Coronavirus: The Dundonians helping make a difference during the pandemic

In a fast-changing situation like a pandemic, there is one constant – the generosity of Dundee’s communities. Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, SeeDundee will be bringing you the efforts fellow Dundonians have made to help their communities, as well as raising awareness for services that might help readers at this time.

Tele Taxis

With a huge reduction in the number of people leaving their homes, Tele Taxis have pulled together to help those most vulnerable in our community. The taxi company has volunteered its services to pick up essential provisions, such as food and prescriptions for people unable to get out and about in the coming weeks and months.

A spokesman said: “We thought if we could help out then we would be more than delighted.  We won’t be doing their shopping for them but if we feel that someone is genuinely in need we will gladly help by picking up essential supplies or getting prescriptions.

“We don’t want anyone to feel they are alone in this difficult time.”

Read the full article on the Tele. 

Minick Butchers

Minick, the Fife-based butcher with bases in Ladybank, Newport, Anstruther, St. Andrews, and Cupar is doing its bit for customers who are isolating by providing delivery services on its goods. Other than the Cupar store (who are teaming up with Cupar Now and The Central Cafe), all stores will have a dedicated delivery day.

For more information on the areas covered and how to order, check out Minick’s Facebook page. 

D&A College

As face-to-face teaching halted and the college buildings closed for the foreseeable future, so too did the campus’ cafes and restaurants, finding themselves with surplus fruit, veg, and dairy products. These have all been kindly donated to Kirkton Community Larder with the help of Scotmid convenience stores.

If you’d like to support Kirkton Community Larder, visit their Facebook page.

Tayside Football Fans

A true testament to Dundee spirit, the Tangerines and Dark Blues are putting aside their rivalries to look out for more vulnerable fans throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Dundee FC fans Richard Peter-Tennant and Paul Murphy started a series of walks for football supporters to tackle mental illness and suicide. While these walks have been suspended, for now, the lads are still urging anyone struggling with this difficult – and for many, lonely – period to come forward for support.

Read more about this story on The Courier’s website. 

Tayside Distilleries

We’re all too familiar with empty hand sanitiser shelves, despite this being the time we need it more than ever. A number of Tayside-based distilleries have stepped up to fill the gap and distribute hand sanitiser where it is most needed. These distilleries include Redcastle, Distillutions LTD and Verdant Spirit Co.

Verdant Spirits ran a fundraiser to enable them to start the process, raising over £2,500, which has enabled them to offer their first batch of the hand sanitiser free to local health workers, charities and not-for-profits. They have kept their fundraiser going to enable them to offer future batches at a reduced price. You can donate here. 

Iron Ocean

In more hand sanitiser news, clothing company Iron Ocean has been busy making the product too. The company normally manufactures garments but is making free hand sanitiser at the moment to help combat the viral outbreak, urging people to “Be the strength that vulnerable people need, do what little you can..”

Check out their Facebook page. 

While these are uncertain times for all of us, by pulling together (at a distance) we can make a change for the better. Be sure to follow social distancing guidelines, and if you have been helping your community in some way drop us a message on our Facebook page.

Rebecca Brown