Garioch Community Planning E-Bulletin

Garioch Community Planning E-Bulletin
This week's bulletin is focused on what is currently happening or in place locally as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
This includes sections which will signpost you to official guidance, changes in service provision, local health and wellbeing providers, community resilience, support & advice, and cancellations of events/activities.

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Government Announcement - 23/03/2020
You will have seen Monday night's announcements from the Prime Minister and First Minister – giving very clear instructions to the public as a way to slow the spread of Coronavirus and enable the NHS to care for those who need it most.
The only permissible reasons to leave your home are as follows:
To shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day
To take exercise once a day – but alone or with your own household, not in groups
For medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person
To travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home. Further guidance to employers is pending

These steps will be in place initially for 3 weeks but will be kept under review.

Scottish Government - Guidance
The Scottish Government's website has published a page with what you need to know about the Coronavirus in Scotland. This includes advice for health, travel, service provision as well as the Scottish Government's action plan and what they are doing.
NHS Inform - Guidance
NHS's page on Coronavirus contains frequently asked questions and advice including diagnosing symptoms, what to do if you think you have symptoms, whether people you live with need to take any action and anything else you can do to prepare. There is also a helpline and further information links including guides in British Sign Language and easy-read advice.
Aberdeenshire Council - Guidance
Aberdeenshire Council have published information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak including advice, guidance and links. This includes up to date information on health/hygiene, travel, events, community groups, businesses, sports/leisure facilities, registrars and council offices.
There are also separate pages dedicated to:
• Schools and learning
• Waste and recycling
• Registrars service
• Support for businesses

Service Changes
NHS Grampian - Hospitals Visiting Hours Changes
NHS Grampian has taken the decision to restrict visiting times at all their hospitals. Times will be restricted to 3-4pm and 7-8pm at all NHS Grampian hospitals and inpatient wards excluding Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and all other maternity units where visiting is restricted to immediate partner only. This applies to weekdays and weekends with an absolute maximum of 2 visitors per patient. Young children should not attend visiting during this period. Visitors are also urged to only visit during these times if it is essential. Community Hospitals in Aberdeenshire have imposed the same restricted hours.
Aberdeenshire Council - Car Park Charges Suspended
Aberdeenshire Council has suspended charges at all its pay and display car-parks as a result of the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) emergency.
Stagecoach Buses - Reduced Service
Temporary changes to bus services in Aberdeenshire and Moray are being introduced from Monday 23rd March following new government advice around social contact and non-essential travel to help combat the coronavirus. A reduced timetable will operate across the region until further notice. The timetables have been carefully created to ensure that critical routes are maintained wherever possible. The majority of bus services in Aberdeenshire and Moray will operate to a Sunday timetable with additional journeys in the mornings to allow those continuing to commute by bus to work can do so, 7 days a week.

Live Life Aberdeenshire Library Services
Library Services are currently closed. Meantime if you have any borrowed resources please keep them at your home until otherwise advised.
All loans have been extended for a two month period to ensure that no item goes overdue and this will be assessed again as necessary.
Pick up of resources is being investigated and information will be posted on the website and on social media to keep users updated.
Any membership that is due to expire in the next few months will automatically be extended to ensure continuity of digital services.
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Live Life Aberdeenshire - Facilities, Activities and Payments
LLA sports and cultural facilities have suspended services and closed facilities to the public as of 19th March. Closures have been extended to include swimming pools, libraries, museums and aquariums. The Active Schools programme has halted, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions have been suspended and all activities and events are cancelled until further notice. LLA will be suspending all Direct Debits for Active Aberdeenshire members. No payments will be taken in April and May. Please bear with staff as they continue to work behind the scenes, answer customer enquiries as quickly as possible and in some cases assigned to support other critical Council services.
AHSCP - Learning Disability & Older Adults Day Services

Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership has taken the difficult decision to suspend Learning Disability and Older Adults Day Services and Respite Services for the foreseeable future. Social Work Teams will be in contact with service users and their families as soon as they possibly can to provide support, information and advice.

Multiple shops and stores are under immense pressure due to the current pandemic which has resulted in panic and bulk buying. To try and relieve these problems, different shops and supermarkets have implemented a few changes. This includes changing opening hours - some are dedicating a time slot (usually mid-morning) for elderly customers, some are closing earlier to allow staff to restock fully, and some are limiting how much of one item a customer can buy. Unfortunately there is no definitive list of changes as it varies from store to store, however, in the "Community Resilience" section below, you will find links to different community groups who may be able to answer queries about stores/shops in their area.

Health and Wellbeing
General Practices
Insch Medical Practice
Inverurie Medical Practice
Kemnay Medical Practice
Skene Medical Group

Wills Chemist - Inverurie
Lloyds Pharmacy - Westhill
Kemnay Pharmacy - Kemnay

Inverurie Dental Practice
Inverurie Smile Care
Inverurie Dental Care
Abercrombie Dental Pratice - Westhill
Kintore Dental Practice

Duncan & Todd
Vision Express
Hughes, Macdonald & Davidsons

Community Resilience
Community Pages and Mutual Aid/New Groups
Please be aware that these are informal groups/pages which are moderated by local residents and can be to promote communities, highlight information or to keep in touch with other residents.

Coronavirus Support - Sauchen/Cluny Area
COVID19 Support and Volunteer Monymusk
Fintray Cares
Fintray Fowk
Insch, Leslie, Premnay and Oyne Community Group
Corona Virus - Insch Aberdeenshire Support Volunteers
Inverurie Helping Hand
Lend a Hand Kemnay
Lend a Hand Kintore
Newmachar Helping Hands
Westhill Community Church
Westhill Coronavirus Community Support
Westhill Covid-19 Support

Helping communities affected by COVID-19 (18 March)
Scottish Government funding will be made available to councils, charities, businesses and community groups. It is designed to be flexible, cutting down on red tape to enable them to respond swiftly and according to local need for people impacted economically or through reduced contact with society, including anyone struggling to access food. Further information here.

Social landlords warned against evicting Tenants during coronavirus pandemic
The Scottish Government has warned it will take action against social landlords if they attempt to evict people over rent arrears during the coronavirus pandemic but stopped short of a complete ban against evictions for all renters. Read more here. (Source: Scottish Housing News)

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
While AVA wont be able to do face to face meetings or drop-in surgeries over the next few months, their Development Officers are still working and offering the same range of services. You can contact your Development Officer by phone, email or even skype, FaceTime or Zoom. AVA's office will be manned at the usual hours on 03718 110008 or email AVA have also signposted to various sites and resources including SCVO, Social Enterprise Scotland, ACAS, School for Social Entrepreneurs, NCVO and FindBusinessSupport.

Aberdeenshire North Foodbank
Foodbank centres in North Aberdeenshire (Peterhead, Ellon, Inverurie and Huntly) are still operating and issuing parcels with some changes to sessions and how they are working. Please share this post to let people know how they can access a food parcel should they find themselves in food poverty.

Aberdeenshire Alcohol & Drugs Partnership
Aberdeenshire ADP's recovery cafes and community groups/activities are suspended for the time being. ADP are developing alternative opportunities for peer connections and support via telephone and online. If you would like to become part of a phone and virtual peer recovery community network or if you would like to volunteer to contact and support folk, please email Susan Weetman at and read this post.
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