IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our office is currently closed to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We have moved our services to telephone and online support where possible. Read our latest statement here.
Below, we have compiled a list of external services and resources which may provide support during this time.
Breathing Space (6pm-2am)
Call: 0800 83 85 87
Social Care Direct
Call (office hours): 0131 200 2324
Call (out of hours): 0800 731 6969
Scottish Women’s Aid
Call: 0800 027 1234
Call: 116 123
Our counsellors have compiled a list including even more services offering mental health support – you can read it here.
Information & Advice
Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory
A resource for finding services offering non-medical help in your area.
Call: 0808 800 9060
Guide for friends and family members supporting someone experiencing domestic abuse (from Safe & Together Institute).
The latest information on financial support for those affected by the coronavirus can be found here:
More advice here: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/
You can apply for a Crisis Grant here: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/crisisgrant or by phoning 0131 529 5299.
NHS Scotland Advice
Up to date advice can be found on NHS Inform here:
More advice sheets in various languages can be downloaded here.
Access to Food
As PCHP’s offices are closed to visitors, we can no longer provide access to our Sharing Shelves for the near future, but we are currently a part of the COVID-19 Foodshare Group, a collective of community organisations in North Edinburgh, dedicated to providing food to people in need amid the uncertainty of the pandemic.
Get more information about the COVID-19 Foodshare Group here.
Or call the Community Helpline:
0131 356 0220
As of 31 March, several local foodbanks are also closed and moving to a delivery service – more info here.
Additionally, the Food For Good Coalition has been created, bringing together numerous organisations to support those in need across other parts of the city. You can find out more or support them at the Edinburgh Food Social website.
Chatterpack – a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!
Ever Clever Mom – free resources to educate and entertain your kids during quarantine.
Fischy Music – live assembly every Monday at 11am.
Craigmillar Books for Babies – Rhymetime streams on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Make Do & Grow – craft videos and online sessions.
How Can I Help?
Volunteer Edinburgh have put together a brilliant FAQ for people who want to help their communities during the outbreak. Read it here.
Age Scotland have also offered some advice on how to look out for older friends, neighbours and relatives who may be experiencing loneliness or isolation. Read it here.
What’s Next for PCHP?
PCHP is continuing its work to help you stay safe and healthy during this uncertain time. We need to help play our part in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus so we have moved our services to telephone and online support where possible. Your PCHP worker will be staying in touch with you, making sure we help you get the support you need.
We are continuing to work with our community partners to ensure vital food and basic household supplies are still available for the most vulnerable people in our community at this time of uncertainty – read more about this here.
There will be regular updates, useful information and resources on our PCHP website and social media to ensure you know what to do to still get the support you need, and on information sheets distributed locally.
If you are one of our partners – our staff are working remotely so please email them directly. If you are unsure of their email address, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be sent to the right person. If you can’t get in touch via email, you can call 07513379036 between 12pm – 2pm, Monday to Thursday.
A note on data protection
In response to the challenges presented by coronavirus, PCHP will be pooling resources and information internally to enable us to meet the needs of our clients equitably and to ensure that the vital interests of our most vulnerable clients are met.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com