AS lockdown measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus continue, social isolation and loneliness is a growing problem ­— especially among elderly and vulnerable residents of the borough.

Social distancing, although critical to keeping people safe, is leaving many without access much needed support and vital social contact.

In a bid to tackle to problem a Bury charity has launched a new service to help people remain in contact and get the assistance they need.

The Keeping in Touch service has been created by Age UK Bury.

The telephone scheme is run by Age UK volunteers and offers over 60s a regular call to have a chat, and answer their queries.

This can be done on a daily basis or just as and when required ­— depending on a person's needs.

Family and friends can also ask volunteers to check up on their relatives.

Age UK Bury is hoping that the service will provide a valuable way to help older people deal with self isolation and keep updated with ongoing issues.

This can be especially important for those who do not have internet access.

Jane Lees, befriending coordinator at Age UK Bury, explained that while there is wealth of support and information out there, much of this is only currently accessible online.

This means it is often out of reach for many people who are not technology savvy or lack internet access.

She added: "Social isolation is a big problem as we live in an increasingly fractured society.

"This is especially true for elderly people, for example who may live away from their children. And, particularly with self-isolation measures in place, it is now more important than ever that we reach out to people who need us."

To access the Keeping in Touch service call 0161 763 9030 between 10am and 2pm on Monday to Friday, or call Ms Lees on 0757 095 1979.

Alternatively people can sign up by emailing

For more information on support being offered by Age UK Bury during the coronavirus outbreak visit