Everyday Living

Last updated: 4 August 2020

Welcome to our ‘Everyday Living’ tips and advice page. 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.

NHS Inform have produced a broad range of health information about the Coronavirus, including translations into community languages.

National helpline  0800  111 4000 between 9am and 5pm.  If you need essential assistance and are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 (over 70, disabled, pregnant, require the support of mental health services or receive the flu jab for health reasons) and you don’t have a network of support currently, you can call the national helpline.

The Scottish Government has now published a routemap the shows how lockdown will be eased over the next few months.

1. Support in your area

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Edinburgh wide

Edinburgh COVID-19 Community Support Directory  List of a wide range of support available across the city.

Useful map of pharmacies that deliver prescriptions

City Cabs | (0131 228 1211) Can pick up shopping from online Click & Collect services. You need to book a slot online and pay upfront. Waiting times are as normal/no backlog at the moment.

Changeworks are making videos on how to manage your energy use and bills during lockdown.

People Know How are delivering refurbished desktop computers to members of the community to help them stay connected during the coronavirus outbreak. They can also give phone support to help you set up and get online. For more information call 0131 569 0525 or email contactus@peopleknowhow.org.

ACE IT Scotland are a charity in Edinburgh who provide a free IT Coaching Helpline for anyone over-50 interested in receiving advice and guidance about smartphones, tablets and computers over the phone. To book an appointment with one of their IT coaches, call 07737 738 551. They also have a YouTube channel where they post videos to help raise awareness of various Scams.

Pilton Community Health Project has computer equipment to loan to BAME people living in north Edinburgh.  More information here.

Leith

Dr Bell’s Family Centre | Offering a variety of activities for young children and their parents, including Book Bug,  online via their Facebook page or Zoom.  Go to their Facebook page for more information and to book when necessary.

Citadel Youth Centre | Digital drop-in groups including Games Club, Citadel Parents Drop in and more.

Pilmeny Development Project is offering telephone/befriending/support (older people, children, young people and families), Volunteer Practical help and support (collect prescriptions, shopping etc),  Older People’s Newsletter/Activity Packs, ‘ Virtual’ Youth Clubs, Food boxes/ready meal deliveries and more….. PilmenyProject@btconnect.com or 07375 918524.

Looking for help getting into work? For advice on CVs, job search, application and interview tips, contact Rachel from Community Works on 07964 289 397 or email with your contact details. A member of the Community Works team will contact you to provide 1:1 guidance and if required, accredited training.

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The Ripple Project | Open 9am to 12 noon every day for food distribution, help with meals and as a point of contact for those most in need.

Pilmeny Development Project is offering telephone/befriending/support (older people, children, young people and families), Volunteer Practical help and support (collect prescriptions, shopping etc), Older People’s Newsletter/Activity Packs, ‘ Virtual’ Youth Clubs, Food boxes/ready meal deliveries and more….. PilmenyProject@btconnect.com or 07375 918524.

Looking for help getting into work? For advice on CVs, job search, application and interview tips, contact Rachel from Community Works on 07964 289 397 or email with your contact details. A member of the Community Works team will contact you to provide 1:1 guidance and if required, accredited training.

2. Food / groceries

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Groceries straight to your door

Edinburgh Community Food
The Beach House Cafe – Fruit and Veggie Box delivery now limited to once per week. Place orders by 3pm on Wednesday for collection or delivery on Thursday , call 0131 657 2636 or order online.
Wiltshire Farm Foods | 0800 077 3100
Oakhouse Meals | 0333 370 6700
Anderson the Butcher | 0131 554 5104
Edinburgh Bacon Company | 0131 554 9320
Doorstep Market | Guide to local food businesses
Craigies | Delivering veggie boxes, groceries and prepared meals to EH4, EH5, EH11, EH12, EH14, EH28, EH29, EH30, EH49, EH51, EH52 and Stockbridge

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

Free School Meals | UPDATE: Free school meals provision will continue over the summer holidays. Parents who receive free school meals will get payments to their bank accounts to cover this. Email school.grants@edinburgh.gov.uk if your bank details etc have changed.

Scran Academy | Continuing delivery of hot meals in north Edinburgh and Leith. Check their website for service changes, meal deliveries are confirmed until at least the end of July for those who have been receiving support throughout lockdown. Contact them on 07496 850591 or hello@scranacademy.com

Empty kitchens, Full Hearts | Offering cooked meals. Call 07895 347157 or email food.ekfh@gmail.com for a delivery. They are serving hot food for anyone that needs it at Leith Theatre everyday 11.30-12.30pm and 4.30-5.15pm.

Pilmeny Development Project | Offering shopping, food boxes, ready meals, foodbank assistance for vulnerable older people and families.  Contact  PilmenyProject@btconnect.com  or 07375 918524.

Leith Crops in Pots | 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.

Edinburgh and Lothians Equality Council | Offering food parcels and other support to families in Leith. Call 0131 556 0441 or email.  Wsparcie dla społeczności mieszkającej na Leith.  Jeśli zmagasz się z trudnościami z powodu pandemii możemy Ci pomóc. Zadzwoń 0131 556 0441 lub napisz covidleithsupport@elrec.org.uk

Granton Community Gardeners | 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.

Fresh Start | Delivering food, cleaning and toiletry packs in Muirhouse, Salvesen, Granton, Drylaw and Telford. Call: 0131 356 0220 (community helpline) or email admin@freshstartweg.org.uk.  Or join the Pantry – more food for your £££s.

The Ripple Project  | 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

3. Health & wellbeing

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Keeping fit

Projekt 42 | Live streamed exercise classes on Zoom
NHS | Gym-free workouts

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.

Pregnancy

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

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse helpline | 0800 027 1234 or chat online

Silent solutions | 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.

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

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Activities and educational resources for children and young people

Dr Bell’s Family Centre is offering a variety of activities for young children and their parents, including Book Bug, online 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.

Citadel Youth Centre | Digital drop-in groups including Games Club, Citadel Parents Drop in and more.

Pilmeny Development Project is offering virtual youth clubs and activities as well as other assistance. PilmenyProject@btconnect.com  07375 918524 .

Local charity, Invisible Cities, have created free/downloadable and printable activity packs for kids to do and enjoy at home.

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.

Free School Meals | Parents who receive free school meals will get payments to their bank accounts to cover this. Free school meals will continue over the summer holidays. Email school.grants@edinburgh.gov.uk if your bank details etc have changed.

BrainPOP | Make any room a classroom

One Parent Families Scotland | Support for single parents plus Lone Parent Helpline (0808 801 0232) or web chat.

Hungry Little Minds | Simple, fun activities for kids from newborn to five.

Helping young people understand coronavirus

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

Port of Leith Housing Association activities

Download and print our window rainbows, banana bread, veg box and daily exercise colouring in sheets.

Colouring in sheets

5. NHS Staff / Key Workers

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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.

City Cabs | Currently offering 40% discount off all taxi journeys to all over 65s and NHS staff (proof of ID required).

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