WHEN lockdown hit and the world stopped spinning, a Blackhill youth group wasted little time in adapting to help those who need them most.

St Paul’s Youth Forum (SPYF) took its programmes online so dedicated staff could continue to meet with children six-days-a-week and support vulnerable families in the north-east of the city.

The Langdale Street-based group, which has been helping young people for more than

30 years, offers youngsters the chance to meet up with their friends while looking at topics such as yoga and meditation.

The team are also answering the call from vulnerable families by handing out hundreds of meals each day to locals in Blackhill, Riddrie and Provanmill.

Joe Lowit, community gardener with SPYF, says it has been vital to continue to be there to support children in the area during a difficult time.

He said: “We were in a good position early on to respond to the challenges and continue to help a lot of people. We were quite able to get food out to people who need it.

“It’s really important for the young people, at a difficult time for them, that there’s an online presence they can connect to.

“It’s really important they have positive role models and a support system to go to.

“Having that contact during all of this is really important for them.”

The food parcels are prepared by chefs Gerard Martin and Stephen Usher each day at their St Paul’s Church base before being delivered by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Rolls made by Blackhill Bakery are also handed out each morning.

Joe, who is currently shielding, said: “We’re not ‘means testing’ them and will support anyone who asks for our help.

“Quite often our team will be out delivering parcels and people will mention others who need a hand.

“We’re very connected to the community and in a good position to do that.”

If you would like support, email joe@stpaulsyouthforum.co.uk.