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Important Covid-19 Advice and Information
Everything you need to know about CoWL services, additional support and Government advice
During the current situation with Coronavirus, we remain open for telephone and email support for all new and existing carers, young carers and disabled adults looking for help
We are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Please call on 01506 448 000 or email email@example.com
Scroll down for more information and contact numbers as well as information on our recommendations for Emergency Planning
Covid-19 Route Map for Scotland
The Scottish Government has published a route map paving Scotland’s way out of the lockdown.
The steps will be careful and gradual, and are based on the framework set out by World Health Organization (WHO). For now, the advice remains to #StayHomeSaveLives.
You can view, print or download a PDF of the Route Map here
Alternatively, click the image below to open up the full Route Map on your screen.
We are now running several weekly and monthly Zoom group support sessions with more being added regularly
Click here to go to our new page listing current sessions, or go to the menu under ‘What’s On’
Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
to Unpaid Carers and Personal Assistants (PAs) in West Lothian
If you are an unpaid carer or a PA providing personal care, West Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership is working with Carers of West Lothian to make PPE available to you. If you or the person you care for is in the shielded category, or if you normally use PPE in your caring role but are struggling to get it from your usual supplier, PPE is available to protect you or the person you are looking after.
To check whether you are eligible and to place an order, please contact Carers of West Lothian on 01506 448 000.
Guidance on a range of issues including PPE for unpaid carers and PAs is available on the Scottish Government website at www.gov.scot/publications
Important message from CoWL
We are open for telephone and email support, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Telephone: 01506 448 000 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some useful contacts offering online and telephone advice and support:
- Information for people in the COVID-19 shielded category – nhsinform.scot
- Helpline for people not in the COVID-19 shielded category but who might still need support (e.g: elderly people; disabled people; pregnant women; or those receiving flu jab). Open daytime hours, Mon-Fri Tel – 0800 111 400
- Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87 – breathingspace.scot
- Samaritans – 116 123 – samaritans.org
- Childline – 0800 1111 – childline.org.uk
- NHS 24 – 111 – nhs24.scot
- Age Scotland Helpline – 0800 12 44 222 – ageuk.org.uk/scotland
You can also view our post on advice given by Age Concern – click here
Keep an eye on our social media and website for regular updates as we are exploring other ways to connect with you!
There’s no time like the present to prepare for the future!
The current situation with COVID-19 highlights how important it is to have an emergency plan in place as many carers are worried they may not be able to provide care should they become unwell.
An emergency plan is a plan you make for the care of an adult or a child in case of emergencies. It makes provisions for times when you are unable to fulfil your caring role, and details the practical arrangements for short-term, unplanned periods.
Emergency planning is relevant to all carers, irrespective of the age of the carer, the age of the person they care for or the health needs or disability the cared-for person has.
We have Emergency Plan templates that were developed by Enable to support you though the process. Our support staff can help you with this or you can ask us to email you one to complete at home with the person you care for and family.
Emergency plans can be completed by adult and young carers.
Who we are
Carers of West Lothian is a well-established voluntary organisation offering a range of services that have been developed specifically to meet the needs of carers and their families.
It was started in 1990 by a small group of people, themselves carers, who recognised the need carers had for information and support. They were concerned about the lack of support for carers in West Lothian and used their own experience to set up a service to support carers like themselves.
Today, Carers of West Lothian offers a range of services that have been developed specifically to meet the needs of carers and their families.
What we do
We offer a wide range of services, advice and support, including –
- Information and advice
- One to one emotional support
- Hospital based carer support
- Signposting and referral to support services
- Carer support groups
- Recreational courses
- Individual & group support for young carers
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Where to find us
Sycamore House, Quarrywood Court, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6AX
We are just off Alderstone Road, about 5 minutes walk from both St John’s Hospital and Lidl.
If you are driving to us there is good parking available at our offices.
Open Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Telephone: 01506 448000
HELP OUT OF HOURS
West Lothian Council Social Work Services - website WLC Social Work
Out of Hours Emergency Service 01506 281028 / 281029
West Lothian Council main number 01506 280000
West Lothian Council Social Work Services 01506 282252
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