As things change so quickly at the moment we’ll be sending out sector updates more frequently. Here’s some of what I’ve been working on over the last week:
I’ve raised this issue within the Edinburgh Resilience Partnership and the SE Scotland COVID-19 Caring for People Group. I have been assured that Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership are aware of this growing issue and I will hopefully have further info on this soon.
Scottish Emergency Funding Advisory Board
I have joined this board where the major funders provide information on the uptake of the various grants programmes and emerging issues. I am feeding back information from the forums and networks but if you have a strategic issue which you think should be fed into this group please don’t hesitate to contact me or any member of the team.
Building on the amazing humanitarian response by the voluntary sector we have now secured an agreement with CEC that support for delivering food will be funded.
Thank you for everything you’re doing.
Ella Simpson, Chief Officer
NETWORKS AND FORUMS ONLINE
The Slack workspace for networks and forums has got off to a great start with lots of information sharing, connecting and problem solving.
If you are an Edinburgh voluntary sector organisation please just get in touch with the forum leads and we’ll set you up:
|Older People’s Forum||Roisin Hurst|
|Substance Use Network Edinburgh||Maria Arnold|
|Edinburgh Mental Health Forum||Christina Hinds|
|Edinburgh Disabilities Forum||Hugo Whitaker|
|Children, Young People and Families Forum||Katherine Anderson|
|Voluntary Sector Forums – across Edinburgh’s localities||Kate Barrett|
EDINBURGH DIRECTORY & MAP OF COVID-19 SUPPORT SERVICES
There are over 100 support services now listed.
Search by area, type of support and by who support is for by using the filters at the top right of the map page.
VOLUNTARY SECTOR TOGETHER
We’re on the lookout for your stories of collaboration and partnerships during the COVID-19 response
We’ll be sharing them on Twitter, with TSI Network Scotland, the Council and other statutory bodies.
Edinburgh’s COVID-19 Food Network and Support Response
EVOC has been working with the Council and voluntary organisations across the city to try to achieve a more co-ordinated approach to ensure that Edinburgh’s most vulnerable people have the food they need.
It’s been a complex challenge for everyone but we’re pleased to report that now, when people ring the Scottish Government freephone helpline, their requests for support will be directed toward all of the great local work that is already going on in local communities.
Alongside this and working with our colleagues at Volunteer Edinburgh we will also be able to process requests for dog walking, food collection/essential shopping and other help that might make life easier during this difficult time.
Email FoodNetwork@evoc.org.uk for more information.
The Wellbeing Fund will open again for Expressions of Interest on 7 May.
Any organisation that has submitted an EOI by last Sunday will be sent an application form link if they have reached the next stage.
Please keep an eye on the FAQ’s SCVO have produced on the application criteria. The system for assessments is quite rigid so if your application deviates from the criteria then your application will be rejected.
The Bank of Scotland Foundation REACH fund is opening up to applications monthly to help speed up the grants to charities responding to COVID-19.
VIEWS FROM THE SECTOR
Do you have a blog or article to share about the impact and response to COVID-19?
Here’s an impassioned article by Sebastian Fischer, Chief Executive of VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian).
The Police have asked for the sector’s views on safety and policing during the pandemic.
Please let them know your thoughts for your geographic area.