Help for parents and families

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

Update on evictions


The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions has been extended until 22 February and this is to be kept under review. However, landlords can request warrants for eviction in exceptional cases of anti-social behaviour, illegal occupation, fraud, perpetrators of domestic abuse in social housing and extreme rent arrears.

The court rules and procedures introduced in September to support both tenants and landlords will remain in place and be regularly reviewed.

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.

Birchwood Email
Birchwood Website
Birschwood Facebook
Birchwood Twitter

Tel: 01695 713248
Text: 07706 750187


Support bubble guidance 

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: