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Coronavirus in Moray: Keith crisis response numbers swell

By Alistair Whitfield

A community group is being set up to help co-ordinate efforts to look after older and vulnerable people in and around Keith.

Mid Street in Keith before the outbreak.
Mid Street in Keith before the outbreak.

Work is already under way printing cards so they can be delivered to every household in the area.

These cards are red on one side and green on the other and should be placed against a front window.

The idea being that, if you need help, you turn the card so that the red side faces towards the street and it can be seen from outside.

Also being distributed is a list of local contacts, including the numbers of local shops that are delivering goods.

All this work is being organised by Councillor Teresa Coull alongside the Keith and District Community Council.

As well as the main group of volunteers in Keith, smaller sub-groups have also been created in Rothiemay, Grange, Newmill, Mulben, amongst others.

Cllr Coull said: "Loads of people have come forward to offer to help over the past few days.

"They're all really eager to start helping, which is great.

"However we've wanted to take a little time to put some sort of process in place.

"It's important that all the volunteers are kept safe as well as the people they are helping.

"As it's very difficult a the moment to know who might be carrying the virus, we want to ensure that volunteers are helping people in their own areas or streets, rather than travelling about unnecessarily.

"We've also been in contact with churches and community group to try identify all the people who might need help.

"All this has taken a little bit of time, but we should be ready to go very early next week."

Food parcels will also be distributed to the needy from Longmore Hall in Keith.

These parcels will contain items such as tea bags and cans of soup.

Cllr Coull added: "It's great that so many people have stepped up to the plate.

"If everyone can keep a lookout for elderly or vulnerable people who live near them that would be wonderful.

"That doesn't mean calling round to see them, but you can get their phone numbers and call to ask if they need any help."

Anyone wishing to offer their services can email theresa.coull@moray.gov.uk

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