Help for vulnerable and self-isolating patients

We are lucky to have some fantastic local organisations able to help you at this time if you are vulnerable or self-isolating.

Central Bedfordshire Council

If you are vulnerable because of your age, disability, you care for a disabled child, you’re pregnant or have other health conditions and your friends and family cannot help you with shopping, you can contact the council to request support.

The council will send you an emergency food parcel. This emergency food parcel should see you through a few days. Meanwhile, we will ask a local volunteer scheme to contact you and arrange to assist you with your weekly shopping going forward, until such a time as you can shop for yourself.

Call: 0300 300 8900

Ampthill & Flitwick Good Neighbours
The Good Neighbours scheme has a network of volunteers available to take patients to doctor’s appointments, collect prescriptions and take people shopping.
Call: 07833 314 903

Flitwick Baptist Church Community Help Group
The church is coordinating volunteers to pick up supplies and medication, provide cooked meals, post mail, make phone calls, and offer prayer.
07544 862929 – Tim (Pastor)
07415 251344 – Bob (Pastor)
07980 794904 – Amanda (Pastoral Assistant)

NHS Volunteer Responders

Can help collect medication; drive patients to appointments; bring patients them home from hospital; and regular phone calls to check they are ok

0808 196 3382

Help with prescription collection

07572 167608

Help available for vulnerable people in Central Bedfordshire:

Other useful local resources

Age UK 0800 678 1602 Offer support through their free advice line. Lines are open 8am – 7pm, 365 days a year
Silver Line 0800 470 80 90 Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Samaritans free phone 116 123 (24 hour service) Provides emotional support for those in distress or going through an emotional or mental health crisis
Mind BLMK 0300 330 0648 Provides support and information for those with mental health problems

If you are a community organisation or volunteer network able to offer help to our patients in anyway please do get in touch so that we can add your details.