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Essential advice and Awareness resources

You can keep up to date with the latest advice from NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care

On this page you will find:


Stay safe

For Covid-19 health and wellbeing information translated to 61 different languages, including how migrants can access NHS Health Services visit: Doctorsoftheworld.org.uk

Posters to download:

Easy Read - Inclusion North have produced Coronavirus – Easy Read Information and Purple All Stars have produced a hand washing rap video

SignHealth have produced BSL information on Covid-19 which is available on their website here

Covid-19 infographics - Useful infographics to help summarise key information about Covid-19 in different languages are available here 

Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 have no symptoms

The new variant of this disease spreads quickly.

We must all play our part in protecting others by following the golden rules:

Hands, face, space guidance


Vaccine frequently asked questions

Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect our community against serious illnesses. But as the Covid-19 vaccine roll out continues you might have some questions, the NHS have answers to some frequently asked questions

Easy read guide to the Covid-19 vaccination from Public Health England

Covid-19 Vaccine Myths from the British Islamic Medical Association – Your one stop shop on debunking myths surrounding the Covid-19 Vaccine

Vaccination videos from Yaran Northwest CIC


If you have symptoms

Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms - find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you have them

Self-isolation and treating symptoms - advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with

Posters to download:


National Covid track and trace system

keep manchester safe

Please only go online or ring 119 to book a Covid-19 Test if you have symptoms or have been instructed to do so by an NHS Test and Trace Team. Demand for tests is very high, so it's really important to only book a test if you need one.

If NHS Test and Trace has identified you as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please don’t try to book a test, as the virus develops at different speeds in different people, so please follow the advice to self-isolate for two weeks nhs.co.uk/coronavirus

Easy Read test and trace materials - download a pdf version here / download a jpg version here

Which test is best?
Manchester’s Director of Public Health, David Regan gives the lowdown on Covid testing in the city – for people with and without symptoms. Read Which test is best here


NHS Covid-19 app

The App is now available to the public to download free of charge from Android or Apple iOS stores. It is intended to support the public by providing alerts if a user has recently been close to someone who tests positive for coronavirus, by providing details of local area coronavirus risk levels, and by allowing quick and easy check-in to venues they visit. It will also support local contact tracing services by providing (anonymous) data on where and how the virus is spreading.

Download the NHS Covid-19 App

Government materials to encourage use of the app are available to download:

Posters / Social media images / explanation documents in English

Explanation documents about the app are available in alternative languages:

Arabic, Bengali, Bilingual, Chinese, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh. British Sign Language YouTube video


Health resources

The NHS Health Education England website has information and advice to help us through the Covid-19 epidemic. This includes:

People at higher risk - advice for people at higher risk from Coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust are here for their service users and carers, and have extended their helpline to 24/7. You can call any time if you feel your mental health is beginning to suffer on 01204 483 071

AskDoc has made information videos in different languages - http://askdoc.org.uk/events/covid-19/

Carers UK have developed advice and guidance for carers click here 

COVID-19 Plan & Prep Guide - NMD United volunteers have designed a Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) guide for adults living with neuromuscular disabilities. The goal of this guide is to provide fact-based, reliable resources that educate the community on how to reduce and prevent the spread of Covid-19, while also providing practical coping tools and life-management strategies that can be used not just for this specific situation, but for addressing any viral or bacterial infection risk.

Manchester Flu Campaign Toolkit

This toolkit contains a range of campaign materials to help you have conversations about flu:

Manchester Flu vaccination campaign toolkit

Flu campaign briefing for the Muslim community

Flu myth busters factsheet

Flu easy read booklet for people with learning disabilities

Flu vaccination who needs it and why booklet

Flu easy read winter 2020 booklet

Flu vaccination leaflets in community languages

Protecting your child against flu

5 reasons to vaccinate your child poster


Community advice about measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19

Advice and information for local communities in Manchester about the precautions you need to take to help stop the spread of Covid-19

This information is available to download as an A5 sized document in PDF and JPG formats with Easy Read symbols in the following languages: Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Somali, Spanish and Urdu.

Social distancing and changes to everyday life - advice about avoiding close contact with other people (social distancing), looking after your wellbeing and using the NHS and other services.

Local outbreak advice - GOV.UK: local restrictions – areas with an outbreak of coronavirus


Stay connected through Covid-19 - Help to get online

Alternative format languages: Arabic, Bangla, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Lavarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russain, Slovakian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya and Urdu. Available to download in a Zip file.

Stay Connected through COVID-19 Leaflet English version (PDF)

Stay Connected through COVID-19 Leaflet alternative formats (PDF/Word Files)


Work and financial support

GOV.UK: work and financial support

GOV.UK: check if you should go back into work

Citizens Advice: coronavirus – if you’re worried about working

Manchester resources and help

Manchester Central Hub to support city's most vulnerable residents 0800 234 6123

central hub

The central hub will coordinate vital support for Manchester's most vulnerable people, to help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. The primary needs that call handlers are expected to deal with include, but are not limited to:

  •     Delivery of food
  •     Delivery of medication
  •     Combating loneliness
  •     Managing fuel top-up payments

Tel: 0800 234 6123 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Text: 0786 002 2876
Email: COVIDSupport@manchester.gov.uk

Manchester City Council Covid-19 Community Helpline translated messages

Manchester City Council have translated their messages for the helpline number in to different languages which can be downloaded here:

Arabic, Bangladeshi, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, English, Farsi, French, Guajarti, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya and Urdu

If you need the flyer in another language, please email us at: info@mcrcommunitycentral.org

There is also an A5 easy read leaflet available

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Accessing food and essential supplies – How to get food and other essential supplies during the coronavirus pandemic


Useful numbers

Useful numbers during Covid-19

The directory includes:

General   |   Bereavement   |   Business support   |   Children and young people   |   Carers   |   Disability and autism   |   Food banks and clubs   |   Health conditions   |   Homelessness   |   Housing associations   |   LGBTQ+ and gender diversity    |   Mental health   |   Older people   |   Recovery and addiction   |   Victim support