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;
- Essential services provision including food deliveries.
- Resources for growing your own food – Plant and seed exchange located at the Rockvilla Hotel Car park.
- Volunteer Co-ordinator service established and operated, Elaine Porritt and Vicky Stonebridge jointly filling the role.
- Households have access to basic food provisions.
- Signposting service and chatline to direct you to the help you need.
- Assistance with equipment for home schooling.
- Expenses for homeworker volunteers making PPE.
- Hand sanitiser and gloves made available for key workers.
- 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.
Phone; 01520 722987
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