Virus latest: Volunteers come forward to help people stuck at home in West End

By Ian Marland at

Ordinary people are stepping up to the mark to help their communities in crisis.

Local groups have sprung up across the West End to aid people who are being forced to stay at home because of coronavirus.

Volunteers have been setting up groups on Facebook, WhatsApp and the local platform NextDoor.

West End Covid Support

West End Covid Support

Every part of the area appears to be covered by at least one group.

The idea is to help people with shopping, running errands for things like medicine and dog walking.

In Hyndland, a manned telephone has been set up at a local pub to co-ordinate efforts.

Volunteers are still coming forward to be organised into local groups.

West End Covid Support said: “We are a group of concerned neighbours who met at a meeting in Hyndland on March 14th, and began splitting into areas who will each have a whatsapp or facebook group and can coordinate more local mutual help.


“In turn we will be in touch with other networks like the Glasgow Mutual Aid Network, which are starting to emerge.”

Glasgow Mutual Aid Network is starting to share materials such as posters and help forms with local groups.

The idea is to co-ordinate local help teams without any unnecessary duplication.

Another group to have set up is Glasgow West End Volunteer to Help platform.

The facebook page is being co-ordinated by other community volunteers.

Its explainer says: “This is a platform to help those in our local community (Glasgow West End) that are affected by the COVID-19 viral disease (Coronavirus) or have any other medical or emotional reason that requires support.”

West End community

West End community

Here are some of the groups now set up in the West End

(WhatsApp links will need to be opened via a mobile phone or any device that carries the app.)

West End Covid Support





Hyndland or whatsapp




North Kelvinside


Glasgow West End Volunteer to Help Platform

West End Support for Self Isolation

Glasgow Mutual Aid Group