Scottish Council of Jewish Communites
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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
Representing, connecting, and supporting Jewish people in Scotland

Covid-19 Lockdown
Information and Support

Col Yisrael arevim zeh lazeh
Our responsibility as a Jewish Community is to take care of one another

last updated: 31/08/2020

Community Information
General Information about Coronavirus
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People using services provided by their local council or other agencies should contact those organisations direct to find out about any changes or new procedures.

Jewish Leadership Council (JLC)

Scotland Cares
Scottish Government initiative to provide practical and emotional support.
Members of the public who want to volunteer to support their communities have three options which are signposted from the Ready Scotland website.

For some that may be right now in helping to manage the crisis, for others there will be roles in the weeks and months to come. But for many of us, the most helpful thing we can do to support our NHS and our communities is to stay at home to save lives. 

Please note that you can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving your home, if you are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.  

Kosher Food

Mark's Deli
Mark's Deli in Glasgow will deliver locally and by courier to remote locations, and can also supply basic vegetables and consumables as well as takeaway meals, and packaged kosher foods. Click here for contact details.

Jewish Care Scotland

Jewish Care Scotland can be contacted by phone 0141 620 1800 and e-mail

During normal working hours Jewish Care Scotland’s professional team will provide advice, information, and support. Out-of-hours, from 5pm to 9pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 3pm Friday, a team of volunteers is answering the phone, and can offer information, signpost callers to appropriate services, and refer on to Jewish Care Scotland staff.

In addition, Jewish Care Scotland are currently operating an essential shopping service for people who are isolating and unable to shop for themselves with no-one who can do it for them. 

Jewish Care Scotland can also provide support for those experiencing hardship to access specialist information, and financial assistance for those in critical need. Every application for financial support is assessed by one of the Community Team, and applications are considered on an individual basis. For information, please call and speak to one of the team.

Click here to read Jewish Care Scotland's latest newsletter.

Cosgrove Care

Cosgrove Care is continuing to work with partner organisations to deliver supports and services to those in need of vital support in East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, and North and South Lanarkshire. Click here for full details.

Click here to read Cosgrove Care's latest newsletter.

An Early Day Motion has been put down in the UK Parliament praising the work being done by Cosgrove Care:
Cosgrove Care (EDM no. 509) Kirsten Oswald – That this House appreciates the focussed and dedicated support provided by Cosgrove Care in East Renfrewshire during the covid-19 pandemic; notes the difference that that work is making to those in the most vulnerable situations; applauds the important initiative taken by Cosgrove Care to ensure that support and assistance is provided in the way which best suits individual requirements; acknowledges the importance of working as a community to deliver targeted support during the covid-19 pandemic; understands the significant work done to facilitate local volunteers working with Cosgrove Care to assist others in their neighbourhoods; and thanks the Cosgrove care staff and volunteers for their tireless service to support others in our community.
Supported by: Alison Thewliss


Resource is a free and confidential out-placement service for unemployed members of the Jewish community. During the COVID-19 pandemic all services are being offered remotely. Click here for full details.


At this time of heightened anxiety, looking after our mental as well as our physical health is more important than ever. JAMI will continue to provide practical and emotional support for everyone affected by a mental health problem and are further expanding their services to support people who may be isolated by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mental Health and COVID-19

Social distancing & remote social responding

COVID-19 Advice for Carers

Chai Cancer Care

Chai Cancer Care will be expanding their virtual services in the coming days.
Click here for information. Helpline: 0808 808 4567

Jewish Women's Aid

In stressful times people can be at increased risk.

Call 0808 801 0500 for the domestic abuse helpline.

If you are in immediate danger dial 999. If it would be unsafe for you to speak to the operator, respond by coughing or tapping your handset, and if prompted, press 55. This lets the operator know it is a genuine emergency, and you will be put through to the police.

Click here for additional information.


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