As we find ourselves in yet another lockdown, it’s important that our communities continue to pull together.
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen the very best examples of community spirit in our town, and the willingness of people to support each other.
Newton-le-Willows News is all about championing our local area – the people, places and businesses that make it great. So we’re asking everyone to support local this lockdown, in whatever way you can.
If you are involved with a local company, organisation or community group that is offering help and support during this latest lockdown, we want to hear about you.
Or, if you are a local business that is affected – we want to know how people in Newton-le-Willows can still support you.
To be included please send us details to email@example.com – including contact details and where people can find out more (a website or Facebook page). We will help share your messages and connect you with local people.
Here’s how we can all ‘support local’ during this lockdown in Newton-le-Willows
Show someone you care
Take some time to contact people in your neighbourhood who might be struggling - whether that's in getting essential food and supplies, or just with loneliness.
A phone call and a chat can make a big difference to someone's day.
The old 'Clap for Carers' is being revived, but this time the idea is to clap for all those who are out working and supporting people during the lockdown - this includes NHS workers and carers, but also teachers, nursery workers, refuse collection workers, social workers, delivery drivers... all those people we rely on for help.
A simple thing. But it will mean a lot.
If your child's teacher has been really supportive, or your postman has been a real lifeline lately... tell them!
Send a quick email, leave them a note, or tell them face to face (from a distance, of course!) It's a simple gesture which will go a very long way.
Sources of support and help
Newton Deli will still host their Community Fridge at their store for those struggling. Visit their Facebook page and send them a message if you need help.
If you or someone you know needs help accessing essential items during lockdown, help is available through St Helens Borough Council's Contact Cares team by calling 01744 676767.
Families who receive free school meals are also encouraged to check whether they could also receive free Healthy Start Vouchers which are available every week to use to buy healthy food and get free vitamins. Find out more at www.healthystart.nhs.uk
A host of recipes to give people ideas on how to spend their vouchers can be found by visiting www.sthelens.gov.uk/recipes
If you, or a loved one is in need of extra help or care, the care givers from Right at Home North Cheshire and Leigh can make a big difference.
Whether its companionship or round-the-clock care, there's a service to suit everyone. Read more about the care options provided by Right at Home.
Lowton-based Emotional Wellbeing Group are a not-for-profit organisation who are offering free relationship and mental health counselling to people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
They are offering a weekly online 'drop-in' service and can signpost you to other sources of information and support, too. Read more.
Get help with homeschooling
If you, or your child, is struggling with homeschooling – know that you are not alone! Your first port of call should be your child’s school, who will be able to offer help and support.
You may also find the following helpful:
Newton Deli on Wargrave Road have kindly offered to support parents of children who don't have access to a printer.
Email the documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will print them for you from their shop, with no charge. Please make sure you include your name so they can get the right papers to the right family!
If your child needs a little extra help with their schoolwork, our local Kumon Centre in Lowton is offering online lessons at the moment. Currently, registration is free, saving you £30 per subject per child.
After that, you pay a flat monthly fee of £60 per subject – and for that, your child will receive weekly classes and daily worksheets, all tailored to your child’s individual ability.
Lowton-based Monkey Maths tutoring are offering a free maths club on Zoom for primary children (aged 5 – 11) on Thursdays at 2pm.
Email email@example.com to register your child.
If you are homeschooling at the moment and need access to a printer, Kip McGrath on Newton High Street will print it off for you and arrange a convenient time for collection.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your documents - dont' forget to include your name and contact details.
Help those in need, if you can
If you’re able to give donations or help others in another way, here’s some ideas for how you might do it:
Newton BGC are appealing for anyone who has unwanted equipment that might help a disadvantaged local child to access home learning online.
You can drop off donations in the collection trolley near the tills at Tesco, or direct to Newton Deli on Wargrave Road.
Support local hospitality businesses
Our restaurants, cafes and pubs are having such a tough time. If you are able to suport them by ordering a take-out, please do so. Here’s what some of our locals are offering:
If your child has an upcoming lockdown birthday, they don't need to miss out on a birthday party.
Book a Zoom birthday party with Love Lee Parties, choose your child's favourite theme, then sit back and relax as the the children are kept entertained with games and fun.
Everything you need for the party will be delivered in advance in colourful party bags.
Ariete Restaurant on Newton-le-Willows High Street is offering a takeaway service of their favourite and most popular dishes. There's free delivery within a three mile radius and free bottle of wine with all orders over £40 for collection only. Menus can be found on their Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Opening times for takeaway / collection are:
- Fridays 4-8pm
- Saturdays 4-8pm
- Sunday 3-7pm
Orders can be emailed to email@example.com.
Over the coming weeks, they'll also be running competitions on their Instagram and Facebook pages, so make sure you follow them for details.
Gift vouchers are also available to purchase during Ariete's takeaway opening times.
Shakey J's on Newton-le-Willows High Street are offering delivery to your door from Thursday to Monday each week.
The Travellers Rest on Newton Road, Lowton, is offering takeaway home-cooked meals on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Get your quality beer fix from The Firkin on Newton High Street, which is operating as an off-licence during the lockdown.
Stocking a mixture of hand-crafted small batch beers from the UK's best suppliers, it's perfect for all the beer connoisseurs out there who are missing a really good pint.
The Victoria, on Wargrave Road, is offering a range of takeout options from their menu - why not try their incredible pick 'n' mix boxes which include salt and pepper chips, southern fried chicken goujons and crispy spicy marinated king prawns... complete with southern fried gravy and a tandoori ketchup! YUM! Visit their Facebook page for more details.
Help to stay active at home – whatever your age
Gemstone Cheer are a local cheerleading troupe. They can’t currently meeting in person to rehearse due to social distancing regulations but are working hard on their routines and fitness from home, instead!
Now you can join in!
Gemstone Cheer are running free online dance classes for 12-16 year olds - you'll find details on their Facebook page.
They are also taking names for a new Starter classes for cheerleading, pom dance or lyrical, which will begin as soon as restrictions allow. With limited spaces per class 'bubble', the classes will take place in adherance to social distancing at a venue to be confirmed.
If you are interested in joining after lockdown, contact them now via Facebook to get your name on the list.
Tumbles Academy of Gymnastics, based on the Moss Industrial Estate in Lowton, are doing all they can to keep their young gymnastics active during the lockdown.
They have been running online classes to help keep the young people fit and happy - and for those gymnasts who hope to be entering competitions this year, to help keep their standards high!
Let us know what else we can add to this article
If you run a local business that is still operating during the lockdown, or are involved with a community group supporting others, email us details so that we can add you here. Send info (and pictures, if possible) to firstname.lastname@example.org.