Clacksfirst Business Improvement District (BID) has been successful in its application to the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 BID Resilience Fund.

This means the BID is now in the position to help the local care community by supplying them with ten thousand plastic face visors.

Kevin Deighan, Clacksfirst BID “The Hedgard face visors will be made available to all organisations in Clackmannanshire providing social care in our community”

Given that there are around 500 social care workers in Clackmannanshire, Clacksfirst BID will use the funding to supply local care workers with plastic face visors, something that the sector has been desperately trying to source.

The face visors will help the vulnerable people in our community as many of our care workers in the county visit up to twelve different houses per day. As previously reported, the face visors will be manufactured in Clackmannanshire by plastic injection moulding experts Thredgards Ltd.

David Haswell, Thredgards “After being approached by Clacksfirst BID to see where Thredgards could help out locally with COVID-19, our design team got together and came up with the Hedgard face visor. As Thredgards are in various UK Government’s critical supply chains, this will allow us to keep the factory running for them whilst also supporting the local community, especially our vital care workers who desperately need such PPE.”

There has been significant news coverage around the lack of basic protection for social care workers and care homes therefore this move by Clacksfirst BID should be a very welcome development for the Clackmannanshire care worker community.

Dorry McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Scottish Autism said “Scottish Autism is delighted and grateful to be receiving the supply of face visors through Clacksfirst BID. These will be used by our support staff when caring for the autistic people we support in the local community”

Councillor Ellen Forson, leader of Clackmannanshire Council, said: “Clacksfirst BID’s successful application to the COVID-19 BID Resilience Fund is welcome news. Our PPE hub is currently providing the necessary essential equipment to care workers throughout Clackmannanshire and the funding for Clacksfirst BID will contribute to the work that is currently being carried out. This will ensure that both the most vulnerable members of our community and the people who are caring for them are protected.

“It’s good to see local businesses such as Thredgards working with Clacksfirst BID to support the national effort.”

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Improvement Districts, said: “This funding will allow the BID to play a crucial role in supporting local businesses and communities to access the various mitigation package’s that are available and will provide a forum to bring local businesses and communities