WCHG & Community Support

 

Children and Young People

WCHG’s Youth Team continues to support young people across in Wythenshawe in a number of different ways. From engaging through daily ‘check ins’ to running a confidential phone line, between 11 and 7pm every day to creating a weekly e-newsletter packed with practical activities and places to get advice and support.

Follow them on Instagram here or email YouthInvolvement@wchg.org.uk to find out more.

 

Emergency Food

We have been working to ensure a co-ordinated response across Wythenshawe. People who are self-isolating will be making their own arrangements for food deliveries. However, anyone who is unable to afford food can contact partner agencies for Foodbank vouchers.

To access this service, you can contact any one of the participating support agencies (full list here – https://wythenshawe.foodbank.org.uk/.get-help/foodbank-vouchers/) or contact either the Early Help Hub (0161 234 1977) or Children’s Social Services and Social Services (0161 234 1977).

 

Financial Support

We know it is difficult at the moment but you do need to continue to pay your rent. Given we are all trying to limit contact and stop the spread of this virus, the best way to pay your rent is through our websites, via the tenant app or via the phone. If your employment status has changed or you need to talk to us about your rent, please speak to us as soon as possible. Our teams will still be here for you.

WCHG are aware some residents have already been made redundant or are having to take unpaid leave or reduce their hours. It is a time of great uncertainty for everyone but there is help and advice out there. You can access information from ‘The Money Advice Service’, a free and impartial service set up by the government, which look at your rights to sick pay, changes to claiming your benefits and what it means for travel. Click here for lots of useful information or here for some coronavirus benefit related information.

For more useful information and contact details click here - WCHG - Advice for Tenants Manchester (doc)

 

Volunteering and Real Food Wythenshawe

Volunteering is currently being delivered online which is open to all tenants and residents. If you would like to get involved in this please contact daniel.williams@wchg.org.uk to find out more.

 

Your mental health during this difficult time

Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (Covid-19), can be scary and can affect our own mental health. Whilst it’s important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times.

Below are some valuable resources to help you manage your own mental health and those of your loved ones.

Support with domestic violence

Safespots Wythenshawe remain committed to providing support to victims of domestic abuse and daily updates are made via both their Facebook and Twitter accounts. They ask that if you have symptoms of Coronavirus that you don’t attend the centre but contact them first on 07873 889637 for support.

 

How can you help WCHG continue to support you?

Self-Isolating

If you or a member of your household has been diagnosed with, exposed to, or is suffering from Coronavirus (COVID-19), or you have voluntarily self-isolated yourself please make us aware.

We will carry out risk assessments on an individual basis to ensure the safety of our tenants, in addition WCHG staff and contractors will be subject to the same screening to help prevent the spread of infection in line with Government advice. We have also implemented strict hygiene measures for colleagues visiting our customers for your protection.

Contact Information

If you have changed your phone number or email address recently, please contact us on 0800 633 5500 or 0300 111 0000 to make sure we have the correct contact information on our system.  You can also touch base with us via our contact us page, on our website and via Facebook or Twitter. This will help to ensure you receive all communications as quickly as possible.

 

Keep up to date with the latest information

To help combat the spread of coronavirus, please keep up-to-date with the latest advice and refer to the NHS England website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

We will continue to update our website www.wchg.org.uk with the latest information from the Group and partner organisations.

 

The Greater Manchester Nutrition and Hydration programme

The purpose of this programme is to raise awareness of and provide responses to undernourishment and dehydration in the over 65 population. The risk of older adults developing Malnutrition is arguably higher in the current climate. Malnutrition is a serious condition which can increase a person’s risk of infection as well as slowing down their recovery. Those with an infection, such as Covid-19, are also at higher risk of developing malnutrition and dehydration which slows their recovery and may consequently result in readmission to hospital and further complications.

All the resources and more information about the programme can be found on our website at: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/salford/about-us/improving-nutrition-and-hydration/