Welcome to the Arisaig and
District Community Council
As you are no doubt aware, the First Minister announced the launch of The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland.
The mobile app is free and designed to help us protect each other and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic. It is designed to alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positively for coronavirus. Likewise, if you test positive, it will help notify individuals with whom you have had contact in order that they can follow the appropriate Public Health advice.
We are seeing an increase in cases, with localised clusters of cases emerging across Scotland, therefore we have to be mindful that this virus is still around and do all we can to assist in reducing its impact any further.
Our ICT team has looked at the app, as has our independent programmer – and confirmed that there is no way that the app is accessing or sharing any personal or sensitive data from your device.
High Life Highland is neither instructing nor asking you to install the app; simply bringing the Protect Scotland service to your attention and using the technical expertise we have available for reassurance against any possible concerns you may have had around harvesting or your personal information or device contents. You can therefore take your own view as to whether or not you wish install the app to your phone.
If you feel you wish to play a part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, then you can download the app on the App Store and Google Play by visiting www.protect.scot.
James W Martin – Director of Corporate Services
COMMUNITY LARDERS IN MALLAIG & ARISAIG
AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY 4th MAY, 2020
SUPPORT FOR ALL THOSE WHOSE INCOME IS REDUCED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS –
INCLUDING SELF-EMPLOYED, PENSIONERS AND FURLOUGHED PEOPLE OR OTHERWISE IN NEED OF A LITTLE EXTRA HELP
MALLAIG, MORAR AND ARISAIG & DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCILS ARE SETTING UP 2 POINTS OF ACCESS – MALLAIG & MORAR COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THE ASTLEY HALL IN ARISAIG FOR PEOPLE TO PICK UP SOME EXTRA SUPPLIES IF REQUIRED.
THE LARDER WILL NOT BE STAFFED – AND WE WOULD LIKE TO ASK THAT YOU ONLY TAKE WHAT YOU NEED. ACCESS TO MALLAIG & MORAR COMMUNITY CENTRE WILL BE THROUGH THE FIRE EXCAPE DOORS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HALL (PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE POST VANS ARE THERE BETWEEN 10.30 AND 11 A.M. EVERY DAY APART FROM SUNDAY) ACCESS TO THE ASTLEY HALL WILL BE THROUGH THE DOORS ON THE GABLE END. A BOARD WILL BE OUT TO DIRECT YOU.
THE COMMUNITY LARDERS WILL BE OPEN MONDAY – SATURDAY 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
IT IS HOPED TO RE-STOCK THE FRIDGE AND FREEZERS EVERY SECOND DAY.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT OUR LARDERS DONATIONS OF FOOD CAN BE MADE IN THE CO-OP IN MALLAIG – THE ASTLEY HALL IN ARISAIG WILL BE OPEN ON A SATURDAY BETWEEN 1 – 3 P.M. FOR ANYONE WISHING TO DROP OFF TINNED/DRIED GOODS.
WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD BOOKS AND GAMES – AND FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BECOME AVAILABLE SHORTLY HOW WE WILL MANAGE THIS.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY COUNCILLORS
RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Covid-19 is a new illness caused by a virus called coronavirus. The areas covered by the Community Council – Arisaig, Lochailort, Roshven and Ardnish – constitute a resilient West Highland community. However, our location and relatively small population do not provide a haven from infection: we are not immune to Covid-19. Our community includes elderly and vulnerable people. We are working together as a community to help them and others stay healthy in accordance with Government guidelines and instructions. We need you to help us do this. As of Monday 23 March 2020, advice from the Scottish Government is that people must stay at home except for: • essential shopping – for food or medicines and only once a day • exercise – only once a day and alone or with someone from your household • medical reasons or for the care of vulnerable people • travel to and from essential work – all employers should be making provision for working from home. What we are asking you to do if you are not a resident:
1. In accordance with UK and Scottish Government guidelines please do not travel to, or stay in, the area if you do not live here. We will welcome you back with our usual hospitality when things are back to normal.
2. Bear in mind please that: • our nearest hospital is in Fort William and has limited resources, with acute care cases having to be dealt with in Inverness, 100 miles away • we have one doctor in Mallaig who covers the areas of Glenuig, Roshven, Lochailort, Arisaig, Mallaig, Knoydart and the Small Isles • our schools are closed, and our children are staying at home • we have a high proportion of elderly people who are vulnerable • supplies in local shops are limited and servicing the needs of the local population must be the priority.
3. Keep up to date with the latest travel advice from the UK and Scottish Governments.
4. Get the most up to date information on COVID-19 in Scotland from the Scottish Government.
5. Check NHS Public health advice on COVID-19.
6. Come back to this page from time to time for updated information.
What we are doing:
1. Complying with all health and hygiene recommendations in relation to COVID-19.
2. Self-isolating where required under current guidelines for a period of seven days for mild symptoms and fourteen days for coughs and high temperatures.
3. Not undertaking non-essential journeys.
4. Working from home where possible.
5. Cancelling all public events and closing public buildings.
6. Using telephone or online contact in place of face to face contact wherever possible.
7. Finding ways of delivering food, medicine, fuel or other supplies to those who are elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating.
8. Being good neighbours, supportive friends and staying positive.
We very much look forward to welcoming tourists and other visitors back to the area when all this has passed. Until then, follow advice, stay well and look after each other, just as we are.
If you are in need of any assistance call our special phone number: 07951356027 or email us on: ADCCResilience@outlook.com
We represent the people living in the PH39 post code area which is based around the village of Arisaig but also takes in the hamlets of Roshven, Lochailort, Back of Keppoch, Kinloid, Tougal, Traigh and Camusdarrach.
Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at the Astley Hall at 7-30pm. These are open meetings and members of the public are welcome. Please check the Meetings pages for information on the next meeting.
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