We all need to look after ourselves and our families the best we can.
There are also things we can do to help others:
There are lots of different ways to volunteer from providing emotional support to practical tasks that you can undertake if you are not self-isolating.The Ready Scotland website provides ideas and opportunities for helping others.
People who are self isolating and don't have family nearby may need help. Informal groups are springing up all over Scotland and many charities are ramping up their volunteer support.
People who are vulnerable (for example, older people over 70 and people who have health issues) are being asked to self-isolate (stay at home) or keep away from others (social distance). If you are well, you can help by:
There’s a form you can print off here and give to your elderly relatives, neighbours or others to help with picking up and dropping off food and medical supplies. It tells you how to keep yourself safe while helping others.
Local self-help groups are posting on Facebook (search the groups section for 'Coronavirus volunteering + your area') and other social media. An online group called Covid-19 Mutual Aid has a list of local groups on its website.
The BBC is planning to keep people in touch with what’s going on in their area. Through ‘Make A Difference’, every local radio station is joining with local volunteer groups to co-ordinate support for the elderly, housebound or at risk, and to make sure people know what help is available in their area.