Social Enterprise – Community Resilience Responses

The Jura Community Shop has been working hard the last few weeks to keep up with the constantly changing situation which we all face from COVID-19.

The Community run shop initially struggled to keep up with increased demand for orders of fresh fruit and veg, bread and milk.  Our supplier deliveries have been changing daily with late notice changes to lifeline ferries, two of which are needed to get to our community shop on the Isle of Jura.  Breckenridge and Walton’s of Oban are two suppliers of note, who have gone above and beyond to us help out. We are so grateful to Spirited Soaps and Bruichladdich distillery who started making hand sanitiser and very generously donated a supply to us to enable the shop to safely stay open. Huge thanks also go to The Jura Hotel who donated an automatic hand sanitiser dispenser to us.

We now have an amazing team of volunteers and two lovely bus drivers, who deliver customer orders to their doorsteps twice a week! Jura is a small island but less than 200 residents are spread along a 25 mile, single track road, some live the full 25 miles away from the ferry. Our shop staff are working flat out to continue to provide islanders with what they need. We are so lucky to live and work on Jura, even more so during this uncertain time.

Socially distanced – volunteers at community village hall for shop deliveries. Hall has 2 entrances so allows a one way system for collecting goods from inside for delivery. Sunshine brings a smile!

ShopperAide provide support services for older people in South Kintyre, including shopping services.  They have seen have seen a significant increase in demand for their services and have doubled the amount of people they deliver shopping to. They reached capacity after the first month, with staff and volunteers working flat out, all our vans and cars were in use and with all the restrictions it made it impossible to do more.  …………..BUT…………….GOOD NEWS…………..

Thanks to Kintyre Community Resilience Group,  Fyne Homes and Inspiralba we are now able to take even more over 60s. They have helped with staff and volunteers and we will be working together to help those in need. The true spirit of communities coming together.????  
We ask that if you need help and are not already registered with Shopper Aide PLEASE use the Argyll & Bute Council Corona Virus Helpline 01546 605524. They will then direct your referral to us or to the best service to help you in these difficult times. Please Stay at Home and Stay Safe!  


Kintyre Recycling are happy and proud to be able to offer a monthly Recycling Service in Kintyre which is the only areas in Argyll & Bute to provide this.  After an initial halt to all waste management services across the area, liaison with Argyll and Bute Council has resulted in KRL continuing to deliver household kerbside collections of recyclates, ensuring we maximise the value of waste and avoid sending plastics, cans, paper and textiles to landfill.  Now the only third sector delivery partner for waste management services in Argyll.  The KRL Team have done a sterling job to adapt their service model to ensure safe working and continue to deliver the service which has significant environmental and social benefits.

The sorting and processing aspect of service is not possible for the time being but bags of recycling are collected from kerbside and then transported to Glasgow for onward processing. We would like to thank Argyll & Bute Council for their support with this – especially Alan Miller as well Peter and Bobby at McKerrals who are helping to offload bags into a trailer which is then transported up the road also recognising the KRL workforce who are back at work to keep recycling.  This pandemic we are all facing has highlighted the importance of local community and has shown the strength of social enterprises to play a large part in the solutions.

Fyne Futures on the island of Bute have seen a significant increase in need and demand for their Veg Box deliveries. Their Green Box Scheme has been developed to provide affordable healthy fresh fruit and veg for the Isle of Bute community. This involves a box of fresh, seasonal fruit & vegetables being delivered to your door on a weekly basis at a fixed rate.  The Green Box contains a mix of freshly picked produce from the garden and additional UK sourced produce purchased at a fruit market. This produce has a low carbon footprint, is seasonal, and where possible organic.

The Team at Bute Produce are delivering boxes of fresh fruit and veg to circa 100 households on the island on a weekly basis, while providing employment and training opportunities using safe distancing measures to continue to grow fresh produce locally.




Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust have initiated a community-wide meal drop of prepared soup & sandwiches, home baking, grocery items with drawings & notes from local schoolchildren to elderly & isolated households.  82 goodie bags were delivered by a group of volunteers today with main course meal made up in cafe and a rota list of home bakers supporting the weekly drop, which will be reviewed next week to see if 2 or maybe 3 deliveries per week will help the recipients through difficult times.

Along with local Councillor Paterson they have opened up the former Forestry Commission Offices at Ardgartan,  as a 2nd Drop off & collection centre for our community meals to reduce footfall at the Cafe & PO in Arrochar.

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