephone 0300 222 5800

The British Heart Foundation @TheBHF Telephone 0300 330 3311

DiabetesUK @DiabetesUK Telephone 0345 123 2399

Mind Charity @MindCharity Telephone 0300 123 3393 Mind in Furness 01229 827094

Scope @scope Telephone 0808 800 3333

The Silver Line UK @TheSilverLineUK Telephone 0800 4 70 80 90

Things to do:

Check out on Facebook the CandoFM Gigs, Events and What’s On group where local community groups, business and the community are posting ideas and coming together for support.  Below are a few ideas…..

Set up a schedule to help get you into a routine, so get up shower and breakfast. Maybe an hour for fitness or try to spend sometime outside. If you go for walk remember to ensure you keep your distance from others or alternatively if you have an outside space have a tinker round the garden or even set up a bird station so you can see what wildlife comes to visit.  There are lots of local businesses from pet suppliers to milk men that are selling bird feeders and feed.

There are also lots of free online ideas such as

Take up a hobby or learn a new skill.  Free online courses at or the open university have a lot of free courses too.

You could also catch up on your reading with some of the free apps and also or on Facebook you can borrow ebooks and audio books via barrow library.

Or if you’re wanting to keep your brain agile try for dynamic problem solving and reasoning maths

Consider fostering a cat or dog which will keep you company if you are at home for a long period.  If you contact the various local rescue groups they will be able to advise.

Plan what you’re going to do after isolation such as holidays why not have a look on YouTube to find out more information on where you’d like to go.

For the kids

Some great Facebook pages such as: Did you know world, creative ideas

Children to write letters, send pictures or crafting send to old people homes that are on lockdown so they know people are thinking of them

Make sure you keep in touch with family and friends either by texting and messaging, phonecalls or even the numerous FaceTime applications on messenger, iPhones, what’sApp etc.  Don’t let not being able to visit people stop you from communication.

From Barrow BID