Coronavirus – community contacts - Helensburgh and Lomond

Page updated - 08/01/2021 - 15:35

Name of OrganisationContact Details Details of what the organisation or group can offer
ACHALorraine McGinty ACHA Welfare Rights Officer- 01546 605 907ACHA Welfare Rights Service is a free, confidential telephone service for tenants, offering help and advice on benefits.
Arrochar Mountain Rescue07788 207256Available to asist with requests for support, up to 20 team members and 3 vehicles.
Arrochar, Succoth and Tarbet Covid 19 Vulnerable GroupTel. 01301470047   This group has been set up in the Arrochar area to provide support to those who are vulnerable by assisting with shopping, prescription collection and befriending.  For more information please contact Councillor Iain Shonny Paterson tel. 07747750627.
Cardross Community Council and Cardross CaresEmail.
Tel. 01389 841387 (Patrick Trust) 
Tel. 01389 849329 (Rev.Maggie Macarthur)
Cardross Cares are stepping down their response but remain on standby to support in the event of a local outbreak.
Carr GommHelensburgh
Eileen McArthur 07827 978678
Lisa Whitehouse 07827 992918
Eileen Black 07771 997324
Helensburgh Office 01436 676240
Help with managing and applying for benefits, council tax and rent queries
Garelochhead Station TrustTel. 07541 777559 (Morevain Martin)  
Garelochhead Station Trust continues to provide support to members and the wider the community in Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula.
Grey Matters Active AgeingTel. 07801 566749  
Due to the vulnerability of people in our age group and following Scottish Government guidelines, we have taken the decision not to recommence our face to face meetings at present. However, we have many other activities that people can enjoy through our presence on social media. For example, we have set challenges, projects and activities and have weekly chats online. Our members are still offering a buddy system where they keep in regular contact with one another. We also keep in contact via text and email to see if anyone needs additional telephone contact.
If you need any help, being it just a friendly voice or ideas and stimulus for activities, please contact us on the following email:

If you need any help, being it just a friendly voice, support to access food, medication and other products or any other support, please contact us on the following email:
Helensburgh and Lomond CarersTel. 01436 673444 / 670555  
Helensburgh and Lomond Carers are in regular telephone contact with all carers currently registered.  Should you identify any young and/or adult unpaid carers, please refer them to us. They can self-refer on the website or by telephoning 01436 673444/ 670555
Helensburgh & Lomond Foodbank Email: 
(you can also find us on Facebook).

Will continue to provide a drop-in Foodbank on Monday mornings from 10.00am until 12 noon and on a Thursday from 3pm until 8pm at the Red Cross Hall. Also at Howie Pavilion, Rosneath on a Wednesday from 1pm until 3pm and an outreach service in Arrochar.  No referral necessary the Foodbank is for those with no food and no money to buy food. We will be limiting the number of people inside the Hall at any one time so people may have to wait outside. We are sorry we will be unable to provide tea, coffee or advice services to reduce contact time. A 'Give and Go' walk-through service is being provided to allow pick up of a pre-packed bag of non-perishable food for 3 to 5 days.

Jeans BothyTel. 01436 679718  
Text. 07542 226390   
(or visit the Jean’s Bothy Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
Jean’s Bothy reopens to members in September but continues to operate an online programme of activities which members can now access either from home or from the bothy.  If members would like to access the activities from the bothy there is a booking system in place to ensure numbers don’t exceed the max. allowed.  To book a place please call 01436 679218 or email In addition to the online activities there are also some outdoors activities open to members in the garden of the bothy or Hermitage Park.  For more details please again contact the bothy direct on 01436 679218. If members wish to pick up food donations the bothy is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 – 12.30pm to drop in and pick up.  Anyone over age 16, living in Helensburgh & Lomond who wants to improve their mental health & wellbeing is welcome to become a member.  A copy of the most recent programme can be found on the facebook/twitter/Instagram pages.
Kirkmichael Community Development  
Tel.01436-675451 (Liz Simpson)  
Tel. 01436-674403 (Allan Forsyth)
Kirkmichael Community Development Group is a network of people living in Kirkmichael who give voluntarily of their time to help others.  They are offering support to the community to help with shopping, medical supplies, befriending or posting mail.
Males Tales Helensburgh Tel. 07528 570062 (John Lewis)  
(Also on Facebook)
Males Tales Helensburgh would like to provide somewhere for all men to come and talk in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
Join us at the Drumfork Club, Churchill Square, Helensburgh on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month between 18:30 and 20:00.  Meetings in person are still running.
Rhu and Shadondon Community Council Facebook - volunteer response has now ended, please see theCommunity Council newsletter for updates:
Visiting FriendsEmail.
Tel. 01436 26 9336
Visiting Friends can provide one to one volunteer befriending (taking into account current government advice on shielding) and telephone befriending for adults who may be isolated or lonely. Any organisation or individual can refer to us. . Although our temporary shopping service is now finished, we may still be able to provide this support if we have volunteers available. Please phone or email Jayne or Debbie to discuss any of our services.
We Are Here With YouTel. 01436 640 216  
Free phone. 0800 2061460  
Webchat service.
We Are With You (formerly Addaction) offer free confidential support with alcohol & drugs.  We are currently offering telephone support, 1-1 Walk & Talk sessions, Walking groups, Online MAP groups, as well as Needle Exchange. We strive to keep in regular contact with service users and will continue to keep everyone updated on the services we are offering in line with developments from government guidelines.