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Lossiemouth and Hopeman's lifeline COVID-19 response

Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund

Help on hand in Lossiemouth and Hopeman for anyone struggling in lockdown

As the weeks pass, increasing numbers of people are feeling the full force of life in lockdown; the physical and emotional effects of isolating, and financial concerns from loss of income.

In the Moray villages of Lossiemouth and Hopeman local community organisations and volunteers have stepped up to ensure help is at hand for everyone who is struggling.

Lossiemouth Community Development Trust has secured £21,500 to help with their response from the Scottish Government's Supporting Communities Fund, distributed in the region by HIE. 

 

Help where it's needed

Groups including Lossiemouth Community Development Trust, Lossie Community Council, Hopeman Community Association, the Lossie 2-3 Group, and others including local volunteers, businesses and churches have come together to help co-ordinate the emergency response.

With around 10,000 residents across the two areas, there's been a lot to do.

Leaflet drops offered help and provided information; and around 200 volunteers have been available to support with practicalities like shopping, transport, prescription runs, and dog walking. Local businesses made scrubs and created ready meals. Groups have created and delivered emergency food parcels. Vouchers are available for anyone who needs help to pay for utilities.

Another volunteer service is a weekly fresh fish order which is then delivered to those in need. In addition, practical help in the form of grass-cutting, gardening and tasks such as putting out the bins are all being carried out by volunteers.

A 'Wellbeing Team' is responsible for non-food care packages and a 'Keeping In Touch Team' ensures that residents who currently have no means of communicating with others are supported to keep in contact with family, friends and essential services.

 

 

There are so many people we are grateful to for going the extra mile. We couldn't do this without the volunteers.
Carrolle Ralph, Lossiemouth Community Council

Community Wellbeing

A great deal of effort has been put into trying to ensure that no-one in the community has been excluded and the groups have sought to find ways to improve the wellbeing of everyone.

In Hopeman, hot meals have been provided for the over 70s, for people self-isolating and for others in need. These meals have included a Soup and Sweet lunch, cooked lunches and teatime meals.  

A picnic box was provided to help people with young families. This really made one wee boy's day to know that some other boys and girls from his class would be enjoying the same picnic as him. These meals have been produced with the help of local businesses as the community is also trying to assist them in these difficult times, and delivered to doors by a willing team of volunteers.   

A regular wellbeing newsletter is being produced and this provides quizzes, games, recipes and other activities. Community wellbeing is a very important and many messages of appreciation have been received, including one from a local woman which said: “It is just nice to know that you have not been forgotten.”

We've seen amazing gestures of goodwill in the village with so many people, groups and businesses going above and beyond to help relatives, neighbours and strangers.
Murray Easton, Chairman COVID-19 group, Hopeman Community Association

Reaching those in need

Loss of income is hitting many families hard. Additional funding through the Supporting Communities Fund will allow the local organisations to continue to help people struggling to make ends meet.

Support with emergency food and care packages, and vouchers for phone, electricity and gas bills are available. Anyone who needs help can contact the organisations directly or through Facebook.

You can also contact Grampian's Coronavirus Assistance Hub or call the Freephone number: 0808 196 3384 Lines are open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. See details here of Moray Council's Emergency Relief Fund