Signposting Winter 2022

by Michelle McDonald 21st December 2022

Information, services and support that is available over the winter period

Understanding Your Rights We are all entitled to basic rights and freedoms. Scotland aims to protect, respect, and fulfil international recognised human rights. In Scotland, civil and political rights are protected by the Human Rights Act 1998 and provisions in Scotland Act 1998, these rights come from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In Scotland everyone is entitled to economic, social, and cultural rights. This includes rights relating to employment, housing, health, education, and adequate standards of living. Your rights are protected by the Scottish Human rights Commision (SHRC) an independent public body that promotes and secures the human rights of everyone in Scotland.

Some benefits are different in Scotland, and some are transferring from the UK to Scotland. The Scottish Government sets the rules for these benefits and Social Security Scotland delivers these benefits. There are still many benefits which are UK-wide and which people in Scotland can claim. The following websites list all the different benefits, income support, and tax credits you could be entitled to.

Scottish benefits | CPAG

Delivering for Scotland

Entitled Too

Citizen’s Advice

We wanted to share some local resources which may be useful during the winter months. 

  • Asda launches their winter warmer campaign where all children and adults over 60 can get a hot meal for £1. You can read more about it here.
  • The money saving expert website has listed all the supermarkets and cafes which are giving away free food and hot drinks over the winter months. Click here to see them all.  
  • Bridgeton Community Learning Centre are offering free takeaway meals for a family of four each Monday between now and Christmas. They will be running this again in January. Address: 68 Dale St, Bridgeton, Glasgow G40 4TL.
  • The Fuel Bank Foundation are working with Celtic FC Foundation to provide financial support to families in fuel crisis. You can apply for fuel support here.  
  • O2 are giving away free data this Christmas. If you are with O2 they will give you 7GB.

Bereavement Support

Cruse Bereavement Support – Telephone: 0808 808 1677

Child Bereavement UK – Telephone: 08000288840

Richmond’s Hope – Telephone: 0141 230 6123

Domestic Abuse

Glasgow East Women’s Aid – Telephone: 0141 781 0230 24/7 Helpline: 0800 027 1234

AMIS Male Abuse Support in Glasgow – Helpline: 03300 949 395

Rape Crisis Scotland – Helpline: 08088 01 03 02 Telephone – 08088 01 03 02 Text – 07537 410 027 Email – support@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk

Financial Support

Money Talk Team – Telephone: 0800 085 7145

Stepchange – Telephone: 0800 138 1111

Food Support

Glasgow Community Food Network

GCFN have put together a map which shows additional free food services and well-being programmes which involve food support. You can visit the map at: glasgowfood.net/find-local-food-services

Love Food Hate Waste

Isolation and Loneliness Support

Glasgow’s Number 1 Befriending Agency – Telephone: 0141 266 0001

Age Scotland – Friendship Helpline: 0800 12 44 222

Mental Health Support

NHS 24 – Telephone: 111

Samaritans – Telephone: 116 123 Text: 07725 90 90 90 Email: jo@samaritans.org

Child Line Scotland – Telephone: 0800 1111

Refugee and People Seeking Asylum Support

Positive Action in Housing UK – Telephone: 0141 353 2220

Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) – Telephone: 0141 248 9799

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