Lochcarron Area Covid19 Community Support Fund. News Overview from May.

Lochcarron Area Covid19 Community Support Fund.
( This appeared first in An Carranach, the local news magazine, June edition )

By now most of you will be aware that Lochcarron Community Development Company has received funding to help and assist people residing in the Lochcarron and Kishorn area through the Covid19 pandemic. Each community has their own way of working and the level of funding differs in each area, in our case assistance came via The Supporting Communities Fund which is administered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and from the North Highland Initiative, TRADEBE and The Highland Council. The programme is managed by Lochcarron Community Development Company and covers a range of projects, aimed at assisting the community through the Covid19 crisis.

Covid19 affects every single person on the planet to varying degrees. In our area, we focussed our support package on those who are self-isolating, the more vulnerable, people with young families and those whose income has been reduced due to the pandemic. In order to best understand the level of need and the value of matching support required, we engaged conversation with a number of local businesses, members of the community, other local organisations, The Howard Doris Centre, The Ferguson  Medical Practice, Highlands and Islands Enterprise  and other Development Officer supported organisations known to be submitting applications to the SCF.

The newly formed volunteering group, the Community Support Network responded quickly to the pandemic and set up a network of volunteers to support their Green/Red Flag initiative, an alert system put in place to assist anyone in need of medical assistance or help. Other volunteers took to their sewing machines to make face masks which are available to anyone and can be picked up from The Bistro or by contacting Lochcarron Community Development Company.

Given the unusual circumstances created by the virus, coupled with a variety of unknown outcomes, it is very difficult to plan ahead. The funding awarded to us has made a massive difference to so many people, volunteers have been able to deal with a variety of issues at a local level and as the lockdown continues, we are aware that the number of people requiring support will increase.

The area covers that shown in this map.

What’s the funding for?

The overall package includes the setting up and delivery of the following outputs;

  1. Essential services provision including food deliveries.
  2. Resources for growing your own food – Plant and seed exchange located at the Rockvilla Hotel Car park.
  3. Volunteer Co-ordinator service established and operated, Elaine Porritt and Vicky Stonebridge jointly filling the role.
  4. Households have access to basic food provisions.
  5. Signposting service and chatline to direct you to the help you need.
  6. Assistance with equipment for home schooling.
  7. Expenses for homeworker volunteers making PPE.
  8. Hand sanitiser and gloves made available for key workers.
  9. Small discretionary budget to help ease the burdens imposed by Covid19.

Delivering the project was quite an undertaking and we owe our thanks to the team of hardworking inspirational, volunteer food packers, mask makers, local food providers, delivery drivers, the Community Network Group volunteers, Ryan and Lauren (The Rockvilla Hotel) and Marek Dziezok. The contents of the food boxes delivered were locally sourced and we owe a massive THANK YOU to Emma, Hector and the Team  (Lochcarron Food Store), to Chrissie and Duncan (Lochcarron Garage), Shaun and Hazel (Lochcarron Bistro) and to Pnut and Lisa (The Albatross) for their hard work.

At the time of writing, funding continues to be available, please get in touch with us if you need assistance, we are here to help.
E.Mail; covid19lcdc@gmail.com
Phone; 01520 722987
Mobile; 0749837343

News & info is being updated on facebook; www.facebook.com/lochcarroncommunity
and new website lochcarroncovid19.com

Again a huge thankyou to all the volunteers who have made all this possible




Looking ahead to a community event after Lockdown.

It’s never too early to start planning fun things! We are looking forwards to some time in the future when we can all get together again and re-socialise, so we are starting to think about the different options for whatever time of year this may be. Let us know what you think, and if you’d like to be involved.

plans for a phased Lockdown exit in Scotland

Today 21/05/2020 Scot. Gov. published and announced their route map for ending lock down which consists of 4 phases.

“However my hope is that we will enter the first phase a week today, on Thursday 28th May.

” Here’s what you need to know: 

Phase 1

The first phase will enable meeting up with members of another household outdoors, with physical distancing measures in place, as well as the re-opening of garden centres, drive-through food outlets, and household recycling sites.

It will also allow more outdoor activity – such as sitting in parks – and outdoor sports such as fishing, hiking and golf. Travelling short distances (broadly within 5 miles) for outdoor leisure and exercise will also be permitted in Phase 1.

School staff will begin returning to schools to make necessary preparations and adjustments for the new school year beginning from August 11, and where possible, transition support will be available to pupils starting P1 and S1. An increased number of children will be able to access critical childcare, with the resumption of child-minding services and outdoor nursery provision.

What’s more, Phase 1 will see safe restarting of some NHS services – covering primary services including mental health, a resumption of some GP services coupled with an increase in digital consultations, as well as a gradual restarting of urgent elective treatments.”

The route map details are here.

New parliamentary bills have also been passed to help ease the financial burden on businesses.

A statement from the highland Council about their plans to ease lockdown.

Highland council plans to start re-opening waste recycling centers;




The self employment Income support scheme opens now.

The self employment Income support scheme opens now. This is the payment for self employed people and will be a lifeline for those not eligible for any of the other financial packages.
They take your monthly average based on the last 3 years accounts, then give you 80% of that x3. So if you earn £100 a month you would get £80×3 = £240.
It doesn’t take into account businesses who have a lower average due to seasonal trading, or claim lots of expenses to pay little tax. But hopefully it will cover some of the recent losses.
You will need your unique tax payers reference number ( UTR) and National insurance number ( you can find these on your tax return ) . You will also need to have signed on and created an account.
They will give you a date within the next 5 days and you will be eligible to apply.


Here is a link to some step by step guidance on how to do this;

A guide to submitting Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) claim

Covid19 Virus, staying safe- information

There are currently lots of mixed messages and conflicting sources of information on the virus and staying safe, We are by no means experts. This page will post information from official and reputable sources, for you to do your own reading and determine what is best for you withing official guidelines.

Scot. Gov route map for phased exit of lockdown.

UK governments guidance for SCOTLAND ( currently differs from English guidelines ) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individuals-and-businesses-in-scotland

Scottish Governments current Guidance.

Scottish Governments guidance on facial coverings.


NHS scotland guidance

Health protection Scotland- guidance for health professionals and organisations.

Highland Council general guidance & information

Highland council guidance for tenants

Albyn housing general information & news for tenants

Highland council information about shielding

Ready Scotland advice for community groups

general help topics from my.gov.scot

BBC news Coronavirus news and stories

Live updates from world health organisation

The independent covid19 advice

The guardian newspaper covid19 news and information

more NHS information

FireScotland advice on safety during the pandemic

Age Uk advice for older people

Advice for volunteers

E.Mail; covid19lcdc@gmail.com
Phone – 01520 722987
Mobile – 0749 838 7343

A list of Local contacts & information ( includes shops and services ).

A list of Local contacts & information ( includes shops and services )
To contact us;
E.Mail; covid19lcdc@gmail.com
Phone – 01520 722987
Mobile – 0749 838 7343

Medical, Health & Wellbeing
Ferguson Medical Practice Normal surgeries are suspended for now, phone consultations are being provided in the first instance , if you are asked to attend the surgery instructions will be given on how to access the premises. For pre ordered  prescriptions knock on the door at the surgery and someone will pass the items to you. Perscription delivery service by volunteers from the Car Scheme is available to those aged over 70 who are self isolating, please let the surgery know If you require this service Surgery; Tel; 01520 722215, Prescription line Tel; 01520 722661  Open Weekdays from 9am to 5pm (Wednesday close at 1pm  then service transfers to Torridon Medical Practice) late night surgery Tuesday, closed daily between 1.00pm and 2pm . Other useful numbers; Raigmore Hospital 01463704000, Broadford Hospital 01471822491, NHS24 Phone 111
Howard Doris Centre Community Care Initiative – currently closed to visitors Tel; 01520722541
Coronavirus Helpline Government advice line Tel; 08000282816                                                                               Website ;https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Health and Social Care Single point of contact for all enquiries relating to District Nurses, Welfare Agencies, Occupational and Physiotherapy , Social Works For Skye, Wester Ross & Lochalsh Tel; 01471 820174 , for  out of hours contact 0845 7697284. Web; High-UHB.SinglePointOfContactSLWR@nhs.net
Highland Council Helpline Advice on benefits, education and social care. You can also register as a volunteer. General Covid 19 support line open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Tel; 0300 303 1362
Emergency Dental Service NHS emergency helpline 0845 6442271
Organisations (local)
Lochcarron Community Dev. Co. Highlands and Islands Enterprise, supported community organisation, project managing the Supporting Communities Fund. Providing information to the community on the support services available Tel; 01520722987                                                                    E.Mail covid19lcdc@gmail.com                                           Web site; lochcarroncommunity.wordpress.com
Lochcarron Community Council Acting as a liaision group between the local authority and the community E.Mail; lochcarroncommunitycouncil@hotmail.com
Lochcarron Business Association Set up to promote the Lochcarron area and to assist businesses operating within it E. Mail; info@lochcarron.org.uk                                                 Web; http://www.lochcarron.org.uk
Lochcarron Community Network Volunteer support network E.Mail; communitynetworkLochcarron@outlook.com
Local Services Food/Fuel
Lochcarron Food Centre Delivery service – Strathcarron, Lochcarron, Kishorn Tel; 01520 722209 . Email; sparlochcarron@aol.co.uk
Lochcarron Garage Delivery service – local area Tel; 01520 722205,                                                                   Email; lochcarrongarage@tiscali.co.uk
The Bistro Food to take away (evenings) Tel; 01520 722799
The Albatross Café Take way and delivery service available Tel; 01520 722744, Email; Albatross-Café@outlook.com
Kirkton Woodland Wood fuel orders – delivering weekly Tel; 07925558197 or 01520 722987
Veterinary Services Local Vet practices Tel; 01471 822922 (Broadford Vets)                                            Tel; 01349 863117 (Dingwall Vets)
Business Gateway Information for business Tel; 01463 896831 or 03000134753
Scottish Government For information on coronavirus funding for businesses/individuals www.gov.scot

Information about Home schooling, education and college.

This page has links that we hope will be useful for parents and guardians homeschooling, students and adult learners.

If you are local and need resources to help you, please get in touch.

West Highland College has made some of their local adult education courses available online, lots of practical and useful subjects to choose from, places are going fast !

Education and children- Scot Gov

Highland Council keyworker childcare hubs

Highland digital school hub

Education maintenance allowence

Parent Zone scotland

BBC how can parents help with home schooling

Parent club homeschooling



Parent line Scotland

Parent club scotland

Support for single parent families scotland

How schools and education is working UK gov ( england )

E.Mail; covid19lcdc@gmail.com
Phone – 01520 722987
Mobile – 0749 838 7343