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 click here

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. 

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 – Browse the available products here:Any queries contact us by email:

Guidance for non-health care setting – click here 

Information and guidance for social or community care and residential settings available here

NCVO: Services and Support current information available here  

SCVO:COVID-19 Third Sector Information Hub

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

The ALLIANCE Getting it right for every child team has co-produced revised GIRFEC resources which are now available. The new plain English and easy read resource take a rights-based approach and set out what children, young people and their parents should expect. The team would be grateful to you if you could pass information about our GIRFEC resources to the colleagues and families that you work with. If your organisation would like to arrange free digital GIRFEC training, please contact us at or 0141 404 0231.

NHS/Public Health

Public Health Scotland: Updated information available here   

NHS Scotland: Updated information available here

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people click here

Volunteer Guidance

British Red Cross 

Volunteering Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Service Activity Including PPE Instructions available to view here 

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

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.

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

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.

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 

Police Scotland – Cyber Safety & Resilience Tips

SCVO guide -  ‘top ten remote working tips’


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