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Cromarty Care Project gets Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of coronavirus pandemic community lifeline role


By Hector MacKenzie

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Cromarty Community Care representatives with Joanie Whiteford, the area's Lord Lieutenant.
Cromarty Community Care representatives with Joanie Whiteford, the area's Lord Lieutenant.

A BLACK Isle group which rose to the challenge of the coronavirus crisis has been given the royal seal of approval for its efforts.

The Cromarty Care Project organised community volunteers at the height of the lockdown to ensure vulnerable people were not left isolated and offered a lifeline to a number of local folk unable to get out and about.

The community-spirited effort has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Cromarty Community Care
Cromarty Community Care

The Queen’s representative in the area, Joanie Whiteford, said: “I was delighted to present Dr Jill Stoner as chairperson of Cromarty Care Project with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, with Special Recognition - Covid 19 for responding to community needs, providing help and support to vulnerable people.”

She said: “The strength of CCP is due to the outstanding qualities of the trustees, each bringing their own areas of expertise.

“It is evident that the group have an in-depth knowledge of their local community, they are well-known, trusted and visible and they work well together and with other charities and agencies. Undoubtedly their organisational skills are exemplary.

“As Cromarty Care Project were so well respected within the community, when Covid hit in March 2020, they were seen as the natural group to lead the response, setting in place systems to protect the vulnerable and key workers and look after the physical and mental needs of the community.

“They sought volunteers, worked with other charities, businesses and agencies, leading to a coordinated well organised approach to dealing with the pandemic which was trusted by an extremely grateful community.”

Cromarty team delighted with Covid-related honour


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