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COVID-19: latest update on how our services are affected and the support available

COVID-19: latest update on how our services are affected and the support available

Information on Helping Your Community

We know our residents like to look after each other and communities always come together in difficult times. Our colleagues at Ready Scotland have produced some information on how you can help each other during this difficult time. Please check out their website for more information:

https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/helping-in-your-community/

If you are a community group, why not sign up and offer your support using the SCVO Community Assistance Directory. 

SCVO  have launched their 3rd Sector Information Hub with extensive information to help 3rd sector groups to be safe and sustainable, and a Community Assistance Directory. This is a grassroots tool.

Even if you don't sign up to either of these tools, keep checking in on your neighbours - offer to get them shopping or medicine, or have a chat with them from a safe distance - it might just be the only interaction they have that day. No matter how small the gesture, it can make a big difference to the lives of our vulnerable community members.

Protecting Our Communities

Icon for pdf Protecting Our Communities Across Ayrshire and Arran [174.07KB]

Information For Volunteers - Motor Insurance

We are aware that the Association of British Insurers have indicated that any volunteer using their own vehicle to assist the local community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak should be covered by their personal motor insurance. However, please check with your current provider that your own policy extends to this type of activity.

Here is a suggested script which may be useful;

'Provide Name & Policy Number/Registration etc

I am currently assisting South Ayrshire Council / Partnership organisation / Charity as a volunteer and my role is ...........

I am part of the COVID19 response.

I have been advised that the Association of British Insurers has pledged that the use of an individual's own personal vehicle to assist the local community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, will not impact my personal lines motor insurance cover.

Therefore, I would be obliged if in the current circumstances this could be noted on my policy without additional charge to allow me to help with the Local Authority/Partnership Organisation /Charity and national response efforts.

Public Health Scotland - Supporting Communities Safely 

Public Health Scotland and Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) have developed a resource to provide advice to community groups, organisations and volunteer networks fighting COVID-19. 

You can access their resources here

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