We know that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is beginning to spread more widely. This will make it hard for some of our family, friends and neighbours to maintain everyday life and social connections.
Our community response will have to be sustained over weeks and months. People, many already lonely or isolated, will need the support of our amazing local charities and we know that they will rise to the challenge. It’s crucial that we all follow Scottish Government advice and as the situation develops, charities and community groups will have to make decisions about how to keep their staff, volunteers and those we support well informed and protected.
Here are a few things you could consider to help:
- Start with your neighbours. Even if you haven’t had a lot of contact in the past, a recognised faith can help build trust quickly. Keep things as local and manageable as you can. Remember this might last for some months
- Phone calls or skype calls will really mean a lot to friends, neighbours and family and could help you find out about anything they need
- Helping with shopping may be really welcomed. Try to keep to the essentials
- Don’t get involved with personal care or going into people’s houses – other agencies will be providing these services
- Be aware and don’t give too much personal information to people you don’t know
- Consider helping established local charities and our faith community who have a great local knowledge around who may need help. You can also find organisations through the LinkUp West Dunbartonshire website
- Please, also if you can, donate to our local foodbanks.
We are looking at how best we can help support our communities and will provide regular information. Although the office is closed, all staff can be contacted by email or telephone – just dial 0141 941 0886.
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Thank you and stay well.