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Shopping and errands

Some people find it difficult to get out and about to do their shopping due to disability, frailty or illness.

If you have no friends or relatives to help you with this you could try shopping online with the supermarket of your choice and they will deliver your shopping direct to your door. Some local shops will also deliver to your home but you would need to telephone them directly to see if they offer this service (Care Network have a list of shops in Blackburn with Darwen that provide this service). 

Below are some different ways that you can get help with your shopping and errands. 


Care Network

Care Network provides a range of shopping options to suit everyone.  These include:

  • Shopping list collection - someone can collect your shopping list and return with your shopping (costs apply)
  • Ring and deliver shops - these shops will take your telephone order and deliver to your home for a minimal charge
  • Pension collection (costs apply)
  • Groceries delivered to your door - People can order from a comprehensive range of items that are commonly needed from a weekly shop such as milk, bread, potatoes, fruit and vegetables etc.   Minimum order of £10 applies.  In addition, people using this service can also order items from a wide range of kitchen essentials such as cutlery, cleaning and household products, storage containers, toasters, microwave ovens etc.   Cost - catalogues are available on request detailing the cost of individual items.  Delivery charge - £1 if the order is between £10 and £30.  Over £30 there is no charge for delivery.

Plus new services are being developed all the time.  Please contact Care Network to see if they can help you.  

Care Network
Address: 1st Floor, Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AG
Phone: 01254 507255



If you need help getting around Blackburn with Darwen, the wheelchairs and scooters offered by Shopmobility could solve your mobility problems. 




Ready meals and meals on wheels

If you are unable to get out to shop for food but you can use a microwave or oven, one way to ensure that you get a hot, nutritious meal is to use frozen foods.  You can even have frozen ready meals delivered to your door.  There's more information about this on the Ready Meals page.  If you would prefer a hot meal delivering to your door, please see the Meals on Wheels page.


Library books - home delivery service

The library runs a home delivery service to anyone unable to access their local library due to disability or age.  They can provide a fortnightly doorstep delivery of books and spoken word items chosen to the profile of each customer.  Ebooks are now available to loan and download.  For more information contact the Libraries and Information Service.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (Libraries and Information Service)
Address: Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AG
Phone: (01254) 661221
Fax: (01254) 678898


Other help

There are also a number of agencies in Blackburn with Darwen that can provide staff to help you with shopping, but they will charge you for this service and remember to take care to choose one that is registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

You can view a list of care agencies in Blackburn with Darwen that are registered with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council:

List of registered care agencies


Or the 'NHS Choices' website can help you find a care worker, and you can also check the care agency's Care Quality Commission report on the website too.  Visit the NHS Choices website.

Or you could employ your own personal assistant.  The Self Directed Support Team can help you with this.

Alternatively, if you qualify for a care package from adult social care, you could also arrange your own support using 'self directed support'.

If you are still unsure the Adult Social Care Customer Liaison Team may be able to advise you. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547.

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