The following is a list of locally based mutual aid Coronavirus support groups, and other resources to support people self-isolating or struggling with the pandemic.
For the latest guidance on Coronavirus in Scotland, please see: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Ready Scotland National Assistance Helpline
If you are self isolating to stop the spread of Coronavirus, need support, and can’t get this from friends or family, the National Assistance Helpline is there to help and can be reached on 0800 111 4000. You can pass this number on to someone you are supporting or call on their behalf Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm.
Please remember this helpline is dedicated to helping those who cannot leave their home and who cannot get help online.
Ready Scotland also have online resources: https://ready.scot/coronavirus
Mutual Aid Facebook Groups
Coronavirus Support – Balgreen, Gorgie, Murrayfield + (private local group that you can request to join) https://www.facebook.com/groups/3058810717504380
Edinburgh Coronavirus Support (public group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoronaVolunteeringEdinburgh
Local Group Post Unit 11 (EH11) https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoronaEdiLocalGroups/learning_content
Edinburgh local love: Coronavirus support https://www.facebook.com/groups/1281602222048912/about
Volunteer Edinburgh has a team of dedicated Community Taskforce Volunteers. These volunteers are fully trained, fully insured and able to help anyone who needs support with practical tasks, such as shopping/pet care/dog walking etc. If you need help or support or someone you know needs help please contact them via their website: https://www.volunteeredinburgh.org.uk/volunteer/covid-19/
Mental Health Support
Breathing Space Scotland – call on 0800 838 587. They are available 6pm-2am Mon-Thurs and 6pm-6am Fri-Mon. The helpline is free, confidential and there for anyone experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
MIND – Resources on Coronavirus and your mental health https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/ and for urgent help: https://www.mind.org.uk/need-urgent-help/using-this-tool
The Campaign Against Living Miserably have a helpline, available every day, 5pm-midnight, to help with whatever you’re going through with free, confidential and practical support. Call them 0800 58 58 58 or through the webchat