Below are a number of organisations and their contact details to help people get through the covid-19 pandemic with minimal hardship and impact to their welfare.
Please check to see if any of these organisations can assist you with your issue. If you still require assistance, then please get in touch.
My team and I are trying out hardest to get through all of the emails that I have received regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We aim to get through these as quickly as possible, but need to prioritise based on the urgency of the enquiry.
Welfare Rights – North Lanarkshire Council – For general benefits advice, benefits applications, representation for appeals, redundancy advice.
Motherwell: 01698 332100
Wishaw: 01698 348200
Bellshill: 01698 346666
Scottish Welfare Fund – Provides a safety net for vulnerable people on low incomes through the provision of Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants.
Call: 0300 55 0405
Web (Scottish Government): www.gov.scot/Topics/People/fairerscotland/scottishwelfarefund
Web (NLC): www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=26378
Social Security Scotland – Support for enquiries and applications for some welfare payments e.g. Best Start Grant.
Call: 0800 182 2222
Text Relay Service: 18001+ 0300 244 4000 (service for the hard of hearing)
North Lanarkshire Council Business Support – Including applying for tax reliefs and business grants.
Scottish Government Business Support Helpline
Call: 0300 303 0660.
HMRC Helpline for Self-Employed/Business Owner Tax Issues
Call: 0800 0159 559
Scottish Government Covid-19 Helpine
Call: 0800 028 2816.
UK Government Immigration Advice
Call: 0800 678 1767
Community Matters – If you are a person, group or business who wants to help your community deal with covid-19.
To report PPE supply issues:
To offer PEE supplies:
Breathing Space – “Open up when you’re feeling down.”
Call: 0800 83 85 87
SAMH – Scottish Association for Mental Health
Call: 0141 530 1000
Age Scotland – Assisting the elderly.
Call: 0800 12 44 222
Shelter Scotland – For those with housing issues or homelessness.
Call: 0808 800 4444
Kinship Care – Support, information & advice for parents who are struggling or unable to look after their children, relatives or family friends.
Call: 08000 28 22 33
Parent Line Scotland – For people who are concerned about a child’s safety or welfare.
Call: 08000 28 22 33
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Wishaw Debt Centre – For free debt advice.
Call: 0800 328 0006
Scottish Women’s Aid – Prevention of domestic abuse.
Telephone: 0131 226 6606
SSPCA – For pet owners.
Call: 03000 999 999