Guidance on shielding

Food and medicine support

The last delivery of weekly food boxes took place on 31 July. Government advice for London states that those previously shielded can go outside to buy food and should maintain social distancing measures. 

For residents who registered with the government for priority access to supermarket deliveries, this will continue. You can also continue to use NHS Volunteer Responders to deliver the food you buy, prescriptions and essential items to you if you need to. If the council arranged a charity to assist with your food shopping you will be notified before any changes.

Even if shielding is formally introduced the Government have indicated it is unlikely that food parcel delivery will be re-introduced. It’s therefore important to make plans to ensure access to food and essential items.

The council can also provide advice on a range of commercial options if you are concerned about accessing food.

Residents in financial crisis who cannot pay for food can also call 020 8825 7170. They will be able to put you in touch with the Local Welfare Assistance team who can provide support and advice on benefit entitlements, debt advice and jobs and skills. They can also arrange a referral to Ealing Foodbank if required.

You can also use the community support directory on the Ealing Together website, to find support if you need help. Use this directory to find local groups and other services in your local area including befriending, bereavement counselling, as well as practical help with filling in application forms.

The directory is easy to use. Simply enter your postcode and choose the services that you need. You will then be able to make direct contact with the organisations listed and discuss the kind of help that you need. 

This year, it is especially important to get the flu vaccine. Many people who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 are also at risk from the flu. Take this opportunity to protect yourself and stay well over the winter months.

The flu vaccine is the best protection for you and those around you. It is available free of charge to those most at risk.

If you have not heard from the NHS about your flu jab, please contact your GP surgery to book your vaccination.