Updates on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The ongoing Coronavirus/ Covid-19 situation can seem a confusing and anxious time for many people, especially those who are in the high-risk groups.  The aim of this webpage is to try to provide access to the latest briefings on how to stay safe and how to survive self-isolation/ social distancing.

The most recent briefings from a range of reputable sources are linked below:

Coronavirus Helpline0800 111 40009am – 5pm (Mon – Fri) for those who cannot leave their home and who cannot get assistance online
The Scottish Government
Renfrewshire Council
Renfrewshire Council Shielding Helpline0300 300 02308:45am – 4:45pm (seven days per week) Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
NHS Inform Scotland0800 028 28168am – 10pm everyday for general information only
NHS 24111Call NHS 24 on 111 for advice if symptoms worsen or if fever is ongoing after 7 days
Breathing Space0800 83 85 87A confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed
RAMH: Recovery Across Mental Health0141 847 8900RAMH provides professional care and services to those affected by mental ill health; depression, self harm, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other conditions.
If you think RAMH can help you please get in touch with us directly.
Scottish Association for Mental Health0344 800 0550SAMH is the Scottish Association for Mental Health. Operating in communities to provide a range of mental health support and services.

Surviving Self-Isolation

Spend some time reading

It’s too easy to sit in front of the television watching each and every update on the coronavirus crisis but this will only increase your anxiety and stress.  Why not do something you enjoy – and if you have to self-isolate for a while – why not use that time productively. Either start a new hobby, practice whatever hobby or pastime you enjoy or take the time to phone family and friends.  Keeping in touch with one another will help lessen the isolation and help to put any fears you have into perspective.  We’ll update this section as we get more ideas (some of them will be put on the news section of this website).  If you have any suggestions please contact us and we’ll share them.


I’m terrible at buying books (either paper or ebooks) and putting them down to one side and not getting around to reading them.  So I’m going to spend some time catching up on my reading.  The books I most recently downloaded are Mind Map Mastery by Tony Buzan and The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry.

If you’re not already a member of Renfrewshire Libraries, you can join online and access free ebooks and emagazines.  Setting up an account is relatively easy although you may have to request a couple of emails to change password and pin number (when it asks for a pin number simply put in the password and it should work ok), but once you’ve got your online library card number you can link up to another related site to access a range of magazines.

USA based bookstore – Haymarket Books – are currently offering some free ebooks for the next couple of weeks.  Haymarket Books focus on more left wing politics but if you’re looking for something free to read you could log onto their site and see if there is anything you would like.  Just click here.

Supporting Local Businesses


A lot of local businesses are under tremendous pressure just now.  Many are facing closure or restricted trading and will struggle to survive.  However, despite this, some are adapting their businesses to provide support to local residents who may be self-isolating and are unable to get out to access local services such as shopping, food etc.  If you are out and about please try and support our local businesses.  We’ll highlight some of the ones on our news page and if there is one you would like mentioned please get in touch.