Coronavirus - Local Communities

I will continue to post links to local businesses and community support groups, including local volunteer groups and charities which are offering support online. 

If you know of any other groups or websites then please get in contact with my office.


Local Businesses to support:

At this trying time, it is important to support local businesses if you are in a position to do so. Many lovely small businesses around Aberdeenshire are still open and are doing their best to support local communities and help those in need. 


Local community groups, charities and organisations:

Facebook Groups to follow:


Banchory Community Resilience Group:

Set up by the Banchory Community Council and in co-operation with Aberdeenshire Council, the local group is dedicated to helping those who live in Banchory during these difficult times.

They are currently recruiting volunteers to hand out flyers around the community to help engage those who are not computer literate. If you would like to volunteer then please email

If you would like some assistance, or know someone who does, please contact or contact the Banchory Community Resilience Team directly on 07394-528657 (anytime) or 01330-825000 (between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Saturday).


Aberdeenshire Council:

Aberdeenshire Council's website has up-to-date information on coronavirus and the latest advice on school closures, community groups, travel services and more:


The Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub:

The Hub has been set up to provide information for all of those living in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Moray who are seeking help or advice. They provide links to useful resources for information, covering a range of topics including health, school closures, and financial assistance. 

You can also fill out a form to make a request for assistance, or register to offer your support to those in need!


Ready Scotland:

A new ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign has been launched to encourage people to sign-up to support our local communities and public services, including the NHS.

Please visit the Ready Scotland website where you will find more information on the ways you can support your community and the organisations to register an interest with, such as Volunteer Scotland and the Red Cross. 

Ready Scotland have also prepared a useful list of where to go to find additional support for you or someone you know, which will be updated on a rolling basis.


Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland:

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland are looking for volunteers to help people who are most at risk in our communities. They have 4 roles available:

•Kindness Caller – to provide regular ‘kindness’ calls and a check-in service for people who are worried, scared or lonely because of self-isolation.

•Community Kindness Supporter – to help with deliveries of shopping and essentials to people in need.

•Kindness Driver – undertaken in line with Government guidelines.

•Digital Kindness Supporter – to share health messages far and wide.

If you would like to volunteer please visit…/volunteering-opportunities/ to sign up.


Independent Age:

You can volunteer to become a Telephone Volunteer to call those who are isolated:


Marie Curie:

For those who are struggling with wanting to help loved ones but are unable to visit them, please see below.


Age UK:

They are offering help for the elderly and their families, and also offer advice on how to support loved ones who are in self-isolation.


Online support communities:

Join your neighbourhood where you can post questions and receive responses from your neighbours, offer help and contact if you need any assistance or support.

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.


Transport Scotland:

Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on transport:

Information on public transport in Scotland


Energy Saving Trust:

Advice for home heating and energy use by people staying home to work or to avoid picking up the coronavirus:–-covid-19-status-update-customers


Money Advice Service:

Information on how mortgage payment holidays work and the circumstances in which you might be granted one:


Housing Regulator:

    The Scottish Housing Regulator regulates to protect the interests of people who receive the services of social landlords as well as protect the interests of tenants, people who are homeless, and others who use social landlords’ services.  It has made changes to its regulatory approach in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19):


    UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

    Guidance for British people travelling and living overseas during Coronavirus (COVID-19):


    If you are a business who can offer support please contact


    To volunteer safely, please make sure that you check the latest advice at