Coronavirus remains a threat and you may need to self-isolate due to:
- a positive test result
- whilst you are waiting for test results
- if you have been contacted by the Test and Trace system
- if you have been advised to do so by a medical professional
- if you have recently returned from a holiday and have been told to quarantine
If you can’t go out to shop for food or collect your prescriptions, help from family and friends is the best option. If you don’t have friends or family locally, there is still help available and the options are detailed below.
Help with food shopping
- If you can't go out to shop for yourself and have no family or friends to help, the easiest alternative is to order food online for delivery direct to your home. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, many supermarkets have introduced more home delivery slots and many now offer priority shopping times and other new options for elderly and vulnerable customers.
- If you live in a Bedford Borough village, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity may be able to help link you to local support with food shopping through a Good Neighbour Scheme or a Village Agent - email GNS@bedsrcc.org.uk
- NHS Volunteer Responders can help with food shopping - call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to arrange NHS Volunteer support.
Help with prescription collection
- Ask a friend or family member to pick up your prescription from the pharmacy for you.
- Ask your pharmacy for help with delivery of your prescription – many now deliver.
- Use an online NHS pharmacy
- If you live in a Bedford Borough village, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity may be able to help link you to local support with prescription collection through a Good Neighbour Scheme or a Village Agent - email GNS@bedsrcc.org.uk
- NHS Volunteer Responders can help with prescription collection - call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to arrange NHS Volunteer support.
Other help available
- YMCA – find out about @food4bedford on their Facebook page or email email@example.com
- British Red Cross can help with picking up prescriptions and arranging food shopping home delivery, email BedfordILS@redcross.org.uk or call 07525 902552
- Age UK
- Bedford Kindness
If you are in receipt of means tested benefits but experiencing financial hardship, you may be able to get help from Local Welfare Provision.
Many local communities have support groups to help those in self-isolation, these are often promoted on social media.
You can also contact the Community and Voluntary Service (CVS).
Access Bedford has an online drop-in service to support the local deaf community, it can make phone calls and translate English to British Sign Language (BSL).
There are also recorded BSL video clips of Council information available on its Facebook page.