The Perth and Kinross Council has teamed up with the charity Pink Saltire to provide essentials for members of the LGBT+ community during Lockdown.
By working together, the team are providing food vouchers, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as connection online through devices such as laptops and mobile phone data top-ups.
Councillor Peter Barret, Perth & Kinross Council’s equalities lead, said: “The Coronavirus pandemic affected everyone in the UK and is still having an impact, which is why it is important for everyone to get vaccinated.
“We want all our residents to be safe and secure and so were delighted to support Pink Saltire’s work, particularly as disadvantaged groups, including the LGBT+ community, can often face barriers accessing the help they may need.”
Grant funding of £17,100 from Perth & Kinross Council allowed additional resources to be deployed in the area between December 2020 and March 2021. With 187 people supported.
Stuart Duffy, Founder of the LGBT+ charity Pink Saltire, said: “The impact from COVID has been felt throughout every community in Scotland and LGBT+ people were, of course, not immune to the effects of this global pandemic.
“This funding provided support for almost 200 individuals and families in the Perth & Kinross region, who provided excellent feedback on their experience with the service. We believe this is an example of how Councils can work together with grassroots organisations to meet the needs of local people when they are really needed.”
“We are extremely grateful to Perth & Kinross Council for listening to LGBT+ people and supporting the relief effort – the comments from grateful clients really demonstrate the critical nature of the support which was offered and we’re proud to have played a small part in this national effort to help those most in need.”
In total, one hundred and two mobile phone data top ups were issued to keep people connected and 13 laptops issued and the charity also handed out 235 supermarket vouchers as well as making 293 welfare calls.