The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been working with partners, stakeholders, government and members to create information and guidance for the wider voluntary sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

We have created a Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub which is updated daily and contains information on funding, business continuity and employee support.

As the voice of the voluntary sector in Scotland, we are also ensuring that the sector is represented in national discussions on how Scotland can best respond to the coronavirus pandemic, and have set up a dedicated mailbox (experience@scvo.org.uk) where organisations can share the challenges they are facing to inform our work.

We have called on the Scottish Government to provide financial support to the sector, and facilitated discussion between a range of independent funders on how to ensure that funding being made available is coordinated and meeting the immediate and longer term needs of the sector and our communities.

We has also created the Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory, which allows individuals and organisations the ability to offer and seek support, which can be searched by geographical area so communities can find help nearby.

We are also working with the Scottish Government and a wide range of partners to develop the ‘No One Left Behind Digital Scotland’ initiative to bring isolated people online, while keeping regular contact with our sister organisations across the UK.

As well as updating social media channels throughout each day and signposting to relevant content, SCVO are also sending out updates by email via our Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin, which those working in charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations can sign up to on their website.

(Update provided by SCVO)

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