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