Volunteers and clients at a Perth-based initiative which helps support minority communities will be able to maintain their safety thanks to a donation of 600 face masks.

Perth Welfare Society is set to resume face-to-face services in the coming weeks and months as the lockdown restrictions ease.

The Perth Chinese Association has stepped in to donate the vital pieces of PPE equipment so volunteers at the society can continue their fantastic work.

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Perthshire Welfare Society, which thanked the Perth Chinese Association for generously providing the face masks, has been continuing its work throughout the pandemic.

Chairman Safdar Ali Said said: “We have been providing a befriending service to over 50-60 people a week, all calls are with different individual needs.

“We have been delivering food packages every fortnight to those who are vulnerable - our service has been unique because we have been able to provide language support.

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“Our concerns for minority communities became more apparent when the government recognised that BAME communities were being identified as a vulnerable group and we are now looking to work with the NHS to identify ways we can work with them to deliver online awareness sessions on ‘how to look after yourself’.

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“There is still a lot of work to be done and we would like to thank Perth and Kinross Council, Letham4All and other services for supporting our community group. Without their support we would have not been able to reach out to so many people.

Perthshire Welfare Society vice-chairman Aziz Rehman added: “We are very grateful to Andy Chan and Perth Chinese Association for their kind donation of this PPE.

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“It will be invaluable as we gradually get back to face to face services within the communities.

“As the lockdown has eased, these masks will also help people protect themselves when they are out in public places.”

Andy Chan from the Perth Chinese Association said: “I am delighted to be able to help and support Perthshire Welfare Society during this difficult time.

“It is at times of crisis that we value and support our friends the most.

“Our partnership working shows that we can really achieve so much more when we work together in cooperation, sharing our resources and our good will.”