Community organisations in Clydebank are being invited to partner with the council to provide additional support to the area’s most vulnerable residents.

With many groups already active, the council’s communities team is creating a list of groups and individuals who would be willing to provide extra support during the coronavirus pandemic.

West Dunbartonshire Council is asking anyone to get in touch, detailing the skills they could offer.

The information will be added to a shared database of people who could provide a community response if it is required in the coming weeks.

Councillor Diane Docherty said: “The community of West Dunbartonshire has been extremely quick to respond to this ever-changing situation and it is heartening to see so many people wanting to help each other out.

“Already we have been contacted by a number of community members and groups that have offered their time to support local residents, in particularly the elderly and those self-isolating.

“Collating all this information would allow us to fully understand what community network of support is available, as well as whether any gaps exist.

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“We are keen to hear from groups that would be willing to volunteer their time and expertise to support any required community response.

“By working together, we can make this extremely challenging and uncertain time a bit easier for everyone.”

Groups already offering support to communities are also being offered the practical advice they require to continue.

Anyone willing to be added to the shared database of community volunteers should email with the following details: Contact details (name, group name, email and telephone) of two representatives, if possible.

A summary of how many members there are willing to offer support. A summary of what a volunteer could support with – i.e. driving, deliveries, phone calls to those in isolation. Please also detail if helpers are PVG checked, list of spoken languages, specialist background, e.g. healthcare worker, etc. And any other information which would be helpful.