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Supporting Southsiders during the COVID-19 outbreak

Whilst the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is ongoing, we must all play our part to help stop the spread and support each other. It is also extremely heartwarming to see many people willing to volunteer to help people - particularly the vulnerable.

Testing and vaccines

The Southside of Glasgow experienced a significant COVID19 outbreak as a result of the Delta variant. Residents should continue to test - even if they are displaying no symptoms - and the vaccine rollout continues.

Drop-In vaccination centres can be found here.

Home lateral flow testing kits can be ordereds online here

COVID-19 test centres are also open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm. Book an appointment here.

If you have symptoms, self isolate and book a test. If you ever test positive, you must self isolate.

Vaccinations in Glasgow continues. If you have any queries, please call the COVID19 vaccine enquiries line on 0800 030 8013.

Support for 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 COVID19. 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. Which? is providing a rolling update of supermarket openings and restrictions.

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

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

Third-sector guidance

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

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