The Scottish Government has announced that it is ‘pausing’ shielding from 1 August. It notes that the levels of infection in Scotland are now very low, which enables the Government to make that decision.
The Grange Association is therefore likewise ‘pausing’ the Grange Helpers’ scheme from 1 August. We will stop reporting and monitoring the scheme from that date, standing down the Area Co-ordinators. We know that many Helpers have developed good relationships with people they have been helping and, of course, it will be good if those relationships continue and assistance is given informally as required but this will not be part of the Helpers scheme arrangements from 1 August.
We are ‘pausing’, rather than winding up, the Helpers scheme because we are aware of the risk that the virus could take hold again as we approach the winter months. We therefore intend to maintain our database of Helpers such that we could contact you again in the event that we need to re-establish the scheme and provide new help in the winter.
Helpers should therefore continue to advise us of changes in their circumstances so that we can keep our records up to date. We are aware that many people who volunteered in March have returned to work and their availability may now be different. Please let us know if your availability or your contact details have changed, or if you no longer wish to be recorded as a Helper in our records.
The Helpers scheme has helped many tens of people in the Grange and beyond, who have needed to shield or who otherwise needed support during the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. We are very grateful for your support. Even if you were one of the Helpers who has not been called upon to assist, you helped us to have the breadth and depth of Helpers available such that we could allocate Helpers who stay on the same street or very near to each person who has needed help. Thank you for your help.