Practical support during Covid-19
Covid-19 has caused a lot of disruption in our day-to-day lives, which can impact our mental health and wellbeing. Some of us are experiencing worries about money, work, accessing food and housing.
We have collected information, tools and links to local organisations that can give you practical support during this time.
The pandemic has caused food insecurity for many of us in Midlothian.
Here’s a range of information and support available to help you access food when you need it, make healthy and affordable meals, and understand the connection between food and our mental health and wellbeing.
Midlothian Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Food Facts Friends food bank and drop-in centre aims to help anyone who is facing hunger because of crisis. It is an independent food bank supported by local businesses and individuals, working to prevent poverty and hunger across Midlothian.
Penicuik Ambassadors can help you access food if you are in need.
Guides and information
Eat Well Age Well aims to tackle malnutrition in older people. It has a range of resources on how to keep healthy and well during COVID-19.
Change 4 Life has lots of recipes and ideas to help parents and guardians so you can make healthier choices for your families.
Parent Club has a wide range of recipes, food planners and healthy tips.
Cooking on a bootstrap is a blog from Jack Monroe and has lots of ideas and recipes to help you eat well on a low income.
Food Standards Scotland answers your questions about food and Covid-19,
Shelter has a dedicated Covid-19 section on its website which includes information about:
- moving and leaving home
- paying rent
- claiming benefits
- domestic abuse
- repairs and landlord access
- mortgage arrears
- gas and electricity bills
- land and Buildings Transaction Tax
Learn more here – www.scotland.shelter.org.uk
As a result of Covid-19, some people are furloughed, have been made redundant, are struggling to find employment and at times unable to work due to health and/or family situations.
This section has information that can help you manage your finances and understand what support you are entitled to.
Citizens Advice Scotland’s Money Map will help you find sources of online support to:
- Increase your income
- Reduce your bills
- Ease the costs of daily living
This includes information on benefits, council tax, grants, budgeting, utilities, food, clothing and energy costs.
Learn more here – moneymap.scot
Local Citizens Advice Bureau
Turn2us has tools and resources about benefits and Covid-19
Money Talk Team offers support and money advice for families in Scotland. The team can help you with practical money management skills and find out what you might be entitled to.
Money Advice Scotland can help people in debt and support money advisers. It aims for financial wellbeing for the people of Scotland.
Scotland’s Financial Health Service provides advice on debt, managing money, housing, homelessness and ethical lending.
Covid-19 has massively impacted the way we work. Some of us are working from home, others are having to adjust to new health and safety measures and, unfortunately, others may have lost their jobs. There is a higher level of uncertainty for people which can have a negative impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
In this section, you will find resources and guides on how to keep well while working during the pandemic and different ways to support one another.
Tips and information
Useful pages on Midspace
This page has factsheets, tips and information, activities and services available in Midlothian to help you understand what causes stress in a workplace, how to recognise it and find ways to manage it so you can thrive in all areas of your life.