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Community responses to COVID-19 - resources

March 31, 2020

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With the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the effect on individuals and communities, we thought it would be helpful to point people in the direction of support and ideas for community responses to COVID-19.

In particular, we are keen to share any helpful community development approaches, as our sector has a lot of experience working with communities in difficult circumstances.

We'll continue to update this information as we hear more. Please get in touch if you have any suggestions.

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Guidance on community responses to COVID-19

Support and useful links for community groups responding to COVID-19 in their communities.

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Community Action Response

Community Action Response - small imageEden Project has produced a five-action quick guide to things you can do to make a positive difference in your community regarding COVID-19.

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Community Responses to COVID -19; Doing the Right Thing – Safely

GCVS logoThis is some basic guidance for communities coming together to help each other out during the current crisis, issued by Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS). GCVS have also produced a directory of local support around coronavirus.

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Community support guide

This short guide by Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership is aimed at supporting community groups and local people who are volunteering to support vulnerable and older people in the community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK

Mutual Aid UK logoCovid-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. The website focuses on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.

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Covid-19 mutual aid groups

Provided by Mutual Aid UK (see above), a map of mutual aid groups and other community responses to COVID-19 across the UK.

An alternative list is provided by Freedom Press.

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Groundswell resources for supporting people experiencing homelessness

Image from Groundswell resourceGroundswell have developed resources to support people experiencing homelessness during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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IACD's message to members

IACD logoThe International Association for Community Development has posted a message to its members, containing guidance for community responses to COVID-19 from a community development perspective.

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Information on coronavirus for community councils

Community councils can find information on how to respond to coronavirus on the Scottish Community Councils website.

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Nesta

This blog goes through some of the issues faced by the voluntary and community sector, and links to international examples of community responses to coronavirus.

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Outside the Box

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Outside the Box has a page on community responses to Coronavirus which contains some useful resources we don't have here, inlcuding support lines for loneliness, mental health and domestic abuse.

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Ready Scotland

Ready Scotland logoThe Scottish Government’s Resilience Division, Ready Scotland has produced guidance on helping in your community at this challenging time.

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SCVO

SCVO logoScottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has a regularly updated coronavirus advice page for voluntary organisations in Scotland.

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Volunteer Scotland

Volunteer Scotland logoVolunteer Scotland has published information to help volunteers and volunteer involving organisations during the Covid-19 epidemic.

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Young Scot 

Young Scot logoSome accessible advice on COVID-19, including when working with young people.

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Funding

 

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CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

CAF logoThe Charities Aid Foundation has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.

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Response Recovery Resilience

The RRR Fund is supporting local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact. Funding is available between £1,000 and £5,000– focussed on immediate community needs.

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SCVO's funding page

SCVO logoScottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has a good page introducing you to a lot of the different funds relating to coronavirus.

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Scottish Government funding

Scottish Government logoThe Scottish Government has announced that an additional £350 million will be made available to councils, charities, businesses and community groups to support communities affected by coronavirus. This includes a £40 million Supporting Communities Fund and a £20m Third Sector Resilience Fund.

Update: The Third Sector Resilience Fund is now open.

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Youth Scotland Action Fund

This fund supports community-based youth work affected by the Covid-19 Coronavirus. It is prioritised for Youth Scotland member groups but other groups may apply too.

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Other practical resources

Support directories, templates, web apps and other materials that could be useful when responding to COVID-19 in your community.

Please note: some of the information has kindly been provided by community groups working hard to support people impacted by coronavirus in their communities. If you have any questions, please contact us in the first instance rather than the groups who will have limited capacity to respond to queries.

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Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory

Image from directory asking people to register what they can offerThis search facility from Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is for individuals, organinisations and professionals to find organisations that are able to offer non-medical help. You can also use the site to find out what assistance is required by organisations in your area.

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Creating a Community Emergency Plan

Ready Scotland has created tools and templates to help communitie plan during an emergency, some of which should be useful for community groups responding to COVID-19.

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Helpfulpeeps

Helpfulpeeps logoA free web app that enables people to find help, swap skills and connect with neighbours in their local communities.

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Nextdoor App

Nextdoor enables people to share helpful information with their neighbours.

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ScotPHO's COVID-19 Community Vulnerability app

Image of mapScotPHO's interactive map enables you to look at how vulnerable different local communities are in your area and may help you to target your community response where it is most needed.

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South Islay Development's information leaflet

South Islay Development's logoSouth Islay Development have kindly let us share their great information leaflet detailing the support they are offering to the local community. It might be a useful template for your own group.

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#ViralKindness postcard

A really useful postcard aimed at helping people who are self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.

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General guidance on COVID-19

Public health and other advice on coronavirus.

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Advice from Health Protection Scotland

HPS logoThe latest public health advice on Coronavirus for people in Scotland

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NHS Inform

NHS Guidance on coronavirus, including symptoms, actions to take if you think you or someone you know has coronavirus, and how to stay protected.

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Scottish Government

The latest updates from the Scottish Government concerning coronavirus. More

UK government response

The latest advice from the UK Government.

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