Community Information


Community Information

Here is a list of sites that are good sources of information regarding bereavement, health & wellbeing, financial advice and more...


Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) will help you through this difficult time. They are able to listen – offering an impartial ear with no agenda – or can support you via one-to-one counselling sessions where you can work through your grief. Or it may be that you need reassurance that other people have been through a similar experience – indeed it might be helpful to read about other people who have been bereaved and hear how they’ve coped. Please be assured that all their services are offered to everyone free of charge.

Marie Curie know that although some people are more comfortable talking to friends and family about their loss, some benefit from talking to a professional counsellor. This is sometimes called grief or bereavement counselling.

The NHS has advice on grief after bereavement or loss. Bereavement, grief and loss can cause many different symptoms and they affect people in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde offers a Bereavement Service with information and guidance for public, NHSGCCS staff and community based services.

Citizens Advice Scotland has information about claiming Bereavement Support Payment which is a non-means tested benefit. If your husband, wife or civil partner has died, you might be able to claim Bereavement Support Payment.

General Health & Wellbeing

NHS Inform's Scotland's Service Directory helps you find the names, addresses, opening times and service details for thousands of health and wellbeing services in Scotland.

NHS Inform's section on Illnesses and Conditions helps with identifying, treating and managing different types of illnesses, infections, injuries and disorders.

Ready, Steady, Baby has advice for pregnant women and is your guide to pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenthood.

NHS Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have a wide range of services available, providing information & advice to help you manage or improve your general health & wellbeing.

To help stop the spread of coronavirus and safeguard the health of those at greatest risk, Age Scotland has compiled advice for older people and their families on how to avoid exposure to the virus as well as information on your general health and wellbeing.

Glasgow Disability Alliance supports disabled people in the wider Glasgow area and has established a Covid-19 Resilience Response.

Shielding Support

Glasgow City Council has pooled its Coronavirus (Covid-19) Shielding Advice and Information as well as creating a handy Frequently Asked Questions section.

Scottish Government has detailed its advice on shielding support for vulnerable people to arrange for food and medicine deliveries, and other support services.

NHS Inform COVID-19 Information makes sure you can rely on a wide range of shielding help and support.

Eating Well in Lockdown

Discover BBC Good Food’s best Healthy Recipes, including healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. Find dishes to fit in with special diets, from dairy free to the 5:2 diet as well as Budget Recipes including Jack Monroe’s epic budget recipes.

Recipes from Jamie Oliver’s TV show, Keep Cooking and Carry On celebrate freezer favourites and the store cupboard with recipe tips and ingredient swaps to inspire you to get creative with whatever you have to hand.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is the professional association and trade union for UK dieticians.

UNICEF - United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund - has a selection of  easy, affordable and healthy eating tips during the coronavirus outbreak.

The NHS's Live Well has advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.


If you're struggling to feed yourself or your family, or need other urgent assistance, find out what help you can get in your area from Citizens Advice Scotland.

The Trussell Trust  support a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

Urban Roots is a community led environmental charity working across the Southside of Glasgow. They aim to empower local people to make choices and lifestyle changes that are beneficial for them, their communities and the environment.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

SAMH is the Scottish Association for Mental Health. Operating in communities to provide a range of mental health support and services.

Support in Mind Scotland – SiMS - seek to support and empower all those affected by mental illness, including family members, carers and supporters.

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Citizens Advice Scotland has information about where to get help and what you can do if you think you have a mental health problem.

COPE Scotland work in the Glasgow area to offer pragmatic solution focused intervention and active listening to help manage or overcome life challenges for people aged 16 plus. This is not a crisis intervention service and to book an appointment call 0141 944 5490. 

Lifelink provides free, direct and quick access to confidential one-to-one counselling, CBT group counselling sessions and wellbeing workshops to all adults with a Glasgow postcode. Anyone with mild to moderate mental health issues such as struggling to cope with everyday stress, anxiety or feeling depressed can make a referral via our website or by giving us a call   0141 552 4434. 

Financial Advice

Citizens Advice Scotland has advice on what to do if you can’t pay your bills because of Coronavirus.

Money Advice Scotland are there to help if you’ve been impacted by Coronavirus, whether it’s because you’ve lost some or all of your income, or if your household bills have increased, it’s important to know what you can do to help with your debt and money worries.

Step Change provide free debt advice, to help you deal with your debt and set up a solution.

National Debtline Scotland know this is an anxious time for a lot of people, especially if you are worried about money. Go to their Coronavirus hub for the latest information and advice on the help available. Click on the Scotland box in the top right hand corner. 

Universal Credit at Glasgow Libraries are continuing to offer essential Universal Credit support by phone, you can call free 0808 169 9901 to make an appointment.

If you are struggling with energy bills, almost everyone can get some form of help from Home Energy Scotland This is a free service funded by the Scottish Government that gives advice on making your home cheaper to heat, and on saving energy and carbon. Call Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282.

Keeping Physically Active

Glasgow Club venues may be closed to the public and leaving the house for a workout proving more difficult, we know many of you are missing the physical and mental benefits of exercise. You might not be able to join us in the gym, but we can bring our workouts to you at home! Download the Glasgow Club App and you’ll have access to our FREE online content to get you started. You’ll find streaming fitness classes, easy-to-follow equipment-free routines and general advice on maintaining a healthy body and mind.

BBC's Get Inspired has a section on Everyday exercise: How to work out at home without equipment.

NHS Live Well has  advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

Learning From Home

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

Alison has over 1,000 high quality courses available across 9 distinct categories, all free to complete. All courses are self-paced.

Learn My Way has free courses for individuals to learn digital skills to stay safe and connected. Courses include learning how to access information about public services by visiting local and national government websites.

OpenLearn - free learning from The Open University - covers a wide range of subjects, with many of the free courses being adapted extractions from OU modules. All courses enable individuals to earn a statement of participation and some also allow students to earn a free digital badge.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enrol. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills and career advancement.

If your education, employment or future choices have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Skills Development Scotland can help you access the information, advice and guidance you need to get back on track. Speak to an expert adviser on 0800 917 8000 or visit My World of Work. They provide links to free online courses.

The National Careers Service has information about mainly career focused courses. Courses are aimed at individuals who are looking for a career change or want to progress in their existing job. The Skills Toolkit was launched by the government to offfer free online education courses for people to take while they are staying at home. It is hoped the initiative will boost people's digital and numeracy skills and lead to improved job prospects once the lockdown ends. The courses cover a range of levels, from everyday maths and tools for using email and social media more effectively at work, to more advanced training.

Coronavirus Advice

The World Health Organization's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations system and to lead partners in global health responses. Their website provides a wealth of information on Coronavirus including Myth Busters.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has pulled together information and guidance for public, NHSGCC staff and community based services.

NHS Inform has the latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice. You can also download the NHS App from the App Store or the Google Play Store to access instant information.