Information about Coronavirus with the emphasis on what is happening in St Monans and the East Neuk of Fife.

Volunteering

There is a new ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign to encourage people to volunteer during virus pandemic.  Volunteers have three options which are signposted from the Ready Scotland website:

– returning NHS workers will be directed to existing voluntary arrangements in NHS Scotland

– to support public services, including the NHS and councils, people will be directed to a site co-ordinated by the British Red Cross

– to charities or community groups in their area people will be directed to Volunteer Scotland

www.ReadyScotland.org

Businesses who can offer support should email covid19response@gov.scot

Volunteers are now collecting prescription medicines from community pharmacies and hospitals, and delivering them to elderly and at-risk people. To access the service, phone 0800 389 6046 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.  Alternatively email prescriptions@fva.org

You can offer to help or get help for somebody you know via www.fva.org/pandemic or helpinghand@fva.org or on 0800 389 6046

Community groups or businesses who want to offer assistance in their local area should email communityhelp@fife.gov.uk

Waste Collections

The council are temporarily stopping collections of grey paper/cardboard recycling bins.

Anyone with a household waste / plastic recycling bin missed this week should leave it out over the weekend (28/29 March) and another attempt will be made to collect it.

From Monday the council are returning to 4-weekly brown bin collections.

Excess food waste can be placed in blue landfill bins.

NEW HELPLINE ESTABLISHED FOR THOSE WITH NON-URGENT COVID 19 SYMPTOMS

The 111 service is under considerable strain, PLEASE ONLY DIAL 111 IF YOUR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS ARE SEVERE AND YOU ARE STRUGGLING TO BREATHE.

For those with non-acute symptoms the Scottish Government has established a new COVID-19 helpline: 0800 028 2816

For all other medical issues, unrelated to COVID-19, do not call 111. Call your GP.

The Scottish Government has tasked Local Authorities with planning critical provision to protect the following key interests and groups:

  • Key workers: to ensure that children of key workers, for example NHS and social care staff, have continuing access to appropriate learning and childcare, potentially beyond the normal school day, that allows their parents/carers to participate in the national response to Covid-19.
  • Educational continuity: to ensure S4-S6 pupils can complete course work for national qualifications.
  • Vulnerable children: to maintain protections and support for children who may be particularly vulnerable in the current circumstances, particularly in respect of free school meals, children with additional support needs and at-risk children.

Fife Council are in the process of planning for the provision of Children’s Activity Centres across Fife. These centres will be for the children of our key workers and for vulnerable children and young people. Fife Council is working hard to have these established before the end of next week. Exact start dates and opening times will be confirmed as soon as possible.  For the East Neuk area, Anstruther will be the base for the schooling of all children of keyworkers.

Here is a letter to all parents summarising Fife Council’s response to the Scottish Government’s directive. 

Information from Fife Council …
Our five ways to wellbeing during Coronavirus
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