COVID-19 Resources

Lockdown: Support and Resources

The COVID-19 lockdown is a difficult period, and we hope that these resources will provide some support, comfort, and solace.

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Support

COVID-19 Pastoral Care Group

We have been supporting some of our parishioners at risk of being isolated by:

  • Keeping regular phone contact

  • Buying and delivering shopping

  • Collecting and delivering medication

  • Delivering our weekly newsletter

If you, or anyone you know, would like to receive our support, please get in touch.

St Vincent de Paul Conference

If you are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis, St Vincent de Paul might be able to help. For more information, please contact us, and a member of the St Vincent de Paul will respond to your enquiry within 48 hours.

Parish Emergency Planning Group (PEP)

Our PEP Group has been meeting regularly to develop and implement plans for pastoral, spiritual, and liturgical care in these new circumstances.

If you have any ideas and suggestions for the group, please contact us.

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline

Helpline is open for 24 hours: 0800 027 1234

You can also contact the helpline by email or online chat. For more information, visit: sdafmh.org.uk

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Dial-a-Mass

This is a phone service for those without internet connection but would still like to celebrate Mass. Dial 0141 473 4869 for a 15-minute recording for a daily Mass by Fr Stephen Baillie of St Joseph's in Clarkston, Paisley.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are being held online during the COVID-19 lockdown. For more information, visit: aa-edinburgh.org.uk/online-meetings/

Prayer Resources from South Edinburgh Cluster

Lots of handy resources to keep us connected and prayerful during this time, including some fantastic resources for children and young people.

People Know How

A fantastic charity offering digital inclusion and befriending services for adults to help us stay connected. Visit peopleknowhow.org or contact them via contactus@peopleknowhow.org for find out more.

Craigmillar COVID-19 community testing

Community testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread of COVID-19 in Edinburgh. We recently offered community testing in Craigmillar Library and we’d like to thank everyone who came along for a test.

Infection rates are still higher in the wider Craigmillar and Niddrie area than in many other parts of Edinburgh, so we’re asking people to come forward again for a rapid test. We’re open in Craigmillar Library from 9am to 6pm from Monday 23 May to Sunday 30 May. There will be no library services from Craigmillar Library during this time.

Testing is free, fast and safe. There’s no need to book and it will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.

Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others.

You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting