COVID-19 Alerts: community action

PAISLEY FM 107.5 has put together this guide to what events are cancelled, what businesses have notified us that they are closing and groups that have been set up to help people during the Coronavirus / COVID-19 situation.

If you would like to add an activity, helpline, community group or individual to the list below, or notify us of changes being made to your business’s operating hours, simply email news@paisleyfm.co.uk with the information and your contact details for verification.

NHS inform have released an online self-help guide for people suffering from depression during this difficult period.

 The guide uses cognitive behavioural therapy and can found online via the NHS inform website. 

The NHS stress that the guide is for people with mild-to-moderate symptoms of depression 

 If you’re ill and can’t wait until your GP practice reopens, you can phone the NHS 24 111 service.

If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or in need of emotional support, you can phone the Samaritans for free on 116 123.

Stay at Home and Stay Safe – Paisley FM community information.

The Paper Shop, 16 Church Street, Lochwinnoch, have made their own hand sanitiser to help the locals in the Coronavirus crisis. Locals are welcome to use it when entering or leaving the shop, and The Paper Shop has ordered more ingredients to make more and to give them away to locals. It is made from vodka, eucalyptus, Melissa and aloe vera.

Community groups in Ferguslie Park, Paisley have united to form the Ferguslie Support Group. Volunteers will provide food, help and support to residents in the Ferguslie Park area who are self-isolating. It is hoped the initiative will help minimize the impact of the coronavirus on local families.

The ALDI store at 41 High Street, Renfrew are to give emergency service workers exclusive access to its store between 8.30 and 9.00am on Sundays. The move is set to be repeated at the chain’s other outlets. In a statement Aldi Scotland said it has never been so important to look after each other.

 Rekz Afzal, owner of RSA Newsagent and Grocers at 27 Moss Street, Paisley, is calling for volunteer drivers to help deliver food to those in self isolation. To volunteer or to donate food, contact Rekz directly at his 27 Moss Street store.

Arnold Clark are making two free, insured rental vehicles available at their 16-30 Murray Street, Paisley Car Hire branch to NHS employees struggling to get to and from work. For more information contact rental.reservations@arnoldclark.com

HRM Homecare Services are creating 150 new carer posts which could provide employment for those who have lost their jobs in hospitality and tourism due to the coronavirus. For more information, call 01236 702713 or visit hrmhomecare.co.uk

Renfrewshire Woman’s Aid will continue to deliver help and assistance to those living with domestic abuse despite the closure of their office. Anyone in need of help can call their helpline on 0800 027 1234 or email info@renwomansaid.co.uk. Anyone fearing for their life however should dial 999.

The St Mirren Charitable Foundation, St Mirren Park, Greenhill Road, Paisley have posted a toilet roll keepie-uppie challenge and a variety of other online videos to keep people active and amused during the current lockdown. To watch the videos visit the St Mirren Charitable Foundation page on Facebook.

Scottish SPCA inspectors and animal rescue officers will still be on duty during the coronavirus pandemic and are offering an animal fostering service due to the suspension of rehoming during the current lockdown. To find out more call 03000 999 999

Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Unit 55 Embroidery Mill, Paisley will continue take new referrals, despite the closure of their office as a result of the lockdown. Anyone wishing to get in touch should call them on 0141 483 5430.

Quarriers are recruiting for extra staff during the coronavirus crisis. Quarriers’ current vacancies can be found online at https://quarriers.org.uk/jobs/   To apply, send an email to recruitment@quarriers.org.uk or text JOIN to 82222. All interviews will be arranged by phone or video call.

Paisley Abbey’s Rev Alan Birss will be offering an online meditation and prayer every day at noon via paisleyabbey.org.uk

The Scottish Episcopal Church, Back Sneddon Street, Paisley will broadcast services at 11.00am every Sunday via Scotland.anglican.org/broadcast-Sunday-worship

The Renfrewshire Corona Response Helpline is open from 10am-10pm seven days a week.  If you need help call 0141 488 2471 or email: help@renfrewshirecoronaresponse.co.uk

Scotland’s creative ageing organisation, Luminate have launched Luminate@home which will feature short films posted online using Luminate’s social media channels and websites.  The films have been designed to inspire creative activity that can be done at home or in a care home. For more info visit luminatescotland.org/

The public are being urged not to put additional pressure on GP surgeries or pharmacies by requesting excessive prescriptions or stockpiling unnecessary medication. Patients should however continue to contact their GP or pharmacy for non-Coronavirus related enquiries. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should consult NHS Inform or call NHS 24 on 111.

Paisley’s Star Project aim to deliver emergency food supplies to minimise the spread of COVID-19. Anyone in need of support or wishing to donate food items should call Heather Kay on 07557 876455 or email heather@star-project.org.uk

Harrods Dry Cleaners at 8 Castle Terrace, Bridge of Weir are introducing a free wash, dry and fold service with a doorstep pick-up and delivery to anyone over the age of 80 in self-isolation. For more information, call 0150 539 1664.

Renfrew’s Reem Gleam Cleaning are offering free deep cleans for self-isolating pensioners. For more information call Ryan Marsh on 07307 586 049 or visit Reem Gleam Cleaning on Facebook.

Erskine Community Council, Bridgewater Housing Association, Erskine area churches and volunteer groups have launched a task force to deliver groceries and healthcare items to assist vulnerable and self-isolating residents in Erskine. To take part or find out more email secretaryecc@hotmail.co.uk or contact Erskine Community Council via Facebook

Donations to the Renfrewshire Foodbank can be handed into their Renfrew Warehouse on Porterfield Road, Renfrew on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am until 12noon. The foodbank are particularly short of long life juice, tinned potatoes and tinned tomatoes. For more information call 0300 102 2500 or email: info@renfrewshire.foodbank.org.uk

Gryffe Radio Cars are offering free transport for pensioners to the Johnstone branch of Iceland in Houston Square, and are working to assist self-isolating members of the community. For more information contact Gryffe Radio Cars on 01505 325 000.

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