Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council

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Blairgowrie & Rattray Coronavirus Coordination Group

This group has developed a community support service for those needing help in the town and surrounding communities. The Group members collective experience and expertise covers a wide range of disciplines, enabling an effective response to the current situation.

We have been meeting since early March to set up a local support system for people who are self-isolating and for others who are unable to leave their homes safely. As well as a central team, there are four teams of three coordinators and around150 volunteers undertaking daily tasks to support folk in need.

There are a number of community support services being provided

  • The services went live on Monday 30th March 2020 – for information about this and other resources in the town, go to the Discover Blairgowrie website
  • The volunteer taskforce is shopping, collecting prescriptions, delivering books and other services for those who can pay for them. They are providing free food packages for those either unable to pay due to their circumstances, or unable to access funds in these challenging times.
  • They are setting up and running a number of food larders in local communities around the town
  • They are also providing a phone buddy service for those who  are maybe feeling a bit lonely or would just like someone to have a chat with
  • Personal protective equipment has been purchased and guidance issued to ensure safe working practice
  • The service will continue to exist for as long as the restrictions are in place and people need our support

YOU CAN HELP TOO BY DONATING TO THE FUND

Donate here via Crowdfunder

Blairgowrie & Rattray Coronavirus Coordination Group
Helping Vulnerable People in Self-Isolation and Struggling Families

Your donation will go towards essential items such as food packages for families in crisis, self-isolating vulnerable people and folk in our community with financial difficulties due to sudden loss of income or other reasons, leaving them unable to access funds.  It will help to purchase protective equipment, so volunteers can shop,  collect prescriptions, deliver books and stock food larders as safely as possible and contribute to our operating costs, telephones and transport.


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Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Volunteers

Are you over 70 or self-isolating due to Coronavirus? The Blairgowrie & Rattray Coronavirus Co-ordination Group could help you get the support you need.

Download this information sheet for details of all the help and support available to you

Support Available via the Blairgowrie & Rattray Coronavirus Co-ordination Group

 


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Blairgowrie & Rattray Coronavirus Coordination Group

In response to the current Coronavirus epidemic we have set up a co-ordination group to work together to provide a joined up approach, working with community groups, individual volunteers, service providers and businesses, to meet the requirements of those in need. We recognise that many people have already set in place informal networks to look after friends, neighbours and relatives and we very much want to encourage people to continue to do that. What we want to do is make sure nobody is forgotten about.

The team currently consists of :

  • Councillor Caroline Shiers

  • Phil Seymour B & R Community Council & B&R Resilience Team

  • Lorna McCulloch B & R Development Trust

  • Steve Johnson B & R Business Association/Proactive Communities

  • Ashleigh Mustard SCYD & PKC Co-ordinator

  • Frank McManus Ex Police Inspector

As the situation develops we will be seeking people with particular experience in areas such as communication, supply and distribution to bolster the group.

Our focus over the next few days is to set up a comprehensive support network with co-ordinators working with dedicated groups of volunteers to cover the whole of Blairgowrie & Rattray. To this end we are seeking to get details of volunteers and community groups who are either already supporting those in need or who are willing to do so. Detailed below is the information we are seeking to obtain asap. Once we have collated all the information we plan to publish contact details both online and through a leaflet drop to all households. Our aim is to get the information out by the middle of the week.

This is a massive challenge and needs an equally massive response. By working together, pooling resources and showing compassion we will get through this. We are working towards having a central point where people can:

  • get the information they need,

  • have a contact person who can either deal with their issue or put them on to someone who can

  • help them access vital supplies

  • know what support groups and individual volunteers are out there to help them,

  • get all the latest local, regional, national information or links to it

This is a massive logistical exercise with many strands but our focus is to get the basics for support and contact in place and move on to address the challenges that will arise as the situation continues.

Whilst we will continue to provide details of developments on this website and our Facebook page, to ensure maximum coverage, working together as a Coordination Group we are using the new Discover Blairgowrie website as the central source of information, coordination and communication.

Phil Seymour
Chair Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council & B&R Resilience team

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Blairgowrie & Rattray Coronavirus Coordination Group

Request for Volunteers

We are aware that many groups and individuals are already either offering help or providing help to those who may be in need – in preparation for the situation developing and the need to ensure that nobody gets forgotten about

A coordination group has been set up to both capture information at present but also to develop a structured and coordinated process to support the community.

If you or your group have/has already gathered information please can you provide the following information to the contacts for each area as below:

  • Group name (if applicable)
  • Confirm you have permission/give permission for us to hole your details
  • Volunteer name
  • Volunteer phone/mobile
  • Volunteer email
  • Volunteer location they can cover (Post Code)
  • Skills they have that may help
  • Would you be willing to act as a coordinator for your area?
  • Any issues identified ref resources etc

Please contact the relevant person for your area by 1pm Monday 23 March to allow us to collate information:

Blairgowrie & Rattray – Ashleigh Mustard
amustard@scyd.org.uk – 07761 060 281 – @wellmeadowhouse (Facebook)

Coupar Angus, Burrelton, Saucher, Collage, Meiklour and Balbeggie – Cat Mackay
bandrtimebank@gmail.com – 07761 233 518

Guildtown, Wolfhill, Kinclaven, Carsie, Spittalfield, Clunie, Butterstone, Bridge of Cally, Ballintuim, Kirkmichael, Enochdu, Blacklunans – Kim MacBain
kmacbain@pkc.gov.uk – 01250 871 934 – 07909 713 875

Alyth, New Alyth, Meigle, Tullymurdoch, Ardler, Kettins – John Corrigan
jcorrigan@pkc.gov.uk

Please share and pass on via email, newsletter etc

Many thanks and stay safe


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Nominate Your Citizen and Young Person of the Year 2020

Do you know someone who has made and is making significant contributions to our community or to individuals and groups within it? If so now is your chance to recognise their contribution by nominating them for consideration by the public to be voted the Citizen of the Year or Young Person of the Year.

The Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council is now seeking nominations for both the above awards. Winners will receive public appreciation in the press and at the June Community market where they will each be presented with certificates. The Citizen of the Year will receive the prestigious Blairgowrie Advertiser cup engraved with their name and the Young Person winner will be awarded their own engraved cup.

Both award winners will officiate at a number of public events, usually to declare them open or perhaps just to be present as guests.

Nomination forms are available at the Library, Post Office, Mitchell’s Newsagents, Town Hall,  One Voice Office, and Community Connect. An electronic copy of the nomination form can be downloaded for printing at the bottom of this article.

Nominations are open from Tuesday 17th March and close on Tuesday 14th April. Anyone wishing to nominate someone should provide a good amount of detail on the form as to why that nominee deserves the award. The Citizen of the Year nominations apply to people over 21 years, the Young Person up to 21 years. Nominated people should be local residents, living within the Community Council boundary, and those who have benefitted from their good works should also reside within the town or close by.

Completed nomination forms should be delivered to the Library, where there is a special box for posting them.

Details of the nominees will be made public in May. The public will then decide the winner of each category via voting forms delivered to the  library. Forms will be available in the same locations as the nomination forms. Voting will open on Tuesday May 5th and close on Tuesday 2nd June. The presentation to the winners will take place at the Community Market on Saturday 26th June.

If you know of someone who has gone that extra mile for someone or some group/s within the community please make the effort and nominate them for one of the awards.

Select one option below to make your nomination

Download and print the paper Nomination Form

Complete and submit the online Nomination Form


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Free CPR and Defibrillator Training Sessions

Early CPR and defibrillation can double a person’s chance of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest.

Following the installation of the defibrillator located outside Davidsons the Chemist in the Wellmeadow, Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council are supporting the provision of 4 short workshops for members of the community, generously provided by First Aid Perthshire for free.

The sessions will be held at the BRDT office at 1-3 Meadow Place* on the following dates/times:

Friday 28th February 4pm – 5.15pm

Friday 13th March 4pm – 5.15pm

Monday 16th March 4pm – 5.15pm

Monday 16th March 6pm – 7.15pm

Numbers will be limited to 25 per session

Please note the sessions will take place in a room down a flight of stairs

Book your place now on Eventbrite


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Citizen and Young Person of the Year 2020

It’s now time to start this year’s campaign to recognise those who have made and are making significant contributions to our community or to individuals and groups within it.

The Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council will soon be seeking nominations for both the above awards. Winners will receive public appreciation in the press and at the June Community market where they will each be presented with certificates. The Citizen of the Year will receive the prestigious Blairgowrie Advertiser cup engraved with their name and the Young Person winner will be awarded their own engraved cup.

Both award winners will officiate at a number of public events, usually to declare them open or perhaps just to be present as guests.
Nominations will be available at newsagents, the library, One Voice Office, and a number of other outlets.

Further details will be announced in the press and on the BRCC website and Facebook page as the opening date approaches.

Nominations will open on Tuesday 17th March and close on Tuesday 14th April. Anyone wishing to nominate someone should provide a good amount of detail on the form as to why that nominee deserves the award. The Citizen of the Year nominations apply to people over 21 years, the Young Person up to 21 years. Nominated people should be local residents, living within the Community Council boundary, and those who have benefitted from their good works should also reside within the town or close by.

Details of the nominees will be made public in May. The public will then decide the winner of each category via voting forms that will be collected from the library as previously. Forms will be available in the same locations as the nomination forms. Voting will open on Tuesday May 5th and close on Tuesday 2nd June. The presentation to the winners will take place at the Community Market on Saturday 26th June.

If you know of someone who has gone that extra mile for someone or some group/s within the community please make the effort and nominate them for the awards.


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Recycling Centre Maintenance

Please be advised that there will be some changes to Blairgowrie Recycling Centre during works due to be undertaken next month.

From Monday 3 October, maintenance will take place at the Blairgowrie Waste Transfer Station for 6 to 8 weeks. The Recycling Centre will operate as usual, however when users enter the site, they will have to take a slightly different route round. There will be a Site Attendant on hand to help, with heras fencing in place to help guide users round safely.Commercial traders will still have access to dispose of wood, green and inert waste.

A press release has been produced, and will be issued to local news outlets. A notice has been placed on the Waste and Recycling News pages of the Council’s website, and the Customer Service Centre has been updated.

Please drive slowly and carefully with these works are going on, Thanks!