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16 November 2020Free ROSPA Webinar

RoSPA’s November webinar for families will focus on Carbon Monoxide safety. As the temperature plummets and the heating goes on, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and the steps that can be taken to prevent harm.

A representative from Scotland’s Gas Networks (SGN) who will provide important information and advice to keep safe this winter from the various ways that Carbon Monoxide can get into our homes.

You will also hear a personal account from a father who tragically lost his daughter to Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

The webinar will take place at 10am on Wednesday the 25th November. 
You can sign up to attend this FREE webinar by clicking on the external link below.

16 November 2020EU Settlement Scheme


  •  EU citizens living in Argyll  should apply as soon as possible for settled or pre-settled status to be sure of  keeping their residence in Scotland.
  •  The UK government guidance says that as long as EU citizens are in the UK by 31st December 2020 they have till 30th June 2021 to submit an application for the status.
  •  But the situation is not straightforward as far as an applicant’s continuing rights to benefits, housing and other services after 31st Dec 2020 is concerned.

For this reason Citizens Advice Scotland is strongly urging EU citizens to make the application  before 31st Dec 2020 or get in touch for advice on how to do it.

For free advice: Contact Argyll & Bute Citizens Advice 01546 605550 to speak to the EU Settlement Scheme Support Adviser or email info@abcab.org.uk

Or contact the free national helpline on 0800 916 9847

16 November 2020Non Native Species Newsletter

Click on the external link below. for the latest version.

The Invasive Species Week will be returning in 2021, during the week beginning 24th May 2021. With the current uncertainties there will be  lots of online activities, which will be posted as they becoe available. 

05 November 2020Latest Scam Share Bulletin 5th November

Latest Alert gives information  scams involving 

  • Fake goods
  • Bank Phone Scam:Your bank will NEVER cold call and ask you to transfer money to another account.
  •  Doorstep Scammers
  • Brexit related Scams
  • "Eco-friendly" Claims
  • Employment Scams
  • Advice for Businesses
  •  Scottish Illegal Money-Lending Unit. 

Click on the external link for details. 

05 November 2020DVLA scam

Beware of a DVLA Scan which is doing the rounds.

This landed in my inbox 

 Reminder: Vehicle Tax DD Payment Schedule 

 Update your profile 

 Hi  followed by my email address

 All data transmission over this website is secured

Even though I pay by DD and my vehicle tax is due soon, I was suspicious and googled "Update your profile" 

Mine was just one of  many DVLA scams doing the rounds!

Remember: the DVLA never sends texts or emails which ask you to confirm personal information or payment details via a link. 

04 November 2020Open call to share health and well being experiences during Covid-19

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland has launched an open call to

  • individuals,
  • families and
  • carers

to share their health and wellbeing experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic 

The online survey can be accessed directly at the external link below.

04 November 2020Check the roads before you go

The clocks have gone back and we’re heading into winter. Make sure you keep 

yourself safe when travelling by checking road conditions before your leave.

You can do this by clicking on the external link below.

04 November 2020 Dog Owners Beware!

There is a team of dog snatchers active in the villages North of Glasgow.

Glenbrae Veterinary Clinic in Bearsden delivered the warning on their Facebook page.

Two women and two men are knocking on residents' doors, pretending to work for an energy company in order to scope out the dogs living in each home.

They are then putting cable ties on the lamp post beside the house so they know these people have dogs so they can go back and steal them.

They have been active in Bearsden, Milngavie, Millton of Campsie and Lennoxtown. 

Rhu Bay facebook page reports that cable ties on lamp posts have been seen in Rosneath, Garelochhead and Rhu. 

03 November 2020November Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

November 2020  Alert 202

03 November 2020Firework Safety

The SPCA have recently launched a national campaign with relevant partners asking people to respect their environment, people and animals by following the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service firework code.

#Firework Safety :Be Safe. Be Kind. Be Smart.

 More details on the external link below.

You can report fireworks misuse or deliberate fire raising to Police Scotland by calling 101 or if you’re 11+ you can #BeFearless in speaking up about WHO is responsible for crime 100% anonymously at Fearless.org
In an emergency ALWAYS dial 999

03 November 2020Latest Scam Share Alert

This latest SCAM Share bulletin link from our partners at Trading Standards Scotland gives useful information and advice on current Scams.

Those highlighted include:

  • Don’t fake it: Counterfeit Goods
  • Fake Festive Events
  • Covid Marshall Scams
  • Marks and Spencer Gift Card Scam
  • Travel Refunds
  • Energy Supplier Scams
  • Voicemail Scam Texts
  • Microsoft Team Scam
  • Scottish Illegal Money Lending Unit

Read more about these by clicking on the External Link below

03 November 2020 Woman bitten by a Dog in the Woods above Kirk Brae, Shandon

This  could have happened to a child, hence the warning. 

For the record the the dog was a mongrel about the size of a labrador, with pale pinkish-fawn fur. Its ears were small and flopped forwards, like a terrier. 

 The elderly male dog owner, wearing a pale raincoate, did not  respond to the shouts of the victim; maybe he did not realise that it had happened or did not hear.  On medical advice the victim went to the Vale of Leven where the treatment was strong antibiotics.



27 October 2020Share your experiences during Covid-19

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland has launched an open call to individuals, families and carers to share their health and wellbeing experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The online survey can be accessed directly at: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/people-at-the-centre-open-call

23 October 2020 A message from the Garelochhead Station Trust.

We are hosting an opportunity for anyone to remember loved ones (it does not matter when they passed away) and record those memorise on a Remembrance Tree. This is open to any member of the community.

 The tree will stay in place for Remembrance Sunday on 8th November and then be relocated to Garelochhead Railway station.

We feel that as this year due to Covid people have not been given the opportunity to pay their respects or remember loved ones, that we would host this event.


23 October 2020Door to door canvass


 Note that the underlining of email addresses in this poster does not indicate linkage!

23 October 2020Latest Cyber Resilience Bulletin

If you get a scam message of any sort you should report it. The simplest to remember is  to forward

  • suspicious emails to: report@phishing.gov.uk,
  • suspicious text messages  to 7726.

These are acknowledged by the to National Cyber Security Centre

You can also report to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or via their new ScamWatch tool. 

The latest Cyber Resilience Bulletin can be found on the external link below.

 This contains the latest scam share bulletin

23 October 2020Student Minds: if you know of a student who needs help

 If you're a student, or if a friend or family member is a student, the website on the external link below could be helpful.  Please share with anyone you think may find it useful.



23 October 2020Friendship Help Line

Please pass this on to anyone you feel might welcome it. This information was provided bu Jayne Burnett, who is the Manager of th friendshipline charity.


19 October 2020Fire and smoke alarms: changes to the law

Announced Today - Year's delay in implementing this! 

The standard requires:

  • one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes
  • one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
  • one heat alarm installed in every kitchen
  • All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked.
  • Carbon Monoxide detectors should be fitted where there is a fuel burning appliance (such as boilers, fires (including open fires) and heaters) or a flue. These do not need to be linked to the fire alarms.

 The external link below gives more details.

  More information will be posted as it becomes available, but be aware that the industry is already leafleting in the area.

03 October 2020Apples at Geilston Gardens

During Opening hours apples are on sale at the Hut for a donation

There will be teas and coffees available provided by NTS staff, Thursday - Monday. 

On Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4 pm FoG volunteers will provide home baking and the 2021 FoG calendars will be for sale at £5 each.

Please note that a donations box will be available and that no change will be given.

01 October 2020October Funding alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

October 2020  Alert 201

01 October 2020Latest Scam reports.

Latest Scam Share Bulletin 30 September 2020

This list has been assembled following last week's request for information on the scams that recipients of Alert messages are receiving. 

  • HM Courts and Tribunals emails 
  • DVLA Electronic Licensing
  • HSBC Compensation Fund
  • Halifax Bank Online Banking Information Update 
  • Paypal Account Suspension
  • TV Licensing
  • Vehicle Tax
  • Charitable Donation
  • HMRC Tax Refund

Click here for more details

If you receive any emails or texts that you think would be of interest to Alert members please continue to get in touch  info@neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk

30 September 2020Northern bottlenosed whales in the Gareloch

Three whales have been drawing crowds at the head of the loch for about a week, however animal welfare experts are concerned for their safety.

This species is usually found in the north Atlantic where it can dive to 1400m. The Gareloch is only 40m deep.

An attempt will be made on Friday 1st October by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue group to encourage the animals to leave the area and move to deeper water. Six vessels involved in the exercise.

Photograph by Steve Trulock.

30 September 2020Face Covering in Rural Community Survey

See the posting on September 7th. We have had the following message :

'We've had a great response to the face coverings survey but we're looking for some more people in Oban and Helensburgh to complete it, so that we can compare results between rural areas and larger towns'  

Read the posting on 7th September before you fill in the suvey 

30 September 2020Free First Aid App

British Red Cross Service has developed a handy First Aid App.

It contains simple, easy advice on 18 everyday first aid scenarios, as well as tips on how to prepare for emergencies.

You can get the App by clicking on the external link below and following the instructions.

30 September 2020Public asked for input on eleven options for new access to Argyll and Bute

Project Corridor Options - Access to Argyll and Bute (A83)

A&B are asking for comments on the 11 project corridor options above. 

 You can view each corrider in detail from the external link below.

They would also like to hear from you if you think there are other options we should be considering.

Feedback Form Deadline for submissions 30th October

You have the option of an on-line form, or downloading a pdf or word document. 

 More details on the consultations page of our website

29 September 2020Uncontested election

21 September 2020Contract Tracing Scam

Be aware that scammers are already exploiting the Protect Scotland App.  They contact the general public advising them that they have been in near contact with someone who has tested positive with Coronavirus and as such you must get a test and self- isolate.
Scammer’s are thereafter asking for payments for booking tests / sending out testing kits by post / courier etc.

NHS Scotland Contact Tracers will:

  • in some cases, send a text to let you know that you will be receiving a call from NHS Scotland  (if mobile is available)
  • call from a single, national telephone number - 0800 030 8012
  • always introduce themselves, tell you why they are contacting you and address you by your name
  • give you the option to call back the above number to provide reassurance that the service is legitimate

Be aware that phone numbers can be spoofed. Consider phoning back using a different phone from the one your received the call. Call will be received on mobile, if concerned phone back on landline.

Contact Tracers will never ask you:

  • for information other than your movements and the people you have been physically close to
  • to phone a premium rate number
  • to make a purchase, payment or donation
  • for your medical history unrelated to coronavirus
  • for your bank details
  • for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • for your passwords or PIN numbers, or to set up any for control of your computer, smartphone or tablet, or to download anything
  • to visit a website that does not belong to NHS Scotland or the Scottish Government

For further information please go to the external link below.

Anyone with information can contact

  • Police Scotland on 101,
  • Advice Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or
  • contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

12 September 2020Share Protect Scotland

The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns.

 Click on the external link below to see how to download the App.


12 September 2020Latest Scam Share Bulletin

Latest Scamshare Bulletin


 Netflix, DVLA, lottery, energy meter & bank scams

  • Recent doorstep scams in Scotland
  • Misleading 'boiler funding' ads
  • advice on wedding cancellations/refunds
  • business safety advice

...and more:

11 September 2020Covid-19 Testing in Helensburgh

NHS Highland have provided information about the two Mobile Testing Units(MTI) which will operate in Argyll and Bute. They supplied two posters with overlapping information, one entitled Map of Testing Locations and the other showing the Testing Schedule. Click on the links above to see the posters. They were provided in pdf format so it is not possible to display them in full on the website. 

 This is a summary of the advice.

  • Adults and children with symptoms of Covid-19 should be tested as soon as possible and within 5 days of symptoms appearing. These symptoms include a new and persistent cough; a high temperature; or a change in ability to taste/smell.
  • They should book a test  (it is best to do this after 7pm for next day locations) by clicking on the external link below.
  • Anyone without internet access or unable to travel to a testing centre should call NHS 24 on 0800 028 2816 to book a test.

Key Messages 

  •  Symptomatic people and household members must self-isolate until tested.
  •  If result is negative, your temperature has been normal for 48 hours, and no-one else in your household has symptoms, you no longer need to self-isolate (this does not apply if you have had contact with a confirmed case).
  •  If the result is positive then you should self-isolate for the remainder of 10 days from the onset of symptoms and the rest of your household should self-isolate for the remainder of 14 days from the date of onset of your symptoms
  •  Household members should get tested if they develop symptoms or if advised to by NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team.

Location of the MTI. I assume the precise location will be divulged when you report your symptoms at the external link below. 

  •  There is also a testing station at Glasgow Airport. 

08 September 2020Latest Scam Share Bulletin

Latest Scamshare Bulletin

 Click on the external link below


  • Energy scams video series 
  • Crime & Enforcement report
  • Fake products on online marketplaces 
  • SafeVehicle campaign 
  • Advance loan fee fraud

 and much more.

A multi-agency campaigns group led by the City of London Police is reminding the public to 'mullet over' and to look out for phishing messages during an awareness campaign this week.

If you receive a suspicious email you can forward it to the National Cyber Security Centre - since the reporting tool was launched, they have received over 1.7 million scam emails.

 report@phishing.gov.uk or Text 7726 for a suspicious text message

07 September 2020Error in Newsletter

The  email address of the Secretary of the Community Council is 




07 September 2020Facebook Scam

I have just received this information from Neighbourhood Watch

  • The scam works whereby the victim is contacted by the scammer under the guise of claiming to be someone from their contacts list such as a friend of family member.
  • It is noticeable that there may be some general chat before the scammer asks for a loan of cash to purchase food stuffs or pay an outstanding bill.
  • They will thereafter provide banking details into which the cash is to be paid into.  This request is generally complied with given that it is suspected as being a trusted source (friend or family). There is generally a promise that the money will be paid back within a few days or next pay day.
  • No monies are ever paid back and it is only when further enquiries / contact is made with the person requesting the cash that it becomes clear the original request did not come from them.


  • Should you receive such a request, which in itself is out of the ordinary, do not make any payment until you are sure it is a genuine request.
  • All efforts should be made to speak to your friend or family member making the request by phone prior to any cash being sent to ensure that it is a genuine request.
  • Never ask for a direct phone number from the person requesting the cash.  This may take you directly back to the scammer.

07 September 2020Survey on attitudes to Face Covering in a Remote and Rural Population

The Survey is entitled:

What factors influence the use of face coverings for COVID-19 in a remote and rural population?

Don't really think we are remote and rural but...

 Two things to note if you decide to take part

  • Rhu and Shandon have a population of < 3000
  •  Read the preamble carefully. It offers you the chance to ask questions and you will are asked to confirm this in one of the questions.
  •  The survey is on the external link below

07 September 2020Cyber Resilience Bulletin

The latest Cyber Resilience bulletin which details information on the latest scams and also advice on how to protect ourselves and businesses.

 Click the external link below to access this.
The Trading Standards Scam Share newsletter, imbedded within the COVID-19 bulletin also provides important information to keep us safe from scams, doorstep crime and cold callers.   

07 September 2020Free on-line Training in Lifeskills

 All sessions are free and can be booked by clicking on the external link below.

Morning sessions are run 0915-1300 & afternoon sessions are 1245-1630



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Intro to Motivational Interviewing


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Enhancing Core Communication Skills


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Staying Alive


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Everyone Has A Story


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Intro to Motivational Interviewing


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Enhancing Core Communication Skills


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Staying Alive


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29-30 Sep

Intro to Motivational Interviewing


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Enhancing Core Communication Skills


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Staying Alive


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Intro to Motivational Interviewing


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Enhancing Core Communication Skills


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Staying Alive


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Intro to Motivational Interviewing


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Everyone Has A Story


07 September 2020Bogus Callers

Be alert for the potential of BOGUS CALLERS.

  • Home Fire Safety Visits are always delivered by Scottish Fire and Rescue personnel.
  • They are identifiable by their uniforms but you should always ask for official identification which we are happy to produce.
  • SFRS will never ask for payment for a home fire safety visit or any equipment supplied.

If in any doubt, contact your local fire station or call Police Scotland on 101.

07 September 2020September Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

September 2020  Alert 200

07 September 2020Home Insulation Scheme: Sign up now

Argyll and Bute residents have the opportunity to make their homes warmer, more energy efficient and so save money, thanks to the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Scheme.

 More details on the External link below

07 September 2020Drones: Information on Legality

Following an enquiry to the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland office with regards the use of drones over residential areas NWS have gathered together a number of information links that may be useful.


Flying Drones and Model Aircraft Civil Aviation Authority


Information for the Public Civil Aviation Authority


Privacy and Data Use Information Commissioners Office


The Drone Code


07 September 2020Community Council Elections: Nominations Close September 24th at 4pm.

If you are interested in representing Rhu and Shandon and joining the battle to influence the delivery of public services, please consider joining the Community Council.

You can download a Nomination Pack here.

07 September 2020Flooding in Shandon

Despite the weather, Network Rail are progressing well with the repair work to the culvert for Chapel burn.

Expected completion date is 18th September.

 According to the MoD, work specific to Kirk Brae burn will start in late September and will last 8 weeks.

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