In collaboration with Policy Scotland and the Network for Social and Educational Equity, Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland is undertaking a programme of research and intelligence gathering in high poverty settings across Scotland that seeks to understand local responses to the COVID-19 crisis and provide insights that can support the next phase of action at both local and national levels.
The third sector – a collaborative response to supporting families
The third sector have played a crucial role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, particularly in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Within hours of the government announcement, many third sector organisations had already adapted their activities to meet the urgent needs of families, for example shifting from teaching people to cycle to food shopping and collecting prescriptions.
Funders have been supportive of the fast, agile response from the third sector, allowing organisations to re-purpose their existing grants and relaxing eligibility criteria for new funding applications.
The ways in which third sector organisations have worked together to respond to the needs of families during the crisis has been impressive. The Glasgow Helps helpline was set up within four days. It was initiated by the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) and involves Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, Volunteer Glasgow and Scottish Fire and Rescue.
The helpline and directory have been used to identify and plug gaps in local provision. Where there is an absence of food provision in an area, third sector organisations have responded to requests and expanded their reach. The helpline also processes offers of help from volunteers.
Read the briefing in full here: Early insights into the COVID-19 responses part 3 – the third sector’s crucial role 8 May 2020 (pdf)
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To cite this briefing: Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, Early insights into the COVID-19 response – 8 May 2020, Policy Scotland, 8 May 2020, https://policyscotland.gla.ac.uk/cns-early-insights-into-the-covid-19-response-8-may-2020