Covid 19 Updates

Updated 31st March 8.47am

This page has just been set up and will feature useful resources and updates regarding Covid 19 Resilience as we get them.

NHS Inform Covid 19 advice and information

Find all of the information you need on Covid 19, including symptoms, advice on self isolation, shielding, caring for your symptoms, looking after loved ones with symptoms and much more. Visit NHS Inform Covid 19 page here.

Ready Scotland: Advice and information for the public on Covid 19

Ready Scotland have added a webpage to their site with advice on a range of different topics, including helping neighbours, friends and family, how to volunteer, advice for community groups, sensible shopping and advice for businesses.

Covid 19 and people with alcohol related problems: recommendations for services

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems has put together this guidance for those working with people with alcohol related problems during the Covid 19 epidemic.

It provides recommendations for Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs), Commissioners, Alcohol Service Managers, Community Services and Mutual Aid and Support Groups, to enable them to reduce risks and ensure continued support for people with alcohol-related problems in the context of COVID-19.

Download guidance here.

New webpage on mental health and self-isolation for gay/bi men

SX Scotland has produced a new webpage with advice for gay and bi-sexual men who have sex with me on dealing with mental health problems during this period of self/social-isolation.

Guidance on Contingency Planning for People Who Use Drugs and Covid 19

The Scottish Drugs Forum has produced guidance on contingency planning for people who use drugs (PWUD). The guidance is for anyone working with PWUD but in particular those working on opioid substitution therapy & those working with people attending services to obtain injecting drug equipment.

SBRC Webinars for Business Resilience re Covid 19 

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre has begun running webinars to unite businesses across Scotland in responding to issues raised by Covid 19. Read more and get links for updates on future webinars here.

Trading Standards Scams Resources

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team has produced some helpful materials to help promote scams awareness around coronavirus (COVID-19) scams at this difficult time. Today the team has released a press release around criminals exploiting fears about coronavirus to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. There will also be media around this today on Sky and BBC, with your help the team would appreciate as much support as possible. Click here to access all resources and links.

COVID-19 Justice Information Hub

The Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum have produced a hub of relevant guidance, legislation, resources and information about changes to current processes in order to support the Scottish justice sector. It will be updated daily as far as possible.

SCDC Advice for Organisations to work digitally

As the coronavirus situation develops, community organisations are having to change how they deliver their services and support their communities, especially those most vulnerable.

SCDC can help by offering advice about different tools (we’ve linked to good lists below), resources and ways of working that suit your group.

Find out more here.

Trading Standards ScamShare newsletter

Trading Standards Scotland have created a new regular bulletin to share information about the most recently reported scams across Scotland. This is in the context of a noted increase in scams since the Covid 19 outbreak.

Covid 19 and the production of statistics and social research

Statisticians and researchers within The Scottish Government and other public bodies collect, analyse and publish official statistics and research reports to help government, business and the public make informed decisions.

The coronavirus illness (COVID-19) is a significant challenge to us all, and we are working with colleagues across the Government Statistical Service and Government Social Research profession, to ensure that Scotland along with the UK as a whole has the vital information needed to respond to the immediate and longer term impacts of this pandemic on our society and economy.

This means we will need to change our usual operations, to ensure we are able to support the government’s response to this crisis as well as providing the necessary information when it is needed the most.

We also need to consider what it is right and appropriate for us to be asking data providers and respondents to supply to us at this time, given the pressures on key areas and staff. We will be making urgent decisions around which data collections can be paused, or in some cases cancelled.

The changes to our work, and data collections and research activity, will mean that the production of some statistics and planned research outputs will need to be suspended. It could also affect the quality of some of our other statistics, in terms of accuracy, or the level of detail available, such as less commentary or fewer breakdowns. There will be new outputs related to COVID-19.

Given that some statistics and research outputs will be even more important during this period, whereas others less so, decisions will be made on a case by case basis, prioritising what is relevant to the current situation, and we will be open and transparent about decisions made and the potential effects on our statistics and research. Throughout this process, we will remain guided by the Code of Practice for Statistics in publishing official statistics, that are of public value, are high quality and can be trusted,as well as the Government Social Research Code and publication protocol.

The latest information on our planned outputs or postponements will continue to be available on our release calendar.

The Office for Statistics Regulation have also issued a statement about their approach to regulating our statistical work at this time.

Competitions and Markets Authority: Report unfair business practices

The Competitions and Markets Authority has issued a form which you can use to report a business you think is acting unfairly during the Covid 19 outbreak. For more information or to report a business, click here.

Charities and Coronavirus: update from the charity regulator (OSCR)

There are many sources of information about Coronavirus.  All charities should read the guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Scottish Government. The guidance includes advice for non-healthcare settings, including tips that apply to people working in hospitality settings, leisure facilities, entertainment venues and premises used by community groups. NHS inform will give you the latest public health advice.

SCVO Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory website launched

The SCVO has launched a new website where you can search for or offer support in your local community. Information on the site is provided by users and not verified, so please report any inaccurate posting.

Communities Channel Scotland sets up dedicated Covid 19 webpage

Communities Channel Scotland has set up this dedicated webpage which will provide regular updates on support and sharing of ideas on community responses to the outbreak.

Scottish Government launches £350million fund to support responses to Coronavirus

An additional £350 million will go to those most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell has announced.

The funding will be made available to councils, charities, businesses and community groups and designed to be flexible, cutting down on red tape to enable them to respond swiftly and according to local need for people impacted economically or through reduced contact with society, including anyone struggling to access food.

For more information on the funding and to apply, please contact SocialJusticeMailbox@gov.scot