Coronavirus Support and Info

Here we will post updates on the response from Wigan Council and our local volunteers on the Coronavirus situation.

January 2021 Lockdown

As we head into a third general lockdown, we urge people who need extra support to contact Wigan Council’s dedicated helpline 01942 489018.

There is also a form you can use to refer yourself or a family member/neighbour. See www.wigan.gov.uk.

Phonecalls to isolated members of the community, or those feeling like they just need to talk to someone every now and again, are being arranged by Wigan Council by the team based in Shevington Library. Again, call 01942 489018 to ask for this service.

Many local food retailers are delivering, so please search for your local butcher, baker, veg shop, cafe, takeaway etc and ask for a home delivery service or collection. See below for a list.

Co-op in Shevington is offering a click and collect service — just order online and collect within a few hours.

Stay inside, stay safe and save the NHS!

Shevington Community Pantry

In late July 2020, volunteers opened a new food pantry at St Anne’s Parish Centre in Shevington, offering discounted food. The food comes from Fur Clemt, a Real Junkfood Project in Wigan, and local supermarkets. Much of this stock is food which would otherwise go to landfill. 

We hope all residents can get involved by buying food or volunteering to sustain the future of the pantry. Anyone can join – although current members of Fur Clemt must choose which outlet to use on an ongoing basis. Please speak to volunteers if you want to transfer your Fur Clemt membership for free.

To print off a membership form, download the pdf below: 

Stay in Touch – What’s App

The What’s App Neighbourhood Watch groups which Shevington Community Watch set up in 2019 came into their own during the pandemic as the focus shifted from crime to looking after each other — please email shevingtoncommunitywatch@outlook.com for your nearest What’s App group link.

All you need is a smartphone! Help can be provided to install What’s App — just get in touch with shevingtoncommunitywatch@outlook.com or see YouTube for a tutorial.

The Deal team are in contact with volunteers daily and are offering lots of support as staff at Wigan Council work hard to organise the emergency response which will be needed for vulnerable people in the district. The Council are contacting vulnerable people on a regular basis to see if they need help.

There are some useful links below, including a Self-Isolation Welfare Support Form, which you can pass onto anyone in the community who needs more help.

Please email shevingtoncommunitywatch@outlook.com if you have any questions about Shevington Community Pantry or the Neighbourhood Watch What’s App groups.

If you know someone who needs help now, they can contact the email address above or Wigan Council on 01942 489018.

Lots of local food outlets deliver shopping packages — please phone them or see their Facebook pages/websites if you don’t want to venture to the shops as much:

  • Shevington Village Kitchen
  • Muffin Man
  • Cook & Foragers, Appley Bridge
  • The Fox at Roby Mill
  • Applecast in Newburgh

Finally, if you are well and able to post through your phone number to neighbours as part of your daily exercise and helping the vulnerable, please do so. We’ve had a great response on the streets where this has been done.


As we have such fantastic community groups in Shevington we are sure everyone will help each other as much as possible throughout this time — even just calling or texting our friends and neighbours makes a huge difference.

Info from Wigan Council – Public Health

Please see below links to the most up to date information regarding Coronavirus and some local website links. With lots of information being shared at the moment it is important to highlight the key messages and appropriate places to find the most up-to-date and correct information.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  

Self-isolation welfare support:-

https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Crime-Emergencies/Forms/Self-isolation-welfare-support.aspx

NHS volunteers needed:-

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army/

Keeping yourself fit and well:-

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-fit-with-strength-and-flex/

One Youhttps://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/

Easy Mealshttps://icarecuisine.co.uk/

Welfare Rights Team:-

https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Benefit-Grants/Welfare-Reform/Local-Welfare-Support.aspx

Call: 01942 489018

Hub of Hopehttps://hubofhope.co.uk/

Silverlinehttps://www.thesilverline.org.uk/what-we-do/

We are with youhttps://wearewithyou.org.uk/

Shining a Light on Suicidehttp://www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk/

Harmful gambling webpagewww.wigan.gov.uk/problemgambling

Dementia Connectwww.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiaconnect

AWARM- Emergency heating, boiler replacements/repairs:-

Telephone 01942 404261

Online referral:www.wigan.gov.ukwarmhomes

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