Money received from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund has allowed Hillcrest Futures to distribute 100 hygiene essentials to vulnerable people across Dundee.
The charity’s harm reduction service was awarded £1500 to purchase various items to help people who use substances stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
Each pack contains two reusable face masks, hand sanitiser, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a bar of soap, face cloth, hairbrush, lip balm and a pack of razors within a re-useable drawstring bag.
Danny Kelly, manager of the service explained: “The packs are being given to people who access our harm reduction service at the Cairn Centre, as well as individuals the team engages with through our assertive outreach program.
“If anyone using our service expresses that they are experiencing financial hardship, we can offer them a hygiene pack to lessen the pressure and ensure hygiene standards are maintained. This is especially important during the current pandemic.
“Handing out the packs also gives staff the opportunity to advise of good hygiene practices as well as reinforcing social distancing to keep them and others in the community safe.”
A client of the service said: “The pack has been really helpful during these uncertain times and I’m very grateful to the team for all they do to support me.”
The government’s Supporting Communities Fund helps organisations across Scotland who are providing important services to those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hillcrest Housing Association was established in 1967 and is one of Scotland’s largest Housing Associations. They provide housing and support in Dundee, Edinburgh, Angus, Perthshire and Fife, with over 5500 good quality, well maintained homes at affordable rents. In each area of operation there are local offices with housing advice teams who can provide an immediate response to the customers.