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

Coronavirus: Community support

Across Perth and Kinross people are concerned about the current situation with Coronavirus (Covid19).

Perth and Kinross Council are working closely with Scottish Government and sharing information as soon as we can, to help you prepare for today and tomorrow, as well as the weeks and months ahead. In our region we have fantastic communities and pro-active groups who are already pulling together - we need more of that spirit going forward.

This page will give advice and guidance to help families and communities support each other in these difficult times. Please be aware that this is a fast moving situation and we will update this page whenever we have new information to share.

You can also view and download summaries of key community support and volunteering from across Perth and Kinross available in the 'Downloads' section.

If you have a specific question to ask, please email our contact team at communitysupport@pkc.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Volunteer to help in your community

The Council is establishing a database of volunteers, in order to provide help and support to those in need across Perth and Kinross. Please complete our volunteer form to register to help.

Register to volunteer

What we can all do to help with the situation?

There are many ways to help ourselves and others. Make sure you're up to date with all the latest advice by regularly checking official sources of information.

Scottish Government is releasing regular updates and advice, please check their website in the first instance.

There is a specific page for this advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is updated in line with national guidance.

Communities Channel Scotland have put together a resource pack with practical advice and funding information to support community groups.

What you can do to help in your community?

If you are able, you can be a great source of support and relief to other members of your community by looking out for them and for each other to help contain the spread of the virus and support those at most risk.

You can take some simple steps yourself, by:

  • checking up on neighbours;
  • offering to help with dropping off supplies or medicines; and
  • providing a friendly ear and emotional support to those who are self-isolating, or who do not have a network of family or friends close by.

We have put together a very simple form for icon Self-isolating Support [572Kb] which you can put through letterboxes, or hand to people if you feel you can help them.

What the Council is doing?

We understand the vital contribution that individuals and groups can make, therefore we will be working hard to co-ordinate practical support and advice for communities.

Can you please:

  • Ask us - email communitysupport@pkc.gov.uk and we can signpost you to local voluntary groups in your area who can help.
  • Tell us - if you're a community group who can help others in your area, contact communitysupport@pkc.gov.uk.
  • Work with us - if we all work together we can get support to the people and places who need it most - without duplicating effort.
  • Keep in touch - see www.pkc.gov.uk for regular updates and advice for communities on how to access financial help, keep yourself and others safe and avoid scams.

What are third sector organisations doing?

Third sector organisations across Perth and Kinross are very active in supporting people to deal with the issues they are facing. More information is available on our Coronavirus: Third sector support  page and the Scottish Government has announced a Third Sector Resilience Fund to help organisations during this time.

Help and support for those self-isolating

We are starting to build a list of businesses and shops who are delivering to your doorstep. If you are a business who falls into this category, or if you know of one that does, please let us know at communitysupport@pkc.gov.uk. We will update this list regularly and make it available to all.

Community Investment Fund (CIF)

Those who have received Community Investment Funding in 2019/20 will receive a grant monitoring request in May or September 2020. If your project has been delayed, or postponed by coronavirus, we ask that you record this in the grant monitoring form and return it to us.

If your group has received CIF funding in 2019/20, you should have received an email from the Council explaining the situation. If you have not received this, please contact the Community Planning Team at communityplanningpartnership@pkc.gov.uk.