Coronavirus & Third Sector Update

Social Shifters Scotland: Developed with support from the Scottish Government, the platform features bitesize e-learning, inspirational videos, and downloadable resources. It’s been designed for community leaders, charities, and social enterprises. To help organisations through the tough months ahead, the platform includes uniquely developed COVID-19 response strategies and checklists, as well as daily updated advice from third sector regulators, funders, and advisory services (Finance, HR, Law, Communications, Insurance, etc.). The platform also enables users to connect with others in a similar situation, ask questions, and offer mutual support. You need to sign up (but note you can skip the question on age!) SOCIAL SHIFTERS

DWP: The DWP has new helplines for Employability support and Employers advice. Individuals: JOB HELP Employers: EMPLOYERS

Zoom: This platform is now very much part of everyone's working life. The Scottish Resilience Business Partnership has published a useful document 'Zoom Etiquette and Security' outlining how to safely hold meetings. ZOOM

Health inequalities: Health inequalities are likely to widen without action to support those most vulnerable to the economic and other effects of social distancing measures. This paper looks at the potential impact. PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Service Changes:

Equal Access: Equal Access provides support, information, befriending and support groups. This service is for anyone aged 16 or over, from a minority ethnic community who is experiencing cultural and/or language barriers, isolation or mental health difficulties. Their support is currently being offered by telephone/video call. More info here: SERVICE USERS They are also looking to recruit additional volunteers with other languages : VOLUNTEERS

MYPAS: MYPAS has now launched its Facebook and Twitter pages which can be accessed using the following links:

They will be posting regular service updates, useful information and other MYPAS related news.


BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme: The fund supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing. The programme is currently operating as normal, despite the current Coronavirus crisis. All applications must be made by a registered referrer. EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS

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