The situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) is constantly evolving, and it is a worrying time for carers and those they care for. You can find the latest guidance about what you can and can’t do on the Scottish Government website, and there is also specific advice for unpaid carers.

Carers Link is still here to help local carers, and our staff are available for you to talk to – just call us on 0800 975 2131 or email At the moment:

  • PPE: Unpaid and family carers providing personal care can access free PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Call Kirkintilloch Health & Care Centre (KHCC) on 07976 922464 and they will process your request and the PPE will be made available for collection at KHCC reception.  If you prefer, you can contact Carers Link and we can contact KHCC for you.
  • Staff are working to a hybrid model of home and office working and our office is not always staffed, so please call to arrange a meeting. We can  meet you in person if you would like, but information, support and advocacy are all available via other means. If there is a way of communicating that works for you let us know and we will try and use it. If you do want to meet us in person we will take all necessary precautions to keep you and us safe.
  • Our Carers Call service is continuing.  We will try and enable your usual volunteer to phone you but this may have to change.
  • Our groups, activities and information sessions are being held online and in person so that you can choose what suits you. Check out our latest newsletter to find out what’s happening. Our young carer groups are all meeting in person.
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These arrangements are constantly under review, and any changes will be based on Scottish Government and public health guidance. We will post any updates here on our website, and on our Facebook page.

will ensure you receive updates and information about COVID and your caring role.

Carers Emergency Plan

If you are worried that illness or social isolation will mean that you are unable to care, a   contains concise, relevant information on the person you care for. It means that the practical arrangements for caring are set out, and your views and knowledge of the person you care for can be shared with others.

You may also want make cover arrangements with neighbours, family and friends who may be able to help.

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Practical support

If you or the person you care for are unable to shop or collect your medication from the pharmacy, within East Dunbartonshire  local Community Service Volunteers can help. The volunteers can also help with transport to GP, hospital and other medical appointments. To get in touch with the volunteers call OPAL on 0141 438 2347.

We are normally open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00 pm, but appointments (by phone, in person or online) out with these hours can be arranged. Currently mail is not being picked up from the office on a regular basis so if possible please email or phone us. During evenings and weekends, if you or someone you know requires urgent social work support, please call 0800 811 505.