Vital coronavirus site launched for the third sector

Covid19

Important resource connects voluntary groups offering support

20th March 2020 by Robert Armour 1 Comment

A community directory has launched, providing vital support to voluntary groups and the public during the current crisis.

Developed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Covid-19 Third Sector Information Hub allows groups to share what non-medical help they can offer to the public and other organisations

It also enables groups to share what assistance they require and find offers of help between organisations.

At the same time, the public can access it to search for support from organisations in their community, using a geographical search and to find information on how they can volunteer or help in their community.

Launched this week, the site is gradually building its database of contacts and aims to become the first point of contact for organisations reaching out to others.

Earlier this week TFN reported on the extraordinary efforts groups were making to make sure their communities and vulnerable people were not cut off.

We reported how grassroots groups are being established across the country, supported by social media and the internet, to help the vulnerable and the elderly as well as to help engender solidarity as the country heads towards a possible lockdown.

From health and wellbeing initiatives to community groups providing advice and information on workers’ rights, community efforts are ramping up as increasingly strict measures are enforced in a bid to suppress the virus.

Anna Fowlie, chief executive of SCVO, praised the positive way community groups were responding to the crisis.

She said: “The situation we find ourselves in is unprecedented and ever-changing. It’s hard to find positives. But what we can see around us is people and communities acting together to support each other and find solutions.

“The voluntary sector was born out of individual and community commitment to make things better – to overcome challenges in innovative ways. We can feel that spirit now and feel proud of it.

"At SCVO we are doing everything we can to support the sector to work together and the contacts I’ve had from people across the country wanting to do whatever they can in a consistent and thoughtful way have been so impressive.

“The voluntary sector can’t do this alone – we need support from governments, funders and the public to act collectively for the people of Scotland.”

20th March 2020 by Stuart

Can we pool resources to help groups?Hi I run a small fundraising agency in Edinburgh. Its brilliant that many funders are rising to this unique challenge: being flexible with reports and committing to pay grants, looking at ways they can provide more flexibility for potential bids.This is fantastic as so many charities will be faced with a huge increase in demand: currently and once things calm down.However I wonder how many brilliant local groups out there have little experience of securing grants? Yet there are brilliant fundraisers the length and breadth of Scotland.Any fundraisers out there up for giving some time to help groups apply for grants - even perhaps spread over a few weeks/months: a few hours a week might make a huge difference.I am so keen to reach out to groups but realise I need a few other fundraisers to support this wee idea. So.….. call me on 07932 986838 for a chat