26 May 2020
Message from Maureen Campbell OBE, Chief Executive, Falkirk Community Trust
I hope that you and your family are keeping well and just like myself and my colleagues at the Trust you have adjusted to new ways of living, working, communicating with colleagues, friends and family and of course that you are managing to stay active.
As we enter our second full month since we closed down our venues, we continue to look to the future as we start to build our plan for reopening and what recovery will look like for the Trust.
On 21 May the First Minister announced guidance regarding the Scottish Government COVID-19 Routemap. Setting out a four-phased approach to easing lockdown while still suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19).
Whilst the current guidance urges the public to continue to stay at home, the routemap provides information on how we might ease out of lockdown. The first phase although not in place at time of writing, includes an outdoor focus which continues to permit unrestricted outdoor exercise adhering to distancing measures. Additionally it also includes non-contact activities in your local area such as golf, hiking and fishing.
Falkirk Community Trust looks after Callendar Park, The Helix Park, Kinneil Estate and Muiravonside Country Park and our staff continue to maintain these spaces so they are safe for everyone to visit as part of their daily exercise.
The weather has been glorious and the community have been out daily taking exercise in line with the guidance from the Scottish government. We know that access to parks is good for our physical and mental wellbeing, as well as being fantastic spaces for wildlife.
Falkirk Community Trust had anticipated the additional measure around non-contact outdoor activities and as such have been working in close partnership with Grangemouth Golf Club planning a safe return to golf. Grangemouth Golf Course has been closed since the 23rd of March in line with government restrictions aimed at helping manage our national response to the pandemic.
Keeping customers and staff healthy is our priority so we’ll be implementing some changes to keep you all safe. These have been based on guidance from the PGA, SGU and BIGGA as well as government restrictions. As these change the proposed work and operating plans will also change so we can ensure we follow best practice.
The Scottish Government will confirm the introduction of the Phase 1 changes on Thursday 28 May along with additional details on the routemap. At this time we will make an additional statement regards to our plans to reopen Grangemouth Golf Course.
Although we cannot see our customers in person at this time, it’s been great to hear from you as we continue to safely stay in touch across our social media channels. Many of you have been in contact to thank us for our support during these times, for the free fitness classes, online library services, for providing a routine and for sharing images to evoke wonderful memories of time spent with us.
In turn I would like to take this opportunity thank our staff, customers and our partners for their support, patience, generosity and kind words of support. We miss you too and the sense of community which we have felt has been quite overwhelming and has confirmed just how vital the Trust is in the local community and beyond.
As we turn our thoughts to reopening, people and our communities remain at the heart of everything we do, therefore protecting our organisation during our venue closures is our sole objective, so that we will be able to open safely for the community when the time comes.
Until such time, please stay safe and continue to keep up to date with our latest news on our social media channels and visit our new health & wellbeing at home section of our website here which is full of useful tips and links to help you at this time.