Below is a range of different general resources, activities and useful information for use during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- Falkirk Council
Falkirk Council are working to ensure the most vulnerable people in our communities (such as older people and immunocompromised people) are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic, and redeploying many of their staff to help this.
Due to COVID-19, many Falkirk Council services have been disrupted, with the situation often changing daily.
For regular updates on Falkirk Council’s services and their efforts to protect people within our communities, please visit their dedicated COVID-19 page.
Alternatively, visit our Falkirk Council Support page, where we list the support and resources Falkirk Council has made available during COVID-19.
- Falkirk Council Children’s Services
Falkirk Council Children’s Services and NHS Forth Valley have published a document with information and useful links for adults, young people, parents and carers during the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes helpful links for parents, addiction support, financial difficulty and benefits, childcare and tips on coping with isolation.
To view or download the document, please visit the CVS Falkirk website.
- Private and Third Sector Childcare Providers: Scottish Government Support
To ensure that private and third sector childcare providers are clear on what is available to support their business and staff as a result of the impact of COVID-19, Scottish Government has produced a short guide detailing the different forms of financial support announced by the UK and Scottish Governments. The guide details where and how to access support (where this information is available).
To view or download the guide, please visit the CVS Falkirk website.
- Facebook groups
A number of Facebook groups have been created to support people during this time, including Falkirk Coronavirus Community Support, Temporary Home Education Families (private group) which aims to support temporary breaks in school attendance like the current school closures, Scotland registered childminders for Covid-19 school closures, Central Falkirk Neighbourhood Buddies set up to build a network of grassroots neighbourhood support and action, the Denny and Dunipace Coronavirus Community Response Group, and COVID-19 Forth Valley Support Group (Coronavirus 2020).
Many local community Facebook groups from the wider Falkirk areas are also providing information, support and resources. Surrounding areas have also set up their own forms of COVID-19 support groups – such as the Cumbernauld COVID-19 support group – while many other community pages have dedicated themselves to support around COVID-19.
- Age Scotland: Free Helpline: 0800 12 44 222
Age Scotland offers a FREE confidential helpline, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, for older people, their carers and families.
They have received funding to increase the amount of calls they can facilitate during the COVID-19 pandemic, and can provide general information on the virus, and how it relates to older people.
The free helpline is available on: 0800 12 44 222.
- Home Energy Scotland COVID-19 Support
Home Energy Scotland is a free, impartial energy advice service from Scottish Government. They are keen to help householders whose home heating and energy use will be affected by staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Advisers are available to help with any questions people may have around staying warm and saving energy whilst self-isolating.
Their energy advice service is open as usual, operating by phone Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm, and Saturdays 9am – 5pm.
For further information, please contact an adviser for free by phone: 0808 808 2282, or visit the full web article.