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Information for Help and Support during Covid-19 pandemic

What is coronavirus (Covid-19)? You can find information and general advice from NHS inform website.


Community Contacts for Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands for people in Argyll & Bute click here

Argyll & Bute Council also provides Coronavirus Caring for People Helpline 01546 605 524

The team can provide the right assistance for individuals living in the area and business, education and financial advice. There is also an online form here that can be accessed 24/7.

Self-help guidance from Scotland’s mental health, find Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing here

PPE for unpaid carers

Emergency PPE for unpaid carers engaged in personal care may be available. Please contact your relevant area as follows:

Mid Argyll     07464308418

Islay/Jura    07912015393

Kintyre        07535036953

You can download PPE safety guidance by clicking here

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If you live in Scotland and your child currently gets the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, then you will automatically receive a £200 Child Winter Heating Assistance payment for them later this year.

If your child is eligible for this payment, you will receive a letter in advance, to let you know what date your payment will be made.

If you have more than 1 child in your household who receives the highest rate care component of DLA, then each of the children will be eligible for the Heating Assistance Payment.

Carers who live in Scotland and are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on 12 October will automatically get a Carer's Allowance Supplement payment of £230.10 in December.

If you will get this, you will receive a letter in advance to tell you more about the payment and when this will paid.

The exact date of the payment in December has not been set but we will let you know when it is announced


Following the announcement on 22 September 2020 regarding further restrictions on visiting other households in Scotland, we have now received confirmation that visiting someone to provide care doesn’t fall under these new restrictions. The new restrictions regarding households meeting indoors only cover gatherings for the purposes of social interaction. Care at home and Personal Assistants can continue as normal, and if you are an unpaid carer, you can also continue visiting the person you are looking after.