Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  

 

Dounreay Cash Reaches Groups In Need During Coronavirus Lockdown

26th June 2020

Photograph of Dounreay Cash Reaches Groups In Need During Coronavirus Lockdown

More than 30 community groups received help from a fund supported by Dounreay and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority during the COVID-19 crisis.

In March 2020, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd anticipated an upsurge in demand from community organisations for small-scale financial assistance.

It made available £30,000 to the North Highland Initiative for its fund to support community organisations impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown.

Figures released by the North Highland Initiative show how the fund has helped more than 30 groups to date.

David Whiteford, chair of the North Highland Initiative, said:We've had an amazing response to our community support programme so far and are extremely grateful to Dounreay and the NDA for their generous contribution to our overall fund.

This vital, targeted fund is a means of financial help, aimed at communities that are experiencing particular hardship as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Our aim was and still is to identify areas, projects, and local initiatives for which Government support packages may not be able to assist, and those ineligible for emergency funding.

With a limit of £1,000 of funding per project available, this allows us to provide multiple smaller grants aimed at reaching out to as many communities as possible. It also means we can act quickly with the minimum of bureaucracy and get money to where it is needed most.

We're now encouraging even more community groups from across the North Highlands to apply. Application forms are available on our website and funds are ready to be distributed.

Grants awarded so far range from play packs for vulnerable families across Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross to emergency veterinary care for animals in the custody of the SSPCA and food and medicine supplies to households in the greatest need.

Steve Young, organisational excellence director at DSRL, said:We knew the lockdown would impact some people and groups more severely than others, and we wanted to play our part in helping those in greatest need cope during the emergency. I'm delighted that the lives of so many people across the north Highlands will have been made a little easier as a result.

Earlier this month, DSRL allocated £100,000 to the Caithness Business Fund to help businesses in Caithness and North Sutherland recover from lockdown and adapt to the requirements of social distancing.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority owns Dounreay and funds its clean-up. The work is carried out by DSRL, a site licence company managed by the Cavendish Dounreay Partnership.

Awards to date -

ommunity Support Programme - Funding Awards @ 03 / 04 / 2020 / £9,324.86 total

Dornoch Food Bank - To purchase food and supplies for those in need in the Dornoch area

GAP - Gairloch, Aultbea, and Poolewe Food Bank

Tain Youth Cafe - School meals programme

Caithness Community Connections - Purchase of cooker and kitchen equipment, provision of hot meals for elderly, vulnerable, and children

Shieldaig Coronavirus Community Support - Childrens Activity Boxes for primary school and nursery

Dunnet and Canisbay Community Covid-19 Response - Protection and support of vulnerable and those in need

Cromarty Community Support - General support, including regular contact with isolated + newspaper and grocery deliveries

Castletown Community Covid-19 - leaflets, information, and delivery of medicines and groceries to elderly and vulnerable

North Coast Connection - Develop co-ordinated response providing assistance and support to most vulnerable

Applecross Covid - 19 Community and Support - Mobilisation of Community Support Network, food deliveries, and IT to create a resilient Applecross

Community Support Programme - Funding awards 04/04/2020 - 12/04/2020 / Running total £15,673.59

Farr Primary Parent Council - Purchase of basic food staples for individuals and families who have serious financial difficulties de to the current pandemic

Fearn Free Food Garden Polytunnel - Purchase of polytunnel to grow food all year round, and to provide community with free veg. boxes

Highland Covid-19 Support Guide - Website and social media pages actively promoting online activities, help, and advice. Provision of a source to find reliable information about about the current situation, now and throughout the aftermath

Flossies Beach Store - Purchase of stock and fuel for transport in a particularly remote area

Inver Community Shop - Village shop with honesty box. Purchase of supplies in gneral for Inver, and for those with specific needs and financial difficulty

CALA Positively Playful project packs - Play packs for vulnerable families in Caithness, Sutherland, and Ross and Cromarty areas. These include gardening tools, seeds / composts, play and learning tasks, and ECO friendly suggestions

Community Support Programme - Funding Awards 13/04/2020 - 17/04/2020 / Running total £20,633.55

Go Golspie Development Covid-19 - Engaging with primary care school children, linking with Zoom, and ensuring hot meals via "Lunch Club"

Further updates can be seen at northhighlandinitiative.co.uk

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

Airline Suit Work Restarts In Redundant Laboratories At DounreayThumbnail for article : Airline Suit Work Restarts In Redundant Laboratories At Dounreay
Airline suit work has restarted at Dounreay after more than a year's delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Wearing an airline suit is cumbersome and the wearer needs to be dressed and undressed by a dedicated team of helpers who then provide support throughout the task.  
Measuring The Unmeasurable: Research Paper Could Help Dounreay Clean Up Plutonium LegacyThumbnail for article : Measuring The Unmeasurable: Research Paper Could Help Dounreay Clean Up Plutonium Legacy
Ground-breaking research published in Nature Communications shows that traces of plutonium in the environment can be identified as being from global or local sources.   Using soil samples taken from Dounreay, an area near to the site and 2 areas at a distance from the site, the research showed that it was possible to identify whether minute traces of plutonium in the soil came from plutonium ‘bred' in a reactor or from global fallout.  
Consolidation Of Spent Fuel And Nuclear Materials - Dounreay And Other SitesThumbnail for article : Consolidation Of Spent Fuel And Nuclear Materials - Dounreay And Other Sites
Statement issue18 March 2021 by NDA, Dounreay and Sellafield.   In 2013 we concluded the development of our strategy to remove unirradiated nuclear material from Dounreay and consolidate it at Sellafield.  
Design Contract Awarded For Dounreay Shaft And Silo WorkThumbnail for article : Design Contract Awarded For Dounreay Shaft And Silo Work
Dounreay has awarded an important waste clean-up contract to Jacobs as the site plans for the future of its deepest historic radioactive waste store.   Jacobs and its supporting partners have been awarded a 6-year contract to provide a design management team to produce a fully integrated design for the shaft and silo project.  
NDA Innovation Competition Winners Have Been Announced - £3.9 MillionThumbnail for article : NDA Innovation Competition Winners Have Been Announced - £3.9 Million
14 successful companies have been awarded contracts to come up with innovative approaches to remotely sort and segregate radioactive waste.   The ‘Sort and Seg' innovation competition, worth £3.9 million in total, was launched in July 2020.  
NDA Appoints Lawrie Haynes As New Chair Designate For DounreayThumbnail for article : NDA Appoints Lawrie Haynes As New Chair Designate For Dounreay
David Peattie, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, has announced the appointment of Lawrie Haynes as Chair Designate of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.  (DSRL).  
Odds Are On The Monte Carlo System - DounreayThumbnail for article : Odds Are On The Monte Carlo System - Dounreay
Dounreay features in a new leaflet from the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency showing recent research, development and innovation.  See the leaflet link at the bottom of this page to read about some of the other investments by the NDA.  
Multi-million Design Contract Secured For Dounreay Waste Repackaging FacilityThumbnail for article : Multi-million Design Contract Secured For Dounreay Waste Repackaging Facility
The Decommissioning Services Framework (DDF) Alliance, led by Cavendish Nuclear and supported by KDC Contractors (Veolia) and BAM Nuttall (BAM), has been successfully awarded a contract for the design of a new waste repackaging facility at the Dounreay nuclear site.   The programme of work is expected to run until early 2022 and forms part of Dounreay Site Restoration Limited's (DSRL's) Decommissioning Services Framework.  
Mark Rouse appointed as Managing Director of DounreayThumbnail for article : Mark Rouse appointed as Managing Director of Dounreay
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) has announced the appointment of Mark Rouse as its Managing Director.   Mark took up the position of Managing Director in March 2020 but will now move from the current parent body organisation to Dounreay Site Restoration Limited to continue leading the business when it becomes an NDA subsidiary on 1 April 2021.  
Significant Milestone Reached With Concrete 'mega Pour'Thumbnail for article : Significant Milestone Reached With Concrete 'mega Pour'
Work on Dounreay's newest radioactive waste store went up a storey last week, with the completion of a ‘mega' concrete pour.   The construction project was one of the first to re-start work on 22 June, following the easing of lock down restrictions.