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Royal Bank Launches Card For Carers
Royal Bank of Scotland is introducing a new ‘companion card' - a supplement card to an existing current account that enables vulnerable customers and those in extended isolation to give trusted volunteers a way to pay for their essential goods.   New card offers quick & easy way for vulnerable customers to pay for essentials through a trusted carer or volunteer.  
How to help your teenager staying home during the extended lockdown periodThumbnail for article : How to help your teenager staying home during the extended lockdown period
Children's charity Barnardo's Scotland knows a thing or two about teenagers and with the news that the lockdown has been extended for at least another three weeks it is offering some useful advice for parents online.   Martin Crewe, director for Barnardo's Scotland and father of four said: "If you're struggling to keep your teenager in the house and sticking to lockdown rules know that you're definitely not alone." Teenage brains work differently than adult brains.  
Museums - Digital Resilience COVID-19 Fund
Museums can apply for up to £3000 to purchase equipment and software that will enable them to adapt to more digital working during the period of closures brought about by the Coronavirus outbreak and the associated restrictions.   This fund is designed to support museums to purchase equipment and software that will enable them to adapt to more digital working during the period of closures brought about by COVID-19 and the associated restrictions.  
Heritage Lottery Updates Following Coronavirus
Our support for the heritage sector in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.   See full details at  
Wellbeing Fund Open For Bids
Charities invited to apply for cash help.   Third sector organisations across Scotland are being encouraged to apply for emergency funding to help cope with the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19).  
Support For Those At High Covid-19 Risk
National helpline established for those who do not have family or community support.   A new national helpline is being set up to provide essential assistance to those who don't have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.  
Free School Meals FAQ
This handy guide to Free School Meals has been put out by Noss Primary School and applies across the Highland region.   Free School Meals FAQ NOSS PRIMARY SCHOOL The latest information from the Highland Council regarding free school meals is below.  
GP Practices And Pharmacies Open For Easter
Extended opening hours to ensure services available.   General practices and community pharmacies will remain open on Good Friday and Easter Monday to help relieve pressure on out-of-hours services this weekend.  
Second CVG Covid-19 Funding Update April 2020
RURAL community groups helping locals counter the effects of isolation as the coronavirus lockdown continues are now being offered financial support from The Prince's Countryside Fund.  The charity is inviting applications for emergency funding of up to £2500.  
Funding Boost For Covid-19 Charities
The Scottish Secretary has welcomed a Covid-19 charity funding boost from the UK Government.   Commenting on the funding package for charities announced today [8 April 2020] by the Chancellor, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said:Volunteers up and down the country do a tremendous amount to support the most vulnerable in our society.  
Covid-19 Funding Update For Community Groups April 2020
Funding has become available for community organisations that are setting up support for vulnerable people during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.   The National Emergencies Trust Fund is now open for applications.  
Crimestoppers Scotland: Doorstep Crime During The Coronavirus Crisis - Speak Up, Stay SafeThumbnail for article : Crimestoppers Scotland: Doorstep Crime During The Coronavirus Crisis - Speak Up, Stay Safe
Crimestoppers Scotland has today, 6th April 2020, launched a vital Doorstep Crime campaign aimed at empowering people to stay safe in their homes.   Right now, everyone has a role to play in keeping themselves and others safe, that's why the charity are appealing to people to share the message on keeping safe at home, especially with those who are most at risk Doorstep criminals are cunning, creative, and often very convincing at targeting people, that's why our charity is encouraging people to: THINK, SECURE, QUESTION, CONSIDER AND CONTROL.  
Coronavirus: If we are in a war against COVID-19 then we need to know where the enemy isThumbnail for article : Coronavirus: If we are in a war against COVID-19 then we need to know where the enemy is
From The Conversation Web Site David Hunter, Richard Doll Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, University of Oxford.   The fight against COVID-19 has launched a thousand military metaphors in the British press.  
Highland Council To Provide School Meals Throughout Easter Brea
Highland Council will continue to provide school meals through e-vouchers to families throughout the school Easter break.  This is to recognise the particular difficulties many families will be experiencing due to the Coronavirus emergency.  
Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts
Details of shielding support in local areas to arrange for food and medicine deliveries, and other support services.   Highest risk classification Some groups of people are considered to be at extremely high risk of severe illness with Coronavirus (COVID-19).  
Coronavirus (COVID-19): tailored advice for those who live with specific medical conditions
These conditions include: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBD; chronic kidney and liver disease; dermatological, neurological, respiratory and rheumatic conditions; and rare diseases.   Follow the links for the specific advice on the conditions HERE.  
Neonatal Expenses Fund Terms and Conditions
Information on the Neonatal Expenses fund that provides help for families with babies in neonatal care.   Introduction The Neonatal Expenses Fund (NEF) is designed to help parents of premature and sick newborn babies to offset the cost of traveling to and from hospital during the early days of their baby's life and the subsistence required to allow them to spend time with their baby/ies in order to bond as a family during these early days.  
Farmers urged to wade into bird conservationThumbnail for article : Farmers urged to wade into bird conservation
Farmers and land managers have an important role to play in reversing the declining numbers of wading birds in Scotland, according to a new report.   The Working for Waders annual report has highlighted a steep decline in the number of wading birds, including lapwings, oystercatchers and curlews, over the past 25 years.  
Vitamin D: advice for all age groups - Scottish Government Revised Advice On Coronavirus
Revised guidance from Scottish Government to reflect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the advice to stay at home.   Vitamin D: advice for all age groups We are currently advising people to stay at home.  
Shielding For The Extremely Vulnerable In Highland
What is 'shielding'? If you fall within one of the groups recommended to shield, you will have received a letter or text from the NHS.   Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people by minimising contact between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.