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COVID-19 Action

Keep each other safe. Talk to each other. Look out for your family, friends and neighbours.

Here's what you can do for us.

1. Stay at home and wash your hands as much as you can. If you develop symptoms go to NHS 111 online and follow NHS advice. For tips on looking after your mental health see our article on how to beat the coronavirus blues

2. Prioritise your food, sanitary and medical supplies for yourself and your family. We have an up-to-date list of local food and drink providers who can save you that worrying trip to the supermarket. For practical advice and support services please see Manchester City Council's Coronavirus update page

3. If you can afford it, donate to a charity that can help to keep people safe and save as many lives as possible. We have some suggestions below. If you can't afford to donate, you can help just by giving them some love on social media. If you are not currently driving, you can lend your car to frontline workers.

4. If you can spare some time, consider volunteering: Acorn, Covid-19 Mutual Aid and Volunteer GM are all good bets. Or, if you want to take action without joining a group, Barakah Food Aid has suggested a little help form you can deliver to neighbours who may be struggling. We also have some suggestions on helping older people during the crisis

5. Save what you can for the biggest party the world has ever seen. We all need something to look forward to on the other side. Let's show the world how to party Manchester style. You can get a head start by buying our forward pay vouchers which help to support both us and the amazing restaurants we work with.

6. Keep on reading. We're here to inform, educate, entertain... and irritate. We're not going anywhere.

Things to do

We have a frequently updated selection of online music and other events on our Online Events page

From fitness classes to TV series to binge, online quizzes to concerts, we have lots to keep you busy during lockdown in our Things To Do section

Keep the kids entertained with our free online activities for kids list

Get fit - we eat a lot of food at Confidentials so (apart from Gordo) we're pretty serious about burning off all those calories. Now could be the perfect opportunity to kick start your fitness regime. From fun and free to professional courses, have a look at our guide to online fitness classes

Britain's pampered pooches will be thrilled to have lots of extra attention and we have a treat tub of tips on how to keep them active. Cats will probably be livid, but many of us will now have a lot more time to spend with our beloved pets. It might be a good time to set up a social media profile to share their cute, stupid, or exhausting personality with the world.

Culture vulture? Then you’ll like our regularly updated article on enjoying Manchester’s arts scene from home - from theatres, galleries and museums to comedy, music and literature. We also have a list of nine top Manchester reads for you to enjoy in the garden with a cuppa and some top community causes that are uniting people through music

Hospitality Action

Clock up the miles for those who can't clock in.

Thursday 4th - Monday 8th June 2020

During Mental Health Awareness Week Hospitality Action have been highlighting some of the challenges people are facing during lockdown. They recently launched a new film exploring how we can protect our wellbeing during this difficult time.

This week they want to highlight the importance physical exercise can have on our mental wellbeing. As long as you can observe social distancing a bit of time out of the house to exercise is a great way to help you put things in perspective, it's also a chance to do something positive for yourself, and your industry colleagues.

They’re calling all cyclists, joggers, runners and walkers regardless of age or ability to collectively cycle, jog, run or walk 19,491 miles, the length of the entire UK coastline. The sponsorship funds raised will support UK hospitality employees who are facing ongoing financial and emotional uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you don't work in hospitality you're bound to know someone who does and by signing up to our challenge you'll be lending them a helping hand.

You can take part in 'The 20,000 Mile Hospitality Challenge' by cycling local lanes, jogging in the garden or roller-skating around the park collecting sponsorship money as you go. The miles will be collectively clocked and logged online in an effort to light up the entire UK coastline…all in a socially distanced way.

You'll have between 9am on Thursday 4th June until 6pm on Monday 8th June to walk/run/cycle as many miles as possible.

As an incentive for joining in each participant who raises over £150 in sponsorship will automatically be entered into a Thank You Prize Draw to win one of 25 bottles of Taittinger Brut Réserve. The top fundraiser will be invited to Champagne Taittinger in Reims when we are all able to travel safely, as a personal thank you from the Taittinger family. The trip includes travel, a two night fully catered stay and a tour and tasting at the Taittinger UNESCO cellars in Reims (worth £1,250), plus a magnum of Taittinger Brut Réserve. 

Like all good sporting events there’ll be a pasta supper the night before taking place on Instagram Live. Participants are also encouraged to post snaps of their route and their endeavours to share across social media tagging friends using #Clockupthemiles @hospaction

If you can clock up a mile or two (or 200) to get Hospitality Action around the UK, simply follow the instructions and sign up to take part. From Land’s End to John O’Groats, Belfast to the Isle of Wight and beyond, Hospitality Action supports the length and breadth of UK hospitality. The challenge has been set and every mile will count.

All fundraising must be in accordance with government guidelines.

Support the restaurant and hotel industry.

Many Manchester hotels are going above and beyond by helping to accomodate key workers in the city during the pandemic crisis. You can read more about their amazing contributions in our article

Hospitality Action are the go-to organisation for workers in the hospitality industry. They have had to close their COVID-19 emergency grant due to the unprecedented demand. Any help you can give them helps to support the fantastic staff at our favourite restaurants and hotels who have recently lost their jobs.

"Hospitality Action was established in 1837 and has since offered vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK.

We’re here for the chefs, waiters, housekeepers and managers. We’re here for the concierges, receptionists and kitchen porters. And we’re here for every sommelier, bartender, catering assistant and cook across the UK.

Whether you work in hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars or cafés, schools, hospitals or event venues, we’re here to give you the help, advice and support you need whenever times get tough.

Whatever challenge you face - from physical illness or mental health issues to financial difficulty, family problems to addiction - Hospitality Action is here to get you back on your feet again. And when it’s no longer possible to work, we can help you prepare for the next phase of your life. 

Whatever you do in hospitality, we’ve got you."

Charity Registration No: 1101083

Follow Hospitality Action for more updates

Twitter: @HospAction

Facebook: /HospitalityAction

Instagram: @hospitalityaction

Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity urgent appeal to support the homeless

Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity has launched an appeal to help support and raise money/donations for people who are experiencing homelessness during this pandemic.

Spare change just doesn't cut it. There needs to be a strong and coordinated approach, so this is a fantastic opportunity to make a lasting difference. The importance of the charity’s aim for a long term solution is something highlighted by the current pandemic crisis.

The charity is helping to get people experiencing homelessness into self-isolated accommodation to keep them and the wider community safe and limit the spread of COVID-19. The impact of action now could have wider benefits in helping bring about lasting change, ultimately ending homelessness in Manchester for good.

Follow @GMMayorsCharity for updates.

“Let’s show the rest of the world what Greater Manchester can do when we all come together.”

Charity Registration No: 180418

Greater Manchester’s business community is being asked to make bulk donations of essential items including, food, such as cereals and microwaveable meals, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soaps and wet wipes, and even white goods and IT equipment. These goods will be channelled by the organisation Street Support to those working on the frontline and those who need them most. If your business has any bulk supplies they could provide, please contact the GM Mayor's Charity at

We Love Manchester's Community Response Fund

Manchester’s iconic charity We Love MCR has announced a package of new grants worth £216,000, to 22 charities meeting urgent needs in our communities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

These new awards take the total of grants awarded by the Charity’s Community Response Fund to over £650,000 in just six busy weeks.

The fund is now almost completely spent, so We Love Mcr is also asking people to donate if they can afford to.

The new grants have been awarded to organisations addressing urgent needs across four core themes where the crisis has generated major new issues:

  • Advice and protection services (focusing on vulnerable children, victims of domestic violence and tenants at risk of eviction)
  • Positive engagement of children and young people
  • Mental health and wellbeing in isolation
  • Food poverty relief

Gail Heath, CEO at The Pankhurst Trust (incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid) said:

“This grant means we can help eight women and their children to move on from their refuge places into safe new accommodation now. It also means we can now offer their vital refuge places to eight families in desperate need of a place of safety to flee to. Literally this could save lives, and we appreciate this vital support.”

The response fund is now just a few days away from being exhausted, with a pipeline of applications still to be considered by the charity. We Love MCR has released a further £175,000 from its reserves to keep the fund going, and the charity is now issuing an urgent call for further donations.

Companies and major donors are encouraged to explore how they can support the fund by calling 07809 284920.

Or you can text MANCHESTER 10 to 70470 to donate £10 (and this works for any number from £1 to £20. Texts charged at standard network rate). 

The charity promises to get donations directly to frontline charities doing vital work in our communities right now.

Charity Registration No: 1066972

Forever Manchester's Community Support Campaign

Forever Manchester’s Community Support Fund was set up to support the work of grassroot community groups across Greater Manchester responding to the impact of COVID-19 in their local communities and helping those most affected. The fund has been hugely successful so far.

Thanks to those who have donated and their work with UK Community Foundations (UKCF) and the National Emergencies Trust (NET), Forever Manchester have been able to support 167 community groups with £450,579 of funding so far. They are looking for more local commnunity groups to apply for awards of up to £5000 from the fund. Find out more about the Community Support Fund and how to apply for funding in our article

Charity Registration No: 1017504

Forever Manchester also have a monthly tombola prize draw sponsored by ZenOffice. You can enter for just £5 to be in with a chance to win one of three cash prizes.

You can also contribute simply by shopping online, at no extra cost to you with Amazon Smile

Follow Forever Manchester for more updates

Twitter: @4EVERManchester

Facebook: /forevermanchester

Instagram: @4evermanchester

Support our NHS staff, social worker and carers

For businesses, if you have spare gloves, masks or anything local carers, hospitals and essential workers need then let them know before sending anything. Everyone can donate to local hospital charity funds and local support programmes if you are able to do so.

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA)

For North Greater Manchester, Salford, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale follow @NCAlliance_NHS

They are very grateful to everyone who has made a donation of some form to their hospitals and services over the last few weeks. They have made it easier to donate items by setting up dedicated drop off points at each of their hospitals. Please use the hashtag #NCAfamily on social to show your support.

Manchester Foundation Trust Charity

For Central and South Manchester, Altrincham and Trafford follow @MFT_Charity

They are very grateful to have recieved more than £500,000-worth of goods for NHS workers from local and national businesses. They have asked for donations via the link below to help them to support 25,000 local NHS staff over the coming weeks and months. Please use the hashtag #ThankyouTeamMFT on social to support their campaign.

Manchester Mind

Manchester Mind usually operates from the Zion Community Resource Centre in Hulme and also delivers services for young people from their base in Levenshulme. Services have been rapidly adjusted so they can be accessed from home by those in need, either online or by telephone and continue to be delivered to all those who were already receiving support. In addition, anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue for the first time is encouraged to get in touch to access help.

They have introduced two new listening services, one for young people (age 15-25) and another for over 25s. The listening services are for anyone struggling with their mental health, social isolation, worries and anxieties. Callers can talk to someone who will take the time to listen and understand, while also signposting other helpful support services.

Manchester Mind can be contacted on 0161 769 5732 or for young people’s services on 0161 221 3054.

For adults who are struggling with their mental health, they also offer free and impartial advice for benefits, including Universal Credit claims, debts and housing. For young people (age 15-25) they provide counselling, advice (for benefits, work, housing, studies or money worries) and a virtual wellbeing café.

Meanwhile, like many other businesses, Manchester Mind’s community café and their outside catering enterprise, Good Mood Food, have both temporarily ceased trading, meaning the loss of a vital income. Recognising that poor mental health, loneliness and lack of access to healthy food are intertwined, within days of the lockdown the team responded to the crisis to do what they do best - cooking and delivering high quality, healthy and nutritionally balanced meals to those in the greatest need. They have been turning food donations from Fareshare into hundreds of home-cooked meals, on average producing over 1500 meals per week for Manchester City Council’s community hub, Maverick Stars Trust (for young people who would normally receive school lunches), and Just Life.

To help them make a difference and support the emergency food response, Manchester Mind are are asking for donations.

Donations can also be made via text by quoting MM30YEARS to 70085 (£3) to provide free healthy and nutritious meals to people in need within our community.

Mustard Tree food donations

If you have spare food and household items they may be invaluable to those in need in central Manchester. Mustard Tree are based in Ancoats and you can drop items off for them. Please check the link below to see what they need.

RSPCA coronavirus emergency appeal

In case you need to go to hospital, use the emergency pet carer form and display at your home so people know who to contact.

Our pets are doing such a good job of keeping us all sane. Don't forget to look out for them and those who have been sadly separated from their owners. See the link below for more coronavirus related pet advice and donations information.

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