SCA meeting minutes from 24th January

Scoraig Community Association

Minutes of a meeting held on 24.1.15

Present: Laurence Glass, Cathy Dagg, David Bush, Wojcieck Paszczyk, Andy Cox, Jill Beavitt, Jan Betts, Paul Betts, Luke Richards, Dale Nicolson, Aggie Brudenell, Bev Beavitt, Jessie Millard, Martha Kerr, Estha Rushforth, Bill Burstall

1.Minutes of meeting held on 19.11.14 were approved

  1. Mooring Boat: There are still problems with engine. Agreed to send it back to Brian Eadie for another look, with a suggestion it may be an ignition timing problem. Meanwhile, it may be possible to borrow or buy Chris Latham’s engine. Bev offered to look at the engine and report back. Bill may be able to cobble together a working engine. The old engine will be sold for spare parts, sealed bids to be received by Monday 9th. Meanwhile the boat is ready to go back in the water but launch will be delayed because of damaged doors being nailed shut. But boat will be turned over to allow new ropes to be put on. New oars are needed, Topher will be invited to make them, but if he’s not interested Bev or Davy Forsyth.

Bill stressed the importance of having an anchor, properly attached, and knowing how and when to use it is more important than having oars.

Agreed that W will take responsibility for ensuring boat is properly equipped, and someone will go through a service list with him. Andy Cox will continue to ensure there is fuel.

New mooring rope will be fitted during Easter holidays

  1. Road Job: there is still £1200 to be spent, work to be completed by end Feb so invoices can be submitted. Cathy is now signing off invoices, and Cathy or Laurence will advise on which work needs doing. Dale is working on the Badrallach footpath and will continue there. Luke has agreed to clear ditches at Ruigh’Riabhach and Martha will work on the road collapse and blocked ditches below Lotts.

Bill things pebble bags are still the best option for the top track, but there is concern John Sangster’s quarry may be exhausted. Work done with Nigel’s tractor and trailer was good and should be repeated.

Sleeping policemen at the secondary school: there are old posts in the Badluarach car park, or if these are too rotten some telegraph posts . Martha and David will ferry them over.

  1. Chris Latham’s Croft:   Fallen timber will be cleared and logs sold to raise money for STG after the legality of this has been confirmed by Rodney by e-mail to Paul Betts. Plant will be on the market and it was agreed the stone crusher was not worth the price and should be sold off-peninsula. The remaining tractor and two trailers, Bill is of the strong opinion should be bought by SCA for road job and community use. Agreed to contact Rodney to ask for a price.
  1. 5. First Responders. We are now down to six active responders. If there are enough interested people, training sessions could be arranged. Let Cathy, Laurence or Estha know if you’re interested.
  1. Fire Equipment . Bill bought two backpack pumps, one of which is being paid for by the Grazings Committee, he suggested the SCA buy the second. There are two beaters waiting to be brought up and installed near the school and the makings of two more if anyone wants to take on this job. Paul Betts volunteered. Water stations are needed at strategic points on the hill, Laurence will contact Davy Orr to see if he has any 25 litre drums.

Next meeting 21st March                                                                                                           Cathy

Scoraig First Responder Scheme

(report by Susan)

As a community we have successfully raised the £500 and have been awarded a grant of £500 from the Highland Council towards purchasing the defibrillator for Scoraig. A very big thank you to all who contributed.

Part 1 of the First Responder Training was completed on Saturday 28th April. 14 volunteers participated in a very engaging session with the Scottish Ambulance Service trainer, Alan Knox.

We now have the responder kit bag including a defibrillator on the peninsula and the volunteers are able to respond to an emergency as from 6th May.

The training for the volunteers will be on going to ensure the high standard of care and intervention that this life saving service can provide for Scoraig.


The First Responder Scheme (report by Susan)

A Community First Responder scheme is a locally managed group of volunteers who are trained in basic life support and the use of a defibrillator, and attend potentially life-threatening emergencies.

First Responders do not replace the emergency services, but do increase the chances of a patients survival.
In an emergency you would still dail 999 and the ambulance service would contact the first responders on call ( there are usually a minimum of 6 trained responders who work on a rota ) at the same time an ambulance/ helicopter would be dispatched.  The First Responders would be able to reach the emergency quickly and ensure the patients survival until the paramedics arrive.
First Responders will receive 2 days of training, including Respiratory and Airway Management, Basic Life Support, Defibrillation and other medical related emergencies.
The Scottish Ambulance Service are very supportive of setting up a scheme on Scoraig and would fund all the training and subsequent refresher courses, plus most of the Responder Kit.  The community of Scoraig needs only to buy the defibrillator which costs £1000.  £500 is hopefully going to come from a Highland Council Grant, the remaining £500 we need to raise as a community, this will easily be achieved if every household contributes £20 or however much people feel they can contribute.  (Note: Please make cheques out to “Scoraig Community Association Ltd.’ and pass them to Susan.)

First Responders can save lives.

Information leaflet here (PDF)

“If you have some free time and want to participate in providing a valuable service to your community or assist in establishing a Community First Responder Scheme please contact: Susan McSweeney – Scoraig