Help from your community

At Almond HA we are committed to helping the communities in which we operate. We engage with and support community groups and partners to deliver vital services in our communities and access funding and development.

We are here to help our tenants and those in need in any way that we can. In addition to our welfare services and tenancy sustainment services, we are working with the following community groups to ensure everyone is safe and has everything they need:

Access to Food

Supermarkets are reporting that deliveries are arriving daily and shelves are being stocked.

West Lothian Council have an interactive food map that gives details of food projects in your local area.

Children entitled to free school meals can access food at various locations in West Lothian.

Access to emergency food parcels from the Food Bank can be arranged by contacting the Advice Shop on 01506 283000 or Citizens Advice Bureau on 01506 432977.

The Scottish Welfare Fund is there to help those in an emergency and can help with food and utility costs. Claims can be made by phoning 01506 280000 or completing an online form with SWF Crisis Grant.

Riverside Community Fridge

Riverside Community Fridge in Craigshill will open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am-12.30pm. If tenants are struggling to get to the community fridge, they can get in touch with their housing officer who will do everything they can to help.

Anyone in need can use this community fridge. You do not need a referral.

Ladywell Community Fridge

Ladywell Community Fridge will open every Friday afternoon from 1pm to 3.30pm. Please note restrictions are in place due to the government's guidelines on social distancing.

Anyone in need can use this community fridge. You do not need a referral.

If tenants in need are struggling to get to the Community Fridge, they should get in touch with their Housing Officer who will do everything they can to help.

West Lothian Food Train

West Lothian Food Train will operate throughout the Coronavirus pandemic to bring shopping to those most in need. Call 01506 413013 / 420498 or email westlothian@thefoodtrain.co.uk for more information.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to volunteer with the Food Train, please get email westlothian@thefoodtrain.co.uk.

Funding Opportunities

Almond HA have knowledge of various funding opportunities for individuals and families during the Coronavirus.

Tenants finding themselves in financial harship should get in touch with their Housing Officer as soon as possible for advice.

Hints and Tips

There are also hints and tips online for anyone struggling at this time. The NHS have a Live Well, Eat Well online platform that can advise how to store and cook leftovers so no food goes to waste. They also have vegetarian recipes for meals on a budget. Other online sources of information include BBC Good Food and Love Food, Hate Waste. These websites can help us all to create meals from what we have left in the cupboard.

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Community representatives at Almond HA Community Soup Event in February 2020.