After the second wave of infections and a surge in cases of the new strain of Covid-19, it comes at no great surprise that the Government has been forced to implement further restrictions to every day life and how businesses and organisations are operating. Creetown Initiative is no exception and we are continuing to follow all Government guidelines carefully.
All Creetown Initiative office staff are continuing to work from home and holding meetings via Zoom. We are fortunate that the majority of our consultancy work is desktop-based, so we can continue to work with other third sector organisations and provide support with their community projects and ambitions.
Barholm Accommodation is only open to key workers and we have a strict no visitors policy. The accommodation is full for the next 5 weeks with Transport Scotland workers staying, who are key workers carrying out essential safety roadwork and tree cutting maintenance work to the A75 between Gatehouse of Fleet and Newton Stewart. We also have the Chief Fire Officer for Dumfries and Galloway staying when he is on shift and he is, of course, another key worker.
The Barholm Community Charity Shop is closed until the spring, or until restrictions lift. Barholm Arts and Crafts also remains closed. Keep an eye on their Facebook pages for any updates.
Unfortunately with the enhanced Tier 4 restrictions in place, we are unable to carry out any form of face-to-face youth work provision. Even socially distanced detached work outside in the village is not permitted. Therefore, the youth work staff are investigating ways to create virtual activities for our young people and more information will be released soon.
The Ferry Friends team have been working hard throughout lockdown supporting members as much as ever by delivering lunches from the Riverside Centre in Newton Stewart, collecting prescriptions and delivering goody bags. They’ve also started running virtual coffee mornings via Zoom, which have kept everyone connected and laughing.
It is still not safe to reopen the Waverley Hall at this time as indoor group activities are not permitted currently.