Looking after yourself, and others

As we’re in our third week of tight national Government restrictions, the changes to our lives are really showing.

It’s beginning to get harder to entertain the kids, and yourself –  while staying indoors.

The news is heavy, and with so much going on; it’s hard not knowing when things will return to normal.

Please know that you’re not alone during this. There are millions of people feeling the same way. It’s okay if you need a rest from teaching your children, and no-one will mind if you need a moment to yourself.

There are organisations, businesses and groups that all want to support you. Whether it’s creating a printable drawing for the little ones to colour in, or it’s steering you through a tough time with the way you’re feeling. There’s a wide range of support available.

It may take a few weeks – perhaps months – but we will get through this. Take some time to see the support we, and our partners are offering right now.

Here’s the latest,

Manchester City Council

Mental wellbeing while staying at home

You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it. The NHS has made some really useful tips and advice on things you can do now to help keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you’re feeling. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it. Read the advice the NHS offers on taking care of your mind.  

Help is available over the Easter weekend 📞

Our freephone helpline supporting the vulnerable, being operated by redeployed Manchester City Council staff, has received thousands of calls since launching. Speaking with residents with no access to local support networks, who really need our help in getting through these times.

Our staff can offer support with food, medicines, fuel bills and more. We encourage residents who need the support to get in touch so we can help them. If you need support with council tax, business rates or bins – please visit:


Change to opening hours over Easter

  • • Good Friday April 10 – 10am – 2pm
  • • Saturday 11 April – usual hours – 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • • Easter Sunday 12 April – closed
  • • Easter Monday 13 April – 10am – 2pm

If you need help you can get it by calling 0800 234 6123, or emailing COVIDSupport@manchester.gov.uk and giving as much info in your request as you can to help us understand your situation.

Huge THANK YOU to Manchester schools

Almost three quarters of schools in Manchester will stay open through the Easter holidays to make sure the vital care and support schools are providing continues.

Over 1,000 children have been attending schools since the school closures. Parents and city leaders welcome and are amazed by the work our schools are doing.

Free school meals

The council has put measures in place to make sure that all families who are usually in receipt of free school meals will continue to receive this much-needed financial support during the upcoming school holiday, so that no families in the city face the threat of holiday hunger.

We’ve set aside £700,000 to help pay for lunchtime meals during the Easter holidays for school age children who already get free school meals due to low family income, or whose families fall into hardship. Families of children eligible for free school meals on this basis will receive a payment of £10 per week per school-aged child.

More on free school meals

Can you volunteer, or donate?

Manchester needs volunteers to help with driving, phone calls, admin & more – if you can lend your time, please visit: https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/coronavirus-advice-and-resources/covid-19-community-volunteering If you can, please donate to the We ❤️ Manchester Charity Covid Community Response Fund: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/mcr-response-fund

GP practices & pharmacies stay open over Easter

GP practices

GP practices are going to be open on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April). For everyone’s safety, all Manchester practices are initially speaking to patients over the phone, video or through an online consultation form. Instructions will come through from your GP as to which method will be best for your situation. Do not go into your GP practice in person without prior agreement. Learn more about GPs over Easter.


Pharmacies across Manchester will also be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday from 2pm until 5pm, as well as other Manchester pharmacies that will stay open throughout the weekend.

United We Stream: Haçienda this Sunday 🎶

This weekend Greater Manchester’s ‘United We Stream’ welcomes all with a one-off Easter special. Featuring the very best Hacienda DJs and guests throughout Saturday. The full line-up will be announced soon, and you can stream live on unitedwestream.co.uk Learn more about United We Stream.

Our service changes

Latest changes to your council services.

Bin collections

As of Monday 13 April there will be no green food and garden recycling bin collections until further notice. Please put your food waste in your grey general waste bin. Garden waste should be stored in your green bin until we restart green bin collections.

Grey/black, brown and blue bin collections will continue and we’ll be sending updates if anything changes.

While maintaining a safe distance, please let any friends, family, or neighbours without internet access know about the current arrangements.

Get advice on how to reduce waste in your home, including composting.

Check your bin dates

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