Covid-19 – Continuing our support to those in need

Updated  3rd November, 2020

Love does not end in lockdown

Covid-19 Caritas Response – Continuing our support to those in need

Caritas Salford provide essential support to those of all ages who are affected by poverty, vulnerability and lack of a home or insecure accommodation across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. The presence of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in our communities has meant these services have more vital than ever before.  The vulnerable people we support, especially the elderly and those who are homeless or rough sleeping, are more likely to be at risk because they have underlying health problems and limited access to good welfare facilities.

We have continued to follow closely the advice and restrictions of government of public health authorities and put into place measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Following the recent announcement of new ‘Tier 3’ measures for Lancashire and now Greater Manchester our services remain open though in accordance with existing procedures and with some adaptations to reflect the virus. 

What can you do to help?

As we approach the winter, we continue to be very limited in our food supplies for the homeless and those in need. In particular we continue to need:

• Cereals
• Tinned Soups and Stew
• Pasta, rice and pasta sauce.
• Tinned meat or fish, beans and frozen vegetables and fruit.
• Long life milk or natural fruit juices.
• Liquid hand soaps, sanitisers and personal hygiene products.

If you can assist by donating any items from the list, please contact one our local centres (details below). The staff and volunteers would be very pleased to receive any donations and will arrange distribution to the places most in need.

Alternatively, you may be in a position to make a financial donation to help support our work across the diocese.  These financial donations help provide the personalised service to help those most in need.  Donations can be made online via or contacting our Finance Team on 0161-817 2250.

Any support you can give is very gratefully received, no donation is too small!  Thank you!

We are grateful for the strength, determination and resilience of our excellent staff and volunteers in taking precautions and for how they are continuing to support people in need.

How can we support members of communities facing discrimination?

Communicable diseases do not discriminate and the virus is not based on ethnicity. However, members of some communities have reported experiencing racism, discrimination and verbal abuse associated with the outbreak of the virus.
As a Catholic organisation promoting justice we reaffirm our commitment to communities to make sure they know they are supported and that discrimination and must not be tolerated.

Stop Hate UK provide anyone experiencing or witnessing such discrimination with a confidential 24-hour third-party reporting service which is available in multiple languages.

How to contact Caritas teams:

We continue to update the details of our operations for publicly accessible services.  If you require general information, please contact Caritas main office.

Location Address Telephone Contact hours Services
Caritas Offices Cathedral Centre
3 Ford Street
M3 6DP
0161 817 2250 Monday-Friday 08.30-5.00 pm
closed to visitors but you can contact us by telephone or email
General enquiries or referral
Caritas House Nobby Stiles Drive
M4 4FA
0161 817 2250 Monday-Friday 08.30-5.00 pm
closed to visitors but you can contact us by telephone or email
General enquiries or referral
Bolton charity shop


130-132 Newport Street
01204 370927 Closed until at least 2nd December in line with updated government restrictions. Open for delivery or purchases only.

Community café currently closed.

Bury Red Door St Joseph’s Presbytery
Peter Street
0161 272 0771


Tues – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Thurs – 11.00 am – 4.00 pm


Provision of food parcels, access to support and advice.  Showers and laundry by appointment.  Operating on restricted numbers due to social distancing
Cornerstone 104b Denmark Road Manchester
M15 6JS (Near S MRI)
0161 232 8888


Support appointments by arrangement.

Food from 12 noon – 1.30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Daily fresh lunch parcels.  1-2-1 support on appointment basis in socially distanced environment.

Access to showers and laundry by appointment.

Morning Star Hostel 104 Denmark Road Manchester
M15 6JS
0161 868 0606 Male hostel for those aged over 30 experiencing homelessness or insecure accommodation.
Lalley Welcome Centre


St Malachy’s School Eggington Street
M40 7RG
0161 205 2754 Open Wednesday – Friday.

Wednesday Food Bank

Food bank support.

Support appointments by arrangement.


Refugee Response Services including Refugee Education and Community Sponsorship Various offices 0161 817 2296 English lessons, advice sessions and support delivered online.

Refugee resettlement through Community Sponsorship support through socially distanced means.

Older Peoples Services Caritas House

4 Nobby Stiles Drive

Collyhurst Manchester M4 4FA


0161 850 1645


Continuing personal contacts and support for the elderly.
Young Parent Accommodation Blackburn and Bolton Secure private accommodation for young parents and their children.  For referral details please contact our main office.


Additional support, advice and assistance:

Local authorities – Your local council has a statutory responsibility to provide assistance to those experiencing difficulties with housing or accommodation.  To find your local authority visit:

Other Catholic charities:

In addition to the support offered by Caritas, many parishes throughout the diocese have a local conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) which provide local support and assistance to those needing help.  For more information visit: