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Coronavirus: Important Information for Individuals and Organisations

Voluntary Action Shetland is currently closed to the public until 20th June unless guidelines from the Government change. VAS staff, services and our continuing work with the voluntary sector is as follows:

  • Staff will be working remotely, and therefore please email directly or to vas@shetland.org 
  • VAS will be providing regular communication updates about the response to the COVID-19 crisis and we advise all our members and stakeholders to stay up to speed with developments via VISP E-Bulletins, Facebook, and regular news updates on our website.
  • You can also phone our reception number on 01595 743900 or VAS admin on 01595 743902

Please refer to this document for all organisations contact details during the time that Market House is closed: Contact Details - Resident Organisations

New Information:

Independent Age Grant Fund: https://www.independentage.org/community/grants-fund 

BBC Children In Need Funding Grants: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/

Parent Club website, ideal for parents, expectant parents and carers: www.parentclub.scot 

The Poverty and Inequality Commission wants to understand the experiences of local community organisations that are currently providing emergency food aid in Scotland. Please complete the survey, "Local Action in Scotland to Tackle Food Insecurity During the Coronavirus Crisis". Please complete the survey by Tuesday 26th May.  Click the link to access: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Survey_Local_Action_Food_Security_Scotland

Independant Age Grant Fund:

General Advice:

NHS Inform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19 

UK Government Guidance - Stay at home: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others  

Data Protection and coronavirus: http://newsletter.ico.org.uk/q/121hLeiUozYxeq0ILbpt/wv  

Digital help from home during lockdown: http://www.shetland.gov.uk/news-advice/Digital-help-from-home-during-lockdown-17042020.asp

Scottish Government advice on expanded testing programme in Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-access-to-testing/

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-key-workers-in-Scotland/

VAS and Lerwick Community Council have been successful in obtaining some funding to support the people of Lerwick due to the coronavirus outbreak.  If you are involved in the delivery of a service that could benefit from additional resources please get in touch by either emailing vas@shetland.org or phoning VAS on 01595 743902 or Lerwick Community Council on 07770 672902.

Scottish Child Law Centre Flyer: SCLC Youth Hour

Safer Shetland Tech Abuse and Tech Safety Resources: https://www.refuge.org.uk/our-work/forms-of-violence-and-abuse/tech-abuse-2/resources/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMedia&utm_campaign=TechAbuse 

Third Sector Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/tsicovid

Scambusters Lockdown Bulletin: Lockdown bulletin

Information for Individuals:

SIC Advice: https://www.shetland.gov.uk/coronavirus.asp  

Ways to volunteer and advice for volunteers: https://www.volunteerscotland.net/covid-19/ 

DWP advice on attending job centre appointments: https://twitter.com/dwppressoffice/status/1240652002297810946  

Top 10 tips for remote working: https://scvo.org.uk/p/35969/2020/03/16/my-top-ten-remote-working-tips 

Mental Health Foundation has provided guidance for those self isolating: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak  

Wash your hands of coronavirus scams: https://www.engagerenfrewshire.com/files/7115/8514/9436/Coronavirus_Scam_Postcard.pdf  

Find ways to help your community: https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/volunteering/  

Self-employment Income Support Scheme: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/self-employment-income-support-scheme/?fbclid=IwAR091K4gnlX1KXm7vgE6u6_pP3PrKLm6nnVlaWdJLFY3VYmm79aEKaGO0ug  

Guidance on safely volunteering: https://www.volunteerscotland.net/about-us/news-blog/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-volunteers/

FAQ's about Volunteering during COVID-19: FAQ's about Volunteering

Home Energy Scotland Information Flyer: HES Overview for TSI's

Volunteer led support during Covid-19: Shetland Stands Together

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund: SIC Application Form

VAS have secured some funding to provide emergency electric top up tokens for those in difficulties due to the pandemic. We are working in partnership with RVS to distribute the vouchers. In order to obtain a top up please complete the attached referral form: Electricity Voucher Referral Form

Information for Organisations:

Guidance for supporting volunteers from Volunteer Scotland: https://www.volunteerscotland.net/about-us/news-blog/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-volunteers/  

Guidance for employers and staff regarding working from home and potential phishing scams: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/home-working  

Business support launched by the government: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-business-support-to-launch-from-today  

Government advice for employers, employees and businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19 

Third Sector Hub Information: https://go.scvo.org.uk/webmail/566562/760085867/480bcefe988f6e0f3b1441d1559c2bb6544a950fc3b51b0adbf8935729add50c  

If you work or volunteer for an organisation in need of support: https://coronavirus.scvo.org/ 

Covid-19 Scottish Business Support Summary: https://www.bgateway.com/assets/documents/Covid-19-Business-Support-Summary-as-at-25-03-20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0HKy7sdgyt0tDFC3bRFB9tgiRX0akdzCeFxZqXemiMfpyuHRXiJkeWrRQ  

OSCR guidance for charities: https://www.oscr.org.uk/guidance-and-forms/covid-19-guidance-for-charities/  

Companies House Filing Accounts extension information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-guidance-for-companies-house-customers-employees-and-suppliers

Guidance for safely involving volunteers: https://www.volunteerscotland.net/about-us/news-blog/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-voluntary-orgs/

If you are an organisation providing essential services and are requiring volunteers at this time to help with local efforts during the coronavirus pandemic please get in touch with us at VASVolunteering@shetland.org and we can help you recruit.

Funding:

Martin Lewis Coronavirus Charity Help Fund: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1R3JX15FRwkrLuDYW8VugIkSNpkqG50aLgEgbkGJyXi4/viewform?edit_requested=true  

Third Sector Resilience Fund: https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/third-sector-resilience-fund  

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund: https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund  

Scottish and Southern Electricity Network Support Fund: : http://news.ssen.co.uk/news/all-articles/2020/march/resilience-fund-to-support-community-coronavirus-response/

Tesco's Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund: https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/grant-schemes/tesco-cv-fund/ 

Shared Care Scotland Creative Breaks Funding: https://www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk/creativebreaks/ 

Scottish Government's Wellbeing Fund: https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/wellbeing-fund/

Business Gateway Support Funds: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/ 

 Wellbeing Fund Round 2 is now open: https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus/funding/scottish-government/wellbeing-fund 

Extra Support for charities; small premises now eligible for £10,000 grants: https://www.gov.scot/news/extra-support-for-charities/

 

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