Coronavirus – What’s going on in East Renfrewshire


Sainsbury’s – have emailed customers that they know are vulnerable – either because of their date of birth or if they have used the vulnerable customer helpline before. They are working as quickly as possible on an option for people to register themselves as disabled and vulnerable on their online shopping accounts. Elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers should get in touch on 0800 328 1700 to be placed on the priority list.

The new limits on movement introduced by the government will be front of mind for anybody looking after somebody vulnerable. A lot of people are thinking about the practical implications – how to visit somebody, how to collect prescriptions etc.

Through all this it’s important to remember that these challenges are shared by many others, and together we will support each other to find a solution.

If at any point you’d like a private conversation with somebody, please be in touch. We’re here to help you.

Latest advice from different organisations The specific details on the restrictions around movement do include an exception if you’re providing care to a vulnerable person.
The government has also included specific advice for informal carers in its advice for staying at home.
CarersUK has a guidance page on how to support the person your’re looking after during the Corvid19 outbreak.
Access to shopping A round-up of how major shops are responding One of the biggest concerns for carers around the country is how to access vital groceries and medication without unnecessary exposure to large groups of people.

To help, we’ve done a quick update on what different major brands are doing to help people looking after someone vulnerable.
“Small groups of carers are joining together every day for an online ‘Cuppa’ at 4pm. This can be a warm and accessible opportunity to link up with other carers who share the challenges of isolation. The Cuppa runs for 30 minutes, and focuses on practical ways we can help each other. To learn more, and to sign up,


Preparing for Emergencies

Severe weather. If severe weather strikes are you prepared at home, on the road and in your community? It takes just a few simple steps to get ready.





We have produced a Question and Answer factsheet to explain what the Coronavirus Act covers and highlight the measures that are most relevant to carers.

Because Guidance is still being produced for the different measures in the Act we don’t have all the detail on how individual measures will work, so we will be updating the factsheet as we get more information.

You can download it here<>
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Emergency legislation known as the Coronavirus Act 2020 has been introduced by the government to help the country cope with the demands caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The National Carer Organisations in Scotland have looked at how the legislation may affect Unpaid Carers in Scotland and have produced a briefing paper which can be found here:

The situation regarding COVID-19 is developing rapidly. We will continue to update this briefing regularly to ensure that you have the most up to date information.

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