If you need help
The Highland Council Helpline
The Highland Council has launched a free helpline to give assistance and to collect details of individuals and community groups looking to provide volunteering support during Covid19. The number will be live from 2pm today (Wednesday 25 March)
The single line number – 0300 303 1362 – will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. All calls are free.
Callers will be able to get advice on benefits and personal support, education and social care and there will also be advice for businesses who may need help with financial support. Helpline staff will also be signposting callers to other organisations that can provide help and assistance as well as gathering offers from individuals or community groups wishing to volunteer.
The service is operated by council staff and Eden Court volunteers who will be home based. Staffing levels will be kept under review to respond to the demand.
How we can help in our community
To protect yourself and others, it’s really important that you follow the Government advice to stay at home unless essential to leave. However, it doesn’t mean that you’re alone, and there are many ways you can help your community.
Blythswood Highland Food Bank need our help now more than ever. Food supplies, including the most essential items that we all need, are being collected at their premises on Glebe Street. They are left 72 hours before being handled for sorting to minimise infection risk, so you can be confident that all you’re giving is food to the most vulnerable in our communities. They also need our financial support, like many charities facing steep challenges in the face of this pandemic. This is a real and expressed need.
How we can help in our world
I read recently that Coronavirus is a disease that the rich flew round the world, only to kill the poor – many of whom can’t ’social distance,’ because they don’t have the accommodation or community infrastructure to do that, and many of whom can’t ‘wash their hands with soap and water,’ because they have no means to wash their hands. You can do something about at least one of those things. The people at Toilet Twinning, who have been saving lives through the simple provision of clean, safe toilets in the world’s poorest communities, are stepping up the fight against Coronavirus with Tap Twinning. Be part of saving lives in poorer communities in this world. Help us to stop the spread. Twin your tap today!