Coronavirus – guidance, support information and resources


Coronavirus – guidance, support information and resources available 

VAO are working hard to keep resources current these are now split into two headings support for the public and support for organisations. In this information hub we hope you will find what you are looking for. If you would like information added to these guides then please email .

Covid-19 – Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub – Click here for full information  A call centre to provide essential information and support to the most vulnerable people in Orkney has been established. This applies to those who are NHS shielded and also those who do not have family or existing community support and cannot get online and who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, are pregnant or receive a flu jab for health reasons.  

Are you facing Redundancy in Orkney, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) is the Scottish Government’s initiative dedicated to helping individuals and employers with the advice and support they need when faced with redundancy.  As with every local authority in Scotland, Orkney has an active PACE Partnership. Full details are available here 

‘Volunteer Opportunities – Covid-19 Support’ – If you would like to register to volunteer, click here

Support for the Public

Coronavirus  –  Local Businesses offering delivery and/or takeaway services listed in areas and split between groceries and food establishments. New section just added for general businesses that are offering delivery to your home, ie books, pamper packs, deep clean services.

Coronavirus – Local Organisational Support information –  Links to organisation’s’ that can offer support locally and Third Sector local organisations that are closed but still available to offer advice over the telephone and over emails. 

Coronavirus – National Organisations support information (including vulnerable group websites, health and wellbeing and  general support  information not health related, i.e top up meters)

Useful links for things to do from home that are free, At a glance, what you can find in this guide: Activities, Arts & Culture, Educational and How to links, Fitness for the home and Science

Orkney CV Mutual Groups for each area

The Orkney Islands Council Coronavirus information pages provide the latest updates and links for, the public, businesses, council staff and the third sector.

NHS Orkney – Keep up to date with what is happening 

Home-related services (plumbers, electricians, businesses that can supply white goods and materials etc) that can be called in an emergency

Orkney Community Directory – Full Search Facility to all local community groups

Volunteering you can do from home 

Guidance – Volunteering and claiming benefits – What to do if you claim benefits and do voluntary work

Volunteer Guidance – BRITISH RED CROSS Volunteering Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Service Activity Including PPE Instructions available to view here

Ready Scotland – Helping in your community -The information explains how you can provide essential support safely.

Support for Organisations 

Coronavirus – Very useful guidance ,support information and updates links (Covers General Guidance, support and information, NHS/Public Health information, Volunteer Guidance and Working From home)

OIC – Community resilience fund application 

Available Funding and Business Support During this Time

Coronavirus – Impact on Third Sector Services Survey 

VAO – Current Working Arrangements

The Orkney Islands Council Coronavirus information pages provide the latest updates and links for, the public, businesses, council staff and the third sector.

Business Gateway – Virtual & Local Business Support – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic – Business Gateway is being responsive and reactive to the needs and challenges Scottish businesses face due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below you will find a list of free business resources that may be useful to you at this time.  Or check out their facebook page where they are doing little sessions on different business topics 

The role and financial sustainability of third sector organisations across Scotland – Letter to Scottish Government from TSI Scotland Chief Officers


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