Since the start of the Covid-19 “lockdown”, hundreds of charities and community groups across Glasgow have delivered thousands of meals and emergency food parcels to over 20,000 households – a magnificent response to community need.
In addition, some organisations are phoning older people to ensure they don’t feel isolated while others are helping homeless people. Other organisations are providing online support to families and activities for children and young people.
Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) has brought together this online directory of all the work that these organisations are doing, and to make sure that people needing support can access it. We have also, with a number of partners, set up the COVID helpline to help direct people to the right community services. Since it opened two weeks ago, the GlasgowHelps helpline has taken over 300 calls, mainly about access to food, collecting medicine, essential items and support.
Ian Bruce, Chief Executive of GCVS adds:
“We want to thank all the funders for being so flexible. They were all quick to confirm that we could all change our focus. Most of all, we’d like to thank all those voluntary and community organisations who have risen to the challenge and acted swiftly, innovatively and collaboratively.”
Partner in Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface