New Cumnock Development Trust (NCDT) were identified early on as the lead organisation for COVID Community Response in New Cumnock. We recruited volunteers who were able to do shopping, collect and drop of prescriptions amongst many other daily tasks that people who were vulnerable or shielding just could not do.

Thanks to funding from East Ayrshire Council we were able to support the creation of New Cumnock Community Larder Hub based in our local working mens club. Referrals were received on a weekly basis and those most vulnerable in the community facing financial hardship were able to receive a food parcel. This project is now running on its own with volunteers dealing with referrals, sourcing funding to top up food share deliveries from the local authority and we hope will be a project that will last well in a post covid future.

NCDT are very lucky to have fantastic relationship with our local Primary School and Early Childhood Centre, ensuring that the children in our village haven’t been forgotten we provided Time Capsule packs to over 100 families, we were happy to be able to provide hard copies of home schooling exercises for those who were unable to access them online and have also ran community competitions for Easter Windows and Summer Scarecrows. We look forward to having children and families involved in community conversations about how NCDT can support New Cumnock as COVID eases.

Following a successful bid for funding from DTAS and the Scottish Government NCDT have been able to deliver a Community Support Grant Fund to local businesses and community groups. People can apply to fund to cover costs that have arisen due to the pandemic. To date we have supported 19 local businesses and groups granting over £13000, ensuring businesses and groups will have the capacity to rebuild.

(Update provided by New Cumnock Development Trust)