During this time of significant uncertainty, Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA) is working closely with the Aberdeenshire 'Care for People' group who are in regular and close contact with the Grampian Local Resilience Partnership. We are continuing to support community and voluntary groups to deliver the vital services that are needed to ensure that our communities remain safe, supported and informed. In addition to the information provided by the Scottish Government, the key sources of information that we advocate using for community and voluntary groups are Ready Scotland, the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and Volunteer Scotland. More locally, we are also keeping a close eye on the twitter feeds of both Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership.
30th March 2020: Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub
A new Grampian-wide one-stop resource has been developed to support people and communities to access some of the information they need, and can be found at https://gcah.org.uk/. It provides links to health and prevention advice; schools and education information; assistance for businesses and employers; and benefits and financial advice. These are in addition to a support and assistance centre for communities where you can either make a request for assistance or offer assistance at this time of need.
Community and Third Sector Response Survey
There is a lot of information avaliable through multiple sources relating to the availability of community groups who are supporting the people in and across our society who are most in need at the moment. To help clarify this picture and provide one source of information, we have published a short survey to help us populate a live information source for people and communities to access. The survey can be found by clicking here and we estimate that it should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. The data that we collect will be published on this page on a daily basis, with the aim being that there is a directory of community and third sector support services available as a public resource. AVA cannot however take any responsibility for the quality of the services provided by any group listed in the directory; we cannot guarantee the length of time that the groups will operate for; and will not advocate the services of any one group over another. The directory will usually be updated at approximately 1000hrs and 1700hrs on each working day.
Community and Third Sector Response Directory
Third Sector Resilience Fund
The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund will support organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period. Further information can be found by clicking on this link which will take you to the SCVO website for where you can start the application process.
We thank you for your support of the communities across Aberdeenshire.