A COMMUNITY hub to help people in Yoker through the lockdown has provided financial, food and mental health support to hundreds of people since it was set up, according to its founders.
The G13/G14 community support hub was started by a team of local councillors, teachers and activists to ensure vulnerable groups were able to access vital support.
Garscadden and Scotstounhill councillors Eva Murray and Michael Cullen have put political differences aside to support the delivery of food parcels and medication and to point those in need to other helpful organisations.
Sandy Busby, a local community activist who manages the Yoker Resource Centre, has reopened the centre to allow the volunteers to meet in a secure space while socially distancing.
With the help of Yoker café “Dee Dee’s Munch Stop”, the group have been able to provide hot meals and Morrisons in Anniesland has provided produce for emergency food parcels.
Councillor Murray said: “People have been calling us to ask if we can help, as they are waiting on Universal Credit and have never experienced this hardship before.
“They fear it will take much more than lockdown restrictions being lifted before they can get back on their feet.
“We have been able to provide assistance in partnership with the local citizens advice bureau and even offer emergency food packages or hot meals which can be frozen.
“Thanks to Dee Dee’s we were also able to provide a Friday night curry to those we know have been hit hard.”
The support group have also worked closely with Drumchapel and Glasgow North West Foodbank in Blawarthill to ensure those who are likely to need continued financial support can access food banks, and have been referring people for mental health support from COPE in Drumchapel.