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Health & Wellbeing – General Advice and Support

CTSI General Advice and Support for the Community

This is a time of extreme change and uncertainty, and it’s affecting us all in one way or another. Here at CTSI we are working to help the community in any way we can at this time. As Clackmannanshire’s Third Sector Interface, we are able to link people to third sector groups and organisations that can help and support them during this time. We have compiled a list of useful resources, guides, self-help tips, for people to access if they feel they need it. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, then please feel free to email us at and we will do our best to help.

Looking after yourself during social distancing.

Social distancing is the best option for everyone in regards to slowing the spread of the coronavirus and not overwhelming the NHS. However, social distancing can have a negative impact on many people who might struggle with mental health issues and loneliness during this time. It’s important that you look after yourself, take some time to focus on you and shut off from all the doom and gloom on the television.

Staying Connected

It’s extremely important that during this time of social distancing we stay connected in one way or another. We’re very lucky now to have lots of different ways to communicate and still feel part of the community from the comfort of our own homes. We know that for some people, this may be the first time they need to start relying on new methods of digital communication to stay in contact with their loved ones, so we’ve included some easy-read guides that will hopefully get you online and connected.

Ability Net can help you with your all your digital questions, including helping you get set up, signing up for social media accounts and more. You can call them free on 0800 269 545 or you can visit their website here.

Free Apps You Can Use to Stay in Touch

  • Whatsapp
  • Facebook & Facebook Messenger
  • Skype
  • Telegram
  • Zoom

Community Centred Facebook Groups

Facebook groups can be used to connect with the community and find local support. Some new Facebook groups and pages were set up in response to the COVID-19 situation, with people coming together to offer help to people who might find themselves stuck in the house.

Coronavirus Clackmannanshire Updates
Clacks Together – Coronavirus
Community Hub

Help for Anxiety, Depression & Loneliness


We know that for some, this may be an extremely difficult time and they may not be in the best place to cope on their own. We have put together a list of helplines and resources for support.

Samaritans – 116 123

The Silver Line – 0800 470 8090
Age Scotland – 0800 1244 222
Royal Voluntary Service – 0845 608 0122

Carers UK Advice Line – 0808 808 7777
Carers Direct – 0300 123 1053

Anxiety UK – 03444 775 774
No Panic – 0844 967 4848
Mind – 0300 123 3393

How to Look After your Mental Health in Isolation
How to Protect your Mental Health
How To Keep Your Mental Health in Check When You Work From Home

Mood Boosters

As a team we have created a list of links to useful resources, guides, silly things, and everything in between, that may help you to crack a smile, or at the very least, take your mind off the current situation.

Uplifting  News Stories – BBC
Silver Linings – How to Stay Positive During this Crisis
Edinburgh Zoo – Penguin Cam (LIVE)
100 Must Read Books ps. Clacks Council have plenty of eBooks online – click here for more
Learn a language for free with Duolingo
Check out our Chief Officer’s Gardening Group for some Green-Fingered Advice 
Read our latest Staff Blog
Try some Free Yoga Classes on Youtube

Things to Keep the Kids Busy

With the schools now on an indefinite recess, you will be looking for things to do to keep them busy. We have compiled a list of some ideas of things you could do to pass the time.

Try your hand a baking with these kid-friendly baking recipes.
Watch the Penguin Live Cam from Edinburgh Zoo
Watch a live Koala Cam from San Diego Zoo
Try a follow along art lesson on YouTube
Listen to a CBeebies Podcast
Try the 30 Day Lego Challenge
Earn a Blue Peter Badge
Make a Stop Motion Animation with Toys

We’ll be updating this page regularly, so check back soon!

Last Updated: 20/04/2020

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