Help for parents and families

Help is available for families in West Lancashire who may be experiencing difficulty during the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Shopping vouchers for children eligible for free school meals
  • Help with shopping and medicines if you’re self-isolating
  • Skelmersdale Foodbank still open

Shopping vouchers

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will be provided with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15. To give access to this service, your child's school will likely be in contact with you. If you do not hear from them, please contact the school for more details.

The voucher is valid in most supermarkets, including Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S.

More information on about the Voucher scheme 

Protection from eviction

You will not be not will be forced out of your home during this difficult time if you can’t pay the rent.

The government has announced that there will be a complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters (external link).

Mortgage lenders have also agreed they will support any customers experiencing issues with their finances as a result of Covid-19, including through the allowance of payment holidays lasting up to 3 months. This will mean that, if you have a mortgage, you will not have to pay towards it for up to three months.

Please visit the government website (external link) for more information.

Update from Skelmersdale Foodbank

The Skelmersdale Foodbank remains open, meaning that you can still access emergency food if you need it.

To ensure the safety of volunteers and anyone visiting, the Ecumenical Centre now has restricted access. To be allowed into the building, you will need to ring the Foodbank on 07989052832. This number will also be displayed on the door so you can ring from outside.

Help if you’re self-isolating

If you are self-isolating, and cannot rely on support from family, friends and neighbours at this time, the Birchwood Centre can help with daily tasks such as picking up medication and essential items, or if you need someone friendly to talk to over the phone.

Don't hesitate to get in touch via their contact details below.


Tel: 01695 713248
Text: 07706 750187


Support bubble guidance 

As outlined by the Prime Minister in his statement earlier this week, from Saturday 13 June, single adult households will be able to form a “support bubble” with one other household. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance setting out how the public can see people that they do not live with while protecting themselves and others from coronavirus. 

The guidance provides advice on making a support bubble with another household and outlines key principles the public should follow when outside their home. It also provides advice on a range of issues when meeting outdoors.

You can find the full guidance here: