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Portree Foodshare - helping the Isle of Skye

Portree Foodshare recently moved to Portree Community Centre. The Foodshare allows for waste food from the local COOP to be shared with the local community and also offers fresh fruit and vegetables, cleaning and sanitary products and a selection of books and games. Skye Community Response interviewed Fiona Thompsons from Portree and Braes Community Trust to find out more about this amazing initiative and how they are working with Isle of Skye Distillers to deliver fresh fruit and vegetable across the Isle of Skye. Watch the video below!

 

Sligachan Hotel Drive-in Cinema night to raise funds for Skye Community Response

On the 10th, 11th and 12th July Sligachan Hotel hosted a drive-in cinema experience - Isle of Skye style! Local residents were able to purchase tickets for the event after voting on what films should be shown. Residents could also order food from an American style drive-in menu which was prepared from the hotel kitchen.

 

Speaking of the event, business Director Gary Curley added "We wanted to put something on for the local community. That everybody could get together in a safe way to kinda reconnect with each other. It's went down really well." Sligachan Hotel Director Deirdre Curley also added "We really felt that here at Sligachan we are place for the community and it's really our duty to support Skye Community Response as much as possible to keep us all safe and informed. It's been a success and hopefully we will be able to support more charities in the future."

 

To watch a video from the Saturday 11th screening, please click the link below.

 

 

 

Edinbane Community Company Covid Excepional Needs Grant

Edinbane Community Company have created a Community fund to assist any resident in the Edinbane Community Company

Area who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current Covid 19 Virus.

 

The grant can be used to address immediate needs, Groceries, Domestic Fuel, Electricity, Rent and Council Tax arrears, Health needs etc. The fund will not be restricted to those in receipt of Benefits.

 

The grant can be awarded to a maximum of £500.00 in any year per household.

 

 

Mon - Thurs 10:00am - 1:00pm,
Mon/Tues/Thurs from 2 - 4.30pm.

 

Applications to the Community Company Fund for consideration will be completely anonymous.

 

 

 

Community Foodshare begins in Portree

Portree and Braes Trust have recently been working with the Tigh Na Drochaid Resource Centre, Portree & Braes Community Council and The Community Foodbank - Skye and Lochalsh to develop a community food share initiative, making produce from the small Coop in Portree available for the Portree and Braes area. We are trialing this project on Thursday and Friday this week from 8pm - 9.30pm to gauge local interest and demand.

 

Food will be available to everyone, to pick up for free, for themselves, a family member, friend or a neighbour. Social distancing rules will apply. Going forward we hope to make this food available several times per week and will provide regular updates on our plans.

 

Working with the local Community Council we would also like to make games, books and puzzles available for pick up at the food share and would welcome donations of any of these items. A drop off point is available at Jans, Portree from 9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Please spread the word. If you have any questions about this initiative you can contact PBCT directly or call the Skye Community Response Helpline on 01470 373111.

 

Thank you to all at Broadford & Strath Community Company for providing the inspiration, help and advice needed to set up this initiative.

 

covid19 TESTING PORTREE – 18-19 May EXTENDED ELIGIBILITY

A temporary Covid 19 testing centre will be open at Tigh Na Drochaid car park, Portree, Monday 18 May, through to Tuesday 19 May. The centre will be open from 10am – 4pm. The testing centre is available for essential workers and people they live with who are self-isolating because they have symptoms of coronavirus.

 

IMPORTANT - Testing is now also available for anybody over the age of 65 who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

 

You MUST pre-book an appointment online, please do not turn up without an appointment or you will be turned away. You can find out if you are eligible and book a test here:

 

 

UPDATE FROM SKYE COMMUNITY RESPONSE, NHS HIGHLAND AND HIGHLAND COUNCIL ON SUPPORT PROVIDED TO HOME FARM CARE HOME

Over the past week Skye Community Response has been working closely with NHS Highland, Home Farm Care Home and the Highland Council to ensure that local health care providers have the very best possible support in responding to the Covid19 outbreak at Home Farm Care Home. As local volunteers we at Skye Community Response share the great sadness that this tragedy has brought to our community and of course offer our profoundest condolences to those who have been bereaved.

NHS Highland have today issued an update on the support that they have provided to understand and contain the infection at Home Farm Care Home. This statement, which also provides clear advice from NHS Highland’s Director of Public Health on the measures that should be followed to halt the spread of the virus in our community, can be read below.

Skye Community Response wish to thank NHS Highland and the Highland Council for their continued engagement and welcome the recognition of NHS Highland Chief Officer, David Park, of the support that Skye Community Response volunteers have provided to the community, the COVID 19 Assessment Centre, Care Home staff and healthcare providers in containing the infection and supporting those who have contracted the virus. Skye Community Response remain committed to working hand in hand with all agencies to ensure the best possible support to all those impacted by the Covid 19 virus.

 

NHS PRESS RELEASE

We recognise that the recent Covid-19 outbreak in Home Farm Care home in Portree, Skye is causing concern in the local community and wanted to update you on the actions that are being taken to address this.

Firstly we would like to express our deepest sympathy to those families who have suffered loss as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

NHS Highland is working with HC-One, The Care Inspectorate, and other agencies to maintain Infection Control and stabilise the Care Home during this period.

 

In order to understand and contain the spread of Infection we have proactively taken a number of steps

 

Tested all staff and residents at Home Farm Care Home

Provided guidance and support to staff affected, and the families of care staff who will be self isolating during this period

Staff who are currently self-isolating will be tested prior to returning to work

Tested Budhmor Care Home (Portree) staff and residents – ALL negative results

Tested residents in An Acarsaid (Broadford) – ALL negative results

Tested staff in An Acarsaid – test results awaited

A mobile testing unit has been in Broadford for testing of key workers this week to supplement the Covid Assessment Centre already in Portree.

The Covid Assessment Centre is triaging calls from 111 where members of the public with Covid symptoms can receive health advice, support and testing where appropriate. The number of referrals through this process remains low.

 

“𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗚𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀. 𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗴𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗲, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗸𝘆𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗹𝘆, 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲, 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗱. 𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹.” 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸 (𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗿)

 

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight– Skye Response Bikes

Skye Response Bikes are working with Skye Community Response and the NHS with critical logistics and support. Their trained motorcyclists have been carrying out vital courier activities with each of the volunteers covering over 2000 miles in the last few weeks. Their support has ensured that turnaround times for Covid19 and blood sample tests have been significantly reduced. They have also been out in the community every day delivering medication to those who are shielding or self-isolating.

 

Earlier this week Skye Response Biker Johnny safely complete a delivery to Raigmore hospital and returned with essential equipment to support the Portree Hospital Covid19 Assessment Centre. This run is typical for the team whose dedication to supporting the community is fantastic. All of the riders wish to pass on their thanks to all those who have supported and continue to support the voluntary organisation.

 

Broadford COVID19 Testing Centre

The temporary Covid 19 testing centre set up for Essential Workers and their families at Broadford will be in place until Saturday, 9 May. The number of tests being done at the centre remains quite low so we encourage all those who think they may be eligible to book a test as soon as possible. You MUST pre-book an appointment on line, please do not turn up without an appointment or you will be turned away. You can find out if you are eligible and book a test here:

 

 

Message to Portree from Highland Council

Responding to the news of the outbreak of Coronavirus at Home Farm care home in Portree, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of The Highland Council said:

 

“I was profoundly sad to learn of the Coronavirus  outbreak at Home Farm care home and my thoughts are very much with those who have lost loved ones. This is a very difficult and anxious time for residents, families and staff, but I have been heartened by the response from NHS Highland and the Council who have moved swiftly to support the community in Portree which has included the deployment by the Army of a mobile testing unit.

 

"Skye is a very close family community who will be supporting and caring for one another and I just wanted them to know that the Council and its partners will do all we can to help and support them at this time.”

 

Update from Councillor Finlayson

At today’s weekly Ward 10 Business Meeting which I took part in along with fellow councillor’s and our Ward Manager, Willie Mackinnon, our focus as would be expected, was on the difficult news we heard at the weekend relating to Home Farm Nursing Home in Portree.

During the meeting I was able to update everyone about the meetings I was involved in over the weekend involving NHS Highland, Highland Council, Public Health Scotland and our MSP Kate Forbes and our MP Ian Blackford.

Main points to note are:

 

• NHS Highland and the Highland Council are working closely together to support Home Farm. NHS Highland’s Public Health Team are working with health and social care colleagues, as well as local community nursing teams and Portree General Practitioners to prevent any further spread of Covid-19 within the care home and to the wider community.

 

• The Health Protection Team are carrying out enhanced monitoring of those affected. Every member of staff who has tested positive, has been contacted and asked to self-isolate for seven days and their households contacts have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days as per national guidance

 

• Home Farm have themselves put in extra staffing during this time and an NHS Highland support team has also been made available to assist the owners of the home to provide adequate levels of care when their own staff are at home.

 

• A mobile testing unit is arriving in Broadford today to further enhance the local testing capacity available at Portree Hospital. It is meant to be located at Broadford Fire Station but given the feedback I have had from locals I have asked that the location be reviewed given the concerns around accessibility and road safety that have been highlighted. I am still awaiting a response to my queries so for now, the assumption is it will be at the Fire Station. This unit can be deployed to other parts of the island as demand necessitates and information will be provided when this happens. In terms of how people can access the testing I have also asked for clear guide lines and criteria which I will share.

• During yesterday’s meetings I asked our MP and MSP to make representation to the Scottish Government to make Skye one of the first areas to implement the new Test, Trace and Isolate plans because of our current situation. My understanding is that this was well received by Jeane Freeman the Health Minister, so I look forward to some positive news in relation to this.

 

What this outbreak of course reinforces is a need to stay vigilant and any plans to move out of lockdown in my opinion are premature at this stage. It is also important the everyone continues to exercise both individual and collective responsibility by:

 

• Following national guidance - Stay at home and if you go out follow the guidance to stay safe and reduce the chance of spreading the virus.

 

If you need help with getting food or accessing assistance, or if you know of someone who is particularly vulnerable, you can phone the HC dedicated helpline 0300 303 1362.

 

Finally, it is so important to acknowledge the staff working in care homes and other health and social care settings who are doing a really difficult and important job at this time and we should all thank and support them for the tremendous work they do.

Please all stay safe.

 

NHS Highland Press Release

"There is an Independent Care Home in Portree, Skye with a Covid-19 outbreak. There is substantial testing underway to fully understand the extent of infection. The Care Home is being supported through the Health Protection team within Public Health, Local health and Social care teams, Primary Care as well as the Adult Social Care functions within NHS Highland. All assistance will be made available to the Care Home in order to contain and manage the situation."

Skye COVID19 Cases Confirmed

Skye Community Response can verify that there have been a number of confirmed Covid 19 cases on the Island in recent days. It was expected that our community would begin to see cases, it was a question of when, not if this would happen. Be assured that your fantastic NHS and health care services were prepared for this and are giving the best possible care to those impacted.

 

We all share a responsibility to protect ourselves, our loved ones and other members of our community. Our health care providers are doing a superb job under extremely difficult circumstances, we owe it to them to give our support in every way we can. For all of us that means we must avoid any temptation to drop our guard. Whilst other parts of Scotland and the UK may be approaching or passing the peak of the pandemic, we are just seeing the start. It is, therefore, absolutely imperative that the entire community continues to follow the direction issued by the Scottish Government.

 

-Stay at Home

-Only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons.

-Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people.

-Wash your hands regularly.

-Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

 

Please note that Skye Community Response are not in a position to provide any details regarding any ongoing Covid 19 cases.

 

Scottish Government COVID19 framework

The emergence of the COVID-19 virus is the biggest global challenge that humanity has faced for generations. Internationally, we have seen people and governments across the globe face similar challenges and choices. We stand in solidarity with the global effort to address the threat of COVID-19.

 

The steps we have taken in Scotland to contain the virus are unprecedented and have changed life as we knew it, but the defining factor is how people have responded to them. I want to start by saying thank you to the people of Scotland for diligently following our public health advice to stay at home.

 

This gratitude extends to all sectors of our communities: our health and social care workers, who have mobilised with a world class response; the other public service workers who have continued to provide vital public services and taken on new tasks to protect those most in need; our shop workers and our business community, who have found new ways to work and flexed their businesses to respond to our new circumstances; our food producers and delivery drivers who have ensured that the food we need is there when we need it; and our third sector which has found new ways to support our people.

 

Given the uncertainty that surrounds our global understanding of the disease, we will need to continue to work together to ensure that we protect ourselves, our families, our communities and our nation from the threat presented by COVID-19.

 

The path before us is through uncharted territory and will need careful navigation. Our guiding values should be kindness, compassion, openness and transparency.

 

While we hope that scientific advances, such as treatments and a vaccine, will provide solutions in the longer term, in the more immediate future we will need to learn to live with this virus, possibly for some time to come. Our challenge therefore is to work out if and how we can continue to suppress it and minimise its harms, while restoring some semblance of normality to our everyday lives. We will always take a careful approach that seeks to protect life and reduce harm.

 

These decisions will not be easy. The challenge and necessary change that lie ahead of us will require us to adapt how we live our lives. That will require a concerted effort from all parts of Scottish society. Individual and collective responsibility will be needed to keep our country safe and we will need to draw on the collective ingenuity, innovation, creativity and perseverance that Scotland's people have at their core.

 

Everyone in Scotland has a part to play.

 

The document that follows sets out some of these challenges and how we will approach them. This is very much the first version of what will be a living document - we will update it as evidence, modelling, and our assessment of the different options open to us develops.

 

Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister of Scotland

 

 

Food Sharing and Food Waste Initiative

Broadford and Strath Food Sharing and Food Waste Initiative

 

Please come and collect food kindly donated by the COOP. The end of day foods that, while still in date, can no longer be sold. This food will hopefully be useful to local people during lockdown and by taking up this offer of food you can help the community tackle waste too.

 

The foods available vary daily – there will generally be bread products as well as more limited fresh meat, vegetables and fruit.

 

Please come up to Camping Skye (Community Owned Campsite – opposite West Highland Free Press and Rag Tag).

 

This week the initiative will run daily from Tuesday 21st till Sunday 26th April from 8pm till 9pm.

 

Please come and help yourself to what you need for yourself, family members or friends.

 

Social distancing will be required at all times.

 

If you would like to request a drop off please email mail@broadfordandstrath.org or send us a text to 07939655783

 

Additional support for business

Around £220 million of further grants are being made available for businesses - including the recently self-employed - to help them deal with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

The new package of measures includes £120 million to extend the Small Business Grant scheme to ensure that, in addition to a 100% grant on the first property, small business rate payers will be eligible to a 75% grant on all subsequent properties.

 

A further £100 million fund is also being made available to protect self-employed people and viable micro and SME businesses in distress due to COVID. This fund will be channelled through local authorities and enterprise agencies to target newly self-employed people and businesses who are ineligible for other Scottish Government or UK Government schemes.

 

Read more on the Scottish Government website at:

 

www.gov.scot/news/additional-support-for-business

Skye Food Bank Important Info

HOW TO ACCESS FOOD PARCELS

 

Message the facebook page

www.facebook.com/SkyeFoodBank

 

Email on info@skyefoodbank.co.uk

 

 

Call Skye Community Response on 01470 373 111

 

 

You can also contact a local Community Heart organisation, or a government agency such as SLCVO, Citizen's Advice, Housing, Social Work.

 

Volunteer Story Mark MacPherson

Skye Community Response volunteer Mark MacPherson was out delivering essential supplies to residents of North Skye Yesterday. Speaking of the journey Mark added "I'm paying back every one who has helped me over the years but mostly because I can’t sit and watch. You can’t beat that sense of team work even in this situation."

Skye Community Response Flyers sent out

Skye Community Response are delighted to send out flyers to the local community of Skye Lochalsh and Raasay. The flyer contains key information on how to contact us, what we offer and other key information with regards to accessing important services by other organisations.

 

Chair of Raasay Community Council Anne Gillies commented "Four people on Raasay have already benefitted from Skye Community Reponse's delivery service, where prescriptions are collected from the chemist and taken to the ferry at Sconser. We really appreciate the efforts of all those who make this possible - those at the end of the phone, the drivers and those coordinating the whole operation."

Skye Community Response Launches Website

Skye Community Response are delighted to launch our new website which contains key information about the services we offer and also includes key information about support for businesses during the Coronavirus Crises.

 

The site has a news posting facility, donation button and advanced volunteer sign up form. The website will assist the local area of Skye, Lochalsh and Raasay as the public live through this very challenging time for us all.

 

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Tested all staff and residents at Home Farm Care Home

Provided guidance and support to staff affected, and the families of care staff who will be self isolating during this period

Staff who are currently self-isolating will be tested prior to returning to work

Tested Budhmor Care Home (Portree) staff and residents – ALL negative results

Tested residents in An Acarsaid (Broadford) – ALL negative results

Tested staff in An Acarsaid – test results awaited

A mobile testing unit has been in Broadford for testing of key workers this week to supplement the Covid Assessment Centre already in Portree.

The Covid Assessment Centre is triaging calls from 111 where members of the public with Covid symptoms can receive health advice, support and testing where appropriate. The number of referrals through this process remains low.

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