Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Badenoch and Strathspey Communities

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Badenoch and Strathspey Communities

The Supporting Communities Fund is now open for requests from any community group (incorporated or unincorporated) based in Badenoch and Strathspey carrying out any activity in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please access the Fund Request Form and Guidance Notes (below) for details.

It is a really simple process to access the fund, just requiring a chat with Ann or Karen before submitting the form, so VABS can ensure all the activity is eligible. The Fund will cover any Covid-19 related activity carried out between 16th March and 1st September 2020, so a retrospective claim is also possible, for costs incurred from the start of the outbreak.

We look forward to hearing from you.


In response to Covid-19, Speysound Radio will be including additional information on our ‘noticeboard’ to help members of our community hear about local actions

The noticeboard is aired regularly throughout the day, across 107.1FM and

Please email with details of your local community services, actions and initiatives and we shall ensure we help spread the word!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Badenoch and Strathspey Communities

This section of the website is dedicated to:

  • Keeping you up to date with best practice and guidance for volunteers, voluntary organisations and communities in B&S, during the current situation
  • Provision of toolkit and appendices for setting up community response process
  • Relevant links that will update – for getting information out to volunteers and community groups

Badenoch and Strathspey COVID-19 Community Helplines


CommunityHelpline No.
Aviemore01479 722103
Boat of Garten01479 722102
Carrbridge01479 722101
Cromdale & Advie01479 722170
Dalwhinnie01540 372103
Dulnain Bridge01479 263107
Grantown on Spey01479 722170
Kingussie & Kincraig01540 372101
Nethy Bridge01479 722104
Newtonmore & Laggan01540 372102

Citizens Advice

  • CAB Helpline for Badenoch and Strathspey: 0800 028 1456
  • Email advice on Debt, Housing, Benefits, Employment, Domestic Violence and Evictions
  • ACAS Advice on Employment Issues: 0300 123 1100
  • Residents needing help with income maximisation, problems with benefits or making a new claim: Citizens Advice Benefits helpline 0800 023 2581
  • Residents needing help with money advice or debt matters: helpline 0800 085 7145

Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG)

In order to qualify for a PVG check, new volunteers would need to be carrying out a regulated work activity with children or protected adults regularly and as part of their normal duties with an organisation. As we are in the early stages of self-isolation, it’s currently not possible to determine if the activities will be regular or normal duties. Your organisation may also consider that the new services or increased provision is in response to a crisis / emergency situation (which would not require a PVG).

There are several support activities which definitely do not require a PVG check such as shopping, cash handling, having access to people’s details and dog walking. Each organisation has to risk assess these activities and consider whether there is a need for any further safeguarding such as supervising new volunteers more closely.


Update: 22nd April 2020

VABS secures major Covid-19 funding for all communities in Badenoch and Strathspey

VABS is delighted to announce that we have been successful in our grant application to Scottish Government, via the team at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, for funds to support all of the communities in Badenoch and Strathspey during the Covid-19 crisis.



Update: 9th April 2020

Community resilience groups can benefit from new grant scheme

A new fund has been set up to provide grants for community resilience groups that are supporting vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.



Update: 30th March 2020

The Highland Council Coronavirus Information & Resources

There has been a huge amount of activity in responding to the national Coronavirus Covid19 Emergency and preparing for the impact of this on the Highlands.



Update: 27th March 2020

Highland Council to launch e-vouchers for free school meals

Highland Council will be providing e-vouchers to families to support access to free school meals from week commencing 30 March 2020.


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