Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Perth & Kinross Council staff delivering medicine and food

Parking Attendants and other Perth & Kinross Council staff are taking on new roles delivering medicine and food to vulnerable residents in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Staff including Parking Attendants, Countryside Rangers, members of the Community Greenspace Repairs and Renewals Team and Community Wardens are working with other volunteers to pick up and drop off donations and extra supplies to foodbanks and vulnerable residents.

Parking attendants also started working with NHS Tayside this week to collect and deliver prescriptions and other medical equipment to patients across Perth and Kinross.

Staff from private businesses, including Perth-headquartered energy giant SSE, are also helping with the deliveries where possible.

The move comes after Perth & Kinross Council suspended parking charges on March 23 to support key workers who were not able to use public transport to travel to their work.

This has freed up Parking Attendants and other staff to assist in the Council's Coronavirus response.

The Council's Public Transport Unit are also working with businesses who normally take pupils to school to instead take key workers to work and back home.

The Unit has engaged 19 transport operators who are providing transport for 61 care home workers and one NHS staff member.

Another operator is providing transport for patients who have regular appointments at Perth Royal Infirmary.

Assistance is also coming from community groups and individuals who are volunteering to help vulnerable residents.

Anyone who wants to help can do so via Perth & Kinross Council's website, where we will help match volunteers with those in need of assistance

Volunteers can also submit their details through the national website which will then pass your details to us.

Anyone who has concerns someone they know may need assistance should email or call 0345 30 111 00.

Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Karen Reid said: "We are currently focusing on essential services and this means staff have been able to take on other roles to assist our more vulnerable residents.

"The need for social distancing and isolation means many residents cannot get out to collect vital supplies.

"Our staff and volunteers know what a difficult time this is for many people and are delighted to help where they can."

Perth & Kinross Council is continuing to deliver essential services, such as refuse collection.

Residents in Errol have even been showing their gratitude to refuse collection staff by decorating their wheelie bins with pictures and thank-you notes.