January’s End

Hard to believe we are at the end of January but the lighter nights already are proving that the seasons are changing as normal.

We’ve been asked to share this with you by the area office:

Households in the Highland who are on low income and experiencing fuel insecurities as a result of COVID-19 can apply for a Fuel Support Fund from The Highland Council. The £270,000 Fuel Support Fund has been set up by the Council using Scottish Government funding which can be used flexibly to alleviate financial insecurities.

Low income households within Highland experiencing fuel insecurities can apply for a non-repayable £60 grant. Full details including online application https://www.highland.gov.uk/fuelsupportfund

The council’s Welfare Support Team provide free, impartial and confidential support to claim all entitlements including the Fuel Support Fund. Call free on 0800 090 1004 or email welfare.support@highland.gov.uk

In our community we’re also very fortunate with local people willing to give back to their neighbours. The GOODness project, led by Becky Wilson who is employed by The Barn Church and King’s Fellowship together has let me know about a fantastic gift for families.

This is open to any family who is not entitled to free school meals or any other supports but is just above that threshold i.e. families who are struggling but not eligible for usual funds. GOODness wants to give those families a food voucher and activity pack for the February break. Don’t be shy in coming forward. If you would like to be considered for this please contact me so I can get the number of vouchers that are required. aileen.mackay@highland.gov.uk

As we head into the last weekend of January I still can’t thank you enough for your patience, your juggling skills and your words of kindness. No wonder we have such lovely children whose manners improve daily and who are kind and thoughtful if the models they see at home are their parents. Assembly was about saying sorry today. There’s a time to forgive and a time to ask for forgiveness. I daresay as we’re all cooped up at home there will be times when relationships are not always perfect. Be humble and admit to your mistakes within your family. I know I have to go home today and say sorry for being grumpy (I know, hard to believe) last night. Take a good break from screens this weekend if you can and enjoy each other’s company. Sit back and have fun looking at the photos from around the classrooms and homes this week. Kim the cleaner is loving her new fan base as both kids and adults are sending her messages! Look out for Miss MacDonald’s sink – before and after- watching Kim’s video…Delighted to see the nursery polytunnel has arrived – we’ll be having home grown veggies soon! Lots to see from nursery to P7. Feet up, relax and view….

Aileen Mackay, HT

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