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Sunart Community Council Helping Hands – a COVID-19 Coronavirus community response. We want you to know we are here to help. 

If you need help, go to this page and complete the survey form: https://sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk/get-help, email: helpinghands@sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk


Useful Contact Numbers:

Lochaber foodbank; 01967 700212
Jobcentre new claims 0800 055 6688
Universal credit claim line  0800 328 5644
Highland council benefits advice 0800 090 1004
Citizens advice bureau 01397 705311 
Samaritans 116123
Mind info and support line 0300 123 3393
Lochaber hope 01397 704836
Ewen’s room helpline 0800 689 3317
Ewen’s room text line 07537 431637
NSPCC advice and guidance line 0808 800 5000
Childline chatline u18’s only 0800 1111
Scottish women’s aid 0800 027 1234

NHS Hearing Batteries

An update from NHS regarding hearing aids and batteries; From now, all hearing aid batteries to be issued via the yellow battery issue record book. fill in and send to; 
Audiology department 
Raigmore Hospital 
Old Perth Road 
Inverness 
IV2 3UJ FOR ENQUIRIES CALL 01463 704406/704407/704039 
EMAIL; nhshighland.audiology@nhs.net This is due to the Covid 19 and they are sorry for any inconvenience.


We are pleased to announce that as part of our Covid19 Community Response we have partnered with Lochaber Foodbank. Sunart Helping Hands is now authorised to distribute food parcels to those in need across our peninsulas, including Sunart. This means we can also organise onward delivery from Strontian to Morvern, Ardgour, West Ardnamurchan and Acharacle. For anyone in need, please call the Duty Social Work Number 01397 709873 or the Citizens Advice Bureau 01397 705 311 in order to have your request for helped logged (we cannot deliver without this.) Once we receive their call we will organise a delivery as soon as possible. Each box is mainly long life or tinned products, and biscuits and is for one person for about a few days. 


Pines Medical Centre updated procedures

ORDERING YOUR PRESRIPTION:
The prescription line is now open between the hours of 9am and 11am.
The prescription line number is 01967 431479 or you can order anytime via our practice email on: high-uhb.gp55662-admin@nhs.net.
We ask that you do not order out with these times and do not phone the main practice number as we must keep this free for emergencies, medical and general advice given the current situation with Covid 19.

STRONTIAN (updated):

As from Monday 23rd November 2020 prescriptions will no longer be delivered to your home.

Prescriptions will be available for collection from Strontian Branch Surgery on the following days and times:-

  • Monday AM 9:30 – 11am
  • Monday PM 3- 4:30pm
  • Tuesday PM 3-4:30 pm
  • Thursday PM 3- 4:30 pm
  • Friday AM 9:30 – 11am

KILCHOAN:
Please do not go to the community centre, your prescription will be delivered by the volunteers. 

ACHARACLE:
Please do not enter the building, a member of staff will meet you at the door and collect your prescription.

Please note we have volunteers who have come forward and offered to deliver prescriptions. Please when ordering your prescription let us know if you would like it to be delivered and we can arrange this


Additional support (external links)

Ewen’s Room: Support and information for anyone who is affected by anxiety, depression, loneliness, or other mental health issues. The services are particularly targeted at the communities of Ardnamurchan, Sunart and Morvern

EwenMe is a new phone based support service launched by Ewen’s Room to combat the effects of isolation caused by the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. The aim of this new initiative is to reduce anxiety, loneliness and personal isolation by connecting people for a regular social chat. Many Helplines have been established, but few are designed just for this kind of ongoing informal contact.

EwenMe will do its best to match anyone who requests the service with one of our friendly volunteers who has similar interests.  Timing and frequency of frequency of calls will be set up by mutual agreement between the client and the allocated volunteer. 

Anyone interested in making use of this service can either call 01967 750845 or fill in a form at www.ewensroom.com/ewenme and we will match them up with a suitable volunteer.

Lochaber Women’s Aid: A confidential service in Lochaber who provides advice, information and support for women, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse


As we are all aware now, the guidance and information is changing regularly. We will try to keep this page updated as things develop.

Scottish government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you can and cannot do

 Postcode checker for COVID restrictions by protection level in areas of Scotland

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ COVID in Scotland

NHS Inform


For up to date advice regarding COVID-19, you can still go to https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19 which has been updated with the new isolation guidance.

From the UK government Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotland https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individuals-and-businesses-in-scotland

For the UK Government advice on staying at home for 7/14 days, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

We acknowledge funding from Highland Council, Foundation Scotland (National Emergencies Trust – Response Recovery & Resilience Fund), Scottish & Southern Energy Networks (Sustainable Grant Fund), and the Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund distributed by Highlands & Islands Enterprise.