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Self-isolation support and inspiration



Follow NHS guidance on self-isolation, including who needs to and for how long.

Support available if you have to self-isolate

If you struggle with the thought of not being able to leave your house for 10 days straight, here are some things you might like to check out to keep you occupied.

Keep active

If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you might want to find ways to keep active. You might not be able to leave your home but can exercise in your garden or indoors. Try an online workout from Brio Leisure.

Brio Leisure YouTube


Visit anywhere you like in the pages of a good book. Library members can access books, magazines and newspapers online for free - and a library card is free too.


Culture from home

Do you want to delve into the archives, discover a new talent by joining in with craft, dance or drama activities, watch films, expand your mind or travel the world (virtually)? Our Arts service has collated a list of options to keep you entertained.

Culture from your home | Arts and music 

Inspire Cheshire West

Read ideas posted by residents and Council teams, and add anything you discover that might inspire someone else. You can also say thank you to anyone who is helping you during this pandemic, or add your story of how your community is pulling together.

Inspire Cheshire West

Council tax

Support and advice is available if you are worried you cannot make your council tax payments.

If your income has reduced you may be entitled to help through our Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

Test and Trace support payment

You can apply for a support payment of up to £500 to help you while you self-isolate.

Find out if you are eligible.

Test and Trace support payment


If you are claiming council tax reduction but are experiencing hardship you may be entitled to financial and practical support through the Help in Emergencies for Local People (HELP) scheme.

Help in Emergencies for Local People


The pandemic is affecting the way many of us live our lives, and it is normal for this to affect our mental health. Resources are available to support positive mental health and wellbeing, with tips of how to cope and who can help on our Live Well Cheshire West website.

If you need urgent support for your mental health, call the Mental Health Helpline on: 0800 145 6485, covering Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Wirral. The helpline is for adults, children and young people and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Get help to stock up - make sure you have all the essentials you need for 10 days – ask family, friends or neighbours to help pick up shopping for you or check out who can deliver locally. You can find full information about the support available near you, including community groups and local businesses that deliver shopping, hot meals, or provide other types of help by visiting the Live Well Cheshire West website.

Coping with Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This includes:

  • Telephone advice, support, listening services and online help
  • Meals, shopping and other practical support
  • Information for parents
  • Health advice
  • Care at home and care homes
  • Anxiety and mental health support
  • Information for young people
  • Help and support for carers
  • Staying safe
  • Income, bills and employment
  • Things to do at home

You can also call the Council’s helpline for advice about available support.

NHS Volunteer Responders are also on hand to help with collecting shopping or prescriptions or to be there as someone to talk to.

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