Elgin & District

CORONA VIRUS

This Page is intended primarily for Elgin & District Branch Members.

Due to the Pandemic Lockdown it is unlikely that future Members Meetings will be held this year. Your Committee has decided we will be holding the AGM by Postal and Email vote this year. It may be possible to hold a Meeting in December CV-19 restrictions permitting, in which case it's likely to be the annual Christmas Party.

Italian are meeting via Zoom and the Golf and Walking Groups have hosted a couple of meetings. The French Group has met in the Town Hall Supper room which proved very successful. Line Dancing is also using Town Hall Supper Room as there is plenty of space and windows for ventilation. This could prove the way forward for other groups.
Jigsaw Group has come up with a novel idea. Judy the Group Leader say, "Jigsaw Group is running a delivery service until Members’ Meetings are back to normal – all carefully sanitised, of course. Hopefully I’ll get the jigsaw list up to date soon and attach that. I was given 16 just before lockdown and have done 12 of them". Well done Judy a strenuous but rewarding task for a group leader.

There are several local Groups, Organisations. Businesses and Charities that are available to assist vulnerable and elderly members of our society, on the right you will find links to websites that may be of use to you.

Should you find yourself in need of help, assistance or just someone to talk to please don't sit at home isolated and concerned, your group leader or Judy Ballard your Membership Secretary are available to help and advise; Judy's number is 01340 871491.

The Scottish Government has released Protect, Track, Trace and Isolate Corona-19 NHS App, Here's the link to download the App. Protect Scotland

There is also an app which is a data collecting tool for statistical research being done by Kings College London and shared with the NHS, this involves downloading the app track Covid-19, registering your details and doing a very simple daily two question report, over 1500 people in Moray are helping build the data, which is a low figure considering Aberdeenshire has 5700 participants, the more people involved the more accurate the results. Nationally nearly 4 million people are taking part. Take a look at the website and download the app if you'd like to take part.

There's many ways to communicate with friends and family using the internet, some group leaders are contacting with members and continuing their groups during the lockdown. The Committee held the April and June Meetings using 'ZOOM' and it worked very well. Click Link to ZOOM if you're interested.
People are staying in touch with family and friends by video calls and conferencing using WhatsApp Alexa or Facetime, Zoom. Unfortunately Facetime is only available on Apple devices and Alexa on Amazon and all parties must have the same hardware as well as the software so Zoom or WhatsApp are favourite and Zoom is the best larger meetings, both are free. Try doing an on line lesson with a Grandchild and give the work from home parents a break - great for brain activity.