Supporting Your Community & Advice for the Public
Below you will find information on:
- Do you need help or support?
- Can you support your community?
- Moray Pathways
- Money Saving Expert: Coronavirus Finance & Bills Help
- Money Advice Service: Coronavirus – what it means for you and what you’re entitled to
- Citizens Advice Bureau: Coronavirus – what it means for you
- UK Government: Find out what you can do if you’re struggling because of coronavirus
Scottish Government Guidance for Customers
Supporting Your Community
Please note, this page is under construction and will be populated with more information over the coming weeks.
Do you need help or support?
We are still developing this page but want to use it to provide you with information about the support that is available in the Region and we need your help to do that.
If you need help or support, please tell us and we will try to find an organisation to help you. You can contact us in confidence.
Can you support your community?
If you want to help your local community and would like to have your services added to this page, please get in touch.
Access to Grocery Shopping
Aldi– Aldi open 30 minutes early Monday – Saturday for the Elderly (over 70) and vulnerable.
Marks & Spencer– Marks & Spencer are setting aside the first hour of trading on Mondays and Thursdays for older and vulnerable customers.
Tesco– Tesco has reserved the hours of 9am-10am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for its most vulnerable customers.
Silent Auction in aid of local care workers
Want to help beat Coronavirus in Moray?
Then help us raise funds to provide protective face masks for more than 250 local care workers!
Local artists have donated beautiful handcrafted pieces to the auction
The auction will be held online on the Elgin BID Facebook Page
If you don’t want to bid but still want to support- don’t panic! Donations can be made at Just Giving- here’s the link:
If we successfully raise more money than is needed for the face masks any surplus will be donated to Moray Food Plus.
The auction will be live from 12pm on Friday 22nd May and run until Wednesday 27th May at 12pm.
Organised by Elgin BID & IMAGINE (Lossie Wynd, Elgin) & Supported by local artists & volunteer sewers
Elgin Museum – #MuseumfromHome
Links to activity sheets, colouring and documents that support the activities will be available on their website.
Grampian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance Hub (Also covering Moray)
The Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub website is a focal point for information and assistance for anyone affected by coronavirus anywhere in Grampian. Find the services you need or links to information from across the area.
Individuals can request support through the hub, and individuals, community organisations and businesses can sign up to help.
Their website has information and assistance on:
- Health & Prevention
- Support in communities
- Schools, childcare and education
- Assistance for businesses and employers
- Benefits and financial advice
- Latest news/information
Becoming a Supplier to GCAH
If you sign up to become a supplier of goods to the GCAH you will be able to support individuals to access food and other essential items from your business via a volunteer if the person needing food/other items doesn’t have money available at the time and/or to minimise the need for cash to change hands between the person requesting assistance and the volunteer providing that support. The process works as follows:
- GCAH will match the shop to the assistance request/volunteer – ensuring they are in the right area and easily accessible
- The payments to the business for the goods purchased are made over the phone with a GCAH credit card at the time of the volunteer picking up the items, or at a time agreed with the business.
- The business must agree to keep a record of each purchase by filing the receipt with the unique reference number of the transaction provided by the GCAH, and collating a record of all transactions on either a daily or weekly basis. The list of transactions would then be sent to Aberdeenshire Council (who is managing the process on behalf of the GCAH) for VAT reclaim and audit purposes.
More detailed information would be provided to businesses that agree to sign up or they can email [email protected] for more information.
To take part businesses should go to: https://bit.ly/2Uwtw44
Clear Your Head
These are worrying and uncertain times. The coronavirus outbreak has changed daily life for us all in Scotland and has had a real impact on how many of us are feeling. It’s ok to not feel yourself right now, and Clear Your Head have some great tips to help get you through it.
They have ideas and tips on:
Looking after yourself
Parent Club have put together lots of information to help you cope with the ‘new normal’.
They have information on:
Coping with Parenting
Looking after yourself and your family
Pregnancy and babies
Leaning at home
Activities and games
Dealing with behaviour
Supporting your teen
Feeding your family
Keeping kids safe
BBC Bitesize- Parents’ Toolkit
Wanting tips on supporting your child’s wellbeing? Looking for practical advice? Or scouting for activity ideas for some lockdown entertainment? Look no further. The juggle is very real but we’ve got you.
The Parents’ Toolkit has information & tips on:
• Supporting wellbeing
• Top tips
• Isolation inspiration
• SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) resources
Advice for the Public
Moray’s public, private and third sectors have joined forces to provide a single point of contact for businesses and people to access information on skills, employment, training and support.
The consortium has developed a website and social media platforms for people to access and connect with what’s on offer. Called Moray Pathways (Learn: Train: Work), the website is online at http://www.moraypathways.co.uk.
Money Saving Expert- Coronavirus Finance & Bills Help
The Money Saving Expert website has advice on Mortgages & other debts, rental help, energy top-ups & more. Here is the link
Money Advice Service: Coronavirus – what it means for you and what you’re entitled to
The spread of coronavirus, also called COVID-19, in the UK and across the world could have implications for your work, benefits and travel plans. This guide will look at your rights to sick pay, what benefits you can claim if you’re self-employed or not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This page will help you find out what help is available to you based on your circumstances.
Citizens Advice Bureau: Coronavirus – what it means for you
Here is the link to the Citizens Advice Bureau’s website where they will publish new advice to help you understand any changes when they are announced.
You can call the Moray Citizens Advice Service on one of the numbers below:
01343 550088 / 01343 559001 / 01343 559004 (Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm)
UK Government: Find out what you can do if you are struggling because of coronavirus
The UK Government has an online portal which you can use to find out what help you can get if you are affected by coronavirus. You can use it for yourself or someone else.
Scottish Government Guidance for Customers
Guidance for customers on how the retail experience in shops is changing due to coronavirus.
Your experience in shops is changing due to coronavirus. Retailers, following government guidance are working to ensure the safety of customers and colleagues. This good work is supported with relevant trade bodies and wider industry, but the successful return to business will be highly dependent on positive customer behaviours. The guidance (link below) is intended to be used by customers and can also help to inform retailers’ signage.