Launch of the ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign welcomed

Monday March 30th 2020

Owen Thompson

Owen Thompson MP welcomed the launch of the ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign and urged any constituents who can safely help with the Covid-19 response in their community to get involved.

Information for people wanting to volunteer is at ReadyScotland.org, where you can register to become a Community Reserve Volunteer, co-ordinated by the local Red Cross. The site also directs people to existing volunteer information and opportunities through Volunteer Scotland.

Owen said:-

“We are already seeing fantastic work in Midlothian from grassroots community groups, working alongside the council and local charities, to get support to those who need it.

“The Scotland Cares campaign will help target and co-ordinate safe volunteering efforts to make sure nobody falls through the net.

“Individuals and businesses are already offering their services to get hot food, groceries and prescriptions out to older and vulnerable people. We’ve also seen phone lines and video conferencing set up to lend a helpful ear to those who are struggling with social isolation.

“I am proud of the way Midlothian has pulled together to respond to the crisis so far. We have a strong sense of community – it was great to see the #KindnessMidlothian campaign trending on twitter.

“We are in this for the long haul and have to keep following the social isolation guidelines while keeping an eye out for our friends and neighbours at risk.

“I’ve collated Coronavirus sources of information and helplines, both in Midlothian and nationally, on my own website as a useful resource for the area. My team and I are constantly updating it as things progress, so please get in touch with any questions or if I can help signpost you to support where you live.”

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