Covid-19 – Continuing our support to those in need

Updated 17th March, 2020

Caritas Salford provide essential support to those of all ages who are vulnerable across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Our services become more vital at a time when communicable diseases such as Covid-19 (coronavirus) can spread quickly. The vulnerable people we support, especially the elderly and those who are homeless or rough sleeping, are more likely to be at risk because they have underlying health problems and limited access to good welfare facilities.

We have been closely following the advice of public health authorities and put into place measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.

In response to government advice issued on the 16th March, we are now implementing additional contingencies. While this includes some practical limitations or changes our services remain open.

What can you do to help?

At this stage we are very limited in our food supplies for the homeless and those in need. In particular we are we are looking for:

  • Cereals
  • Tinned Soups and Stew
  • Pasta, rice and pasta sauce.
  • Tinned meat or fish, beans and frozen vegetables and fruit.
  • Long life milk or natural fruit juices.
  • Liquid hand soaps, sanitisers and personal hygiene products.

If you can assist by donating any items from the list, please contact one our local centres (details below). The staff and volunteers would be very pleased to receive any donations and will arrange distribution to the places most in need.

Alternatively, you may be in a position to make a financial donation to help support our work across the diocese. Donations can be made online via JustGiving or by contacting our Finance Team on 0161-817 2250.

These donations are helping to keep our services running during a crucial time. Any support you can give is very gratefully received, no donation is too small!

We are grateful for the strength, determination and resilience of our excellent staff and volunteers in taking precautions and for how they are continuing to support people in need.

How do we support members of communities facing discrimination?

Communicable diseases do not discriminate and the virus is not based on ethnicity. However, members of some communities have reported experiencing racism, discrimination and verbal abuse associated with the outbreak of the virus.

As a Catholic organisation promoting justice we reaffirm our commitment to communities to make sure they know they are supported and that discrimination and must not be tolerated.

Stop Hate UK provide anyone experiencing or witnessing such discrimination with a confidential 24-hour third-party reporting service which is available in multiple languages.

How to contact Caritas teams:

Caritas Offices Cathedral Centre

3 Ford Street

Salford

M3 6DP

0161-817 2250 Monday-Friday

08.30-5.00 pm

Caritas House Nobby Stiles Drive

Collyhurst

Manchester

M4 4FA

0161-817 2250 Monday-Friday

08.30-5.00 pm

Bolton charity shop

 

130-132 Newport Street

Bolton

BL3 6AB

01204 370927 Tues – Fri – 9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Sat – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Bury Red Door St Joseph’s Presbytery

Peter Street

Bury

BL9 6AB

0161-272 0771

 

Tues – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Thurs – 11.00 am – 4.00 pm

 

Cornerstone 104b Denmark Road Manchester

M15 6JS (Near S MRI)

0161-232 8888

 

By arrangement
Lalley Welcome Centre

 

St Malachy’s School Eggington Street

Collyhurst

Manchester

M40 7RG

0161-205 2754

 

Wed – 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Thurs – 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Fri – 10.00am – 3.00 pm