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Carloway community's COVID-19 response

Supporting Communities Fund award for Carloway

Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh ag obair le chèile

Tha Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh air taobh siar Eilean Leodhais air £10,700 fhaighinn bho Mhaoin Taic nan Coimhearsnachdan.

Tha an t-Urras a’ riaghladh na h-oighreachd a tha fo shealbh na coimhearsnachd agus tha iad a’ gabhail thairis dreuchd co-òrdanachaidh airson sgìre nas fharsainge, anns a bheil sluagh de mu 825 neach.

Tha luchd saor-thoilich gu math gnìomhach anns a’ choimhearsnachd mu thràth agus a’ cumail sùil air luchd-còmhnaidh, mar a’ lìbhrigeadh biadh. Tha an oidhirp saor-thoileach air cho-òrdnachadh le ceithir buidhnean coimhearsnachd.

Tha Sally Reynolds, oifigear leasachaidh an urrais ag ràdh: "Tha na buidhnean coimhearsnachd, luchd-obrach is saor-thoilich air tighinn còmhla gus ar nàbaidhean a chuideachadh tro èiginn Covid-19 agus tha am maoin a’ cuideachadh leis an oidhirp seo.”

Supporting Communities Fund award for Carloway Estate

Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh (Carloway Estate Trust) on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis has been awarded £10,700 from the Supporting Communities Fund.

The Trust manages the community owned estate and is taking on anchor organisation co-ordinating role for a wider area, which has a population of around 825 people.

Volunteers are already very active in the community and are checking on residents, delivering groceries and prescriptions. The front-line volunteer effort is being co-ordinated by four community organisations - Breasclete Community Association, Breasclete Community Council, Carloway Community Association and Tolsta Chaolais Village Association.

The Scottish Government fund, which is administered in the region by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), will provide a financial boost to support the Trust to support vulnerable people in the area.


 

Community organisations, staff and volunteers have pulled together to help our neighbours through the Covid-19 crisis. The fund will help the amazing volunteers who have rallied around, going the extra mile to help the local villages.
Sally Reynolds, development officer, Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh

Getting help to where it's needed

Working with the community organisations, the money will support associated costs of volunteer efforts. Each township is providing different support in various ways particularly to those who are self-isolating or vulnerable, including access to Post Office, shopping and prescriptions deliveries and regular phone checks on residents. 

The fund will benefit fuel costs as the nearest supermarket is in Stornoway, which is a 34-mile round trip.

The Trust and partner organisations are also working with smaller shops to provide supplies that combine their own regular stock with local butchery, fishmonger and bakery supplies. Small necessities banks are being established across the communities including one in the community café in Carloway, which is currently closed to the public as a result of the pandemic.

Millie Morrison, local volunteer

Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh development officer, Sally Reynolds, said: “We are delighted that the fund will contribute towards the costs of keeping these services in place for as long as they are needed.

“Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh is working with our four local voluntary community organisations who are providing an invaluable front-line service at this difficult time."

Jane Macintosh, head of strengthening communities at HIE, said: “The communities in the Outer Hebrides have a long history of looking after one another so it has been no great surprise that they have risen so well to the challenge of supporting each other through this difficult period.

“I am pleased that this fund, which will be channelled through Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh, will help to ease the financial burden on volunteers and will help local organisations to provide a coordinated approach to delivering services that meet the needs of residents. 

“It can sometimes be difficult to reach out for help or even to accept help but we are in unprecedented times. There are people struggling who would not normally be in this position. No one should feel they are going through this challenging period on their own. The local community organisations have shown they are willing and able to help and now have a fund to support these efforts.”

 

 

Carloway Trust working for community from home

While the Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh office is closed, the team is working from home.

You can get in touch by email or on the phone.

Carloway Estate Trust website