We are a community. Our role in our community is an important one, supporting our fans, their families and everyone else in our local area in both normal times and at this time of increased need.
We know many of you will have concerns or struggles with health, finances and/or access to goods and services.
Instead of replicating the work of local service providers, this resource from our Community Trust highlights all the help available that you may need. We are working to try and support them further where we possibly can.
If you think we have something missing – or you provide a service which you believe should be included – please contact us and let us know.
Take care and stay safe.
Last updated: 16 April
If you are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus, or are looking for additional information on what you should be doing, please visit nhsinform.scot.
The link leads to:
- General advice
- Symptom checker
- Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
- Social distancing guidelines
- Shielding information
- Advice for professionals
- Visiting your GP surgery
Most GP practices have closed their doors to physical appointments at the present time. This is because physical attendance at the surgery is considered high risk. Check the arrangements for your surgery by telephone or on their website.
All non-urgent dental care has been stopped. This includes basic work, check ups and orthodontics. If you have an urgent concern, please telephone your dental practice who will be able to advise.
Things are difficult.
You may be feeling anxious, lonely, isolated or depressed. You may be worried about your job, debt or addiction. You are not alone.
A new telephone helpline is offering psychological support and advice to people across Lanarkshire during the pandemic.
Designed and operated by NHS Lanarkshire psychological services, the public distress Covid-19 helpline aims to assist members of the public who are experiencing anxiety, low mood or other mental health issues in relation to Covid-19.
The service can be contacted on 01698 687567.
NHS Inform have some fantastic resources to help with mental health, including:
- Mental wellbeing
- Depression self-help
- Anxiety self-help
- Coping with money worries
- Struggling with stress
- Dealing with traumatic events
Breathing Space provide a safe and supportive space for anyone over 16 years of age experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
You can call the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 116 123.
SAMH have a lot of resources and information on coronavirus and your mental wellbeing. It includes help with anxiety, OCD, issues for older people and young people, benefits, and coping with distressing news coverage.
Physical activity is a great way to help with mental health. There are lots of fantastic online workouts to suit all ages and abilities:
The people of Lanarkshire can take advantage of a free online stress control resource that provides advice and support and helps deal with anxiety and stress during these challenging times.
Stress Control is a six-session class developed in Scotland and now run around the world. It teaches Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills to help deal with common problems such as anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing.
We know that many people struggle in normal circumstances and that situation can be exacerbated at the moment. There is help. Please contact someone as early as possible and measures can be put in place to support you.
The Citizen’s Advice Bureau has information on its website for many common scenarios
North Lanarkshire Council have links and advice for a wide range of money areas, from rent to energy bills.
Some supermarkets have revised opening hours to assist elderly or NHS workers. These times are subject to change, please check the latest information on the relevant supermarket’s website.
Don’t forget our local butchers, greengrocers and stores which all have a good selection of supplies without the necessity to stand in busy stores.
If you need additional support with shopping because of mobility, self-isolation or other difficulties please contact your local food bank. You can find where they are on the Trussell Trust website.
Stay In Touch
It can be difficult being cut off from your family and friends for this prolonged period, but you are not alone. There are many apps, such as FaceTime, Houseparty and WhatsApp which can help you video call each other.
The Sporting Memories Network has a weekly digital Sporting Pink magazine which looks at football in bygone days. It’s a great way of passing time reminiscing about football, completing puzzles and quizzes.
The elderly may be concerned about the impact of COVID, or you may be concerned about a relative. Age Scotland has a wide range of advice, resources and links to support agencies.