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On this page you’ll find news of services that may be able to offer support to our families during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you know of anything we can add to this page, please email us at, thank you!


Food Club at Newbold Youth Centre

Newbold Children’s Centre and Newbold Youth Centre have linked up with Family Action and Fairshare to run a food club service from Newbold Youth Centre.

Families who live in the local area can register with the food club for a membership of £1 per year. Families can then request a timeslot each Friday morning to access the food club. On arrival at the food club the families will pay £3.50  per week and they will received a selection of food up to the value of £15-£17 each week. Families can access as and when, and they will need to phone Newbold Children’s Centre on 01706 649729 to book their timeslot.  Please take a look at the leaflet below for more information.

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Community hubs set up to support most vulnerable in coronavirus fight

4 new hubs have been set up across Rochdale to support the most vulnerable members of the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

The hubs will see the council and Link4Life work with partner agencies and volunteers to ensure that older and more vulnerable people who need help can get everything they need, including emergency food and essential items.

People who are vulnerable and need to access support through the community hubs can phone: 01706 923685. The out of hours contact number is: 0300 303 8875.

All staff at the hubs will be trained in infection control and practice social distancing while they work. The hubs will also work with and support community and voluntary groups to ensure efforts are coordinated across the borough.

The hubs, in Rochdale, Littleborough, Heywood and Middleton, will primarily organise the distribution of emergency food parcels and essential items to ensure that people without help are not left to fend for themselves. They will also support people who are socially isolated. More hubs will be created in future, if needed.

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Talking about death and grieving

We sincerely hope that you do not have to deal with the death of a loved one, but if you do, the advice below from The Key for Schools might give you some guidance about how to approach this difficult conversation with your children.

When you talk to bereaved children

  • Listen and validate – children often don’t recognise their feelings as grief. Let them know that whatever they’re feeling is normal and okay
  • Acknowledge their fears – children’s fears, no matter how irrational, are real and we can’t take them away. Just knowing that someone they trust is listening to them is helpful
  • Reassure, but only as much as you can do so honestly – for example, a child whose family member has died from COVID-19 will quite rationally be afraid of other family members dying. It’s unhelpful to try to calm a child’s fears by saying that won’t happen when it already has, and it can diminish the child’s trust in you. Rather, acknowledge the possibility but counter with facts about how rare this is
  • Check their understanding – children can be very literal, and what might seem obvious to us may not be so clear to them. As you talk to them, regularly check that they understand what you’ve said
  • Share your own feelings – it’s okay to let children know that you’re also sad and upset. It can be reassuring that what they’re feeling is normal

If the bereaved child is struggling to express themselves

Grief is overwhelming at any age, and children may struggle to express what they’re going through. You can get the conversation started by:

  • Sharing Lost for words – a free e-book of advice by grieving children for grieving children
  • Sharing ‘Thunks on death’ (about halfway down the page) – a set of cards designed to open discussion about death and grief
  • Completing memory books

Further resources which may help are available here:


Children and bereavement – includes lots of resources for parents and children, including helplines and tips for creating a memory box

Child Bereavement UK

Cruse Bereavement Care

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

  • On My Mind is a resource for children to learn how to support their own mental health and wellbeing. It stresses the important of self-care.



Early Help Early Years Family Leaflet April 2020



Free School Meals

The Department of Education’s free school meal voucher scheme is now active, and we have been busy contacting our families who receive Free School Meals to arrange it.

For more information about the voucher scheme, please click through to our Lunch Information page.



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Mental health

Government updates about the closure of schools have included the following information about wellbeing:

Social connections, alongside exercise, sleep, diet and routine, are important protective factors for mental health. Materials to promote and support mental wellbeing are included in the list of online resources we have published to help children to learn at home. Public Health England’s Rise Above platform supports young people. The Department of Health and Social Care is providing £5 million of additional funding to support mental health charities to increase their provision for adults and children at this time.

Social isolation, reduced exercise, and bereavement, may affect children’s wellbeing in this period.

Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include:

All NHS mental health trusts are setting up 24/7 helplines, and seeking to use digital and virtual channels, to continue delivering support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.



Leading mental health charity, YoungMinds, has issued advice to young people and parents on how to look after their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published advice includes:

The charity will aim to reach hundreds of thousands of young people and parents with supportive digital content over the coming weeks, to help those coping with uncertainty, social isolation, health anxiety, bereavement, additional caring responsibilities and gaps in mental health support.

The YoungMinds’ Parents Helpline will also remain open, by operating remotely, and will continue to provide free advice and guidance to any parent or carer worried about the mental health of a young person under 25.

The YoungMinds website will be updated regularly as the situation develops. It also provides advice on looking after yourself if you are a young person and has a Parent’s Guide to Support for parents and carers.


Message from Transport from Greater Manchester

Thank you for continuing to support the government’s message to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.

Do not travel unless it is essential – public transport must only be used for trips that are absolutely necessary for work, to get supplies, to care for others or for medical reasons.

Train, tram and bus services have been reduced to make sure they can be maintained for essential workers and to protect frontline staff. All our Travelshops, excluding Eccles and Altrincham, have now closed until further notice.

If you must travel, wash your hands before and after using public transport, use a tissue if you cough or sneeze, and use contactless payments if possible. When using public transport, please follow social distancing guidelines and keep two metres from your fellow passengers.

Thank you for your cooperation. We’ve already seen a significant decrease in passengers across Greater Manchester. By staying at home and only travelling when absolutely essential, you’re protecting each other, protecting our staff, protecting the NHS and saving lives.

Further changes to transport services are likely next week. If you have any questions or would like more information, please visit our dedicated Coronavirus webpage or call the TfGM Contact Centre on 0161 244 1000.

Please share this message with your friends and family, colleagues, partners and members, and we’ll continue to keep you updated.



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