Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing support

Scroll down for lots of helpful links and sources of information;

Alzheimer’s Scotland have produced a booklet outlining what people can expect if they are admitted to hospital with the virus.
https://www.alzscot.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/Coronavirus%20-%20Coming%20Into%20Hospital.pdf

The local women’s aid group have sent us the following information which may help people struggling with Domestic problems or abuse.

 Support for Women, Children & Young People Experiencing Domestic Abuse in Skye & Lochalsh

*** Ross-shire, Skye & Lochalsh Women’s Aid ***

We offer safety planning, emotional and practical support

and help accessing  local services for housing, benefits,

financial & legal advice.

Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm

01349 863568 (someone will take the call in our team in Dingwall and allocate to us)

info@rosswa.co.uk

www.facebook.com/RossShireWomensAid/

*** Scotland’s Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline ***

Specially trained staff available to offer support and information
for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, those concerned about
someone else and professionals with questions. 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

0800 027 1234

helpline@sdafmh.org.uk

www.sdafmh.org.uk (webchat available)

***Police***

In an emergency, call the Police on 999.

If you are unable to indicate to the operator you need to speak to the police as it is dangerous to talk, press 55 and the operator will know you are in danger.  For more information see here.

***Breathing Space***

A space to talk & be listened to.
0800 83 85 87

https://breathingspace.scot/ (webchat available)

Weekday Mon-Thu 6pm – 2am

Weekend Fri 6pm – Mon 6am

***Samaritans***

A safe place to talk.  No judging or telling you what to do.  Just listening

Call 116 123

jo@samaritans.org

https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

More numbers and support available https://www.scottishwomensrightscentre.org.uk/news/covid-19coronavirus-info/covid-19-support-available-for-women-experiencing-abuse

You are not alone.  It’s not your fault.  We are here to listen.

also for Domestic abuse;

  • 24-hour National domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Men’s advice line: 0808 801 032
  • Scotland – Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline (freephone 24/7): 0800 027 123

NHS information, How to access NHS services at home.
https://www.nhs.uk/health-at-home/

Information for pregnant people and their families.
https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/

Uk government guidance on health and well being
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing

UK government support for domestic abuse;
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-and-domestic-abuse/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse

Alcoholics anonymous;
https://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/

Highland council support for bereaved families;
https://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/12507/council_support_to_families_in_time_of_need

Scottish Government mental health advice and support;
https://clearyourhead.scot/

NHS addiction support;
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/drug-addiction-getting-help/

mental health support
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/

Scottish Mental Health Association;
https://www.samh.org.uk/

Eating disorders help and support;
https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/support-services/helplines

LGBTQ+ helplines and support;
https://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/services-support/helpline/

Age Scotland information and support;
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/

Alzheimers Scotland help and support;
https://www.alzscot.org/information-during-coronavirus

Childline UK;
https://www.childline.org.uk/

Skye and Lochalsh Young carers, supporting young carers in the area, includes Lochcarron;
https://www.skyeyoungcarers.co.uk/

National Helplines
Adult Support & Protection Public helpline for support and protection Tel; 08009020042 (Highland area)
Childline Helpline for children and young people up to 18 years. Trained councillors available to answer your call Tel; 800 11 11
The Samaritans Support available for people of any age Tel; 116 123
Womens Aid Outreach Service Confidential information if you are suffering abuse or need somewhere to stay Tel; 07715 532979 or 01349 863568
Alzheimer Scotland 24 hour helpline Tel; 0808 808 3000
Age Concern, Scotland National charity for those aged 50 and over Tel; 0131 6680364
Al-Anon Family Helpline Helps families and collegues of problem drinkers Tel; 020 7403 0888
Alcoholics Anonymous 24 hour helpline, trained councillors will take your call Tel; 0800 9177650
Citizens Advice Bureau Help line Tel; 01463 237664 (local)                                                                 National; 01738 450580

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

Financial Help and advice 

Financial Help and advice

latest round up of help available from Business gateway 18/05/2020
https://www.bgateway.com/resources/finance-and-grant-announcements?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=May%20National%20Newsletter&utm_content=May%20National%20Newsletter+CID_1cf1240a6836afeada7919485dc91ded&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Coronavirus%20Business%20Funding%20%20Grants%20-%20Daily%20Update

The £90 million Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund for viable but vulnerable SME’s who are vital to Scotland’s economy, will reopen for applications from mid-morning on Thursday 14 May.
https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/sources-of-funding/pivotal-enterprise-resilience-fund?utm_campaign=corona&utm_source=se_twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=the_90m_pivotal_enterprise_resilience

Highland Council has a range of information and help listed here; https://www.highland.gov.uk/coronavirus

Business Gateway Scotland has lots of support and information including grants , loans and funding;
https://www.bgateway.com/coronavirus-business-support-across-scotland

News and information from Scottish Government;
https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Guidance and support from UK government, includes Employment support and universal credit.
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus?gclid=CjwKCAjw7-P1BRA2EiwAXoPWA9YELNpJn-tdHbp8m5UnUgnd8bMgf9E40_z9kiOwZdRAmbOOazCrPBoCnK4QAvD_BwE

sample letters for furloughing employees
https://www.makeuk.org/news-and-events/news/covid-19-furlough-letter-to-employee

About the Small Business Grant from Highland Council;
https://www.highland.gov.uk/coronavirus/businessgrant

The newly self employed grant from Highland Council ;
https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/248/grants_-_business/923/covid-19_newly_self-employed_hardship_fund

The self- catering business grant from Highland Council;
https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/248/grants_-_business/920/covid-19_self-catering_business_grant

About rent and council tax reduction;
https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/701/council_tax/412/housing_benefit_and_council_tax_reduction/9

There is lots of advice for scottish businesses here findbusinesssupport.gov.scot

The highland council has extended their small business support to include second properties. more information here www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/12500/additional_support_for_business

The coronavirus job retention scheme ( furloughing employees ) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re employed and cannot work
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-employed-and-cannot-work

If your employer has no work for you to do (you’ve been put ‘on furlough’)
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-employed-and-cannot-work

Guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-you-were-employed-and-have-lost-your-job

Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-self-employed-and-getting-less-work-or-no-work

Guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-already-getting-benefits

Money saving expert, constantly updated articles.
Coronavirus employees’ help, incl furloughing rights
Coronavirus self-employed & small ltd co help, incl income scheme
Coronavirus finance & bills help, incl mortgages, energy & TV
Coronavirus travel rights, incl refunds & insurance
Coronavirus life in lockdown, incl MOTs, food & entertainment
Coronavirus financial FAQs, commonly asked Q&As

UK government business help and support;
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

Citizens Advice Scotland
https://www.cas.org.uk/

Details on which banks are doing what to help their customers;
https://moneyfacts.co.uk/news/banking/how-is-your-bank-helping-customers-impacted-by-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Highland Small communities housing trust information for tenants
https://www.hscht.co.uk/tenant-info.html

Highland council guidance for tenants
https://www.highland.gov.uk/coronavirus/housing

Albyn housing general information & news for tenants
https://www.albynhousing.org.uk/

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

News update, 9th May 2020. What have we been up to?

What have we been up to?
Food Vouchers and food boxes.
We are working our way around the community, delivering fruit baskets, food boxes and food vouchers (redeemable locally) to  those self isolating, the more vulnerable of us, volunteers, and those whose primary income has been reduced due to Covid 19, we aim to have the area fully covered by the middle of next week. Please bare in mind, without knowing the circumstances of each individual household we have only local knowledge to guide us and we may get in wrong. If you are in receipt of a food box delivery with items you do not require, please gift them to the Food Banks in Lochcarron Food Centre and Lochcarron Garage.Please get in touch if you wish to make use of the service, don’t be shy, it’s there to be used. You can get in touch and request further assistance by either telephoning Kristine on  01520 722987, or by email on covid19lcdc@gmail.com.

Volunteer expenses.
Community Volunteers assisting with Covid19 related tasks, such as deliveries and mask making, please get in touch, you are eligible to claim expenses.

Grow your own project
Further supplies of peat free compost have arrived – We’re allocating 2 x 25kg bags per household – get in touch via covid19lcdc@gmail.com.
Lauren and Ryan at the Rockvilla have kindly offered to “host” a plant exchange in their car park and we hope to have this up and running in the next couple of weeks (weather permitting) . We will be in touch with details then, in the meantime look out any spare plants, seeds, or pots you may have.

Covid19 Co-ordinator post
Elaine Porritt and Vicky Stonebridge  have kindly stepped up to the mark, Vicky has been busy updating developments through social media and took time to design our Covid19 leaflet. Elaine has been busy delivering food packages to over 320 homes, this has provided her with a good basic understanding of where the need lies and how that information, together with input from the Community Network, can help form our Covid19 chat line service which will be launched as soon as the bulk of food deliveries have been made.Thanks to everyone for pulling together and helping this to happen.
Keep in touch with us covid19lcdc@gmail.com.

Volunteer Support

Volunteers –  makers of PPE

The cost of materials needed in the making of PPE equipment (masks, scarves) will be reimbursed to volunteers. Materials can also be supplied.

 Travel Expenses and Hand Sanitiser for Volunteers.
If you are making deliveries to those self-isolating, the most vulnerable, or making journeys to support someone in need, we can reimburse your fuel expenses. Please keep a note of your mileage, dates and reason for travel. Application forms are now available.

Please get in touch;
E.Mail; covid19lcdc@gmail.com
Phone – 01520 722987
Mobile – 0749837343

Food and Wood fuel Help

Food and Wood Fuel Vouchers

Food vouchers are available to help with basic household requirements, anyone who  is shielding,  the more vulnerable of us, those who have lost their primary income, or are enduring any hardships due to Covid19,  is eligible to apply, the value of the vouchers is linked to the number of householders.

All applications will be treated in the strictest of  confidence.

We know it can be very difficult for people to ask for or accept help, many have always worked and never been in this position before, some worry that there may be others worse off than them. These are unprecedented times and will affect everyone in different ways. This community fund is here for you when you need it. Please get in touch about any concerns of needs you might have.

The vouchers and food boxes started being distributed to those adversely affected by the pandemic in the first week of May.  The Vouchers are valid for essential items ( not lottery cards, alcohol or cigarettes ) in The Lochcarron Food Center ( Spar ) where you can phone and collect orders, or get orders delivered to your house.

Please get in touch about food parcels and vouchers;
E.Mail; covid19lcdc@gmail.com
Phone – 01520 722987
Mobile – 0749 838 7343

Update 9th May 2020.
Food Vouchers and food boxes.
We are working our way around the community, delivering fruit baskets, food boxes and food vouchers (redeemable locally) to  those self isolating, the more vulnerable of us, volunteers, and those whose primary income has been reduced due to Covid 19, we aim to have the area fully covered by the middle of next week. Please bare in mind, without knowing the circumstances of each individual household we have only local knowledge to guide us and we may get in wrong. If you are in receipt of a food box delivery with items you do not require, please gift them to the Food Banks in Lochcarron Food Centre and Lochcarron Garage.

Please get in touch if you wish to make use of the service, don’t be shy, it’s there to be used. You can get in touch and request further assistance by either telephoning Kristine on  01520 722987, or by email on covid19lcdc@gmail.com.

Grow Your Own

  Compost for Growing your own Vegetables

We have a great opportunity to get involved in growing your own vegetables. Compost is available for delivery or collection. Two 25L bags per household.   A Seed and plant swap is being encouraged, get in touch with us if you have excess supplies, plant pots will also be very useful to exchange. We now have a plant exchange near the Rockvilla guest House . There is potential for this to continue as a longer term project.

A news item about the project in the Ross -Shire Journal 3rd May 2020

Update 9th May 2020;
Further supplies of peat free compost have arrived – We’re allocating 2 x 25kg bags per household – get in touch via covid19lcdc@gmail.com.
Lauren and Ryan at the Rockvilla have kindly offered to “host” a plant exchange in their car park and we hope to have this up and running in the next couple of weeks (weather permitting) . We will be in touch with details then, in the meantime look out any spare plants, seeds, or pots you may have.

Update 13th May 2020;
Thanks to Marek for doing this fantastic job on building a box for our plant exchange. We’re looking for someone Perspex and wood stain, then importantly, milder weather to protect the plants. Thanks to Ryan and Lauren for hosting this in the Rockvilla car park. Watch this space for update of when you can drop off seeds, pots and plants. 🌱🌷🌼☀️

UPdate 29/05/2020;
The plant exchange is now up and running ! please feel free to drop off spare plants and take any that you can use. IF you are passing and any plants need some TLC, please feel free to ventilate or water as appropriate, or contact us if more help is needed.

 

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

Support and Information

Covid19 Signposting Service
There will be is now a local  dedicated service for people wishing to access Covid19 related information. A chat line for those with practical or emotional issues.
0749 838 7343

We are setting up of a volunteer register.

Lots of Useful information and links on the following pages;

Financial Information, Advice and support; Financial Help and advice 

For Health, Mental Health  and Well being; Health, Mental Health & Well being support

Covid19 Virus,  Covid19 Virus, staying safe- information

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

Home Schooling and Childcare  Information about Home schooling, education and college.