Updates of Coronavirus impact on third sector services

Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service

Due to Covid-19 our office is closed but our service is still open – we are taking calls between 9.30am and 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

Calls are being forwarded from our usual number (01387 247237) to Duty Advocates. There may be times when your call will be picked up by our answering machine if it is outwith opening hours or if we are already on other calls. If so, please leave your name and contact number and any message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

If you wish to make a referral (or have an enquiry) we would ask, if possible, for you to do this via our email info@dgadvocacy.co.uk or our website www.dgadvocacy.co.uk which has a contact form and referral form.

We are supporting our clients via phone, text, email and video call.  In some circumstances we will support people face to face in relation to legal legislation such as gaining views and giving support for Mental Health Tribunals for clients within Midpark Hospital, but only where it is appropriate, and by following Public Health and Government Guidance as well as the local Health & Social Care Guidance.

We will continue to ensure that our clients views and wishes are heard and that our clients understand their options and choices. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. #advocacyCovid19 

We would ask that you bear with us during this time as it may take slightly longer to assist with your request.

Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, we have had to stop one to one appointments and group work but the Carers Centre service is open and providing a service

We know that many Carers and Young Carers may be struggling with having to remain at home while caring for someone and that many of the services that support the person you care for may have been reduced or stopped just now.

If you need any advice, questions answered, or simply need someone to talk to please get in touch.

At present a member of staff will be in the Carers Centre from 10am-3pm to answer calls directly. The rest of our staff team are working from home and can provide telephone support or a video call through a system called Attend Anywhere.

Staff will be getting in contact with many Carers and Young Carers registered with the service but we are encouraging Carers not to wait if they need to talk.

How to get in touch

We can be contacted in various ways:

Call us on: 01387 248600. A message can be left if not between 10am-3pm. Email us at: info@dgalcarers.org. Visit our website at: www.dgalcarers.co.uk

If you use Facebook please like our page and encourage any Carers you know to do the same.

We will be posting regular updates and information which we hope will provide you with access to local services that could help with things like food delivery, things to do and access online as well as service updates.

Wigtownshire Women’s Aid

All face to face appointments with service users have been suspended and support will be offered via phone call – 01776 703104, text message, video call, email wigwa@hotmail.co.uk and social media.

All groupwork, outings, awareness raising and training sessions postponed until further notice.

Currently there will be minimal staff working from the office with all other staff home working complying with GDPR and confidentiality regulations.

At present, they will still be accepting admittance into the secure accommodation although this is being reviewed daily.

The On Call 24hr helpline is still available – 01776 703104.

They encourage partners still to make referrals in the usual way.

They will be reviewing our contingency plans daily in line with any official guidance and will ensure we keep everyone informed.

They are still fully committed to providing the best support they  can during this difficult time to any women and children experiencing domestic abuse across Wigtownshire.

The Hub, Dumfries

The Hub will be closed to the public from Monday until further notice.

The projects will still be running via a telephone or email service.

This includes the: Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme (assisting people in housing need who are on low incomes or benefits access private sector tenancies across the region); and SPRING Social Prescribing Project (supporting people managing long term health conditions).

Other organisations based at the hub will continue to provide their services by telephone and email.

These organisations are: Solway Credit Union, Start Scotland, Social Security Agency for Scotland, Community Enterprise in Scotland, and Dumfries and Galloway Over 50s Group.

For more information please contact them on 01387 269161.

Annandale Community Transport Services

The office is currently open but please contact by phone or email if possible. Requests for essential transport such as hospital appointments will continue to be provided, subject to vehicle and volunteer driver availability.

All day trips are cancelled until further notice. Please contact the office if ACTS can assist those offering services to people in self isolation. Phone 01576 203053 and website: www.actsbus.org.uk/contact-us

LGBT Plus

LGBT Plus is now closed for all social activities and face to face sessions to be reviewed on Monday March 30.

They are working remotely and making arrangements to support clients through the “Hey How Are You” telephone service or using video calling technology.

New clients, or those already on our waiting list may experience delays of up to 4 weeks for them to arrange their first sessions. They apologise for this inconvenience.

If you are looking to arrange a support or counselling session please use the following emails:

Support@lgbtplus.org.uk

Counselling@lgbtplus.org.uk

If you are looking for any other information about LGBT Plus and the services it offers, please use the website or the service number – 0800 020 9653 www.lgbtplus.org.uk

If you are suicidal or at immediate risk of harm please dial 999 or go straight to Accident and Emergency.

Or call the Samaritans: 116 123 scotland@samaritans.org

Kate’s Kitchen

Kate’s Kitchen in Annan is now closed until further notice with the closure also applying to pop-ups in Langholm and Lockerbie.

They are offering a telephone support service on 01461 206444 and 07458 301878 between 11am and 1pm Mondays to Fridays.

They will provide supporting information and updates via their Facebook page and website www.kateskitchen.org

D&G Handyvan

In light of the current Covid-19 situation, D&G HandyVan (SCIO) is currently operating a limited service.

In order to keep both our staff and clients safe, we are carrying out the installation of key safes only to aid with the discharge of patients from hospital or where a care package is being put into place. Our office hours are, for the time being, 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday.

Although based in Lockerbie, we provide a region-wide service. 

We are still taking all referrals for small repairs and jobs around the home and will get these done as soon as normal service resumes. Please call the office on 0800 069 9173.

Better Lives Partnership  

In light of the Coronavirus guidance, the Better Lives Partnership board has taken the decision to close The Bridge to Employment Programme in Castle Douglas from 4pm on Thursday.

The Bridge to Employment programme at Wigtownshire closed for young people on Tuesday.

In the first instance the closure will be until Friday April 17, during which time they will continue to monitor the situation with a view to re-open as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.
This is not a decision that was taken lightly. 

“The safety of our staff team and all our young people is very important to us.  As all of our team are able to work from home, we should be able to be in touch with you by email even though our office has to close.” 

Emails:

Castle Douglas

Project Co-ordinator – ckennedy@betterlivespartnership.org.uk 

Administrator – aansbro@betterlivespartnership.org.uk 

Support Workers –  

Kristin Zillwood – kzillwood@betterlivespartnership.org.uk 

Claire Setz – csetz@betterlivespartnership.org.uk 

Anne McEwan – amcewan@betterlivespartnership.org.uk 

Wigtownshire

Team Officer – korourke@betterlivespartnership.org.uk 

Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group

Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group have taken the decision to postpone all meetings, home visits, care home visits and drop-in sessions across Dumfries and Galloway until further notice.

They will be available for telephone support and can be contacted on 07896342878.

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