Coronavirus - Very useful guidance ,support information and updates

Very useful guidance ,support information and updates for organisations can be found at:

General Guidance, support and updates

NHS/Public Health

Volunteer guidance

Working From home


General Guidance, support and updates

In addition to the £350m package of support for communities in Scotland announced by the Communities Secretary, the  National Emergencies Trust fundraising appeal was launched yesterday; it brings together all the major funding platforms so that any funds raised for 3rd sector groups will be distributed fairly and transparently. This fund will be administered in Scotland through Foundation Scotland to 3rd sector groups who are doing essential work in communities. The criteria and process for funding are being developed in coming days.

ACAS:  Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees

Coronavirus update from the regulator -

Coronavirus Guide for Young People - Young Scot has compiled a range of information for teenagers and children to ensure they feel supported through the next few months,  More information at

Giving World partners with businesses and charities to redistribute end-of-line, surplus and discontinued products for free, to the most deprived communities across the UK. - If you are not already registered with us to access free of charge business surplus stock, you can do so here:

Browse the available products here:

Any queries contact us by email:

Guidance for non-health care setting - click here 

NCVO: Services and Support current information -

SCVO:COVID-19 Third Sector Information Hub

SCVO: What can we do to protect & support staff, volunteers, beneficiaries & service users? -

NHS/Public Health/Vunerable groups websites 

Public Health Scotland:

NHS Scotland:

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people click here

**Extremely Vulnerable Group Information**

Guidance on Social Shielding available here

Vulnerable Group Information

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people click here

 Vulnerable group websites (Some of the groups below have created further information which is relevant different criteria)

Asthma UK

British Lung Foundation

British Heart Foundation

Chronic Kidney Disease

British Liver Trust

Parkinson’s UK

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Multiple Sclerosis UK

Diabetes UK

Sickle Cell

HIV & Aids (National Aids Trust)

Lupus uk

This list of conditions is not definitive. Please get in touch if you would like your group added.

Volunteer Guidance

British Red Cross have a Community Reserve Volunteers this is being promoted widely – at the moment these roles are non-public facing as they have not been PVG checked but BRC are coordinating how best they can be used with established volunteers. BRC are also coordinating volunteers in partnership with other 3rd sector orgs

“Community Emergency Volunteer” programme that’s being launched in England. Here’s a link to some of the training material, but as you all know there are already hundreds of Community Resilience Groups across Scotland who work in partnership with responders to support their communities. Guidance on Ready Scotland > Coronavirus with advice on how people can help their communities safely and advice for Community Resilience Groups.  There will be a print and media campaign launch on Monday to support communitarianism which will link back to these Ready Scotland pages. #wearescotland

Covid-19/Coronavirus FAQ’s for volunteers and potential volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic -

TFN - Coronavirus advice for volunteers

Neighbourhood Watch Scotland have an extensive network to communities all over Scotland and they provide an ongoing offer of support to everyone in getting ALERTS out to communities both national and localised.


Ready Scotland – Helping in the community

During this challenging time, it’s really important that we take care of ourselves and others. And that’s the case no matter where you live. From a flat in a city to a croft on an island, we are all part of something bigger – and helping in your community is a great way to show that.

Being kind and looking out for your friends, family, neighbours…even those you don’t know yet; it all helps. And many of us are already doing this. But for all those who want to get involved supporting others, here is some vital information on how you can help safely.  

You can also click to find out more about where to find additional support.

Working from home

National Cyber Security Centre - Home working: preparing your organisation and staff – How to make sure your organisation is prepared for an increase in home working, and advice on spotting coronavirus (COVID-19) scam emails Click here for full details

Police Scotland - Safer Communities - Cybercrime Prevention -  Corona Virus Scam and working from home guidelines 

SCVO guide -  ‘top ten remote working tips’

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