The website has a whole section devoted to COVID-19 and numerous subsections covering a multitude of topics. It's extremely user friendly so you should be able to find what you are looking for without scrolling through reams of irrelevant pages.

Subjects covered include general government and medical advice which can also be found here on your local website.

If you own a business and have employees, find out what conditions need to be followed when the time comes to reopen. Guidance which will keep you, your employees and any customers you have that you deal with face-to-face with, safe. There is also information about business rates relief and available grants which you may be eligible to apply for. Applications can be made online via the EDC website.

Self-employed? You may be successful with a grant application if you meet the criteria. Appropriate for Alston Moor there is support funding for farmers.

Housing is a complex issue and this section covers most if not all scenarios. Whether you rent, have a mortgage, are facing eviction or are homeless, please take a look as help could be just an email or a phone call away.

Sadly there are been an increase in domestic abuse reported since lock down. No one should have to tolerate this kind of treatment, even in these circumstances. There is help and advice available on the website to get you out of a unacceptable situation.

So the message is hopefully loud and clear. Don't sit worrying and feeling anxious and alone. There is an enormous amount of support you can tap into on Alston Moor. From a regular friendly phone call, food deliveries to financial help and more.

For district and county wide help, visit Eden District Council and Cumbria County Council also Eden District Council Facebook and Cumbria County Council Facebook

Don't forget, if you're unsure where to look, call the Alston Moor helpline on 647247 which is manned from 9am - 6pm every day (answerphone at other times) and someone will point you in the right direction.