We all want to do what we can to help our communities, so this page will collate all the local efforts underway to help and support people in Livingston. Thank you all for everything you are doing, the support being offered is incredibly generous – I’m proud to represent you!
It has been great to see the community responding to the impact that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will have on our community and everyone on the team at the Volunteer Sector Gateway West Lothian (VSGWL) has been really touched by this.
They wanted to share some information on what help is available in West Lothian, and how you can help out in your local area and informally keep a watch/ensure that any neighbours, older or vulnerable people are okay to help everyone get through the difficult times ahead:
There are links to local volunteer and support groups here – and links to local Facebook Groups to keep up to date with what is happening in the community.
It also lists organisations helping in each area of the constituency, so please do take a look.
Free taxis for the elderly
All The Fours Taxis will be offering FREE taxis for the elderly to and from their local shop Monday to Friday between 10am – 12pm. If you have a relative, friend or neighbour that would benefit from this contact them on 01506 444444
The Tower Bar team and customers have said they are willing to help any elderly or disabled people who need any kind of assistance, shopping, DIY etc. Just message them on Facebook to let them know what you need and they will do anything they can to help you, or to find someone who can help.
1) Customers will have to queue 1 meter apart outside the creche, which is in a hall inside the Mosswood Community Centre
2) Only 3 customers will be allowed in at any one time
3) For those self-isolating they can email “firstname.lastname@example.org”
4) Bring your own bag
Tech and tools
This video shares some tech tools and apps (free) that can help you track who needs help, which shops do deliveries, etc. https://slickbusiness.co/community-isolation-support-database/?fbclid=IwAR2U6xi8iI-K8zWyLT0nis2bTgx_tGuJSpHY1g94Srs8B8gCRLH6_oOq-0A
** SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES **
If you have or know anyone with a local business, Crowdfunder is offering FREE Pay it Forward fundraising. Your customers can make a donation which they can use to book meals, classes, treatments, a room for the night or a ticket to an event – pretty much anything.
If you don’t currently sell gift vouchers online, this could be a good solution.