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.

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Covid-19 "Events"

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. 

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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.

Contact: Sophie Woolfstein 07928 417 571 or email: Aliza Noe: 07887 612 213

The FED: Offering Covid response services to the community

0161 772 4800


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)

07510 204 844

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)

0800 952 1000 
Online form:

Bury Helpline: Support from Bury Council during coronavirus. (8am to 10pm, seven days a week; with plans to make it available 24/7) 

0333 200 4339

Bury Directory: Dedicated Coronovirus section updated regularly with Government guidance and you will also be able to browse and access a wealth of relevant and timely information


NHS Health: Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), a new illness that affects your lungs and airways

Every Mind Matters: tips and advice on things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home

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.

OCD UK: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and coronavirus

Let's Talk About CBT: Coping with anxiety about coronavirus,SB4,FF6LF,2NUX,1

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

0800 678 1602


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.

0800 470 8090

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: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.

A guide to lIving with worrry and anxiety

Thriving in Bury: Support in Bury for Adults- It's OK not to be OK- a resource for a range of options for support for people in Bury

Bury Mental Health Support Table - Adults (