Winchburgh is a welcoming and caring community - during extraordinary times like these we pull together, support each other and become even stronger as a community!
Through Helping Hands, Winchburgh has responded with generosity, willingness and creativity to assist the elderly, vulnerable and those who are self-isolating.
This website will guide and advise with up-to-date information, support and guidance for all. Please share this information with anyone who may not be able to access the information online.
Phase 2 lockdown – what can we now do?
People from one household can meet others from 2 households but only outside. The visitors can use the toilet. Shielded people can now meet with people from one other household but must minimise risk until at least 31 July.
29th June Some indoor work spaces can open subject to measures in place. Dentists and Opticians can open for emergency and essential services. Non-essential shops can open if they have outdoor entrances. Indoor shopping centres will remain closed. Registration Offices will reopen but only for essential business with marriages and civil partnerships allowed but only outdoors.
3rd July Scots can travel more than 5 miles for recreation. Visits to self-catering accommodation and second homes are allowed
6th July Beer gardens and outdoor spaces in restaurants will be able to reopen.
9th July Review of the current phase, Scotland may move slowly into Phase 3
10th July People may able to meet indoors with 2 other households
13th July Non-essential shops in shopping malls may open
15th July Shopping centres, libraries, museums, indoor pubs and restaurants and hairdressers may open. Childcare providers may open subject to arrangements.
This time can be particularly hard for those self isolating, shielding, vulnerable or on their own. Help can be found at Westspace - West Lothians online source of mental health and well being information https://www.westspace.org.uk/service/befriending-peer-support
If you are self isolating or shielding and require befriending or
additional support call our WLC call centre on 01506 281000
Newly self-employed hardship fund
The newly self-employed hardship fund aims to provide financial support to individuals who registered in financial year 2019/20 and have not been able to access support through other scheme. Successful applicants will receive a one-off payment of £2,000
For more information and eligibility: http://www.westlothian.gov.uk/coronavirus
PPE for unpaid carers
West Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership with Carers of West Lothian can make PPE available to unpaid carers. They, or the person they care for, are in the shielded category, or if you normally use PPE in your caring role but are struggling to get it from your usual supplier, PPE is available to protect you or the person you are looking after. To check whether you are eligible and to place an order contact: Carers of West Lothian on 01506 448000
National Assistance Helpline
The Scottish Government have created a helpline for those over 70 or receive flu vaccine for medical reasons, do not have access to the internet and do not have help to get essential supplies like food or medicine. The number is: 0800 111 4000 (office hours only).
If you know someone that may fall into that category, please pass the number on.
The village umbrella organisation that co-ordinates the support.
The amazing village Helping Hands initiative has been set up by a large team of enthusiastic volunteers – neighbours helping neighbours – to support those that are self-isolating or vulnerable. They cover the entire village, street by street. Every villager should know who their volunteer is. If you did not fill in the form that came to your house and you need help with any of the following: picking up shopping, post mail, urgent Supplies or just a friendly phone call, get in contact with Helping Hands using the form.
There is other support in the village. Look at the Community Support Page to see if we can help you.