Support for shielding and vulnerable people

For most of us, we’re able to manage these difficult times ourselves with support from friends and family. Where this is possible, please continue to do so, so that we can support those who most need it.

The Scottish Government has changed their guidance and support if you are

You are now able to leave your home following these changes. This including people who were shielding or at increased clinical risk such as

  • over 70s
  • pregnant women
  • people who receive the flu jab for medical reasons, but not advised to shield

If you must self-isolate due to suspected COVID-19 symptoms or members of your household have symptoms, you must also not leave your home. Read the guidelines for people with possible coronavirus infection on NHS Inform.

If you still need support

If you were shielding and require support, please email [email protected] or call 0131 200 2306 during working hours Monday to Friday and we’ll discuss how the Council may be able to support you either through Council services or our partners in the voluntary and community sectors.

If you’re calling out with working hours and this is an emergency, please call our Care and Response service on 0131 200 2000.

Other groups that can help

Volunteer Edinburgh's Community Taskforce has fully trained and insured volunteers who are able to help anyone who needs support with practical tasks such as shopping, pet care, dog walking or small gardening tasks. If you or someone you know needs help please contact them on 0131 225 0630 or e-mail [email protected]

Further information

We also have lots of information on our Coronavirus webpages which might give you the advice and information you need without contacting us: