Supporting Southsiders during the COVID-19 outbreak
Posted on May 26 2020 at 12:13
Whilst the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is ongoing, it is extremely heartwarming to see many people willing to volunteer their support, and organisations and businesses playing their part to help people - particularly the vulnerable.
The Scottish Government has set up a new national helpline is being set up to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The helpline – 0800 111 4000 – will initially operate during core working hours of 09:00 to 17:00 while plans are developed and implemented to extend it to operate for a longer period each day.
There are also volunteering opportunities.
Before offering your support, please ask yourself "Am I well enough to help?" and "Will I put others at risk if I do?". It is imperative we remain safe and healthy, and follow the stay at home guidance.
Organisations and community groups across the Southside are seeking volunteers at the crucial time to help support logistics, distribution and other key aspects of their workings so that they can reach vulnerable groups.
Please check with local Southside groups or go to Ready Scotland should you want more information.
The Glasgow Helps website, Southside Self Isolation Support website and it's Facebook page are great place to support those self isolating. Should you be able and willing to help out, please get in touch with them.
If you are looking to reach people who may not have access to internet, please contact local groups and organisations to see how you can help.
Several supermarkets have adapted their opening hours and also support elderly and vulnerable people. The current initiatives are:
- Tesco - Monday to Saturday: 8am - 10pm. Sunday: 10am - 4pm. Also introduced a special shopping hour for its workers and NHS staff on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Asda - Monday to Saturday: 8am - 10pm. Sunday: 10am - 4pm. The supermarket will also be prioritising NHS workers in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am.
- Sainsbury's - Monday to Saturday: 8am - 10pm. Sunday: 10am - 4pm. 8am to 9am is dedicated to vulnerable and elderly shoppers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. NHS and social care workers are also able to access the stores between 7.30am and 8am from Monday to Saturday before the store opens to other members of the public.
- Aldi - From Monday to Saturday, the German supermarket chain will be open between 8am and 10pm. Sunday opening hours remain the same - 9am to 6pm in Scotland. Vulnerable and elderly shoppers are able to access stores 30 minutes before opening from Monday to Saturday.
- Lidl - Most opening hours remain unchanged, but some local stores may be operating different times to deal with the crisis.
- Iceland - Each day, elderly shoppers can now visit during the first hour to get their shopping first. The final hour of trading Monday to Saturday will also be for NHS staff only.
- Morrisons - The supermarket has introduced an NHS hour at all of their stores every day, Monday to Saturday from 7am to 8am. Stores across the UK will now open from 7am until 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9.30am to 4pm Sundays
- M&S - Vulnerable and elderly people have priority for the first hour of trading on Mondays and Thursdays, while NHS and emergency services workers, as well as health and social care workers have priority during the same time on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Banks part of the Lloyds Banking Group have also set up a dedicated page for customers affected by coronavirus. Santander are also providing a similar service.
Energy company Utilita have dedicated an Extra Care Team to vulnerable customers. They can be reached at 03452 072 000.
Castlmilk Law Centre are still able to provide assistance over the phone. Call 0141 634 0313.
Organisational initiatives and advice
Association of British Insurers - COVID-19 information hub
BBC and DCMS statement on suspending changes to free TV licences for the over 75s
Barclays bank coronavirus help and advice
BETCC (Union) advice to freelance workers
Energy Networks Association - coronavirus response
First Bus Greater Glasgow - Customer and service information
FSB - Advice and guidance for small businesses and self=employed
LGIU - COVID-19 and local Government
Mobile UK - Mobile operators and the coronavirus
NHS Blood Donation - still seeking donors. Please see advice.
Ofcom - Stay connected
Ofgem - COVID-19 advice
ScottishPower information for customers
ScotRail travel information and revised timetables
Sky - Keeping customers connected through COVID-19
Age UK's support and advice regarding coronavirus
Asthma UK - Health advice
Autistica - Resources to help with impact of Coronavirus
Big White Wall - Mental health support
Breast Cancer Now - Advice on coronavirus for people with cancer
British Heart Foundation - Coronavirus: What it means for you
British Liver Trust - Advice for people with liver disease or who have had a liver transplant
Cancer Research UK: Coronavirus advice for cancer patients
Chest, Heart and Stroke: Scotland against Coronavirus
Children's Liver Disease Foundation - COVID-19 advice
#COVIDMessageForAll - Translated UKGov guidance
Crohns and Colitis UK - Advice for people with crohns and colitis
Diabetes UK: advice for people living with diabetes
Energy Action Scotland - energy saving tips
Home Energy Scotland
Kidney Care UK - Advice for kidney patients
Marie Curie: Coronavirus if your affected by terminal illness
MND Association: Coronavirus and MND
MS Society: Coronavirus and MS treatments
NCVO: Guidance for charities
SAMH - Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing
Sickle Cell Society: COVID-19 advice
Social Enterprise Scotland - COVID-19 and social enterprises
Terrence Higgins Trust: Covid-19 and HIV
Given the current school closures, many websites have upped their online learning resources.
British Council - Classroom resources
BT Skills for Tomorrow
National Geographic Kids
National Literacy Trust - Family Zone
Premier League - Primary Stars