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Roadworks in Inverkip

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Police Scotland

Police Scotland would like to share the ‘Your Police’ survey link below with as many people as possible .

Effective policing isn’t just about enforcement. It’s about working in and with communities to identify and solve problems. ‘Your Police’ is their annual survey and is open all year. Responses to this are used on a regular basis to shape how Police Scotland deliver services locally. The more people that respond, the better so that they can understand the challenges faced in each community.

Your Police 2021-2022 – Police Scotland – Citizen Space Find and participate in consultations run by the Scottish Police Authority consult.scotland.police.uk

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The new Asymptomatic Test Centre in Gourock.

Many people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it. 

Asymptomatic testing will help us find and isolate more cases, helping us to identify more cases of the virus and giving us all a better chance of stopping the virus from spreading.

Current Test Site: Gamble Halls, Gourock

Commences: Tues 2nd March 2021

Opening Days: Tues – Sat

Opening Hours: Tues – Fri 11am-7pm & Sat 9am-5pm

Tests are free and no booking is required, just pop in.

Children aged 5+ can be tested and anyone under 12 should be accompanied to the site.


Do not attend if you have a new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste. 

Do not attend if you are currently self isolating because you have been identified as a close contact, or if you have tested positive for COVID 19 in the last 90 days.

Tests for people with COVID 19 symptoms can be arranged by calling NHS inform on 0300 303 2713.

Further details including Q & A can be found Here

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Loves Local Fund.

The Scottish Government Scotland ‘Loves Local Fund’ aims to empower communities by enabling local delivery, and giving them support and guidance to help them achieve aims important to them.  You can find more details at the following link – https://www.scotlandstowns.org/scotland_loves_local_fund_application_form_and_guidance.

Also, today the Scottish Government ‘Restrictions Fund’ opened for applications.  The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Restrictions Fund provides one-off grants to businesses very directly impacted by Covid-19 brake restrictions implemented on 9 October 2020.  You can find out more details and how to apply at the following Inverclyde Council link – https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/covid-19/business-support.

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Want to Volunteer, but don’t know where to start?

Whether it’s practical or emotional support, there are lots of ways you can volunteer to help.

For some that may be right now in helping to manage the crisis, for others there will be roles in the weeks and months to come.

But for many of us, the most helpful thing we can do to support our NHS and our communities is to stay at home to save lives. 

You can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving your home, once a day, if you are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.  Please check the latest advice at NHS Inform.

To sign up, please follow the relevant links below: 

Please be assured that as soon as your help is needed, you will be contacted. Where possible your offer will be matched with specific needs.

I need to stay at home – can I still help?

You can still help even if you need to stay at home by signing up to provide telephone support. This way you can help keep in contact and provide reassurance to those in need.

Business offers of help

If you represent a business and would like to volunteer your services, please email covid19response@gov.scot.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Source:- https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/volunteering

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Your Voice Announcements and Newsletters

Keeping Busy, a 4 page Leaflet available for download HERE.

A4 page leaflet, available for download HERE.

Enthusiasts, A 4 page leaflet available to download HERE

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Citizens Advice Scotland – Help to Claim service

Following the announcement in October 2018 that the Citizens Advice network will provide a new service to help your constituents make a Universal Credit claim, I’m getting in touch to let you know that as of today the service is live across Scotland and the rest of Great Britain.

Our new Help to Claim service offers independent, tailored and practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim, and receive their first full payment on time. It is available through our free phone line, website and local Citizens Advice Bureaux. I have included more details about how your constituents can access the service below. Your local CAB can also provide more details about the specific options available to your constituents, which might include face-to-face advice through outreach clinics, for example in libraries or Jobcentres.

Citizens Advice Bureaux in Scotland have given over 100,000 pieces of advice on Universal Credit since roll out began, and many of these issues are with the initial claiming process.

Help to Claim can provide people with advice on how to apply for Universal Credit and support them through the application process. The support provided will vary depending on individual need, but might include things such as: helping someone gather evidence of their housing or childcare costs; ensuring people know that Alternative Payment Arrangements are available; and offering advice on what to expect at a jobcentre appointment and how to prepare for it.

Our local offices have been working closely with Jobcentres, local authorities and other local organisations in preparation for providing the service. This close working relationship will continue throughout the operation of the service.

Support is available through our free phone line and web chat from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday:

Phone line:                 0800 023 2581

Webchat:                    www.cas.org.uk/helptoclaim

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Local News Headlines from the Greenock Telegraph.