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Map to help find community groups in Caithness

By David G Scott

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WITH the uncertain times of the coronavirus epidemic and lockdown a new Caithness map should make sourcing the help of community groups a bit easier.

The newly commissioned map from Caithness Voluntary Group (CVG) details which community group is leading in each area.

These groups are able to get shopping, collect medicines or provide other support to those self-isolating and vulnerable in their local areas.

Allan Tait, senior development officer at CVG, has been helping to co-ordinate efforts and said the support from family, friends and neighbours was "great to see" but the groups are there to back that up and to ensure no-one is left struggling to get essential supplies.

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

He said: "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."

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 currently 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.

Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau is also working from home and is available to help with a wide range of issues including debt and access to benefits.

Make contact by phoning it on 01847 894243 or email bureau@caithnesscab.casonline.org.uk

Further info from CVG can be found at www.cvg.org.uk and on its Facebook page

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