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    If you, or relative, is self-isolating and need some local support, there are lots of community groups that can help.

    Getting practical help 

    Transport 

    Please make sure you are following the latest government guidance on leaving your home, social distancing and self-isolation. 

    Kent County Council has lifted restrictions on senior citizen bus passes. They can now be used on buses before 9.30am. 

    Sevenoaks District Council has also suspended parking charges across its car parks and on street pay and display bays from Saturday 21 March 2020 until further notice. Drivers will still need to follow the parking rules, including the maximum stay. 

    Some local taxi firms are offering free transport to older people and vulnerable groups. Check with your local firm.

    Shopping 

    If you are unable to shop, please see the guidance above about getting help.

    Most supermarkets are making arrangements to make sure a priority service is offered for vulnerable groups and key workers. Many have changed opening hours. Please check with your local store before you leave home. 

    • Sainsbury's
      • Open to NHS and social care workers only 7.30-8am every day from Monday to Saturday (ID required)
      • Open to elderly and disabled customers and carers only 8-9am Monday, Wednesday and Friday
      • From Monday 23 March, online delivery slots will be prioritised for vulnerable groups. See the Sainsbury’s website for more details.
    • Waitrose
      • First hour of trading for older and disabled customers only
    • Tesco
      • Open for vulnerable groups only 9-10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    • Marks and Spencer
      • Open for NHS and emergency workers only for the first hour of trading on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
      • Open for vulnerable and older customers only for the first hour of trading on Mondays and Thursdays  

    Many local shops, such as farm shops and greengrocers are offering local delivery services. Please contact your local shops, or local voluntary support group for more information. 

    Mental health support 

    Staying at home can present many challenges, practically and emotionally, and it's important to look after your mind as well as your body. The NHS have published some guidance and information about staying at home, and tips on how to cope. 

    Mind also have wellbeing information and resources on their website. 

    If you need someone to talk to, you can call a helpline.