The severe winter weather has caused problems for us all over the last week or so. We have all been tested and challenged in many ways. What has been a difficult time has brought unexpected outcomes.  The caring, compassionate community spirit which has been evident in every neighbourhood has been outstanding. There are many stories on social media of acts of kindness ranging from sharing the last pint of milk to clearing a street to allow an ambulance to reach an ill patient. These acts of kindness made a huge difference to the people who were being helped, but they also left the person who was helping them feeling good.

We have discovered that helping and accepting help are things that can have a positive effect on how we feel about ourselves and our communities.

People living with long term conditions and their carers need help and support from their community all year round, not just when it snows.

Could you carry on with helping your neighbours the way you have over the last week?

Here at Strathcarron we are encouraging people to be Compassionate Neighbours.  We will provide training and support to people in communities who would be willing to help people to stay connected, reducing loneliness and isolation. Compassionate Neighbours can also help people to continue to do the things they enjoy doing. They can provide friendship and a listening ear, or they can simply share a cup of tea and a blether.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a compassionate neighbour, or if you know of someone who could benefit from this support please contact

Susan High [email protected] or

Mandy Ross [email protected]

Telephone 01324 826222