How we can help each other

As the Covid-19 virus spreads through our communities we need to help support each other.  Many rural areas have an elderly and sometimes vulnerable populations.  SRA are looking for examples of good practise that we can share with one another to help us all become more resilient. To share your examples of practical ways we can help each other, please email info@sra.scot

Colintraive and Glendaruel Community Council

I live in a very rural area which is about 2 miles wide and 20 miles long with an elderly, vulnerable population.  We have very few services and although as a community we do support each other  we need to help each other even more as we are faced with this unprecedented emergency.

A few months ago, partly due problems developing out of Brexit and the Climate Challenge, our Community Council established a Resilience Group.  We spent some time planning and have devised a questionnaire which we are in the process of sharing locally that will enable us to:

a) create a phone tree (to get information to as many as possible as quickly as possible in an emergency)

b) develop a list of useful qualifications that we may need to call upon – first aid, medical, languages, catering, trades etc

c) develop a list of emergency equipment – 4×4 vehicles, chainsaws, bedding etc in all sorts of different emergencies.

We have 3 coordinators (based on the principle that 1 or 2 are usually available at any given time), who act as a point of contact for any emergency.

Covid-19 is in our communities and we have to work together to try and slow its progress.  If we can slow its progress we have a greater chance of not allowing our health services to become over-whelmed.  We can let them get on with the job of saving lives.  It will also give the research scientist an opportunity to hopefully develop a vaccine. 

In our area the coordinators have access to a list of volunteers who, if requested, will go and do shopping, collect medicines, urgent supplies or just chat on the phone.  If people need help they contact one of the coordinators and they in turn organise a volunteer to help the individual.  By using a 2 step process we can double check that people are safe and that they are getting the help they need.  We have also suggested that neighbours contact immediate neighbours by phone, every couple of days, to chat and support each other and help to overcome isolation.

Together we can make a difference.

Cathleen Russell

Convenor ColGlen Community Council

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