Edinburgh City Council NW Area – News, Information and Event roundup:
The latest 200122 News and Events Edinburgh City Council NW Area Newsletter containing a roundup of useful local information.
Locations of COVID Community Test Centres or mobile test units run by the Scottish Ambulance Service
Free Meals on Wheels from LifeCare:
LifeCare’s Meals on Wheels service launched in September last year in direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The service is:
- Delivering fresh, nutritious meals, hot and ready to eat
- To over 65s in North Edinburgh, twice a week
- Free of charge– this project is currently fully funded thanks to Barclays 100×100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Programme.
We have found that the service has been of benefit to
- Older carers in need of some respite
- Those who cannot currently attend day or lunch clubs
- Those who are recovering after a period of illness, a fall or a stay in hospital
- Those who are struggling with their mobility
- Those who have become more isolated due to the pandemic
- Those at risk of food deprivation
We hope that the service will not only benefit people now but protect them from the longer term impacts of the pandemic and help then to maintain their strength, health and abilities so they can re-entre the community when the pandemic is over.
Following the service’s success so far and in light of a new ‘stay at home’ orders we are now extending the support to provide 400 meals every week.
“It’s first-class and could not be better…I look forward to Monday and Wednesday knowing I am going to get a lovely cooked hot meal. Many, many thanks to all”
“the whole day is a little bit lighter for not having to worry, or even think, about preparing a main meal”
“We get properly fresh cooked meals twice a week and very tasty too! … Don’t know how we managed before this help- thank you”
“A huge difference. I find it more and more difficult to motivate myself to prepare and cook food … it is also difficult for me to stand for any period of time in the kitchen…Deliverers(!) are always cheerful which helps a lot- especially in this difficult time”
If you know of anyone who would benefit from the service please get in touch
0131 343 0940 www.lifecare-edinburgh.org.uk/services/meals-on-wheels
Safer Communities, Safer Scotland: Useful information on keeping you, your family and your community safe can be found here.
Free benefit and debt advice for Edinburgh residents
As the coronavirus pandemic hits the economy harder, more people are now dependent on benefits due to job loss and reduced income. Many people aren’t able to pay for essential things like rent and mortgage costs while others struggle with fuel and food costs.
Four of the city’s advice services are still busy working to support residents to maximise their income and support through these difficult times – whether it is helping people to get the benefits they are entitled to, helping manage debt or rent arrears, giving advice on housing problems or budgeting or help with food and bills. All services are currently providing assistance remotely though some are starting to offer limited face to face appointments.
Contact us if you or any of your clients/residents/community/
- Citizens Advice Scotland: www.citizensadviceedinburgh.
org.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 0131 510 5510
- The City of Edinburgh Council Advice Shop : http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/
adviceshop Email email@example.com Tel 0131 200 2360
- Granton Information Centre: www.gic.org.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 0131 551 2459
- Community Help and Advice Initiative: www.chaiedinburgh.org.uk Email email@example.com Tel 0131 442 2100
Doorstep Crime – Shut out Scammers: A video with key tips can be viewed and shared here: https://youtu.be/esLVTNy3afg
PETAL (People Experiencing Trauma and Loss): Offering time limited bereavement support to anyone bereaved by Covid-19, as well as their usual services for those bereaved through murder and suicide. See PETAL leaflet.
HcL Transport – Service Update
Our Dial-A-Bus services (which take people with mobility challenges to local shopping centres / supermarkets) are sadly suspended at this time. Of course, in the current situation, the members of your community that would use this service are predominantly in isolation / shielding
Our Dial-A-Ride service (which takes people with mobility challenges to any destination of their choice) is running a limited service during the current situation. We are still taking passengers with mobility challenges to essential medical appointments. We will, where we can, provide other supported travel within government guidelines. For example if an elderly person or someone with a disability needs to attend a funeral we will try to support these requests.
Alcoholics Anonymous: ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS GOES ONLINE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Volunteering in the Community: Information about how to volunteer at Ready Scotland
Ss John the Baptist and Kentigern is a Parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, registered charity No. SCO08540