COVID 19 support
As we have stepped back from a great deal of our greenspace and community empowerment work due to the current pandemic, another need in our communities - that of access to food in these difficult times has become apparent.
From those forced into self isolation and unable to physically access shopping to those whose household income has been wiped out and simply have no budget for food, across our communities we are all undergoing huge challenges and with the support of local volunteers who are well and active we are working hard to ensure that the health crisis does not become a hunger crisis.
The variations in need are huge, from isolated communities with no access to fresh fruit and vegetables to vulnerable people without local support, and we are trying to respond to these needs as flexibly as possible.
A swift response from funders, notably Community Action Response funding from the National Lottery, support through Foundation Scotland's Response, Recovery, Resilience fund and a procative grant from the Corra Foundation, are allowing us to provide:
- Comfort packs - basics for those who are unwell
- Support Packs - Basic food packs to help people self isolating restock whilst waiting for shopping support
- Health Packs - Fresh fruit for vulnerable community members who are self isolating or struggling financially
- Emergency Food packs - ongoing support for households who are income deprived due to the lockdown, illness or loss of employment.
- Shopping service
- Dog walking
As always we are also grateful for the ongoing support provided by Impact Funding Partners through the Volunteering Support Fund - which allows us to pay volunteer expenses, keep our volunteers safe and adapt to training needs.
We are receiving a steady stream of referrals through VANL, NLC and local groups, and cover wards 5 and 6 of the council area, if you know someone in need or would like to help out please get in touch with us NCCVols@outlook.com