Anyone providing regular support to a vulnerable friend or relative will want to do what they can to protect their own health and that of those they look after during the coronavirus outbreak.
Like everyone, unpaid carers (including young carers) and people being cared for should familiarise themselves with the public health advice on how to protect themselves from infection. As the situation is changing quickly, the guidance may also change, so carers should therefore check regularly to make sure they are following the latest guidance at:
Carers who do not already have an emergency plan in place may also want to talk with family and friends about who could take over their caring role if they become ill or need to self-isolate – particularly while social work services are under additional pressure during the coronavirus outbreak. It will also be important to make sure you have key information about the person you care for easily available - so that anyone taking over care has all the information they need.
Where carers and family and friends are unable to provide essential care for someone, they should contact their local social work department. Contact details here:
See NHS 24 for advice on coronavirus symptoms; precautions to take; and what to do if you think you may have become ill with coronavirus
Prevention is better than cure!
Details of shielding support for vulnerable people to arrange for food and medicine deliveries, and other support services are available on the Scottish Government website, including details on how you can use the text service to recieve a food parcel if you are in the shielding category.
The Carers Hub is still operating to provide you with support throughout the Coronavirus Outbreak. We have changed the way we provide services to best protect our Carers, Service Users, Staff and Volunteers.
We are here to offer you a listening ear, provide information, advice and sign post you to appropriate practical support. This support is available irrespective of whether you are registered as a Carer with PKAVS or not. You can also check our Facebook page (@PKAVSCarersHub) for information and advice.
You can contact us
9am-5pm Monday to Friday on 01738 567076
Evenings and Weekends on 07759058207
In these unprecedented times, it is important to look at the bigger picture and start planning ahead. We do not know what is around the corner and everyone is at risk of contracting Coronavirus. For unpaid carers, this is a risk that we do not want to take. Therefore, it is better that we are prepared as well as staying safe. Having an 'Emergency Plan' in place will provide you with a peace of mind and support you as a carer to plan ahead.
Watch the Emergency Planning video created by ENABLE Scotland
DOWNLOAD YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN TOOLKIT TODAY! (once downloaded, you need to click the 'Enable Editing' to disable the document from a protected view)
For further information on future planning, please click the following links below...
PKAVS Carers Hub can help you obtain PPE to help you care for your loved ones. To check if you are eligible contact PKAVS Carers Hub on 01738 567076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Perth and Kinross Council
The Perth and Kinross Council Facebook page will provide local updates for residents of P&K and is worth following.
Perth and Kinross Council also have a new page, providing information for anyone who might need some extra support from their community in the next few weeks and months, and at those who are well and able to offer that support. If you're an individual or part of a community group who could help support the most vulnerable in Perth and Kinross, please get in touch. This page will be updated regularly, so please do check back.
PKC has established a new central helpline number to encourage individuals who are seeking any form of community food support. Community food support is provided by Foodbanks, Community Larders and community groups. Through this helpline, individuals may also be offered with advice about other support that may be available to them. If a referral for community food support is deemed relevant, then details will be forwarded to the organisation concerned to make arrangements in line with their operating hours. The number to call is 0345 30 111 00 and open from Monday - Friday 8:45am - 5pm.
A helpline has been opened to provide advice to Scots who are at high risk from coronavirus and do not have a support network at home. The service is aimed at people who are older, disabled, are pregnant, or who received a flu jab for health reasons. It will connect you to local services which can help provide food and medicine as well as emotional support. The phone number is 0800 111 4000
The Community Care and Crisis Grant provides assistance to people in an emergency situation and may be able to help you if you are struggling to make ends meet during the Coronavirus pandemic. You can contact them on 01738 476 900 (option 2) or email email@example.com
Alternatively, you can apply online at
For enquiries on Single Person Discount, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01738 477 430
For Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit, email HBEnquiries@pkc.gov.uk or contact 01738 476 049 or visit:
For general queries on Welfare Rights, email email@example.com or phone 01738 476 900 (option 1).
Perth City – 01738 413070
South Perthshire Locality (Crieff/Kinross) – 01764 657120
North Perthshire Locality (Blairgowrie/Pitlochry) – 01828 626000
North Perthshire Team – 01796 474818
South Perthshire Team – 01764 653173
Strathmore Team – 01250 877843
Perth City Team – 01738 414564
Community Volunteers - (Over 70s) Shopping/prescription collection
Invergowrie – Kelly Kyle – 07542879721
Longforgan – Elaine Stewart – 07801563553
Inchture – Jenna Gallazi – 07479466013
Grange – Greta Macdonald-Whittle – 07546923522
Errol – Gilly Low – 07890154193
St Madoes/Glencarse – Rev Marc Bircham – 01738 861023
General contact CLLR Alasdair Bailey on 01738 861023 if no answer by local contact or your area isn’t listed
They have modified their services from passenger to food supplies delivery and are not limiting delivery services to older people only but for anyone in the local area who needs something delivered to them. Most of the goods they have have been donated by local businesses so there are no charge for the items but donations are welcome to help cover the running costs.
They have a team of volunteers who can run shopping errands and pick-up prescriptions to those who need it.
- Oli Gage-Walker (Community Transport Coordinator) on 01738 310 412
- Anthea Bircham (Madoch Centre Coordinator) on 01738 861 023
Elder Voice - has been shut down. However, Samantha and a few other volunteers are offering some services. To access the support, please follow the instructions:
1. Carer can call Samantha on 07936 067 294 directly if they feel confident, if not PKAVS Carers Support Workers can call on carers behalf
2. Inform Samantha of your details and what support you need
3. Samantha will put the details out on her volunteer WhatsApp group and a volunteer who is free picks this request
4. The carer leaves their shopping list and money/card in an envelope at the door (if they cannot do online shopping).
5. Volunteer will pick this up and do what needs to be done i.e., shopping, collect prescription
6. They will leave the items at the door of the carer with receipts etc. in an envelope
7. This is a 100% free services and volunteers are not accepting any fee including travel expenses (will inform you of any changes)
8. If a carer cannot get to the bank, has no card or money, the volunteer can pay for this and will be reimbursed by the project
For further information and support, please contact:
PH10 6AB - PH10 6JZ - Ian Richards (07754 542 336)
PH10 6LA - PH10 6XZ - Pete Richardson (07754 542 250)
PH10 7AA - PH10 7BZ - Gill Oakes (07754 542 400)
PH10 7DA - PH10 7RE - Sam Stewart (07936 067 294)
From 9 am - 5 pm ONLY - call 111 or 999 if an emergency
Discover Blairgowrie website Blairgowrie and Rattray Coronavirus Community Support
is re-establishing volunteer network that was organised following the last flooding incident in 2015. Please contact Ryan Mollison at firstname.lastname@example.org
is offering to deliver shopping and prescriptions. You can also call to have a friendly chat. Contact Gary Carson on 01821 640 887 or email GCstores.email@example.com
The larder has extended their support to help surrounding neighbours in BURRELTON, KETTINS, ARDLER and MEIGLE.
Have you been furloughed? Waiting for payments? Your income has shrunk? Or generally, struggling with keeping on top of the amount of food you need for your family during this time? If you need a little extra help, the larder is there for you! No referrals.
Come along on Tuesdays or Fridays, 10 am-noon, at Bank of Scotland House on Union Street where friendly volunteers will assist.
The larder also has school materials such as pencils, jotters, paper, (thanks to Coupar Angus Primary) craft materials, books and games that anyone can come along and take, borrow or swap. These resources are available to ALL.
If you are self-isolating and cannot make it along to the larder, please get in touch via the FB page or call 07864 743017.
If you would like to donate any items of food, craft resources, books and games they would be delighted. They really are helping those who really need it and are extremely grateful for the help. Please either contact the FB page or contact 07864 743017.
is offering free deliveries in the afternoon from Monday - Friday. Please contact 01796 881 432
For those who are self-isolating and require any support then the Luncarty Support Group are happy to help with the following:
- Essential food and prescription delivery.
- Posting mail and keeping in touch.
For more information contact Luncarty, Redgorton and Moneydie Community Council on Facebook @luncartyrmcc or on one of the following numbers:
Frank Stevenson 07794 152 747
Terri McAllister 07595 641 860
Sharon McKinnon 07534 012 474
Lyn MacKintosh - 07904 537065
Angela Loudon - 07786 721 366 (Redgorton)
There is a gazebo placed outside the Atholl Centre to help people who are struggling financially at this time. It is open 24/7. They can provide food deliveries to those in need. Donations are also appreciated.
The Pitlochry Food Bank is open for referrals Monday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm or by arrangement. Call Iain Walker on 07397 884453
Feldy-Roo is a Food Delivery Service based at The Fountain Bar & Restaurant in Aberfeldy.
In addition to their own food delivery menu which is now available to everyone in the town, they are also providing a FREE delivery service to OVER 70s and to the most vulnerable who are living in self-isolation. They are providing a FREE hot meal every night of the week cooked at The Fountain Bar & Restaurant. The over 70s on their delivery route are also receiving a FREE morning paper as a result of generous financial support from various local groups and businesses.
Please like and follow their Facebook page Feldy-Roo and help them to support our elderly community members.
If you are self-isolating and need some help, there are various community groups that have been set-up across Perth City with LOTS of volunteers ready and willing to help you with shopping, prescription collection, phone calls and community fridge/take and leave food boxes
Perth City - NORTH (Letham, Tulloch, Fairfield, Muirton, North Muirton and Bertha Park)
Volunteers organised by the North Perth Covid19 Group - Letham4All / Tulloch Net / North Muirton Community Council / Riverside Church
Tel: 01738 444061
Perth City - CENTRE
Volunteers Organised by The Perth North Church Calls will be to the Letham Hub and co-ordinated to the Perth North Church volunteers
Tel: 01738 444061
Perth City - SOUTH (Craigie, Friarton, Moncrieffe, Cherrybank)
Volunteers Organised by the National Christian Outreach Centre (The Mustard Seed)
Tel: 01738 639792
Perth City - EAST (Bridgend, Kinnoull and Ganochy)
Volunteers Organised by the Loving Your Neigh-bour Group—Kinnoull Parish Church, St Marys Monastery, Bridgend, Gannochy & Kinnoull Community Council
Tel: 07521 654105
Perth City - WEST (Western Edge Area and Oakbank)
Volunteers Organised by the Perth Baptist Church
Tel: 07394 177185
If you don’t see your area mentioned, please call the nearest group as all the groups are working together to cover all areas of Perth. If you need additional support you can contact Perth and Kinross Council on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website PKC Coronavirus Community Support
- both Muirton and Tulloch Coop
- Riverside Church in North Muirton
- 3 on Dunkeld Rd - at the shops, Asda entrance and the BP garage
- 1 on Balhousie St outside the store,
- 1 outside the Grammar and 1 at the North Inch Campus
For people in the Kinross area there has been a group set up called Kinross Kindness to support people who are self isolating. They are volunteers who will collect shopping, prescriptions, give advice or a friendly voice. Contact no 01577 212036. They are open from Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm.
Campbells Bakery are doing free local home deliveries. Call 01764 652114.
The Handy Shop are doing fruit and veg boxes at £7 or £10 (£1 for delivery). You can order over Facebook or call 01764 652030.
Crieff Co-Op is also delivering shopping - you can call 01764 654951 or go online.
Comrie Community Council has set up a helpline and are being manned by volunteers on a rota basis. They also provide assistance with picking up shopping, posting letters, a friendly phone call, urgent supplies of any sort and any other things. Please contact Tim Lucas on 01764 679 555 or visit their Facebook page @Comrie Perthshire or website at
Simon Howie Butchers - Delivering orders - call 01738 626376
Lindsay the Butchers - Delivering orders - call 01738 621496
Fish From Littles - Phone 01764 654509 for fresh fish, mussels, prawns etc (orders are being taken at Crieff Shop). Phone in your order and they will deliver to anywhere in Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus.
Updated on: 25/05/2020
Organisations who may be able to advise on practical issues or general inquiries regarding carers and your caring role.
Information and advice about equipment and technology that may make your caring role a little easier.
During these unprecedented times, a team of sports historians, project volunteers, museum professionals and health professionals are working together to support people who are experiencing social isolation. Through this online network, reminiscence is continuing to be supported, prompting conversations and discussions in households across Scotland