COVID 19 SUPPORT
A Manchester community member, mother to several children, reached out to Neshomo and shared a poem she wrote. We feel it’s an inspiring look at the struggles of lockdown.
WHEN covid-19 invades and the world's rapidly changing. . .
I remember that I'm resilient and constantly learning.
WHEN I sink into despair, "can't stay indoors any longer". . .
I acknowledge that through it, I'm becoming stronger and stronger.
WHEN I feel "this quarantine is too tough! That's it!". . .
I remember I'm a fighter and I'm not gonna quit.
WHEN the news is black as night. . . I will be creative and make light.
WHEN the children are anxious and unsure. . .
I will provide loving explanations to keep them secure.
WHEN I reflect on how I'd never believe this could be. . .
I'm amazed at the growth and transformation in me.
Covid-19 Telephone Befriending Service
Neshomo would like to support the community during this very challenging and stress inducing time.
We are offering telephone befriending support for people who are feeling more isolated or more anxious / low during this period.
Once a week you would make an arrangement to speak on the phone, have a chat, perhaps read something together, discuss a shared interest… etc. This is a confidential service and Neshomo will provide training and supervision for all befrienders. All our befrienders will be carefully vetted.
If you are interested in becoming a telephone volunteer befriender during Covid-19 APPLY HERE or
CONTACT US to discuss further.
If you are feeling more isolated and in need of emotional support during this period and would appreciate having a volunteer befriender telephone you once a week please CONTACT US.
Mindfulness for Managing Stress & Anxiety
Join Debra Fraser for a weekly mindfulness session to help you relax at this challenging time.
Every Tuesday 8.45pm - 9.00pm
Dial in Number: 0330 606 0403
Access Code: 628397#
CLICK HERE for link to recordings
Social Teleconferencing Events
Neshomo are putting on events for our Neshomo members and for the wider community. For example we delivered packages of clay with an introductory telephone conference talk given by Chava Erlanger (local artist) for all our Neshomo service users. CLICK HERE for more information.
We hope to keep coming up with creative ideas that can keep us active and occupied during this difficult period.
Covid-19 (Coronovirus) Resources
Please see below some resources in the community offering support at this time as well as some useful reading material about managing mental health during Covid-19.
Manchester Kehilla Isolation Support: 0161 660 1777
To volunteer WhatsApp: 07379256156
GIFT: Volunteers to help with picking up and delivering shopping and prescriptions, phone calls for the isolated and 'virtual visits' over Skype, Zoom, Facetime or WhatsApp.
The FED: Offering Covid response services to the community
Jewish Action for Mental Health (JAMH) Helpline: If you feel the need to talk to someone or ask for support (leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible with information or advice)
Jewish Women's Aid (JWA): update on coronovirus
Community Virus Infoline: 0330 0887510
Spirit of Salford Helpline: Support from Salford City Council during coronavirus (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm)
Bury Helpline: Support from Bury Council during coronavirus. (8am to 10pm, seven days a week; with plans to make it available 24/7)
GOV.UK: COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing
Mental Health Foundation: The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the coronavirus outbreak, alongside colleagues at Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.
Let's Talk About CBT: Coping with anxiety about coronavirus
Age UK Advice Line: A free, confidential national phone service for older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year
The Silverline- Helpline for older people: The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
GM Bereavement Service: Support is available to all those in Greater Manchester, bereaved or affected by a death. No one needs to feel alone as they deal with their grief and advice can be offered for any practical issues that losing a loved one may bring. Lines are open: Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesday 9am – 5pm, Wednesday 9am-8pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am- 5pm (Except bank holidays).
0161 983 0902
Rehab4addiction coronovirus guide: A useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Psychology Tools- a guide to Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty: A free guide to help you to manage your worry and anxiety in these uncertain times.