Volunteering – March 2020

Ways in Which People Can Help Out

April 2020

A number of Club members have asked about volunteering in the current difficult times. Probably quite a few of us are already helping out in different ways, but I thought I’d update you on two formal initiatives – one national, the other local.

NATIONAL: Scotland Cares

At a national level, the Scottish Government has today launched an appeal for volunteers:

Healthy Scots are being urged to become volunteers to support vulnerable people in their area during the coronavirus pandemic. People are being asked to go to the Ready Scotland website if they wish to provide practical or emotional help. The drive is the focus of the Scottish government’s new Scotland Cares campaign.

LOCAL: Linlithgow Volunteering

St Michael’s Parish Church is coordinating a local initiative on behalf of a wide range of local and community organisations. They will be sending fliers round every household in the town, with the distribution of the Black Bitch magazine, with the offer of help for those who need it.

In the meantime, Alan Miller is seeking volunteers on behalf of the initiative:

“We have no idea what the level of demand for the practical or personal support services will be, and we want to ensure that we don’t over-use individual volunteers. Could you volunteer? Or do you know someone who might be willing and able to volunteer? Anyone who can be vouched for by a Linlithgow organisation is welcome to apply: this is not limited to church people. So think about neighbours, family and friends as well as those you know through the church. Please forward this information and encourage them to consider applying. There is a sign-up form on www.mylinlithgow.com, but it’s probably simpler to communicate direct with one of the coordinators.

In the meantime, we can all do our bit by following the Government guidelines.
Take care,

Ken Richardson