The Wester Hailes Together Group has released the latest update on what they have been doing to ensure emergency provision and online activities:
We’re busy this week working closely with everyone behind the scenes, securing resources, getting them delivered to bits of the network and identifying locations for meals and kids pack lunches to be made available.
Gav from ‘Games at the Gate’- Gate 55 and With Kids have really been helping with all of that too, particularly focusing on deliveries and collections.
Holy Trinity Foodbank have been able to continue serving people thanks to many kind donations of food from everyone.
Edible Estates bought and paid for a new range cooker to be installed in the Calders Community Flat to support their response this week.
Wester Hailes Together arranged for a new commercial freezer to be delivered to the Calders Community Flat this morning using Scottish Government funding.
Here is a rundown of updates and services provided from different organisations across Wester Hailes available from local groups and organisations:
Providing a variety of online Digital Youth Work support for young people and working with the Calders Residents Association to deliver food parcels and lunches to families.
Calders Residents Association
Foodpacks and lunches available on a daily basis from the Calders Community Flat. The group are also making and distributing food to a number of vulnerable groups in the community.
The Dove Centre
The Dove Centre is continuing to deliver meals and essential shopping to their service users; from next week they will deliver meals and any requested shopping to their service users on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are also delivering weekly activity packs (boredom busters!) with things such as puzzles, crosswords, colouring pages and games to help keep minds active.
WHALE Arts are running a Community Takeaway on Friday 1.00pm – 2.00pm. People are invited to queue along the side of the building, with lunches served out by the decking. Please note to comply with the latest Government guidelines lunches must be taken away ande consumed at home and while queing participants must remain 2 metres apart.
WHALE is also preparing art packs for distribution to their participants to help keep kids entertained while the schools are closed and will be releasing online creative activities you can do at home.
Please get in touch with the WHALE Arts team if you need support or a conversation on 0131 458 3267 or by emailing email@example.com or by SMS text to 07926 613472.
The SCOREscotland Community Fridge will no longer be open to the public, instead offering delivery service to those in need. To sign up send a text with your full name, address and phone number to 07496190916 and they will get in touch.
For more information contact SCOREscotland on 07496190916
The Health Agency
Active Steps Team are providing online exercise classes through the Health Agency Facebook page. They’ll be running sessions on yoga and movement so you can still keep up with your exercise.
The Health Agency will also be sharing information and resources which can support people with mental health conditions.
Wester Hailes Holy Trinity Church
The Holy Trinity Church will be livestreaming their Sunday worship on their Facebook as well as holding zoom sessions.
CHAI’s are continuing to provide advice by telephone. To book a telephone appointment call 0131 442 2100.
They have also shared this handy factsheet outlining some of the support people may be entitled to during the outbreak.
Wester Hailes Together is a group of local community organisations, voluntary groups and support agencies in Wester Hailes, South West Edinburgh are working together to support the residents of Wester Hailes during this time of uncertainty due to the Coronavirus.