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Supporting each other throughout lockdown in Newton

by Gemma Melling

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 news@newtonlewillowsnews.co.uk – 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

Painted pebble says Stay Safe Be Kind

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.

Volunteers from Business for Youth in Newton-le-Willows packing up food parcels for those in need.

Volunteers from Business for Youth in Newton-le-Willows packing up food parcels for those in need.

Sources of support and help

The group will once again running their Sunflower Lunch Project to help families who are struggling with financial issues at this time.
They can help you even if you are not receiving formal benefits. If you are struggling to get food or essentials, they will help you, without judgement.
They are currently offering food boxes to any one who contacts them to say they need one, delivered once a week throughout the lockdown.
All requests are completely confidential, so if you are in need of food and essentials, inbox the Business For Youth in Newton-le-Willows Facebook page or email businessforyouth.nlw@gmail.com.

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.

For anyone in reciept of a voucher, food parcels are available from St Helens Food Bank. If you don't yet have a voucher, here's how to get one.
There will be a Food Bank Hub at Newton Community Centre, on Park Road South, every Friday from 11am-2.30pm.
For more information on receiving help from the Food Bank, please email Naoise on nmartin@newtoncommunitycentre.co.uk.

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.

The council is also extending its free school meal voucher scheme.

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 

Newton Community Centre will continue to deliver its befriending services, such as their Men and Women's Groups remotely with video sessions. If you would like to be involved with these, please email Naoise on nmartin@newtoncommunitycentre.co.uk
In addition, if anyone is feeling isolated and would welcome a regular friendship call, email Lisa Lisa.hulme@newtoncommunitycentre.co.uk or text/ring Lisa on 07927096679.

Don't keep your problems to yourself. Help is only a phonecall away:
Samaritans: 116 123
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Calm: 0800 58 58 58
Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247
Age UK: 0800 678 1602
Childline: 0800 1111
YoungMinds: 0800 018 2138

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.

Woman and child sit at a computer to do online home schooling together

Help is at hand if you or your child are struggling with home learning.

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 mail@newtondeli.co.uk 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.

For more information, contact Instructor Elizabeth Forrester on 07585 667518, email lowton@kumoncentre.co.uk or visit the centre webpage. You can also follow the centre on Facebook.

Lowton-based Monkey Maths tutoring are offering a free maths club on Zoom for primary children (aged 5 – 11) on Thursdays at 2pm.

Email monkey.maths.tutor@gmail.com to register your child.

They also have helpful videos on their YouTube channel for parents who are struggling to support their children with maths work – you'll also find them on their Instagram account @monkeymaths.

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 newtonlewillows@kipmcgrath.co.uk with your documents - dont' forget to include your name and contact details.

Newton Tutor is able to help share the load when it comes to home-schooling, offering virtual classes during lockdown. Read more.

Older woman talking on phone

Check up on elderly or vulnerable neighbours or relatives – a quick phone call can mean a lot.

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.

Laptops must be less than five years old and compatible with Windows 10.

You can drop off donations in the collection trolley near the tills at Tesco, or direct to Newton Deli on Wargrave Road.




Steak and chips on a plate

Ariete Restaurant are offering dishes like this steak and chips to take away.

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.

Choose from:

Pamper and Glitter Party Bags
Cupcake Decorating Boxes
Bath Bomb Kits
Craft Activities.
Party bags by Love Lee Parties

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 arieterestaurant@gmail.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.

Details of the latest menu and available times can be found on their website.

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.

Find out more on the Firkin's Facebook page.

Can't cook, won't cook? No worries... The Oak Tree, at the bottom of Newton High Street, is running a takeaway,  delivery and drive in service - including for classic Sunday Roasts.

Call 01925 228668 or order your collection via their app oaktreenewton.zappii.com.

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.

Woman on exercise mat gets ready to do online fitness class

There’s lots of local inspiration to help you keep fit at home.

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!

You can read more about Tumbles Academy of Gymnastics here.


Support local

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 news@lowtonandgolbornenews.co.uk.

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