Thursday 23 April
I hope you are all managing the lockdown as best you can. We are certainly in very strange times but it is great to see our communities coming together to support each other. Here is just a snapshot of how Glasgow Kelvin has responded over the past few weeks:
The Gannet based in Finnieston has delivered hundreds of meals to foodbanks and those in need. They’ve turned their premier kitchen into a space to make meals for the most vulnerable.
The University of Glasgow is hosting a major new coronavirus testing facility – which is now up and running: https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_720507_en.html
Wester Spirit company have made hand sanitiser in their Partick based rum distillery and are donating it to frontline workers.
The G20 Youth Festival and The Children’s Wood and Meadow are delivering hundreds of meals to older & vulnerable people: https://mailchi.mp/6e32205f6ef3/food-from-the-wood
The Gurdwara has been assisting anyone who needs food since the Covid-19 shutdown began. They have lots of information on their twitter page https://twitter.com/sikhsinscotland and on their website https://www.sikhsinscotland.com/donate/
The Women’s Centre Glasgow can provide advice and support by phone to any woman in need on 0141 576 1400: https://www.womenscentreglasgow.org.uk/…/update-on-our-ser…/
The Woodlands Community Garden & allotments are open for visiting as part of a daily exercise routine, and producing lots of healthy food for local residents: https://www.woodlandscommunity.org.uk
The Community Central Halls – CCH on Maryhill Road have launched a neighbourhood support service – call 07594 980 500 or 07706 921 992
The most up to date information from the Scottish Government includes new and additional support for the self-employed and small businesses.
Three new strands of funding have been announced which includes a £34 million Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund, managed by Local Authorities which will be allocated to the newly self-employed facing hardship through £2,000 grants; a £20 million Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund, managed by the Enterprise Agencies in partnership with Creative Scotland and VisitScotland for creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of business rates relief and a £45 million Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, managed by the Enterprise Agencies for vulnerable SME firms who are vital to the local or national economic foundations of Scotland.
More information on these funds can be found at https://www.gov.scot/news/lifeline-support-for-business-confirmed/
The First Minister made a statement today launching a framework for a pathway out of the current situation which can be found here https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/strategy-plan/2020/04/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making/documents/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making/govscot%3Adocument/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making.pdf
My office continues to operate albeit from home to ensure safe, social distancing measures are in place. If you require any assistance please do get in touch either by email: email@example.com or telephone 0141 339 7693 (please leave a message and this will be picked up remotely).
There is also a dedicated page on my website for all things related to the Covid-19 outbreak including the latest Scottish Government advice as well as contact details for local guidance and support https://sandrawhitemsp.scot/category/covid/
Please keep following Scottish Government advice this is the most important contribution you can make during this pandemic. Stay safe.