Local organisations and groups offering support during the Coronavirus outbreak

Date published: 19 March 2020

Local businesses and members of the community are starting to offer help to those who are self isolating as a precaution or because they have symptoms.

This list is not exhaustive, but will continue to be updated.

Last updated 26 March 5pm.

Middleton In Action Together

Food donations needed urgently for those self-isolating and for those in financial difficulty because of the Coronavirus. For distribution throughout the whole of Middleton, please be generous as you can.

Drop off between 6pm and 7pm Monday to Friday at the Scout Hut, St Michael's Church, Townley Street, Middleton M24 1BT Also Sunday 29 March 10am to 12noon


Middleton Popstars Academy

The acadmey is making sure isolated people have access to toilets and the like.

  • Phone: 0161 653 7747


Baab-e-Salaam Banqueting Hall, Manchester

If you are self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms, are unemployed or struggling to buy food, please contact Baab-e-Salaam to arrange food pack delivery.

  • Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood, Oldham and Shaw - 07535 357575


St Andrew's C of E at Dearnley. Littleborough

Church officials have distributed a leaflet to households across Dearnley, offering help with shopping for elderly people or giving them and self-isolaters a lifeline on the phone.

If you need assistance phone Rev Rachel Battershell on 01706 378466 or the curate, Rev Anne Gilbert on 01706 346774.


Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group and Action Together

Action Together has linked up with Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group as the main hub to distribute help in the communities Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside.

Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the covid-19 outbreak in the UK whilst Action Together is the accredited Volunteer Centre for Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside. They need local community groups to register their availability to help.

Action Together is looking at what help is required in which areas so they can then liaise directly with local groups in individual areas.


Covid 19 Mutual Aid groups in the borough

Volunteer groups launched to help isolated people during the pandemic.


Streetwatch (Milnrow & Newhey Resident Watch)

Street Watch has registered with the Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group and Action Together to distribute help in Milnrow, Newhey & Firgrove.


Crescent Community Radio

Tel: 07817 229862.

Offering local residents, especially Urdu, Punjabi and Bangla speakers:-  general advice as well as food and supplies for the needy. The radio station is broadcasting 24/7 on 97.0FM.


Coronavirus Help, Milnrow, Newhey and Littleborough. buy, sell, swop, free [sic]

Just a place for our community to gather, offer and receive help and buy, sell or give the things people are needing at the minute.


Syke Community Base

Simone Yeoman, manager of Syke Community Base, and some of the base’s users have set up a group to help those needing support in the current situation.

It is for whatever people in the community need: shopping, collecting prescriptions, or just being there on the end of a telephone line for those who are self-isolating and just need to talk. 


Shawclough and Healey COVID19 Volunteers

A new Facebook group has been setup to encourage safeguarding and raise awareness of the Coronavirus. Here members will be notified with the latest updates regarding Covid-19 in the Borough of Rochdale and community support available to them. Members can also post onto the discussion page should they have any concerns.


Whitworth Covid-19 Community Support

The purpose of this support group is to provide a helping hand for those in the community who will require assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic. They also provide relevant, useful and up to date information from reputable sources and are working on more ways they can offer to help.


Diamond No.1 Taxis, Middleton

“After a meeting between Number 1 Diamond Cars management team and our drivers, we have decided to put the following measures in to place in order to help the people of Middleton during these testing times.”

The services the company are looking to provide:

  • Collect and deliver prescriptions from pharmacies in Middleton free of charge for the elderly.
  • Collect and deliver shopping for the people of Middleton who are self-isolating and for the elderly.
  • Providing those in need with toilet roll and other home essentials from a wholesale provider.

The company are also in the process of setting up a dedicated number for these services in their main office.


Mike Goldrick Blinds & Curtains, Heywood

  • Tel: 01706 628451

“In this time of uncertainty and unrest, Mike Goldrick Window Blinds Ltd wants to help their local residents.

“If you’re self-isolating or unable to leave your home due to the Corona Virus, you may need something picking up maybe from the supermarket, please contact our Heywood head office and we will try to sort it for you (for free!).”



The Rochdale Freegle group is in the process of creating a group, whilst the wider Freegle movement is offering to connect those who can help with those who need help.

The following postcodes are covered by the Rochdale Freegle group:

BB4, BL0, BL9, M8, M9, M24, M25, M45, OL1, OL2, OL3, OL9, OL10, OL11, OL12, OL13, OL14, OL15, OL16.

If you know of any other groups or companies we can add to this page offering help to residents, please email the details to us: 

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