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Are you worried about running out of necessities?

If you are worried about running out of necessities such as food or medicines don’t be shy about asking family and friends for help. They could offer to pick things up for you if they are not self-isolating, and drop them at your doorstep. If they use the internet they could help you do shopping online.

If you don’t have anyone you can turn to for help, there are groups springing up all over the area who can help you. You could search on Facebook for your nearest group, contact your Parish Council or your local shop, or visit our In Your Area pages to see where you can request help.

Free food for those in need.

Age UK Somerset is committed to supporting older people in a variety of ways.

During these tough times some older people, who are living alone, may find getting food a difficulty. We can help put them in touch with a delivery service and, soon we’ll have a limited number of bags of essentials we can deliver to you. Free of charge.

The bag will include a variety of essentials and long life products, and maybe some goodies for a treat.

If you know someone who could benefit please do email us at info@ageuksomerset.org.uk. We can’t promise (it depends on supplies) but will do our very best.

Prescriptions and medicine

If you have a repeat prescription (and internet access) you can arrange for it to be delivered to you using www.Pharmacy2u.co.uk or calling 0113 265 0222 . This is also possible through the NHS App – click for more details.

Someone can collect prescriptions on your behalf

Visit the NHS website for more information on how this works

Food and other groceries

We are compiling information about what food delivery services are available in local areas on our In Your Area page, but here we are listing generally what the supermarkets are doing.

FREE BASIC FOOD PARCELS FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE

The government has contacted 900,000 vulnerable people and plans to distribute free food parcels every week to more than 50,000 who have no family or friends to help them. The identical parcels contain essential non-perishable supplies like pasta, cereal, fruit, tea bags, potatoes and tinned goods as well as toilet paper. A food distribution company will deliver the packs to people’s doorsteps, although in some cases local authorities, charities or emergency services may help out.

SUPERMARKETS

What the supermarkets were doing – written 3rd April 2020.


Sainsburys

INSTORE: Priority shopping hours of 8am-9am Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Click here to see your nearest store
ONLINE:
Priority delivery slots for older existing customers and the most vulnerable. One slot per week. Capacity for online and telephone orders has been increased. Telephone orders – 0800 328 1700

LATEST INFO CAN BE FOUND ON THEIR WEBSITE HERE

Tesco

IN STORE: Offering priority shopping hours for older customers from 9am to 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Click here to find your nearest store.
ONLINE: Priority delivery slots will have an 8-hour delivery window – either from 10am to 6pm or 2pm to 10p.

LATEST INFO CAN BE FOUND ON THEIR WEBSITE HERE

ASDA

INSTORE: No hours set aside for older customers Asda Store Locator.
ONLINE:
Increased online delivery slots

Asda Volunteer Shopping Cards available https://cards.asda.com/volunteer


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OR LATEST INFO PLEASE CLICK HERE

MORRISONS

INSTORE: No hours set aside for older customers Store Locator.
ONLINE:
Hoping to have more delivery slots available soon. They have introduced essential Food Boxes – click for more information
FOR LATEST INFO PLEASE CLICK HERE

We will try to add more information on this page about what is available.

Latest info about supplies:

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Friendly phone calls

If you are feeling lonely or a bit isolated and feel that a chat would help, get in touch! We have started a new Friendly Phone calls service which is just that!

Sign up and you will receive a phone call from one our friendly members of staff.

Call 01823 345610 to register

Please leave a message including your name and number

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