Waterfall Fund supports a safe return to school

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Funding has supported Mull and Iona schoolchildren getting back to class safely by providing money for foot-activated sanitisers.

The Waterfall Fund’s help means that after months of lockdown with lots of guidance and new norms to stick to, children and teachers were able to feel less apprehensive about going back to school.

Tracy Mayo who is a parent and current chairperson of Dervaig Parent Council said getting the sanitisers are ‘just one example of many of how the people in Mull pull together to support their community!’

‘Children were keen to see friends and teachers had missed the energy of the children in
Dervaig Primary school. Lots of hard work and preparation had gone in to making the return as safe as possible and to reassure parents and carers that advice given had been acted on,’ she said.

‘One thing that was identified that would be useful was for a foot-activated hand sanitiser in the playground, the benefits of which would be that all children would have sanitised their hands before entering the school offering protection to staff and themselves, hopefully reducing the spread of the virus.

‘Funding for schools can be peppered with unhelpful rules but in my quest to get the sanitiser for Dervaig, I spoke with councillor Mary-Jean Devon, Moray Finch at Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT)and Highland Services. Thankfully the Waterfall Fund accepted a proposal to put foot activated sanitisers in all schools in Mull & Iona and to cover delivery costs.

‘James at Highland Services went above and beyond to be helpful, huge thanks to Mary-Jean and Moray for all their advice. This goes to show not only the strength and importance of how our community works for all but also shows how we depend on the support of community groups, other local trusts and the community as a whole when other funding sources have not been forthcoming.

‘Finally, a word of thanks to Martin Brant at the Co-op for giving us the sanitising liquid. This is just one example of many of how the people in Mull pull together to support their community!’