Practical support: food, housing, money and work


Covid-19 has caused a lot of disruption in our day-to-day lives, which can impact our mental health and wellbeing. Some of us are experiencing worries about money, work, accessing food and housing.

We have collected information, tools and links to local organisations that can give you practical support during this time.


Food

The pandemic has caused food insecurity for many of us in West Lothian.

Here’s a range of information and support available to help you access food when you need it, make healthy and affordable meals, and understand the connection between food and our mental health and wellbeing.


Food Support Map


Guides and information


Eat Well Age Well aims to tackle malnutrition in older people. It has a range of resources on how to keep healthy and well during COVID-19.


Change 4 Life has lots of recipes and ideas to help parents and guardians so you can make healthier choices for your families.


Parent Club has a wide range of recipes, food planners and healthy tips.


Cooking on a bootstrap is a blog from Jack Monroe and has lots of ideas and recipes to help you eat well on a low income.


The mental health charity Mind has a guide on ‘Food and mood‘ which looks at the connection between food and our wellbeing. It also includes information on how you can eat more healthily.


Food Standards Scotland answers your questions about food and Covid-19,

Money

As a result of Covid-19, some people are furloughed, have been made redundant, are struggling to find employment and at times unable to work due to health and/or family situations.

This section has information that can help you manage your finances and understand what support you are entitled to.


Citizens Advice Scotland’s Money Map will help you find sources of online support to: 

  • Increase your income 
  • Reduce your bills 
  • Ease the costs of daily living

This includes information on benefits, council tax, grants, budgeting, utilities, food, clothing and energy costs.

Learn more here – moneymap.scot

Local Citizens Advice Bureau

Livingston Citizens Advice
Phone: 01506 432977
Text: 07712305764
Email: enquiries@cabwestlothian.casonline.org.uk


Organisations

The Advice Shop can provide up-to-date information on all the financial help available including how to apply for a crisis grant


The Bridge Community’s Financial Wellbeing project can provide emotional and practical advice about your finances.


Turn2us has tools and resources about benefits and Covid-19


Money Talk Team offers support and money advice for families in Scotland. The team can help you with practical money management skills and find out what you might be entitled to.


Money Advice Scotland can help people in debt and support money advisers. It aims for financial wellbeing for the people of Scotland. 


Scotland’s Financial Health Service provides advice on debt, managing money, housing, homelessness and ethical lending.

Work

Here you can find local projects in West Lothian to help you find work that works for you as well as information and tips to help you understand what causes stress in a workplace, how to recognise it and find ways to manage it so you can thrive in all areas of your life.


Tips and information

Access2Employment provides support to help you find employment as well as training opportunities.


Positive Destinations supports young people to get into work. This includes training opportunities, interview and CV writing tips, and apprenticeships


Into Work support people with disabilities and long-term health conditions to find employment.


The Prince’s Trust supports young people aged between 11 to 30 years old to gain skills, and find employment.


Rural & Urban Training Scheme (RUTS) delivers vocational training and employability support to young people.


West Lothian Council has pulled together a wide range of employability support available in the area and throughout Scotland.


Useful pages on Westspace

Work-related stress

This page has factsheets, tips and information, activities and services available in West Lothian to help you understand what causes stress in a workplace, how to recognise it and find ways to manage it so you can thrive in all areas of your life.


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