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Covid-19/Coronavirus information for communities

January 7, 2021

Rural and isolated communities in the National Park are being impacted by the Covid-19 crisis – both in relation to health, well-being and the economy. Community groups and volunteers are responding magnificently to those in most need in their local areas. The National Park Authority is working hard to ensure support and guidance is coordinated effectively.

Please check our Covid-19/Coronavirus digital advice hub for up-to-date support and advice on:

  • Planning and Access Services
  • Advice for Visitors (including information on the status of key visitor sites and facilities)
  • Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway
  • National Park Authority Board & Committee Meetings
  • Information for Businesses
  • Advice for Land Managers
    Camping in the National Park

Support for National Park communities

Community Partnership

The Community Partnership’s website and regular email updates will keep communities updated on relevant support and information. If you’re not already on their mailing list, please subscribe here so you get their weekly community newsletter.

Co-ordinating a joined up response

The National Park is working with key partners, including Police Scotland, Transport Scotland, Forestry and Land Scotland, and the four local authorities within the Park, to co-ordinate responses to the continued changes in restrictions and protection measures. Email updates on this work are being issued to Community Councils and Community Development Trusts within the National Park at key milestones, as well as virtual briefings with key stakeholder groups.

Concerns in National Park communities

We are working with our partners to ensure that appropriate staff are deployed to support communities and ease pressures in specific areas of the National Park as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. Here is some more information on who to contact if you have any specific concerns.

  • Anti-social or unsafe behaviour: Incidents should be reported directly to Police Scotland in the first instance by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.
  • Flytipping: We are asking communities in the National Park to remain vigilant to flytipping while out on your daily exercise and would encourage you to report any flytipping sightings as soon as possible via Zero Waste Scotland’s Dumb Dumpers reporting service.
  • Ongoing issues: Please send issues you want to raise with the National Park Authority to feedback@lochlomond-trossachs.org. This mailbox is monitored 7-days per week and information sent to us is used for our ongoing monitoring of the situation on the ground in the National Park during the pandemic.
  • Complaints: If you wish to make a complaint about National Park Authority services, please follow the usual process as explained on our complaints webpage. Complaints can also be emailed to us at info@lochlomond-trossachs.org

We are working closely with our partners to gather information on activity around the National Park at this time and will continue to share this as and when we can.

Supporting the tourism sector in our local communities

Tourism businesses are a fundamental part of communities in the National Park. We continue to support both businesses in the Park and the communities who live around them throughout the pandemic so that everyone has confidence to use and enjoy the National Park safely and responsibly. Read more on our Respect Your Park web page. Business owners can also find more advice for businesses.

Handy links

Links to some key advice and support agencies are listed below; each of these has further information, funding updates and resources available to community groups. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Councils provide local support and funding, while Third Sector Interfaces (TSI) are local organisations funded by the Scottish Government to provide support to local non-profit community/voluntary-led groups that are activists or service providers – often called the ‘third sector’.

Argyll and Bute area

Stirling area

West Dunbartonshire area

Perth and Kinross area

Funding

Funding for the third sector, including support relating to social enterprises, is provided in many forms and by many funders.

For national funding bodies, advice and support, check the Scottish Councils for Volunteer Organisations Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub.

Check your local Council and Third Sector Interface for local funding, grants and funding support (contact information above).

Other Third Sector Support

  • Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Advice, and the Ready Scotland website coordinate support for local community groups, businesses, shopping, volunteering and helping neighbours.
  • Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Third Sector Information Hub provides support to third sector groups.
  • Young Scot’s Coronavirus Support provides a whole host of information for young people, especially if they are feeling anxious, worried or want to support others in the community.
  • Scottish Community Development Centre Covid-19 support for community organisations: This is the lead body for community development in Scotland. Visit Communities Channel Scotland for community support and responses to the Crisis. It provides free guidance to help keep connected digitally.
  • Community Councils Information on Covid-19 for Community Councils: provides links to support during the Crisis. The website provides support and promotes Scottish Community Councils through advice, resources and case studies. It provides information on news, events, guidance and grants.
  • Volunteer Scotland Volunteering & Coronavirus is the national centre for volunteering and provides information to help volunteers and voluntary organisations during coronavirus. It includes advice for volunteers, advertises opportunities, advice for organisations, PVG and Disclosure Services.
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