NORTH-east charity Aberdeen Cyrenians is urging anyone facing crisis to get in touch as the latest lockdown begins in Scotland.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK back in March 2020, the charity experienced a 600% increase in demand for their services in the months that followed.
As another temporary lockdown is confirmed for the full month of January, the charity is continuing to support service, and where emergency/urgent help is needed, through the use of PPE and distanced face-to-face meetings will continue to deliver its services.
Mike Burns, Aberdeen Cyrenians chief executive officer, said: “When the first lockdown began back in March, we experienced a huge surge in demand from people needing our support.
“The latest measures come as many people are stressed and financially stretched after months of hardship, job loss, debt and continued business interruption and insecurity. Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel but it promises to be a bumpy ride along the way.
“Our dedicated staff are only too aware of the impact this new lockdown will have, on people being unable to work, on relationships, on addiction, on mental health. We urge people feeling the strain to get in touch, as we can help people avoid crisis as well as support those already in need.
“We are continuing to distribute food parcels and other essentials, and are thankful to the public for their generous support in donating to assist local people in need. Whilst we have had to change the way we provide help to keep people safe, we want everyone to know that all our support and services are still there and fully running.”