COVID-19 - External support information / services

In addition to the ongoing support services already provided by the University and SRC, the following external support and information sources have been provided in recognition that during this difficult time, members of under-represented groups may feel more isolated and could need further relevant COVID-19 related support. 

Although collated (a-z) around Protected Characteristic and related groups, you may find some organisations provide assistance for those who identify with more than one.

Please note the University cannot accept any responsibility for content of any external websites.

If you know of other relevant sources of support and information, please do let us know.

General

Scottish Government - National helpline 0800 111 4000 - established to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The service offer helps to those who do not have family or existing community support and cannot get online and who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, are pregnant or receive a flu jab for health reasons. 

Ready Scotland - Advice on volunteering, helping your community and where to find additional support.

Mutual Aid - Network of local mutual aid groups supports communities to look out for one another.

Viral Kindness Scotland - Community-led response, reflecting the organic growth of local programmes to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Tele: 0800 054 2282


Age

Age Scotland - the leading charity representing older people in Scotland and supporting their rights and interests. Helpline: 0800 12 44 222.

Age UK - UK charity for older people. Advice Line: 0800 055 6112.

Regard - National organisation for LGBT Disabled people has produced guides for Disabled and older people, featuring advice for food shopping, as well as how to cope with extended isolation.

LGBT Age - LGBT Age works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people aged 50 and over in Greater Glasgow and the Lothians. - For individual support, social events and groups, contact Jean: jean@lgbthealth.org.uk or Tele: 0141 271 2330


Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Doctors of the World - Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 46 languages.

Ethnic Minority National Resilience Network - Launched by BEMIS to enable Scotland's Ethnic and Cultural minority communities to support each other and our members throughout the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.

Scottish Refugee Council - temporarily changing the way they run their services.

Refugee Council - Changes to Asylum & Resettlement policy and practice in response to COVID-19

UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group - supporting those seeking asylum.

Spark & Co. - Curated links to organisations and information designed to help those from BAME backgrounds. 

 

 

 


Black and Asian Minority Ethnicity (BAME)

Doctors of the World - Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 46 languages.

Ethnic Minority National Resilience Network - Launched by BEMIS to enable Scotland's Ethnic and Cultural minority communities to support each other and our members throughout the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.

Spark & Co. - Curated links to organisations and information designed to help those from BAME backgrounds. 

Race Equality Foundation - Coronavirus information and resources.

GMCVO - Support and resources for BAME Communities

Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline - Support for anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them. Call 24 hours a day 7 days a week on 0800 027 1234 or Email on helpline@sdafmh.org.uk.

End GBV UK - Whether you are locked down with a family hostile to your sexuality, a controlling partner, a family coercing you to marry against you will, or if you are being stalked or cyber-harassed there is help available. 


Carers

Carers UK - Sets out the current government guidance as it relates to carers and offers suggestions for making plans.

UK Government - Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family.

Contact - Information about Covid-19 coronavirus for families with disabled children.

Parents Club Scotland - offers up-to-date Covid-19 guidance from the Scottish Government on your child’s health and education. 

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability - a series of guided self-help booklets developed to support people with mild to moderate learning/intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The booklets can be used with the support of family members, friends, volunteers and carers.

Stonewall's Home Learning Packs - Whether you're a teacher sending work home for your students, or a parent or carer looking for some activities for your child, these packs are for you. Primary, secondary and SEND (special educational needs and disability) versions available for all packs. 


Disability and Mental Health

NHS Inform - BSL (British Sign Language) video explaining steps you can take to help avoid infection from coronavirus (COVID-19) and self-isolation advice. 

SignHealth - making coronavirus information is available in BSL, covering issues from what coronavirus is, what the government guidance is, to how to self-isolate.

British Deaf Association - accessible information on COVID-19.

Disability Information Scotland - helps to guide people through the maze of disability information. Helpline: 0300 323 9961

ClearYourHead.Scot - national mental health campaign to help people cope during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic 

Autistica - Support for Employers of autistic staff relating to COVID-19.

Business Disability Forum - resources and advice about how COVID-19 affect disabled employees for both employees and employers.

AbilityNet - Webinar (recorded) – Working from home – Tech solutions for disabled people.

Contact - Information about Covid-19 coronavirus for families with disabled children.

Easy Read - Easy Read Online have produced a number of documents on COVID-19 and 'Staying well at home' to make information more accessible.  

ADDITUDE (ADHD) - A Beginner’s Guide to Telecommuting.

Live Through This & Maggies - LGBTIQ+ cancer online support

Regard - National organisation for LGBT Disabled people has produced guides for Disabled and older people, featuring advice for food shopping, as well as how to cope with extended isolation.

Remploy - Free confidential service is available at no charge to any employees with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues affecting their work.

Mind - Plans for staying home or indoors, as well as tips for self-isolating while taking care of your wellbeing. 

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability - a series of guided self-help booklets developed to support people with mild to moderate learning/intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The booklets can be used with the support of family members, friends, volunteers and carers.

Stonewall's Home Learning Packs - Whether you're a teacher sending work home for your students, or a parent or carer looking for some activities for your child, these packs are for you. SEND (special educational needs and disability) versions available for all packs.

Mental Health Foundation - Resources to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.

 
 

 


Gender and Gender Based Violence

Start 4 Life - Coronavirus advice for pregnant women.

Maternity Action - legal advice on pregnant women's rights.

Rape Crisis Scotland - Working to end sexual violence - helpline and email support. Helpline/support: 08088 00 00 14 and info@rapecrisiscentre-glasgow.co.uk

Scottish Women's Rights Centre -  Blogs and information on support available during the pandemic, updates about our services, changes to the justice system and more.

End GBV UK - Whether you are locked down with a family hostile to your sexuality, a controlling partner, a family coercing you to marry against you will, or if you are being stalked or cyber-harassed there is help available.

Respect - Men's advice line - help for male victims of domestic abuse.

Refuge - National domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247

Women's Aid - COVID-19 safety advice for survivors

Harmful Traditional Practices (HRP) - Support for employers to understand the impact of HRP such as forced marrage, honor abuse etc.  Urgent Response to COVID-19

Galop - LGBT+ anti-violence charity - National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 or help@galop.org.uk

Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline - Support for anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them. Call 24 hours a day 7 days a week on 0800 027 1234 or Email on helpline@sdafmh.org.uk


LGBTQ+

LGBT Helpline Scotland - Phone: 0300 123 2523 (Tue & Wed 12-9pm, Thu & Sun 12-6pm), Email: helpline@lgbthealth.org.uk
Chat online: www.lgbthealth.org.uk (3-9pm)

LGBT Youth Scotland - Text: 07786 202 370 (Mon-Fri), Email: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk, Chat online: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk (6pm - 8pm)

Scottish Trans - Important information about continuing hormones during the coronavirus outbreak.

Stonewall Scotland - Here to help with any issues affecting LGBT people or their families. Whatever your situation, you’re not on your own. We’ll do what we can to listen and help or point you in the right direction of someone who can.

Queer Care - a transfeminist autonomous care organisation, providing training, support and advocacy for trans and queer people in the uk (and further afield).

Live Through This & Maggies - LGBTIQ+ cancer online support

LGBT Age - LGBT Age works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people aged 50 and over in Greater Glasgow and the Lothians. - For individual support, social events and groups, contact Jean: jean@lgbthealth.org.uk or Tele: 0141 271 2330.

Galop - LGBT+ anti-violence charity - National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 or help@galop.org.uk

UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group - supporting those seeking asylum.

Spark & Co - Curated links to organisations and information designed to help those from BAME backgrounds. 

Small Trans Library - In response to the current crisis, both branches of the Small Trans Library have created groceries & supply funds for trans and non-binary people who are out of work or struggling.

Stonewall's Home Learning Packs - Whether you're a teacher sending work home for your students, or a parent or carer looking for some activities for your child, these packs are for you. Primary, secondary and SEND (special educational needs and disability) versions available for all packs.

End GBV UK - Whether you are locked down with a family hostile to your sexuality, a controlling partner, a family coercing you to marry against you will, or if you are being stalked or cyber-harassed there is help available.


Religion and Belief

Union of Jewish Students - how to mitigate the impact of the outbreak of this virus and ensure our own wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of those around us.

Spark & Co. - collated support from different faith based organisations. 

Muslim Council of Britain - coronavirus advice for during Ramadan and health advice.