Update from Marr Area Partnership

Message from Marr Area Partnership

A week has passed since the last MAP bulletin but the way communities are having to live their lives now seems to have changed enormously. Unfortunately, many meeting and events are having to be cancelled and we are not exempt from that. This Saturday’s Spring Gathering is now postponed.

One positive point from all this is the wee community groups springing up and offering help to those that are self-isolating. As it stands Finzean, Strachan, Ballater and Logie Coldstone have all formed networks of willing helpers. Facebook is a good resource for local information.

Some local businesses will be helping with this community effort and it is worth finding out if your local shop does home deliveries. Two examples in Ballater are the Deli and Sheridan’s the butcher plus The Highland Bake House in Crathie. Thistle and Clay delivered free soaps to the church in Aboyne which were received with delight by the congregation.

Some national charities have also prepared advice for those affected. Age Scotland is encouraging people to look out for older friends, neighbours and relatives who may be staying home due to concerns over coronavirus. Older people are more likely to be affected by the virus, especially if they have underlying health conditions. Some members of vulnerable groups are choosing to limit their social contacts, while many regular events and meetings have been cancelled across Scotland. Age Scotland is recommending that everyone follow NHS guidelines, but has warned that older people could be at increased risk of loneliness and isolation if they choose to stay at home, missing out on regular social occasions. Their press release at https://mailchi.mp/agescotland/coronavirus-comments-2711101… gives more details.

Mind have some valuable advice on how to look after your mental health during this crisis and if you have to go into self-isolation including an excellent checklist of things that you will need to stay away from people for two weeks. The page to go to is https://www.mind.org.uk/inf…/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/.

Asthma UK website has a page devoted to sufferers who are anxious about the outbreak, https://www.asthma.org.uk/ad…/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/, and it is updated on a regular basis.

We hope to send out more frequent bulletins during the weeks ahead to keep you all informed of avenues of help available.