Angela Constance MSP is supporting the new ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign that has been launched to encourage people to volunteer. While the most important ask for the public remains to stay at home and follow the essential public health guidance, people who are healthy and not at risk can volunteer to provide practical or emotional help to those most in need.
West Lothian residents wishing to volunteer can find out how to do so from the Ready Scotland website or by contacting West Lothian Voluntary Sector Gateway. The Gateway have publishing a directory of services and a list of local volunteering opportunities and be contacted by email or phone.
Commenting, Ms Constance said:
“In these difficult times, people across West Lothian are pulling together to support each other and in particular to lend a helping hand to the most vulnerable.
“While not everyone will be able to volunteer, this new Scottish Government campaign will help connect people and organisations that seek to provide support and make a real difference.
“The readyscotland.org website is available and the West Lothian Voluntary Sector Gateway can also provide information and advice about local volunteering opportunities. The Gateway can be contacted on 01506 650111 or VSG@vsgwl.org
“For some, volunteering may involve responding to specific needs in health and social care. For others, it may be using their skills, enthusiasm and energy in the weeks and months to come.
“It is also important to remember that the most helpful thing many of us can continue to do to help the NHS is to stay at home and follow all COVID-19 guidance.”
Volunteers who want to support their communities can visit
or email WLVSG on VSG@vsgwl.org or phone 01506 650111
NHS Lothian - https://www.nhslothian.scot/GetInvolved/Volunteering/Pages/default.aspx
In line with Scotland’s current stay at home rules the public can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving their home, once a day, if you are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.
Please check the latest advice at www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
Businesses who can offer support should email firstname.lastname@example.org
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