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Community Council COVID-19 Responses

  • Joint Resilience Programme for Two Community Councils (Aberdeen)

    Culter Community Council

    Two Community Councils in Aberdeen - Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council and Culter Community Council - rallied together and put in place a joint Covid-19 resilience programme.

     

    The plan provides their communities with information on what to do in emergencies and encourages people to volunteer to carry out tasks such as driving, delivering emergency supplies and checking on vulnerable residents.

     

    As part of the resilience plan there is also a household emergency plan which provides important phone numbers and encourages residents to add their own useful information to the document.

     

    Both community councils appealed to their communities and asked volunteers to complete online forms with details on how people could help during Covid-19. They also provided a separate online form to be completed by those residents considered at increased risk and this allowed the resilience team to create a list of residents who may need assistance during this period.

     

    Find out more:

    Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council

    Culter Community Council

  • Food Bags Deliveries (Clackmannanshire)

    Menstrie Community Council have been organising food bags and delivering them to those most in need in their communities.  In addition to their food bag deliveries they also organised VE day afternoon tea parcels supported by Scotmid, Morrisons Stirling, Clacks Third Sector Interface and Holm Pharm Chemists.  They delivered 130 bags to elderly and self-isolating residents around Menstrie over two days.

     

    The parcels also contained important information including useful phone numbers, further offers of help and how to get in touch.

     

    Find out more:

    Menstrie Community Council website

    Facebook

    Twitter

  • Coronavirus Dollar Support Service (Clackmannanshire)

    Along with the Development Trust and the Dollar volunteer driver service, Dollar Community Council have formed into a well organised support group for those self-isolating. They are offering shopping and pharmacy pick up and social support.

     

    They have engaged help from the Stirling Food Train and with support from the Co-op they set up a food bank in the Hive (community centre).

     

    Dollar Community Council are giving financial support for these efforts from their own limited reserves.

     

    Find out more:

    Dollar Community Council Website

    Facebook

  • Community Response (Clackmannanshire)

    Tillicoultry, Coalsnaughton and Devonside Community Council (TCD CC) reached out to their community to seek support to meet the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. Approximately thirty community members answered the call to meet the needs of others.

     

    TCDCC directed that amazing commitment to where it will be of most use within a robust infrastructure created to ensure the safety of both community volunteers and the vulnerable individuals they may support.

     

    Volunteers now help their community through:

     

    • supervising queues at the entrance to Macks Pharmacy
    • being part of a rota manning the dedicated phone number for local people to ring to let them know how they need support.
    • gathering pictures and cards created by local school and nursery children to distribute to anyone who falls ill and to residents of care homes, sheltered housing, etc.

     

    Find out more:

    Tillicoultry, Coalsnaughton and Devonside Community Council Website

    Facebook

  • Dundee Thegither

    Dundee City Centre & Harbour Community Council has worked closely with Dundee Thegither, a small effective group of volunteers providing food, information and a listening ear to those in need during the Covid-19 crisis.

     

    The group hit the ground running and it took time for them to set up a bank account. The community council helped with both by applying to various funders on their behalf and by channelling money from charities and local trusts.

     

    The community council were also instrumental in obtaining funding for a 30 metre mural adjacent to the V&A museum which was completed two days before the lockdown.  The mural has lifted the spirits of many walkers and cyclists using the popular waterfront route.

     

    For more information:

    Dundee City Centre & Harbour Community Council

    Dundee Thegither

  • Benholm and Johnshaven Community Larder (Aberdeenshire)

    Benholm and Johnshaven Community LarderBenholm and Johnshaven Community Council opened a Community Larder at Johnshaven Village Hall to support people in their community affected physically, financially or emotionally by Covid-19.

     

    In the beginning the larder offered a limited supply of canned and dried food stuffs free of charge to those in need provided by the Fareshare food initiative. They supplemented this with donations and fresh fruit, veg and eggs thanks to funding from Aberdeenshire Council's Community Resilience Fund.

     

    Although primarily supplying food the larder also provides basic toiletries, cleaning products, and nappies. In addition activity packs are available for children and art and craft materials for anyone looking for something to do during lockdown. Organisers are keen to find other ways of reducing the boredom and anxiety that can be experienced when self-isolating for long periods of time.

     

    The community have also been encouraged to make quilt squares to form part of a community quilt on the theme of ‘our wonderful village’ with packs of assorted fabric. Children in the community also have the opportunity to make bunting to be used to decorate the village hall.

     

    Open on a Tuesday morning and Thursday evening the larder has social distancing measures in place. Anyone in the community self-isolating  or unable to attend the larder can get in touch and have items delivered. A team of local volunteers is also available to help residents with anything from picking up prescriptions, posting items, dog-walking, delivering shopping etc.

     

    The Community Council recently announced they have secured further funding to continue the larder for the months ahead from both Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' Resilient Communities Fund and Foundation Scotland's Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund.

     

    Find out more:

    Benholm and Johnshaven Community Council Facebook

    Fareshare Initiative

    Aberdeenshire Council's Community Resilience Fund

    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' Resilient Communities Fund

    Foundation Scotland's Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected how community councils are operating but they are still carrying out great work helping their communities at this difficult time. We are hearing some great responses from CCs across the country and this section of the website aims to highlight lots of positive examples of the work CCs are doing to support the Covid-19 response.

 

If you know of any of your CCs whose work you think should be included please contact: scottishccs@improvementservice.org.uk