THE Covid-19 support line in Dollar has stopped operations last week with lockdown restrictions easing.

As Scotland moves into the next phase of the routemap out of lockdown, many of the volunteers who have been supporting vulnerable members of the community are returning to work.

Shielding is also coming to an end and it is understood the number of people requiring assistance has reduced greatly.

Dollar Community Development Trust is this week giving a "huge thank you" to Karina Mcfall, Elspeth Peterson, David Louden and Susan Irvine for initiating the Dollar Community Response Group and for continuing to coordinate the volunteers throughout this very challenging time.

A nod of appreciation also goes out to Mick Rice for manning the helpline's phone, the Sorting Office for its "invaluable contribution" as well as Dollar Community Council for its continued support.

During the lockdown period, the response team picked up 286 prescriptions, groceries on 113 occasions, replaced hearing aid batteries for 14 people and delivered 515 hot lunches to elderly and shielding residents.

A statement from the trust said: "In addition, the community owes a debt of gratitude to our local businesses and services who have continued to work tirelessly to keep our small town going.

"It truly has been an amazing community effort and has demonstrated the wonderful and caring community we are fortunate enough to live in.

"The trust has been so encouraged by the response of the community to the Covid-19 crisis.

"The speed in which the response group set themselves up to ensure no-one was left without a helping hand, was truly incredible, and we continue to hear stories of how families, friends and neighbours have rallied round to support those most in need.

"We were also delighted to see a good number of people taking it upon themselves to tidy up Dollar by litter-picking throughout the town and along our many roads and walking trails.

"Over the last week, volunteers have also been pulling up the Himalayan Balsam plants along the River Devon to protect the local biodiversity."

It is hoped the enthusiasm and drive to help one another will be retained and enhanced in the town going forward.

Residents in Dollar are encouraged to visit and become a member of the trust for £1 to keep up to date and have a voice in how ideas are developed for the future.