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


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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


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 – 07761 060 281 – @wellmeadowhouse (Facebook)

Coupar Angus, Burrelton, Saucher, Collage, Meiklour and Balbeggie – Cat Mackay – 07761 233 518

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

Alyth, New Alyth, Meigle, Tullymurdoch, Ardler, Kettins – John Corrigan

Please share and pass on via email, newsletter etc

Many thanks and stay safe