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PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT:
The Dial-A-Bus services (which take people with mobility challenges to local shopping centres / supermarkets) are sadly suspended at this time.
The Dial-A-Ride service (which takes people with mobility challenges to any destination of their choice) is running a limited service during the current Covid 19 situation. They are still taking passengers with mobility challenges to essential medical appointments. They will, wherever possible, provide other supported travel within government guidelines. For example if an elderly person or someone with a disability needs to attend a funeral we will try to support these requests.
WEST LOTHIAN FOOD TRAIN
If anyone aged 65 or older (50-65) is struggling to get out to the supermarket or is finding it difficult to get an online slot, then West Lothian Food Train can help. Please contact them on
01506 413013or email for assistance.
RECYCLING CENTRES OPEN FROM 1ST JUNE 2020
They have remained closed due to restrictions on non-essential travel which have been in place across the country throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
All five centres - Oakbank (Livingston), Whitburn, Linlithgow, Broxburn and Blackburn - will re-open from Monday 1 June.
All centres will open 7 days a week, 10am – 6pm.
Members of the public are being advised to expect changes at centres to ensure they comply with social distancing guidelines and operate safely for both staff and customers.
Queuing is likely at times and customers can expect to have to wait to gain access. If customers do not have an urgent need to dispose of items, they are being advised to hold off visiting the sites initially to avoid queues.
Only cars will be allowed access to Recycling Centres, with no trailers or vans allowed at this stage. This is in line with national guidance and is aimed at reducing congestion.
There will also be changes to the site layouts and drop off process. A limited number of parking bays will be available at each Recycling Centre and staff will be on hand to direct customers when they enter. Each bay provides access to a bagged waste skip and a bulky waste skip. Customers will be asked to remain in their vehicle until they are directed to a parking bay and will not be able to leave their bay as the rest of the site is closed.
Customers must ensure that they maintain a 2 metre distance from others at all times.
Staff will not be able to help unload vehicles so if customers require assistance to dispose of waste in skips, they should bring someone from their own household with them.
Licencing requirements prevent the council from accepting electrical items, gas bottles, tyres, asbestos or liquids (such as paint and oil) at this time.
A BIG THANK YOU TO........
Sandy and Yvonne of Klondyke Garden Centre for their generous donations of plants and bulbs for the Memorial Garden and village planters. This is greatly appreciated as a lovely gesture to keep Dechmont smiling!
NATIONAL VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMME FOR CORONA VIRUS
Published: 30 Mar 2020 00:01
Campaign launched for those able to give support.
A new ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign has been launched to encourage people to volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
While the most important ask for the public remains to stay at home and follow the essential public health guidance, people who are healthy and not at risk can volunteer to provide practical or emotional help to those most in need.
Those wanting to volunteer to support their communities have three options which are signposted from the Ready Scotland website:
• returning NHS workers will be directed to existing voluntary arrangements in NHS Scotland
• people wishing to offer their support to our public services, including the NHS and local authorities, will be directed to a site co-ordinated by the British Red Cross
• those looking for opportunities with other charities or community groups in their area will be directed to Volunteer Scotland for information
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“We know there are a huge number of people who are already volunteering and many more with a desire to help their communities, public services and voluntary organisations. And for that we are incredibly grateful.
“This site means that those who are able to can contribute in a way which makes a real difference. It helps people to help each other, as we all get through this together.”
Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley-Anne Somerville said:
“The Scottish Government is working closely with local government and a range of partners to co-ordinate the volunteering effort across Scotland.
“By providing this national portal we will be able to connect people to where their contribution is most needed in their local community, ensuring everyone can play their part in helping Scotland come through this pandemic.
“For some, that may involve roles responding to specific needs in health and social care. For others, it may be that we draw on their skills, enthusiasm and energy in the weeks and months to come.
“It is important to remember that the most helpful thing many of us can continue to do to help the NHS is to stay at home and follow all COVID-19 guidance.”
Volunteers who want to support their communities should visit www.ReadyScotland.org to find out how they can help.
The website is being constantly updated and provides advice on volunteering safely and the organisations to register an interest with such as Volunteer Scotland and the Red Cross.
Businesses who can offer support should email email@example.com
In line with Scotland’s current stay at home rules the public can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving their home, once a day, if you are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.
Please check the latest advice at www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
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