The information on this page is provided as a service to the community, based on articles we receive. Please contact the providers directly with any questions, as MCTCC is unable to advise. Where possible, we’ve given contact information.

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council have updated their website with extensive information about service changes due to the current situation:

Glasgow City Council Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information

Glasgow Mutual Aid

If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact support.glasgowmutualaid.co.uk, or see Glasgow Mutual Aid’s website. They’re also looking for volunteers, if you’re able to help.

Health and Wellbeing

NHS – https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

  • Bus Services to NHS Hospitals
    21 September 2020 The latest update on bus services to NHS hospitals can be downloaded below. Please check with Travel Line and/or Operator before travelling. Reminder of useful links: https://www.travelinescotland.com/coronavirus
  • Play by the rules – keep everyone safe
    8 September 2020 – People in Glasgow and surrounding areas need to play by the rules – as Covid cases continue to rise in the area. The warning comes from one of Scotland’s leading Public Health voices, Dr Linda de Caestecker of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Dr de Caestecker said: “We are seeing increased […]
  • Please attend NHSGGC appointments as scheduled
    2 September – All patients with appointments at NHS sites across Greater Glasgow and Clyde should continue to attend as normal unless specifically told otherwise. Outpatient appointments are totally unaffected by new lockdown restrictions within Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Jonathan Best, Chief Operating Officer for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “It is essential all outpatients […]
  • Public message about Covid testing
    25 August 2020 NHSGGC’s Public Health team has made an appeal, following a rapid rise in requests for Covid-19 tests. Since schools went back recently there has been a sharp spike in testing requests, particularly from parents concerned for their children. Dr Linda de Caestecker said: “In order to ensure we do everything we can […]
  • Hospital visitors urged to wear face coverings as regulations are eased
    13 July 2020 – As hospital visiting regulations begin to ease from today, NHSGGC is reminding those planning to visit that they must wear a face covering. During the pandemic, the only patients who have been allowed an essential visitorhave been children, patients with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism […]

Scottish Government COVID-19 Resources

The latest information available from the Scottish Government for people affected by COVID-19

Social Security Scotland

Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment has been extended:

  • If you’re unable to apply for Pregnancy and Baby Payment due to COVID-19 @SocSecScot are now accepting applications up until your baby turns one. If you’re a kinship carer this has been extended to one year and six months old
  • Parents or carers under the age of 18 are automatically entitled to Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment. People could still be eligible after their 18th birthday if Covid-19 meant that they couldn’t get their application in on time.
  • If you were unable to apply for Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment due to COVID-19 @scotgov are extending eligibility up until your child’s 4th Birthday.  
  • Parents or carers under the age of 18 are automatically entitled to Best Start Grant School Age Payment. People could still be eligible after their 18th birthday if Covid-19 meant that they couldn’t get their application in on time.

Young carers

.@SocSecScot are now accepting applications from young carers who were eligible for Young Carer Grant but unable to apply for it before turning 19 due to COVID-19.

Find out more about the grant and apply here: mygov.scot/young-carer-grant

Funeral Support Payment

Applications for Funeral Support Payment can be made up to six months after the funeral has taken place. But if you miss this deadline due to COVID-19 @SocSecScot will still consider applications.

For more information and to apply visit mygov.scot/funeral-support-payment/

Supporting Communities Safely – Scottish Community Development Centre

Advice for community groups, organisations and volunteer networks fighting Covid-19 – https://www.scdc.org.uk/supporting-communities-safely

Apply at mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods/

Volunteering

Websites and Helplines

COPEScotland

COPE Scotland has been caring about the mental health and wellbeing of people since 1991. They are based in Scotland and through their website, we are able to share what we have learned about stress, mental health, emotional health and distress and wellbeing.

Their website aims to offer a variety of self-help tools promoting improved mental health, emotional health, resilience and tools to manage stress and enhance feelings of wellbeing including; tips sheets for managing stress and emotional distress and promoting mental health and wellbeing. We produce videos on  mental health videosmanaging stress videos and online wellbeing training courses which you can use on your own or in your organisation.

Cope Scotland Blog

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