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In line with Covid-19 guidance from the Government, The Outdoor Play and Learning team are offering regular outdoor play sessions on the following days: Mondays, Tuesday and Fridays 3.30pm-5pm, 5.30pm-7pm and Saturdays 11.30am-1pm, 1.30pm-3pm.
In Level 2, from Monday 14 June 2021 onwards, the Monday sessions will be delivered in the garden, while Tuesday , Friday and Saturday sessions will continue to be offered in the local community. Young person numbers are limited and children and young people need to be registered to attend. You will be contacted via text message to book into sessions once you have registered. All adults and children aged over 12 years will be asked to wear face covering, hand sanitiser is available and all equipment in cleaned regularly.
NHS documents on Corona and child-being
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
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
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
Glasgow City Council
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.
Pausing our sessions
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.
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
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.