Everyday Living

Last updated: 6 April 2020

Welcome to our ‘Everyday Living’ tips and advice page. We’re currently building this resource, so please bear with us. We hope that you’ll be able to use the links listed below to help you and your family adapt to social distancing and/or self-isolation. If you have any suggestions that you’d like us to add to this page, please email us.

Coronavirus Information Service | Sign up to receive free, timely and official information from the Government via WhatsApp.

For NHS Coronavirus information in 43 other languages visit this site by Doctors of the World, The British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice  https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

1. Food / groceries

Supermarkets with priority opening for elderly customers

Iceland | Opening 8am-9am for elderly customers
Lidl | Opening 1hr earlier for elderly customers. Final hour on Mondays is for NHS staff.
Sainsbury’s | Mon, Wed, Fri 8am-9am for elderly customers  (plus NHS staff and Social Care workers)

Groceries straight to your door

Edinburgh Community Food
The Beach House Cafe – Fruit and Veggie Boxes, call 0131 657 2636
Wiltshire Farm Foods | 0800 077 3100
Oakhouse Meals | 0333 370 6700
Anderson the Butcher | 0131 554 5104
Edinburgh Bacon Company | 0131 554 9320

Hot food deliveries and food parcels for those self isolating or short of food

Scran Academy are delivering hot meals in north Edinburgh and Leith on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Contact them on 07496 850591 or hello@scranacademy.com

Pilmeny Development Project are continuing to offer remote support to older people and may be able to offer further practical support.  Call 07375 918 521 or email pilmenyproject@btconnect.com

Milan Senior Welfare organisation can deliver hot food and/or food parcels to carers and older people who cannot get out.  Call 0131 475 2307. Or text ‘food parcel to 07835 333 978.  Milan are also providing information about Covid in community languages.

Leith Crops in Pots are delivering cooked meals to a limited number of households in the Leith Links area.   To access help call 07444 772 894 or complete this form on-line.    Check out their facebook page to find out about other support they are offering.

Granton Community Gardeners are delivering packed lunches  by bike for people self isolating or short of food in the Granton area.  Contact them via their website or facebook page.

The Ripple Project  is open 9am to 12 noon Monday to Friday for help with meals and as a point of contact for those most in need.

Bingham and Magdalene Covid Resilience committee 07545 804 034 or 07900 367 023 can help with shopping, phone calls, dog walking, posting mail and urgent supplies.

Store cupboard recipe ideas
Toilet roll

Supermarkets have more than enough supplies to go around, so it’s important that we don’t panic and bulk buy supplies such as toilet roll. If your local supermarket doesn’t have any toilet roll in stock, try a smaller grocery shop without a car park as these tend to be stocked as normal.

2. Health & wellbeing

Keeping fit

Projekt 42 | Live streamed exercise classes on Facebook
NHS | Gym-free workouts
The Body Coach | P.E with Joe YouTube videos

Looking after your mental health

Breathing Space Scotland | Mental health helpline 0800 838587
Samaritans Scotland | ‘If you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.’
SAMH | ‘Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing.’
Age UK | Fancy a chat? Call 0800 12 44 222

Do you have symptoms?

You can use the NHS 111 Online’s symptom checker tool to find out if you have coronavirus symptoms.

NHS symptom checker

If you are showing symptoms of coronavirus, do not go to your doctor. Follow the advice provided by NHS 111 Online or call 111.


Coronavirus and pregnancy | Information from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse helpline | 0800 027 1234 or chat online

Silent solutions in emergency situations  If you are in a dangerous situation you can call 999 from your mobile.  If speaking to the operator is impossible, dial 55 when prompted to do so.  This alerts the operator that your call is genuine.

3. Support

Need a helping hand?

EVOC Directory | Local groups and projects offering support.

SCVO Directory Searchable directory of non-medical help.

Financial support

Please email propertyadmin@polha.co.uk if you would like to speak to a member of our Tenancy Support Team.

Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund | Cash grants to assist children and young people (aged 21 and under) across Scotland, and their families, who are suffering extreme hardship. To assist with a range of needs, such as food, prepay power cards, clothing, bedding or other essentials.

4. Ideas for children and young people

Activities and educational resources for children and young people

Dr Bells Family Centre is offering a variety of activities for young children and their parents, including Book Bug,  on-line via their facebook page or zoom.  Go to their facebook page for more information and to book when necessary.

Multi-Cultural Family Base have a range of activities for children of all ages on their facebook page.

North Edinburgh Arts Centre is offering a range of activities for children,  young people and adults online via their  facebook pages and newsletter.

Leith Primary School | Home learning grids for nursery – primary pupils

The City of Edinburgh Council also offer a wide range of information for families on their website.

Helping young people understand coronavirus

Young Scot | Information for young people
Parent Club | Information for parents

5. NHS Staff

Supermarket priority openings for NHS staff

Lidl | Final hour on Mondays is for NHS staff.
Sainsbury’s | Mon, Wed, Fri 8am-9am for NHS staff and Social Care workers.
Tesco | On Sundays NHS staff can shop 1hr before everyone else.
Asda | Mon, Wed, Fri 8am-9am in larger stores for NHS staff.
Morrisons | Mon-Sat NHS hour, 7am-8am.

Discounts and offers for NHS staff

Many national and local businesses are offering discounts for NHS staff to support them at this time. Here’s a useful list of some of the more widely available discounts right now.

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