Coronavirus and older people in Leeds
Staff of Leeds Older People’s Forum are currently working from home, in order to avoid spreading coronavirus and to protect themselves.
We remain committed to supporting older people in Leeds, and the organisations that support them, through this difficult time for all of us. We are very aware that self-isolation will, for many older people, lead to increased loneliness, social isolation and possible mental health problems. We will continue to support Time to Shine delivery partners as they develop ways of preventing this.
Leeds coronavirus hotline - 0113 378 1877
Anyone unable to leave their home because of coronavirus, and worried because they don’t have family or friends who can help, can ring a new dedicated hotline: 0113 378 1877
We know some people are alone and will need help from their local communities to get through. If you find yourself in this situation, wondering how to get groceries and other essentials, please call 0113 378 1877 and you will be matched with volunteers who live near you and can help.
What’s happening in Leeds for older people during the lockdown?
If you can volunteer to support older people, or other people at high risk, please go to Become a Community Care Volunteer to help with COVID-19
Coronavirus and older people
Mental health and wellbeing
Support and guidance on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.
COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing (Public Health England)
Dementia Connect support line - 0333 150 3456 (Alzheimer's Society)
Coronavirus - grief and bereavement
Information and support in Leeds
Covid-19 – useful bereavement links and resources (Leeds Bereavement Forum) Includes questions, guidance and updates about funerals.
Leeds Covid-19 Support Line (St Gemma's and Wheatfields Hospices) For anyone in Leeds with family members or friends who are critically ill, or who have died from any illness during the Covid-19 period.
Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief (Cruse Bereavement Care)
Before Their Time (Dying Matters)
Being a good neighbour
Top tips to safely help others
If you're offering help in your community,please download the Being a Good Neighbour Pack, produced by Voluntary Action-Leeds, for tips to safely help others.