From Taynuilt Medical Practice (Incorporating Connel Surgery)

Over the next couple of weeks, the practice will begin the process of offering patients, who are over the age of 80 and who are able to attend their surgeries, an appointment for their first coronavirus vaccination. Vaccinations to housebound patients will be delivered by our community and practice nursing teams.

We have strict criteria to follow about who we offer the vaccine, and at the moment we will only able to offer the vaccine to those over the age of 80, in line with national guidance.

We ask that you please be patient with us as we get this vital immunisation programme going. We will contact eligible patients; this will take a little time and we generally start with the oldest over 80's who are able to attend.

We appreciate the support and eagerness of patients to be immunised but we ask that you DO NOT phone the surgery - we will contact you. At the same time, we need to continue the day to day work of providing essential and urgent primary care services.

You can access more information on the vaccination process on https://www.nhsinform.scot, you may also receive a leaflet through the mail with information about the vaccine from the Scottish Government.

This is a very positive development which allows us a way out of the trials of the past year.

05 January 2021Here to help our community

Following the announcement of further restrictions on 4th Jan 2021, remember we are still here to help and can offer support to anyone who needs it, thanks to the Supporting Communities Fund.

Hardship funding - we are able to offer some relief from financial hardship.

Counselling sessions - we can link you to a number of fully funded therapy sessions.

Get in touch with Eilidh for more information. Email ardchattancoordinator@gmail.com

All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence. We are here to help, please don't suffer in silence.

30 December 2020Ardchattan Radio

An online Radio Station to serve the Ardchattan Community Council area. Local news with a community focus. Local history, heritage and culture.

Listen here http://www.radioking.com/radio/ardchattan

Ardchattan Community Centre is proudly presenting a new online radio station. Thanks to funds from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities pot, the station has been up and running since May 2020.

Listeners already have a line-up of shows they can tune in to at the click of a button and there will be more to come, says Ardchattan Community Centre chairperson Breege Smyth.

A shoutout for budding presenters could bring in shows from anywhere in the world, says Breege, as long as wannabe presenters have some kind of link to the Ardchattan area.

‘The sky’s our limit! Today’s technology means shows can be broadcast from people’s homes anywhere in the world, although we will be looking for some kind of connection to Ardchattan – it might be someone in New Zealand who happens to live in a street named after somewhere round here!

Ardchattan Radio goes online

‘We’d like to hear from anyone interested in getting involved who feels they have something to contribute, whether it’s their taste of music or a particular interest of theirs,’ added Breege.

The idea for the station was in response to COVID-19 and a need to keep people informed about what help was at hand and what services were available.

Weekly shows in the schedule mix so far will cover anything and everything from music to news updates from around the Ardchattan Community Council, digging into archives from bygone times, weekend what’s ons, a regular  fun quiz and a look at the world of farming, as well as a one-hour religious show featuring guests, and a cookery programme opening a door into the kitchens of local cooks and bakers sharing top tips and favourite recipes.

Fiona Wallace from Argyll Talking Newspapers will also have a weekly slot reading from The Oban Times.

‘It’s all organic and going to be exciting to see how the station grows, we will be able to give training to people who are interested and want to contribute. The more people who get in touch and want to get involved, the more people will have to listen to,’ said Breege.

Funding from Supporting Communities helped Ardchattan Radio get all the necessary licences and cover costs of vital subscriptions and legalities, and the hope is more financial support will keep coming its way.

Talks about the community getting ownership of the old school in Bonawe as a hub are proceeding and one ambition for the future is to turn one of its rooms  into a studio as a permanent home.

Interested in getting involved? Ardchattan Community Centre can be contacted on 07843 108095

21 December 2020Spreading festive cheer

Christmas Deliveries

Over the weekend we dropped off a big sack full of Christmas treats and flowers to lots of doorsteps in the community to spread some festive cheer, and thankfully we didn't get stuck down any chimneys!

Huge thank you to new Benderloch business Doodles by Chloe for the custom made cards and to local volunteers who helped us make the deliveries. ⠀

Let us know if you have any ideas which will help connect our community as the social restrictions continue into the New Year and we will try to make them happen. Send your suggestions to Eilidh at ardchattancoordinator@gmail.com


10 December 2020FUNDING NEWS

Ardchattan Community have now had approval for continuation of our grant from the Supporting Communities Fund. This has been made available by the Scottish Government via Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Our new funding is available until 31st March 2021.

We are able to offer small amounts of financial support by way of food vouchers for residents who may be struggling to make ends meet and introductory counselling vouchers for those in our community who have found the impact of Covid especially difficult. Please spread the word and encourage people to come forward.

Our co-ordinator, Eilidh, will be working on an ad hoc basis. Funding will be distributed through the Community Council. For further information or to apply for assistance email: ardchattancoordinator@gmail.com

Community events will be promoted on Facebook and we are currently working on updating the Community Council website.



We are very proud to present this year's Community Christmas tree! Doesn't it look lovely?

Huge thanks goes to all of the amazing volunteers involved, it wouldn't have been possible without you. The Supporting Communities Fund has also allowed projects like these to be possible, but we are hoping to make this an annual tradition. Let us know if you have any other ideas or would like to be involved next time!

Unfortunately we couldn't invite anyone for an official lights switch on, but hopefully it brings a smile to your face this festive season.


10 December 2020National Institute for Health Research COVID-19 Survey


A National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research project are asking members of the public to take the following survey. 

The research project, based at the University of Southampton, is looking to recruit members of the public to take part in a large international survey on the preventative behaviours people are taking to avoid catching COVID-19 and the long-term effect of those that have suffered from COVID-19 during the pandemic.

The survey is aimed at everyone, and the link is: https://pharma.unige.ch/limesurvey/index.php/326544?lang=en

The research project have asked Archattan Community council to share this link and invite all members of the public to take part.

More details about the project can be found here and we have social media posts that link to the survey set up for ease of sharing from their Facebook here.

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