Marmaris is re-opening from today – their website is here
Local Business Fund
Local businesses can apply to receive financial support through the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. The funding is provided in batches as the application forms come in and are processed. Staff worked over the Easter weekend to ensure as many applications were processed as possible.
The council are processing applications within 10 working days and sending daily batches of payments by bank transfer. By the end of this week, over £6.5 million will have been paid into the bank accounts of local businesses.
If anyone submitted an application before 2 April 2020 and have not heard from the team they should email firstname.lastname@example.org
If businesses submitted an application on or after 2 April 2020 the team will be in touch with them as soon as possible. There are many businesses that have applied and have not received funding as yet. That is due to large numbers of application forms having been returned without all the necessary details
Business can apply here: business-support-fund
Mental Health and Domestic Situation Numbers
On the Community Facebook Group there was some debate about people who may face quite serious issues at this time.
Here are some numbers if you need help.
Age UK 0800 169 6565
Childline 0800 1111
Domestic Violence Hotline 0808 2000 247
Mind 0300 123 3393
Samaritans 116 123
Survivors Trust 0808 801 0181
Scammers are active in this area – be aware! Here’s some Police Scotland advice here
What are the rules for social distancing and self isolation rules
There was debate on the community facebook about going outside. Info is on the BBC website here
In this article the most important advice is for those who are listed in the vulnerable groups category about going outside, who should have been sent a letter by the Scottish Govts. Chief Medical Officer
As you are probably aware shielding is now in place for those that are at high risk .
Shielding is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s also for their family, friends and carers.
Shielding measures should be used when an extremely vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support. This includes extremely vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities. Other vulnerable people in our communities may also need help to self-isolate, or to maintain social distancing.
For more information follow the link: https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/shielding
If anyone is shielding and struggling with local or family support contact the dedicated shielding enquiries number 01506 281000, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or complete the online application (link below).
Please Note: This service is a priority service for those who are unable to access services due to their personal circumstances, particularly those with underlying health conditions that require them to completely self-isolate.
Application link: https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/covid19-support
If you do not fit into the above priority category but need assistance the council will link you into support providers within your local community, including voluntary groups.
Look after your mental health
We recognised that incorrect information or speculation over interpretation of guidance from several sources can lead to conflict, particularly with different advice coming from the UK and Scottish Government. We will endeavour to keep to the facts relevant to Kirknewton on this website. Meantime be nice. Be neighbourly. More importantly put your energy into looking after your own mental health and well being. It’s going to get tough (like being in the Big Brother house, not watching it). Again here’s some advice on the BBC website how to deal with your own mental health here
Finally, did we say the chippy is re-opening?