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 25th March 2021]

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 Coronavirus Policy and Action Plan – last updated January 2021

Connecting Communities Circle of Support Development Plan in line with Scottish Government Guidance – last updated February 2021

Dementia Friendly Communities Hub and Art ‘n Blether Remobilisation Plan – last updated March 2021

We have continued to keep our Dinner To Your Door and Grab ‘n Go Bags services 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 provide this service throughout the pandemic and, from 27th April 2020 extended the service to cover Dornoch and Embo. For more information see the Dinner To Your Door and Grab ‘n Go Bags pages.

On 17th March 2020 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 through online activities, 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 some outdoor art classes following this, but with the announcements and advice from the government that followed these were also suspended. Anne has hosted some Facebook Live art sessions, which can be found on the Art ‘n Blether Facebook page. Online Art ‘n Blether began in January 2021. Please contact us if you are interested in joining future online or in-person art classes.

In November 2020 we started a Walking Group in Helmsdale. These walks were suspended in late-December due to the tightening of restrictions taking place. So far these were just short walks, but we hope to offer longer walks as well as walks in other areas of East Sutherland when restrictions are eased sufficiently.

The management team have also been busy behind the scenes in preparing for the introduction of Sutherland Home Care and the Caring for the Carer programme. More details on both of these projects will be available soon.

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 contact us here or 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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