Published: Wednesday, 18th Mar 2020

Bolton residents are being reminded of the simple steps we can all take to help our most vulnerable friends and neighbours stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

From the 2015 floods to the amazing community response to the Cube fire, the Bolton Family is at its very best when times look worst.

Bolton’s charity and community sector is the envy of the UK, with an army of selfless volunteers giving their time and money to help those in need.

Simple steps like hand washing and avoiding unnecessary gathering can make a huge difference.

Coronavirus is a challenge, but it is no match for the community spirit of Bolton.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Cllr Sue Baines, said:

“Coronavirus is one of the biggest challenges this country has faced, but it is no match for the resolve and community spirit of Bolton.

“I want to thank our frontline health staff and other workers who are doing all they can to keep our vital services going.

“Thank you to all of you who have been in touch to offer help and to those of you who have been keeping an eye on vulnerable neighbours.

“Remember, as this outbreak continues the simple advice about hand washing and social distancing is still the very best defence we have against the virus.”

Wash your hands

As the outbreak develops, it can be easy to forget the simple advice about the importance of hand hygiene.

Please continue washing your hands regularly, for a minimum of 20 seconds, when you get home and into work and before eating. Avoid touching you face.

This remains the best way to stop coronavirus from spreading.

Keep your distance

The Government has advised social distancing measures, urging people to avoid unnecessary gatherings:

  • Avoid large gatherings and venues such as pubs, restaurants and theatres
  • Work from home where possible
  • Avoid gatherings with family and friends; use video technology
  • Use phone or online resources to contact your GP and other services

This may mean a disruption to your regular routine, but it will help us protect Bolton residents from coronavirus.

Even if you are not in an at-risk group, please consider that you can still pass the virus on to someone more vulnerable.  

Be a good neighbour

As you’d expect, we have already seen an outpouring of community spirit in Bolton, with many people asking how they can support their more vulnerable friends and neighbours who are self-isolating
If you are part of a network that is organising grocery shopping (or other supplies), please take these simple measures to protect yourself.

Make sure that you do not enter the home of the person you are delivering to, but leave the goods outside their home for them to collect.

If you are checking in to see how they are, ensure that you conduct the conversation whilst keeping at least 2 metres (3 steps) from the individual. These small steps can help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

How can I help?

Bolton Council is working closely with our partners in the voluntary, community, social enterprise and faith sector leaders to help those in most need.

Charity groups have a vital role to play alongside the health sector and other services.

If your charity of volunteer group would like to help with the coronavirus response, please contact Bolton CVS via  or 01204 546055.