Covid support service in Linlithgow paused

Linlithgow Coronavirus Service plans to pause its service with effect from next Friday (August 14), although it will remain on hand if needed again.

Friday, 7th August 2020, 11:19 am
16-06-2020. Picture Michael Gillen.

Since March, the service has responded to more than 200 requests for practical support, mostly in the shape of shopping for clients or collecting prescriptions. A smaller number of people have sought and received on-going emotional support by phone.

However, the number of requests has gradually reduced, from up to 20 a week in the early days to less than one a day in recent weeks.

Service co-ordinator Alan Miller said “Many regular users of our service have now found other forms of support, which is great. Thankfully, the fact that shielding has been paused also means many more people are once again able to be self-sufficient.”

More than 100 volunteers have provided the backbone of the service.

“Our volunteers have done a fantastic job,” said Alan.

“People have headed out in all weathers and sometimes at very short notice to deliver urgent prescriptions, or to shop for all sorts of necessities.

“Clients have been extremely appreciative.”

The service was established by the Linlithgow churches working in partnership with Linlithgow Community Development Trust and Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council. All the stakeholders were consulted about the decision to pause. Efforts are also being made to ensure that no-one is left without support beyond August 14.

Alan added: “We’re very conscious that things may change again. Our plans will enable the service to be restored very quickly if, unfortunately, that proves necessary.

“In the meantime, we want to thank our volunteers once again for their sterling efforts over the last five months.”