Dear Community Resilience Group/Community Council/Colleagues
I hope you have all had a good week. Please find attached this week’s email briefing which includes information on:
- Reminder about the application deadline for the EU Resettlement Scheme – 30 June
- Training opportunities from the British Red Cross including sessions on Adapt and Recover from Adversity and Tackling Loneliness
- Updates on key benefits from Social Security Scotland
This is accompanied by a stakeholder briefing from NHS Highland.
Fort William Outbreak
For groups in the Lochaber area, you will no doubt be aware that NHS Highland has provided an update to indicate that around 20 people have tested positive for the virus in the Fort William area and are self isolating along with a number of close contacts. There are links to a local bar in the town. Further details can be found at the following link: https://www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk/News/Pages/COVID19OutbreakinFortWilliamcommunity.aspx
For groups in the area, please remind people across your network that should they have any symptoms they should self isolate immediately and seek a covid test. Postal PCR kits are available through NHS Inform either online here or by calling 0800 028 2816.
People can get support to self isolate by calling the Council’s helpline number: 0300 303 1362. This can include access to food and supplies to self isolate and individuals may be entitled to a £500 self isolation support grant.
NHS Highland have noted that the vaccination clinic for 39-44 year olds on Saturday will be going ahead and if someone is well and not identified as a close contact or live with someone who has, then please attend for their vaccination as planned.
Community Testing 31 May – 4 June
For groups on Skye, the community testing unit will be in Portree next week. The mobile unit will be at the Bayfield car park on the following days and times:
- Monday 31 May 0900-16:30
- Thursday 3 June 0900-16:30
- Friday 4 June 0900-16:30
Just to emphasise that there is no outbreak in Skye but this is to support normalising testing across the area. No appointment is necessary and it will be open both for asymptomatic testing and to collect LFD test kits.
I would appreciate it if you could encourage people across your networks to attend.
You’ll recall last week I indicated that we would pause the virtual briefing to allow us to review and the intention is to circulate a survey to you all in the next week.
Thank you for everything that you are doing in your communities
Head of Policy