Spread love and kindness

Coronavirus Update: Spread Love and Kindness

Although our regular Destiny Angels outreaches are not running at the moment, we’d love you to get involved in our ‘Spread Love and Kindness’ initiative, encouraging all of us to connect with our local community to offer support. Whether that’s making a friendly phone call, taking out the bins, picking up prescriptions for people, dropping off shopping at their front door, there’s something for all of us to get involved in.

Email angels@destinyedinburgh.com to find out how you can volunteer with the Community Action team, or if you would like to access support for yourself or someone else you know.

Food Donations

We’re providing emergency food parcels during this season for those who have no one else to turn to. Can you help by donating tinned and dried items for our food store? Check out our shopping list here to find out what we need.

Due to social distancing restrictions, we can only accept donations that are dropped off at our Destiny Leith location at specified times. Please email angels@destinyedinburgh.com to find out when the building will next be open for drop offs and to enquire about specific items we currently need. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept perishable items.

We are also able to accept online shopping deliveries direct from supermarkets at our Destiny Leith building, 12 Casselbank Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5HA. Please email angels@destinyedinburgh.com well in advance of the delivery, along with the shop order details, to ensure that someone is at the building to receive everything.

Alternatively, financial contributions can be made through our Giving page online. Thank you for your generosity.

It’s Good to Talk!

Although self-isolating might be the new norm, we don’t want anyone to be lonely! Sometimes a friendly chat and the opportunity to be listened to can go a long way to helping us get through the day. Our Destiny Angels’ team are here for you. Please give us a call on 0131 454 2001 to speak to one of our friendly volunteers. We know that this can be an anxious time for many, so do let us know if you’d also like us to pray for you over the phone. The phone is not manned all the time, so if you can’t get through to us, please leave us a message and we’ll get back to you.

And don’t forget our Online Church meets every Sunday and Monday and gives you the chance to connect with a church community across the globe, as well as join our online chat room.

Emergencies

Remember, if you are very concerned about anyone, there are professional services ready to offer help:

• If the crisis is life threatening, call 999

• If you are worried about someone who is ill, call NHS 24 on 111

• If someone needs urgent social care or you think an adult or child needs protection call Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2324.

For the latest Government advice and action plan, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Health and Well-Being Resources

Looking after our mental health is more important than ever during this time. Try to establish a daily routine, which includes exercise, drinking plenty of water and reaching out to friends and family on the phone and social media.

There are many online resources to help us look after our health and well-being during this season. Why not check some of these out:

Try Praying

Church Online

Coronavirus and Your Well Being

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

NHS Inform

Citizens Advice

Coronavirus and Claiming Benefits

Coronavirus: Benefits, and help if you’re self employed

Parent Club

Boredom-busting resources from Chatterpack

Where to Find Additional Support

National Helpline for those at high-risk

SAMH: Coronavirus and your mental health

Scottish Welfare Fund

Benefits & debt advice from Edinburgh Council

Money Advice Service

Edinburgh Libraries Online

Mind and Soul Foundation

Active Schools At Home

Other Coronavirus Volunteering Opportunities and Support in Edinburgh

There are some great volunteering organisations across the city pulling together key information and a range of Coronavirus support groups in one place. These sites also have really useful links to other resources, such as community Facebook pages and FAQs:

Ready Scotland

Volunteer Edinburgh

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

EVOC Directory of Support

Volunteer Scotland


Liz Bowes

Liz Bowes

Community Action Coordinator

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