Sources of support

Do you need help for yourself or someone you know?

Test and Protect

If you are self-isolating due to testing positive for Covid-10, or if you have been asked to self-isolate by a Test and Protect contact tracer, and you have no other sources of support for food, medication, or other needs, you can contact our Test and Protect helpline to request help:

Sources of support and helplines

There may be a number of active support groups in your area that may be able to help you - click on your area below to find active groups

Bute and Cowal  Helensburgh and Lomond Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islands  Oban Lorn and the Isles

The services below are available to people across the whole of Argyll and Bute

NHS Inform - For advice on all aspects health and wellbeing, and advice and information on Coronavirus

Mental health helplines - A list of helplines for support with mental health, abuse, addictions, bereavement, parenting and relationships

ACHA - Lorraine McGinty ACHA Welfare Rights Officer- 01546 605 907 - ACHA Welfare Rights Service is a free, confidential telephone service for tenants, offering help and advice on benefits.

Age Scotland - 0800 12 44 222 - free, confidential phone service for older people, their carers and families

ALIenergy - 07860 774929 - free and confidential advice for householders experiencing home energy issues, support for those living in fuel poverty, and preparing for colder winter months, particularly for those living off the gas grid reliant on electric heating

Argyll Care and Repair01631 567780 -Argyll And Bute Care And Repair provide practical advice and assistance, technical services and helpful information to the elderly and/or disabled to enable them to remain in their own homes.

Alzheimer Scotland - online support and local telephone support services for people with dementia and their families

CarrGomm - 0300 666 3030 – Local offices providing free Help with managing and applying for benefits, council tax and rent queries

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland - matching people who need help with their Kindness Volunteers

Disability Information Scotland - support and advice for disabled people, their families, carers, and people who work in the sector

Family Mediation Argyll and Bute - relationship counselling, family mediation and child contact centre services

Home Energy Scotland - 0800 808 2282 - for advice on heating your home, energy bills and energy saving tips

Job Centre Plus - Access the most up to date advice on coronavirus and updates on employment and benefits support.

Lomond and Argyll Advocacy Service - free, impartial advocacy services in Argyll and Bute and West Dumbartonshire

Macmillan cancer support - Facebook group set up to support people with cancer in Argyll and Bute, and telephone support services available

Parent and carer support line - 01546 605524 (Availability: Mondays 9.30am until 12.00 noon  Wednesdays 4.30pm until 7.00pm  Fridays 9.30am until 12.00 noon)

Marie Curie - 0800 090 2309 - If you, or someone you know, is affected by a terminal illness and concerned about coronavirus (COVID-19), our Support Line team are ready to help with the information you need when you need it.

Rape Crisis - 07741 645530 - specialist support and advocacy services to survivors of all forms of sexual trauma

Third Sector Interface - The Third Sector Interface provides information for Charities, Social Enterprises and Community Groups on Covid-19, funding, changes to governance and reporting, safe volunteering and access to a free phone number for 3rd Sector Support at this time

We are with you - free, confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health

Women's Aid - 01369 706636 - free and confidential support to women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse