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!
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can apply online at
For enquiries on Single Person Discount, email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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
is re-establishing volunteer network that was organised following the last flooding incident in 2015. Please contact Ryan Mollison at email@example.com
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 07794152747
Terri McAllister 07595641860
Sharon McKinnon 07534012474
- 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
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
Updated on: 06/04/2020
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