Community wind farm organisation Point and Sandwick Trust has launched a new delivery, meals on wheels and befriending service in its latest effort to support the community in the fight against Covid-19.
Three new members of staff have been appointed to make the deliveries and check in by telephone on the wellbeing of people in need in the Point and Sandwick area.
Peter McNeill and Matthew Smith have been appointed as delivery drivers, while Sandra Macleod has been appointed as co-ordinator of the service. They will be in post for several months and the jobs have been funded by grants to Point and Sandwick Trust from the Corra Foundation and the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund via Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
A flyer informing households of the service has been produced and will drop through every letterbox in the Point and Sandwick area presently. It has two vital phone numbers on it – one for arranging the free delivery of groceries and the other for community wellbeing support. This second number is a telephone befriending service and the way for people to request the delivery of freshly cooked meals to their door.
Call 01851 871286 to organise grocery delivery and 07385 711473 for wellbeing support. Both lines are open 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.
Donald John MacSween, general manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, said: “PST are delighted to expand our Covid-19 Community Support to include a daily cooked food delivery and befriending service with funding from the Corra Foundation, and are pleased to welcome three new members to the PST staff to set up and deliver the services.
“This service is free and available to anyone in need in the Point and Sandwick area and is supported by our partners at Point Community Council and Sandwick Community Council.
“A leaflet with details about how to access the two services — grocery delivery using local shops, and the new cooked food service — will pop through the letterbox in every occupied house in the Point and Sandwick area in the next few days.
“The services will be delivered with regard to the latest NHS Western Isles and Government Covid-19 guidelines, and the safe handling of cooked food.
“We will be using our volunteers to keep in close touch with community activists to deliver some aspects of both services. Updates will be posted regularly on our popular Facebook page and our website as the services develop.”
The grocery delivery service aims to help those residents who are self-isolating, unable to get to the shops due to transport difficulties or who have any other circumstances that have been exacerbated by the pandemic lockdown.
The drivers will safely pick up and deliver shopping that has been ordered and prepaid from local stores including Blackhouse Bakery, Buth an Rubha, Macleod & Macleod Butchers, WJ Macdonald Butchers and Islander Shellfish. They will also be helping with deliveries from the food bank.
Residents should order directly with the shops, advise them it will be a PST delivery and then call the delivery line number to confirm. Call before 1pm and the drivers will do their best to make the delivery the same day.
The organisation is also offering support to help ease lockdown loneliness through the telephone befriending service and can supply freshly cooked meals – prepared by The Chief Cook. People can get in touch either on their own behalf or on someone else’s – the aim is to make sure that everyone who needs help gets it – and the organisation will do its best to help, free of charge.