At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, OPAL started taking calls from people who were Shielding or self-isolating, and who could not go out for their own shopping or prescriptions, and who did not have anyone to go out for them.
Mutual Aid Volunteer groups sprang up across the country, and in East Dunbartonshire OPAL took on the role of taking shopping- and prescription requests – as well as some of the more unusual problems that people were facing – and passing them on to the volunteers.
As the pandemic recedes, a core of volunteers continues to provide a shopping and prescription delivery service, as well as some light gardening and occasional transport service, for some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
If you are ill or self-isolating, or even if your regular support network has let you down, contact OPAL and we can pass your request on to your local volunteer group.
And a big thank you to CRED (Community Response in East Dunbartonshire), G64 Community Support & G61/G62 Community Response for their efforts in supporting people in our local communities.