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Mapping out the community response across Caithness


By David G Scott

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The newly commissioned map shows what help is available throughout the county.
The newly commissioned map shows what help is available throughout the county.

THE extent of community support across every part of Caithness has been set out in a new map which will help ensure people get all the help they need during the coronavirus crisis.

Local groups are working tirelessly throughout the county with tasks such as collecting shopping, picking up medicines or delivering hot meals for those who are vulnerable or self-isolating.

The colour-coded map, commissioned by Caithness Voluntary Group (CVG), gives details of which community group is leading the response in each district.

Allan Tait, senior development officer at CVG, has been helping to co-ordinate the county-wide effort. He said the level of support from family, friends and neighbours was "great to see", and the community groups are there to back that up and ensure no-one is left struggling for essential supplies.

"All the groups are providing vital support around shopping, medicines and even walking dogs, while some have extended their provision to cooked meals for those in need," he said.

Anyone needing support is advised to contact their local group.

"People who received shielding letters can get support from the Scottish Government and Highland Council and should register by following the instructions on their shielding letter," Mr Tait said.

"The Caithness Foodbank centres in Wick and Thurso are busier than ever and providing a great service to people currently struggling financially."

In addition to the local community groups, Mr Tait explained that there is county-wide support available.

"At CVG we are here to support the community sector in the county who are doing tremendous work.

"Looking forward, the groups are wishing to extend their support to those most isolated during this crisis and will shortly be making a call for the donation of books and jigsaws in good condition along with unused colouring books and cross-stitch kits that will be given out too."

While the CVG office in Telford House is closed, the public can make contact by emailing allan@cvg.org.uk or yvonne@cvg.org.uk

The Befriending Caithness service, delivered by CVG, is providing telephone befriending calls and anyone wishing more information about this can email angie@cvg.org.uk or call 07592 493048.


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