Thursday 26th March 2020 09:40
“Following further guidance from Fife Council Education and Children’s services, we are now extending the offer of placements at Fife council Activity centres to those parents\carers who fall into category 2 as outlined below.
“Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (e.g. Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers, etc.), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
“Please note that places are only offered to children where both parents fall into the category 1/2 or single parents who also fall into this category and if no other alternative childcare is available.
“Those who have already submitted an application which falls into this category will be contacted. There may also be some parents\carers who have been redeployed and now fall into these categories who may wish to apply.
“All applicants will be contacted to advise whether or not their child\children have a place.”
One of Burntisland’s oldest ‘institutions’ is looking after the town’s oldest people. Burntisland Over 70s committee has been organising a Christmas “treat” for over 100 years. These days it’s a lunch, entertainment and a bag to take home.
Now, the Over 70s committee has already started shopping for and delivering to people over 70s. The Over 70s is trusted in the town and is known to the people they are aiming to deliver to.
Committee member Morag Douglas is owner of one of Burntisland’s oldest buildings, the Star Tavern, and says “we are taking calls on the Star number 01592 871313 between 10 and 12 in the morning and then shopping and delivering in the afternoon.
“We have advertised on Facebook and have something going in the Fife Free Press on Thursday. We also have quite a few volunteers lined up for when demand increases and are setting up a card payment facility.”
She is working with BEAT to “coordinate and not overlap”.
<a href="http://Toll CC Facebook“>Toll CC Facebook
After several days of frantic ‘behind the scenes’ activity, the outline of a plan has come together to try to look after people requiring help at this extraordinarily difficult time.
Yvonne Crombie, Centre Manager of the Toll Community Centre, says –
“We have activated the Community Council’s Community Emergency Plan with Fife Council’s Emergency Resilience Team. This will provide insurance for our volunteers. I have informed Fife Voluntary Action who are running a similar scheme with Fife Council and have agreed to keep them updated. And also been working closely with Kinghorn Community Council and learning from each other.
“Tonight we will be putting on our Facebook Page our volunteer form for people to complete. Tomorrow we will be posting the form for people who may need help.
“Our dedicated mobile phone is now live – we are using the Toll Community Centre’s number, as this is a trusted and well known number. The number is 01592 872854. When you get through, it will tell you to press one for BEAT And it will be directed to the phone. This will be answered by a BEAT person. If it’s busy, or overnight, please leave a message which will be dealt with as soon as possible.
“We are hopeful that in the first instance we will recruit enough volunteers to leaflet every home in Burntisland with our forms requesting help!
“The safety of our volunteers is paramount and we have a risk assessment and protocol in place. We will issue a password to the person in need and to the volunteer for added security. There is still lots of work to be done and a lot of uncertainty.
“We are also considering starting a ‘Go Fund ‘ page to raise money to help buy supplies for people in need.“
Info on School App
This is not entirely helpful as following links comes to out of date info –
“If you don’t have access to a PC or mobile device with an internet connection, you can use:
“Self service PCs available at some local offices
“EzFife PCs at any community library in Fife Council”
At present it seems that the form is only available online.
On the day that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said “If you are not providing essential items like food and medicine, then please close.“, many Burntisland High Street shops were already closed or arranging to close.
This barber’s was open this morning. One customer asked for a haircut “to the bone”, anticipating that it might be a long time before he got the chance for another one.
When – and if – the shop (and others) reopens may depend on what arrangements the UK Government makes for self-employed people.
Poster on door @ https://www.facebook.com/atoneonefour
The chemist is probably the ONLY shop in Burntisland where staff have been given masks. This is sensible as it will have customers who are unwell – obviously anyone with CV symptoms should be staying at home. However all staff in all shops should probably have been provided with appropriate ‘protection equipment’.
Some shops are trying to encourage “social distancing”. Whether they have enough room to keep people 2 metres (more than SIX feet) apart is less clear.
This notice appeared on the Library door today. (Fife Council page)
Murdoch’s (including the Post Office) is closed this week.
“UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE HAD TO CLOSE OUR SHOP FOR THE TIME BEING. THE SAFETY OF ALL OUR CUSTOMERS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO US. HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE OPEN AGAIN NEXT WEEK BUT IF YOU ARE NEEDING THE POST OFFICE FACILITIES KINGHORN AND ABERDOUR ARE OPEN. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE THIS IS CAUSING BUT WE HAVE TO FOLLOW OFFICIAL GUIDELINES. STAY SAFE, STAY HOME FOLKS”
This is yet another indication of how serious CV is. This decision will not have been easy to take.
Another change of direction/policy. The knock-on will be significant – especially for key workers who thought there was some childcare cover and parents/children expecting to be able to rely on a free meal at lunchtime.