We are currently in the ‘suppression’ stage of the Government’s Coronavirus strategy, which aims to slow the rate of transmission of the disease by reducing social interaction. This involves huge changes in the way we live, and a great deal of advice and guidance on dealing with the impact is available on a number of Government and local websites.

The basic advice is:
Stay at Home. Only go out when absolutely necessary, for basic necessities, to exercise once a day, for medical needs and essential work; and then for the shortest time possible, keeping your distance from other people.

Everyone is vulnerable, but people over 70 and those with underlying health conditions are at increased risk and should be particularly mindful of these instructions.

There is also useful guidance on dealing with the psychological aspects of isolation and maintaining wellbeing, such as structuring your day, keeping in touch with others, eating properly, taking exercise, keeping your mind active and managing your media and information intake – in other words, don’t be dragged down by the torrent of Coronavirus bad news.

Here are some useful websites for authoritative information and support: – updates on Government activity and advice on how to protect yourself and others. - essential health-related guidance, including looking after your physical and mental health during the lockdown period. – for medical enquiries, including advice on what to do if you have Coronavirus symptoms. There is also a special 111 telephone helpline for those without internet access. Rochdale Council website with information on how to protect yourself, help for vulnerable people, health and wellbeing resources, and things to do whilst at home.

If you are unable to access these yourselves, friends and family may be able to help.

There is plenty of information and support out there, so there’s no need to feel you are on your own.

These details will be updated as circumstances change.

This is a good time for people to log onto our Littleborough U3A Facebook group and join in the chat with other Littleborough U3A members

For ideas and information during this difficult time please see the Things To Do page of this website or tap on the link to see our Littleborough U3A Facebook group