RESIDENTS of a borough told to self-isolate because of coronavirus are being offered a tailored package of support.

The '10 Days Your Way' scheme has launched in Blackburn with Darwen this week.

The bespoke support can include help taking children to and from school or after-class activities; arranging care packages for individuals self-isolating with caring responsibilities; talking to employers about Statutory Sick Pay; arranging alternative accommodation for those living in large households; and advice on staying active and cheerful indoors.

The project aims to remove barriers preventing people with Covid-19, or unvaccinated individuals identified as close-contacts, from completing their 10-day self-isolation period.

Lancashire has been given £2.5million by the government as one of nine areas nationwide piloting the scheme.

When someone tests positive, or is identified as a close-contact, Test and Trace officers will pass their details to the Self-Isolation Support team.

Trained staff will ring them to get to know their personal situation, and devise a bespoke support plan within 24 hours to help them avoid breaking self-isolation rules.

Self-isolation means not leaving the house at any time, including walking around the block.

Cllr Mustafa Desai, Blackburn with Darwen Council's adult services boss, said: “We know self-isolation periods are effective but we appreciate how difficult it can be for people when they have to put their lives on hold and stay at home for 10 days.

“Not everyone can work from home and may come up against obstructions when they explain to their employer that they can’t go into work.

“Our '10 Days Your Way' programme aims to take the worry out of self-isolation putting in place workable solutions."

Anyone who refuses to comply could be fined.

A similar scheme will be rolled out across Blackpool and the Lancashire County Council area (including Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale) shortly.