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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
West Dunbartonshire area
Perth and Kinross area
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).