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At Crosbie Matthew we acknowledge that the Coronavirus crisis places additional and unprecedented pressure on families in their time of need.

During this time more than any other, we would like to reassure you that our commitment to caring for bereaved families and their loved ones remains the priority throughout this period of uncertainly and disruption.

Sheila Matthew, Managing Director says, “Having supported generations of local families for over 80 years, we will continue to do so despite the restrictions currently affecting all communities and businesses across the area. Yes, our procedures are changing but professionalism, empathy and support remain at the heart of what we do.”

 

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Dundee Science Centre Launches Home Learning Programme

Dundee Science Centre has launched a fun and engaging programme aimed at supporting parents and carers in home schooling.

The Home Learning Programme is based on weekly themed activities which children can complete independently, with simple instructions, in their own time.

Free of charge, the programme has been designed to provide fun, interactive activities based around videos, worksheets, challenges and weekly competitions.

Anna Paterson (8) from Alva, Clackmannanshire

 

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Housebuilders Lay Foundations for Diverse Workforce

Perth housebuilders Stephen are laying the foundations for a more diverse workforce.

The family firm, which dates back to 1935, employs a total of 73 staff including Kirsty Welling, Workshop Supervisor.

From a young age, Kirsty always had a passion for creating and making, so joined the firm as an apprentice at the age of 17, while studying at Perth College.

Twenty-four years on, Kirsty now supervises 11 staff throughout the company’s bespoke timber kit factory, including the paint, joiners and machine shop departments ensuring that all work meets the programme requirements of each site. Collectively, the team boasts an impressive level of expertise and experience, from young apprentices through to Peter Farquharson, Workshop Painter who has notched up a staggering 36 years with the firm. As well as the timber frame kits themselves, Kirsty and her team fabricate everything from stairs and loft hatches to shelving, porches, garage windows and fire surrounds.

Kirsty Welling with Andrew Murdoch. Credit Fraser Band Photography

 

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Women’s Business Station On Track to Deliver in Challenging Times

A programme which exists to support women in business is providing online focus and motivation during the Coronavirus crisis, with a packed programme of talks, debates and support.

Women’s Business Station has shifted its emphasis from face-to-face training, networking and support to a digital ‘webinar’ platform, with a daily programme of sessions hosted by local experts. The social enterprise has also created a Coronavirus Support Group on social media.

In just a few days, almost 100 women have taken part in the webinars, which run on ‘Zoom’.

Michelle De Almeida and Lauren McGurk from Women’s Business Station

 

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Working from Home: Lifeline for Charity Workers

UK charity staff working from home due to the Coronavirus crisis have been thrown a lifeline by Scotland’s first dedicated mobile communication social enterprise.

Dundee-based GoodCall, a not-for-profit, is providing 10 routers to charities free of charge. They will be provided, on a first come first served basis to charities whose staff, having been forced to work remotely, are affected by unsatisfactory or non-existent home broadband.

The routers will be provided alongside significantly reduced mobile broadband contracts (30 day or 12 month). All savings will be returned to the charities.

Sally Melville and Elaine Gray from GoodCall – credit Ron Cathro Photography

 

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