Covid-19 Arran community hub information and a call for volunteers

A Call for Volunteers on Arran and Community Hub information

The North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership have issued a A CALL FOR HELP in response to the Covid-19 situation

In their recently published document they write:

We are making every effort to prepare for COVID 19 on Arran and want to ask for help from our community. We very much hope all the efforts made by people on Arran to follow the government advice will slow the spread of the virus and pressures on our services. However, predictions around the numbers affected and the care they may need are worrying – we want to make sure that we are doing all we can to ensure we maintain all the usual essential services on Arran.

We want to rapidly build a bank of people, across a wide range of skills, who could help keep our services running to the most vulnerable in our community. We may need their help if we are using the expanded capacity, we are now putting in place, if usual staff cannot come to work and we have exhausted all efforts to reallocate staff across the island. There are processes being put in place to rapidly employ people and to quickly re-employ those who have retired in the last 3 years or who need professional registration to work. We know everyone has different circumstances and many may not be able to help.

If you have been previously employed in the following areas please get in touch:

• Health Care Assistant
• Care at Home
• Residential Care
• Administration
• Catering

• Cleaning
• Portering
• Nursing
• Doctor

Please contact us with your CV and send to Clinical Arran War Memorial Hospital:

We will then be in touch about recruitment into our Arran Bank/Relief register. If you do not have an email account, please call on 01770 601033. This number will not always be answered but please leave your contact details and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Useful information will also be shared on the Arran Locality Facebook Page and please see the website here too.

Arran and Ayrshire Community Hubs

The hubs were launched on 24 March 2020 and are in each of our six localities. Their purpose is to be a local point of contact for need arising from COVID-19 including health & well-being, money, and food. They are staffed by a small team of North Ayrshire Council and Health and Social Care Partnership staff and respond with advice, signposting, referral or coordinating volunteers.

The hubs will not be open to the public but will work alongside what’s underway in local areas.
• Most hubs can be contacted by telephone from Monday to Friday between 10am
and 1pm.
Arran will operate from 9am to 7pm.
• Irvine Fullarton and Irvine Vineburgh will operate longer hours.
The answer machine will be on out with these times and all messages will be picked up the following day.

The hubs will not be open to the public but will work alongside what’s underway in local areas. Please get in touch to tell us what you are already doing and what your volunteer skills are if you want to volunteer. Please complete and submit the application form here and we will be in touch. If you have problems accessing the form please email or call the hub.

Our volunteers will be issued with identification badges and if you have any concerns about someone’s identity please get in touch with the local hub. Please get in touch if you need some help.

Full details are on the attached document, and if you would like to volunteer there is an online form where you can let the Hub know.

Locality Lead: Ian Staples, Manager, Arran Outdoor Centre,Lamlash
Arran’s phone numbers are: 07496658760, 01770600532

The Arran Community Voluntary Service has also published a list of businesses helping people self isolating, which can be accessed here

Featured image shows the Arran Outdoor Centre in Lamlash, where the new community hub is based.