The Applecross Trust has joined forces with a number of community organisations to form the Applecross Coronavirus Community Support Group. The aim of the group is to provide support to those finding themselves in difficulty due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Applecross, like many other areas of the Highlands, and indeed the UK, relies almost completely on tourism and the recent lockdown, whilst essential, has meant that many, many people are out of work and facing a very uncertain future.
Comprising Applecross Community Company, Applecross & District Healthcare Association, the Community Council, and The Applecross Trust, the group has been working in partnership to help those in need since the first few weeks of lockdown.
Archie MacLellan, Applecross Trust, comments, “We are pleased that we can offer help to the community at this time through the Applecross Coronavirus Community Support Group. This is an issue that affects us all, and it is vital that we work together in partnership to ensure no-one gets left behind.”
The community support group is providing a lifeline for local people who already live a very remote existence in the highlands. The support comes in many different ways: a crisis fund, food boxes, IT support, volunteering, deliveries, and planting materials for growing vegetables at home. The group is being co-ordinated by the Community Company with staff from the Applecross Trust also providing support. Leaflets have been produced outlining the benefits, and delivered to all members of the community, and useful information is posted regularly on the group's social media.
The Applecross Community Support Group is funded by North Highlands Initiative, The Applecross Trust, Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund, Community Land Scotland and private donation.