How COVID-19 is affecting our work

The current COVID-19 pandemic is presenting numerous challenges for us in terms of service delivery. Find out how we are managing this here.

[Updated 27th November 2020]

Full details of the challenges we have faced, the opportunities we have encountered, the work we are doing and our view for the future post-pandemic can be found here: Connecting Communities – COVID-19 work.

On 17th March the decision was taken by our Senior Management Team to close both our Helmsdale and Golspie Village Hubs – this decision was taken in order to protect our valued Hub members at a time when they were being advised to stay indoors and not join social gatherings. Our team are continuing to stay in contact with our Hub members and helping them with shopping etc.

The same day we decided to suspend all Art ‘n Blether classes for the same reason. Our art tutor, Anne, organised a few outdoor art classes following this, but with more recent announcements and advice from the government these have also now been suspended. Anne has hosted some Facebook Live art sessions, which can be found on the Art ‘n Blether Facebook page.

We are continuing to keep our Dinner To Your Door and Grab ‘n Go Bags service going as we know how important our hot and convenient meals are to so many of our customers. Thanks to grants from Foundation Scotland and The National Lottery Community Fund, we have been able to continue to provide this service and, from 27th April extended the service to cover Dornoch and Embo on Mondays and Wednesdays.

From 30th November we will be starting a Walking Group in Helmsdale. Initially these walks will be short, but we may look to increase the length of the walks if members’ fitness levels allow. We also hope to be able to offer walks in other areas of East Sutherland too.

We apologies to anyone who has been affected by the closure of suspension of any of our services.

If you have any questions about any of our services at this time please call us on 01431 821655.

We wish you  all the best in the coming weeks and months. Stay safe and well.

The Connecting Communities Team

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