Want to help out?

We're amazed by the number of local people who are offering to help out and join in. Over the next few days, we will be adding information that will help to ensure that you can support those vulnerable in our communities while keeping yourself safe.

For us, it's extremely important that we keep vulnerable and isolated people safe, as well as those keen to help. When you contact us to help out, we will take your details and match you with the most appropriate local group or organisation, based on the needs of those who need support and where you live. These organisations have the necessary safety measures in place to protect volunteers and those they support.

I want to help out but I want to make sure I'm safe?


We can't stress enough how important is to follow the official guidelines and health advice from the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland to make sure you don't put yourself or others at risk. Get in touch with the Community Hub to find out about safe ways to get involved. When you contact us to help out, we will take your details and match you with the most appropriate local group or organisation, based on the needs of those who need support and where you live. These organisations have the necessary safety measures in place to protect volunteers and those they support.




How do I protect myself and those I support against criminal activity and scams?


We’ve come across reports of groups or individuals taking advantage of the current situation. While we hope this will not be a widespread problem, it is important for us to be aware and most importantly to make sure that those who are likely to be targeted are aware of the dangers. We will also be sharing information through our website and Facebook about any scams we are aware of in our area and wider to increase awareness and help you guard against the risks of scams.




I have to stay at home, but would like to help out?


If you can't help at the moment, there may be more ways for you to get involved in the weeks to come, e.g. telephone befriending. Get in touch with The Community Hub to let us know that you want to help from home.




I have been furloughed. Can I volunteer?


The good news is that furloughed workers can volunteer, but not for the organisation/employer they work for. UK's Government website states: "A furloughed employee can take part in volunteer work, if it does not provide services to or generate revenue for, or on behalf of your organisation or a linked or associated organisation."





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