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April 2, 2020 7:26 am

Support

Everything

Glasgow Directory https://www.glasgowhelps.org/ 

Helpline: A new helpline has been set up to act as a single point of contact for anyone seeking or offering help. The helpline is currently open Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm and can be contacted by:

Telephone: 0141 345 0543
E-mail:       helpline@gcvs.org.uk
Twitter:      @GlasgowCVS

Young People’s Future have food bags available for people in Possilpark

https://www.facebook.com/YPFutures or call 0141 336 8883 or 0141 237 8440

Energy

Home Energy Trust:

  • Advisors can help with any questions people may have around staying warm and saving energy whilst self-isolating, working from home, or getting to grips with home-schooling duties.
  • The team have the latest information from energy suppliers who have agreed emergency measures to make sure vulnerable people and those with prepayment meters do not get cut off during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Advisors can also help with practical advice and energy saving tips to help ease pressure on household finances.

Contact on: https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/home-energy-scotland/lets-talk or by phone on 0808 808 2282

Housing

Glasgow City Council

If you’re facing financial uncertainty due to coronavirus, Glasgow City Council can help with Council Tax. You might qualify for a reduction – or could change payment dates so there is nothing due until June. If your circumstances have changed, visit glasgow.gov.uk/coronavirus & apply online.
March 31, 2020 8:08 am

Funding

As we become aware of funding for people and families we will update this page

North West Glasgow – Money Advice Support Services – COVID-19 PDF Download: NW – Money Advice Support Services – COVID-19

Farm foods – Parents and carers in receipt of clothing grants will receive £20 pre-paid farm food vouchers (https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/18322946.council-takes-delivery-20-000-farmfoods-vouchers-vulnerable-glasgow-families/

The Best Start Grant and Food Payment is for families accessing certain benefits, whether or not they are working and is available to eligible families who apply after their child’s second birthday up to age 3 years 6 months. It is worth £250 for each eligible child. The money can be spent on anything needed for the child, including food. 

https://www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant/

https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/what-we-do/stakeholder-resources/best-start-grant-early-learning-payment-1

Application form: https://applications.socialsecurity.gov.scot/beststartgrant#tell_us_why_you_are_applying

Money Advice by NHS Glasgow
https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/health-issues/covid-19-coronavirus/money-worries/#
March 16, 2020 9:14 am

Pausing our sessions

Dear All

What is happening across the world at the moment is without doubt overwhelming and all consuming.

While we fully support the Government’s plans to wait for the right moment to implement countrywide social distancing measures, we are also acutely aware that many people we work with have underlying health concerns and that those who benefit most from our gardens and play sessions are also those most at risk during this unprecedented health crisis.

With the support of our board of trustees and in consultation with our staff team, we have come to the difficult decision to pause all Concrete garden workshops, play sessions,  activities and events from today – Monday 16th March. We believe this is the safest and most sensible decision for everyone involved with our Charity

We don’t yet know how long this temporary closure will last, we will continue to monitor the situation and update everyone when our next course of action is clearer.

As a team, we will be spending the coming weeks considering new ways of working and investigating any further options available to us. We will work diligently to ensure our time is used efficiently and effectively for the benefit of our Community and to advance our all our Charitable purposes.

Let’s all keep mentally healthy as we move forward.

If you are worried that this closure will leave you, feeling isolated and without support, please reach out to us.  Mobile phones will be kept on during working hours, staff will be available via email and our Facebook and Instagram messengers will be active.

A lot of anxiety is rooted in worrying about the unknown and waiting for something to happen. There are ways we can all protect our mental health as we navigate through this.

  • Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things, which aren’t making you feel better. Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news
  • There is a lot of misinformation swirling around – stay informed by sticking to trusted sources of information such as government and NHS websites
  • Mute key words which might be triggering on Twitter and unfollow or mute accounts
  • Mute WhatsApp groups and hide Facebook posts and feeds if you find them too overwhelming
  • Agree regular check-in times and feel connected to the people around you.
  • If you’re self-isolating, strike a balance between having a routine and making sure each day has some variety.
  • Work through your to-do list or read a book you’d been meaning to get to.

Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

It is also important to remember that we expect the majority of people who catch COVID-19 will make a full recovery without medical attention, but please remember if you are concerned because you believe you are at greater risk, or feel your symptoms are becoming more severe, contact NHS 111 or alternatively 999 in an emergency.

The UK coronavirus (COVID-19) page will keep you up to date with how the Government is responding.

The Health Protection Scotland Website has the latest information and advice for Scotland: HPS Website – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health England have detailed advice here for anyone who needs to self-isolate: Stay at home: guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

The NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) page includes a wide range of health-related information.

 

March 13, 2020 9:10 am

Let’s plan ahead together

Concrete Garden Covid- 19 update. (March 13, 2020)

 
We understand how overwhelming it must feel for many people right now, and we feel it is important to make sure everyone feels supported and connected as we work through these exceptional circumstances together.
 
We hope this information will help you plan and be ready should we, individually or collectively, be asked to take more action to slow down the spread of Covid -19.
 
Let’s Plan ahead together
 
Over the days and weeks ahead, we may be asked to:
 
Practice social distancing – this will mean more working from home for our staff team for instance, or another option may involve urging people to reduce non-essential social activity and travel.
 
Looking ahead– are you ready?
 
Let’s think about what preparations you could put in place to help if you need to self-isolate?
 
Do you have friends or neighbours who could bring food, medicines or other essentials to your house or run errands?
 
Action: Do not delay- ask them now if they are able to support you. People really want to help, and we are all in this together.
 
Action: Check your cupboards to see what meals you can plan from what you have in stock.
 
Do you have access to online shopping?
 
Action: Spend a little time setting up online shopping accounts- ask for help to do this if you need it. Find out if friends or neighbours have online shopping accounts and make plans to call in orders to them if you need them
 
If you feel you are vulnerable to severe symptoms of coronavirus, have you considered the activities you have planned over the coming weeks?
 
Action: Take some time to list the activities that are essential and those which you could cancel if you needed to, especially those that require public transport.
 
Action: Take your health needs seriously; ask friends, neighbours or people you work with to check in on you by phone regularly.
 
Concrete Garden staff want to ensure everyone feels connected and supported, please let us know how we can be here for you.
 
Finally
 
PLEASE THINK OF OTHERS. Do you have friends, family or neighbours who might need extra help?
 
Action: Follow the steps above to help them be ready, feel supported, and connected.
 
We understand that people will want to know whether and when further social distancing measures could happen, such as school and community centre/ service closures.
 
We are following all the guidelines as they emerge, However, as many of our participants and volunteers may be among those most vulnerable to the infection, we may make the decision to cancel all or some of our activities in advance of any official guidance.
 
Please always check before you travel – check back on the latest communication from us via text, email and social media to ensure the session is running, before you travel.
 
Always – STAY AT HOME, if you are feeling under the weather. For example, if you are sneezing, have a cough, cold, runny nose, sore throat, feel breathless or have a temperature above 37.9.
 
In the event of school closures, we will close our offices, gardens and play areas.
 
They expect the majority of people who catch COVID-19 will make a full recovery without medical attention, but if you are concerned because you believe you are at greater risk, or feel your symptoms are becoming more severe, contact NHS 111 or alternatively 999 in an emergency.
 
The UK coronavirus (COVID-19) page will keep you up to date with how the Government is responding.
 
The Health Protection Scotland Website has the latest information and advice for Scotland: HPS Website – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
Public Health England have detailed advice here for anyone who needs to self-isolate: Stay at home: guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
The NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) page includes a wide range of health-related information.
If you are planning to travel abroad check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice page.
 
Let’s take care of each other during these uniquely challenging times.
 
Concrete Garden Team