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 from 9.30am-12.30pm until further notice. 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.

The Brunch Club @ home

The Brunch Club @ home can deliver cooked meals to elderly, vulnerable and isolated people in the community. If you, or someone you know is self-isolating and struggling to get to the shops or cook fresh meals, this group will bring cooked meals to your door between 11.30am and 1pm each day.

Register by calling 07926 172029 and leave your name, address and contact number.

Ladywell / Eliburn Community

Ladywell Neighbourhood Network have created a Facebook page which allows local residents to ask for advice and help. They have volunteers who can go to the supermarket or collect prescriptions for anyone in need at this time.

Shielding Hubs

If you have received a letter from the NHS asking you to self-isolate for 12 weeks, you could be eligible for support through the council's Shielding Hub. This hub can provide individuals with food parcels each week to help them self-isolate for the duration of 12 weeks. Food parcels will be delivered to your door for your safety. Find out more on your letter from the NHS.

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.

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Community Soup participants

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

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.