An Update – Groups and More

Dear All

Its been a busy few weeks for Cat our TimeBank Development Worker, who at the start of lockdown became part of the Eastern Perthshire Team (PKC) to support community groups responding to Covid 19 and joined the Blairgowrie and Rattray Coronovirus Coordination group to assist with Volunteers, Food Parcel Deliveries and access to service for all residents. We have also been looking at funding to respond to the crisis and we are thankful to have accessed funds to continue our groups virtually, to support volunteers with PPE and other needs, and a small fund to help both Coupar Angus and Burrelton Community Groups supporting local residents. Unfortunately it is unlikely that any face to face groups will start before the end of the year. We are looking at ways of creating smaller groups that can meet in larger spaces, but with most of our social groups having between 10 and 25 members attending, out of the box thinking is required. Lots of groups now have the of support Sam Stewart – proactive communities to improve their online presence and have a facebook page. So if you have been missing out on Tea Dances, Blethers etc keep an eye out for their new pages and updates on their plans for 2020.

A massive thank you to all the Time Bank volunteers who have come forward to support food parcels, prescription requests and odd jobs. We still need more help with a lot of our volunteers and members being in the 65+ age range and not able to do face to face drop offs etc .

Cat Mackay can be contacted Mon, Wed and Fri 10 – 3pm. the rest of the time she is attempting to homeschool 2 kids and do her other art job!! Time Bank Mobile is 07761233418.

Time Bank this February

Good Morning Everyone.

Its been a great January with groups starting back and as popular as ever. With Community Investment Funding our new groups in Alyth, KIrkmichael and Meigle start in March and we hope to have another couple of sessional workers on board to assist in the running of these groups. If you would like to give any time to these groups or know someone you would like to come please get in touch with Cat our Development Worker on the Time Bank mobile.

Requests in for February

  • Can anyone help a young mum make up some flatpack furniture? A member who offered to help is no longer able to please get in touch if you can help.
  • Does anyone have the skills to assist a local supported living accommodation put up some Pictures on there walls. A masonry drill would be required and all fixtures and fitting are provided.
  • One of our members in Rattray is needing help move items from her shed. Could you give 1hr of your time?
  • We get requests from time to time for lifts to appointments etc, if you can help please get in touch to go on the drivers pool.

Crafty Folk Project

Members from our Crafty Folk Group are knitting or crocheting squares to make up baby and larger blankets throughout the year. We are looking for 20cm x 20cm squares in any double knitting wool, any colour, any pattern. You can join us at our next group on the 20th February from 2 – 4pm at SCYD or get in touch with Cat if you have donations of square or wool.

Committee Members

We are looking for a couple more Time Bank members to become part of our committee. We meet 4 to 6 times a year to plan, organise and develop the Time Bank in the area. Meetings are held in Nest usually at 6pm and are usually finished by 7.30. If you can give some time over the next year please get in touch with Cat or any other Committee members.

February Dates

Monday 10th Feb 5.30 – 7.30 Its Movie Night at Mens Group Jessie St Blairgowrie

Wed 12th Feb 2 – 4pm Whist and Games Group

Friday 14th Feb 10 – 12 Drop In at SCYD Cafe to see Cat

Mon 17th February 1 – 3pm Monday Social at Nest

Thursday 20th Feb 2 – 4pm Crafty Folk at SCYD Cafe

Friday 28th Feb 10 – 12 Drop In at Meigle Hall



Jan 2020 Requests for Your Skills

  1. Would any member be happy to play a game of dominoes in a members house fortnightly or monthly to provide some companionship and a bit of a natter?? Contact Cat on 07761233418
  2. We have a few requests for monthly visits for a cuppa and a chat throughout the whole district. Maybe you could visit a member in Meigle, Coupar Angus or Alyth?
  3. Does anyone have the skills to assist a local supported living accomodation put up some Pictures on there walls. A masonry drill would be required and all fixtures and fitting are provided.
  4. One of our members in Rattray is needing help move items from her shed. Could you give 1hr of your time?
  5. We are looking for one of our Crafty Folk to teach a new member crochet within their own home as they cannot access our groups. Get in touch to share your skills.
  6. Still looking for a french speaker for conversational french meet up on a Saturday? help a member before she heads to France for her hols.

All Requests for help can be fulfilled by contacting Cat via email or on the mobile 07761233418 (Mon – Friday 9-3pm)


Groups Date 2020 – so far!!!

Time Bank Group Dates 2020

Crafty Folk

16th Jan, 20th Feb, 19th March, 16th Apr, 21st May, 18th Jun, 16th July, 20th Aug, 17th Sep, 15th Oct, 19th Nov, 17th Dec.

All 2- 4pm at Wellmeadow Café, SCYD


Whist and Games Group Dates

12th Feb, 11th Mar, 8th Apr, 13th May, 10th June, 8th July, 12th Aug, 9th Sep, 14th Oct, 11th Nov, and 9th Dec

All 2- 4pm at Lifeplus Church, William St, Blairgowrie


Monday Afternoon Social

20th Jan, 3rd Feb, 17th Feb, 2nd March, 16th Mar, 30th Mar

All 1- 3pm at Nest, Reform St, Blairgowrie


New Monthly Groups

From the end of Feb onwards we will be having monthly social events in Kirkmichael, Meigle and also Alyth. These will take the same form as Crafty Folk and our Monday socials. If you would like to be involved speak to Cat or give her a call on 07761233418 (Mon – Fri)