Well-Being in the Community

Community Support 

It’s amazing how people react differently in a crisis and this is the biggest crisis in any of our lifetimes.

People across Edinburgh, Newhaven and the worldare offering, in all sorts of ways, to help their neighbours. 

We will try to keep you updated -  any news please contact us !

For Our Coronavirus Page - Click Here

Looking for thoughts on the current situation 

Read Rodney Matthews  latest instalment of a narrative of intensive care

Thoughts by Rodney Matthews HoN 

Really Helpful Poster about Health and Well Being During C-19 click image below


Partial lockdown of Ocean Terminal

In response to the Covid-19 situation and in light of recent government advice, a partial lockdown of Ocean Terminal has become necessary. From 24.03.2020 all leisure and non-critical businesses within the centre will close with immediate effect. We will continue to provide access to M&S Food, Boots and Holland & Barrett for food and healthcare essentials only. Bike Craft will remain open as per government guidance. The centre will be open Monday to Friday between the hours of 09:30hrs and 18:00hrs. Saturday & Sunday between hours of 09.00hrs and 18.00hrs. Access to stores will only be available through the main entrance, and Level C of the Red Car Park. Parking will also only be available via the surface car park. Please continue to follow government advice and keep safe during this difficult time. It is imperative that we do not have the general public using Ocean Terminal as a place to gather, we are following the guidance issued by the Scottish Government and we ask very kindly that you also follow this. www.oceanterminal.com


is now open 7am - 11pm to allow for restocking and extra cleaning

To help manage our stores at this time, stores will be changing their opening times to help fill our shelves to meet the increased demand.

Please avoid shopping before 9am to allow for vulnerable shoppers  

You may have seen posts being shared on social media suggesting that families with children won't be allowed into our stores from tomorrow. This isn't the case.

Everyone in the UK is being asked by the Government to shop sensibly and only when required. Where needed, we are limiting the total number of shoppers we allow into a store at any one time.

If possible, it would help us greatly if you could bring fewer family members when visiting our stores. This will help us maintain social distancing guidelines we already have in place.


Asda Website

Best One

Open Mon -Sat 8am to 9pm,  Sun 8 to 6.30pm

with Post Office Mon to Sat 10am-5pm

Best One

Welch’s fishmonger is making home deliveries.

0131 552 5883 or


NHS Critical Support Document  Here 

Here is a list of local organisations who are offering help:-

❤️ Caring in Craigmillar 0131 510 6930

An organisation set up to contact vulnerable people twice a day to check on their welfare, reduce loneliness, signpost to other agencies when needed and all free of charge.

❤️Next Door.  nextdoor.co.uk

Next door-Neighbourhood is an app which introduces neighbours in areas all over the city and they are all busy offering to do anything necessary to help.


U3A is for anyone over 55 and retired.  It is made up of groups of people who have interests in common from Art to Zumba and everything in between. Meetings have been suspended but members are encouraged to keep in contact by telephone.

❤️Leith’s Harbour and Newhaven Community Council lhncc.org.uk

The community council are looking into ways in which they can help and they are aware of services that have closed and who could use help in contacting people who have been left vulnerable by these closures.

❤️Newhaven Church n-c.org.uk

John Hodge 0131 552 4339
The church along with other churches in Edinburgh are looking at ways of helping and would welcome offers of help.

❤️Pilmeny project

Services for older adults are needing volunteers

❤️Age Scotland

0800 12 44 222
Free chat line Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Cruise Forth have made a statement about the ships in the Forth here 

In a time of distance

The unexpected always happens in the way
The unexpected has always occurred:
While we are doing something else,
While we are thinking of altogether
Different things – matters that events
Then show to be every bit as unimportant
As our human concerns so often are;
And then, with the unexpected upon us,
We look at one another with a sort of surprise;
How could things possibly turn out this way
When we are so competent, so pleased
With the elaborate systems we’ve created –
Networks and satellites, intelligent machines,
Pills for every eventuality – except this one?

And so we turn again to face one another
And discover those things
We had almost forgotten,
But that, mercifully, are still there:
Love and friendship, not just for those
To whom we are closest, but also for those
Whom we do not know and of whom
Perhaps we have in the past been frightened;
The words brother and sister, powerful still,
Are brought out, dusted down,
Found to be still capable of expressing
What we feel for others, that precise concern;
Joined together in adversity
We discover things we had put aside:
Old board games with obscure rules,
Books we had been meaning to read,
Letters we had intended to write,
Things we had thought we might say
But for which we never found the time;
And from these discoveries of self, of time,
There comes a new realisation
That we have been in too much of hurry,
That we have misused our fragile world,
That we have forgotten the claims of others
Who have been left behind;
We find that out in our seclusion,
In our silence; we commit ourselves afresh,
We look for a few bars of song
That we used to sing together,
A long time ago; we give what we can,
We wait, knowing that when this is over
A lot of us – not all perhaps – but most,
Will be slightly different people,
And our world, though diminished,
Will be much bigger, its beauty revealed afresh.

Alexander McCall Smith



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