Please note: this page will be updated regularly with additional resources and guidance as they become available.
As Scotland’s COVID-19 restrictions move to beyond Level 0, our team at CVS Falkirk has revised our main resource page with new and updated guidance, resources, and the continued amazing efforts by our local communities to support each other, in order to make them as widely available as possible.
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Everyone should still remain cautious and act carefully, following government advice and any changes to restrictions. Some protective measures will stay in place, including masks and face coverings indoors and on public transport, by law (with exemptions in place), and the collection of contact details as part of Test and Protect. People are also advised to continue to clean their hands and surfaces regularly.
A full list of resources and local responses is available in the table below:
However, some protective measures will stay in place, including masks and face coverings indoors and on public transport, by law (with exemptions in place), and the collection of contact details as part of Test and Protect. People are also advised to continue to clean their hands and surfaces regularly.
The legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on gatherings will be removed the same day, when all venues across Scotland are able to reopen. Additionally, adults identified as close contacts of someone testing positive for COVID-19 will no longer be automatically required to self-isolate for 10 days; anyone who is double-vaccinated with at least 2 weeks passed since their second dose, and who has no symptoms will be able to end self-isolation if they return a negative PCR test.
Other baseline measures will remain in place:
- Scottish Government will continue to use travel restrictions, as and when necessary, to restrict the spread of outbreaks and protect against the risk of importation of new variants
- people should continue home working where possible
- Scottish Government recognise that some staff will start to return to offices, in line with staff wellbeing discussions and business need. They will encourage employers to consider a hybrid model of home and office working (or “blended working”) for the longer term
- for a limited period, a gateway process will be kept in place, through which organisers of outdoors events of more than 5000 and indoor events of more than 2000 will have to apply for permission
- this will allow Scottish Government and local authorities to be assured of the arrangements in place to reduce risk
- Scottish Government will continue to issue appropriate guidance to assist individuals and businesses to reduce the risk of transmission as much as possible
For further information, including how these changes affect children and young people, please view the full web article.
The free app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is now available to download through the Test and Protect website, and via the App Store and Google Play. This is in addition to the QR code sign-in measures many businesses and venues have in place across Scotland.
The free Protect Scotland App has been designed to help keep Scotland safe from COVID-19. As we see the rate of infection increase, it’s important that we all download and use the Protect Scotland app. The more of us using the app, the better it will be.
For further information, please view the full web article.
Self- Registering Online
People in Scotland can register for their COVID-19 vaccination online if they:
- are 16 years old or over
- have not already had their first COVID-19 vaccination
- are registered with a GP surgery in Scotland
Eligible people in Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles will be contacted by their health board.
If anyone eligible for the self-registration system (or who should have already received their vaccine) doesn’t have access to the internet or a smartphone, they can still register for SMS and email updates by calling the national COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline: 0800 030 8013.
(Please note: if you are 12 years old or over and are a household contact of a person who has had an immunosuppression letter, you should call the helpline number above.)
To register, please visit the NHS Scotland self-registration page.
Alternatively, for further information, visit the NHS Inform Scotland website.
Vaccine Drop-In Clinics
The Falkirk clinic runs 8:30am – 7pm every day, including weekends, from Units 1 and 2 at Falkirk Community Hospital (the old Falkirk Royal Infirmary), Westburn Avenue, Falkirk, FK1 5QE (directions linked for your convenience, via Google Maps).
If you are under 18 years old, you should ensure the clinic offers the Pfizer vaccine before attending. Please note that AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are available at all clinics in Forth Valley, but the Moderna vaccine is currently only available at a number of clinics in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Lothian and NHS Grampian. People can attend vaccination clinics in other NHS board areas if this is more convenient.
Vaccination Status Confirmation
As many venues and holiday destinations begin to request confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination status, people in Forth Valley can now access their vaccination status and request a printed copy online via NHS Inform (linked for your convenience), or by contacting the COVID-19 Status Helpline by phone: 0808 196 8565.
The helpline is open every day from 10am – 6pm.
If you have never received a unique username, you can sign up for one by using the “recover username” option, and entering your name using CAPITAL LETTERS.
Please note, it is your responsibility to check what the requirements are to enter the country you are travelling to. It is also your responsibility to check what the requirements are to return to Scotland from your country of travel. Further information on travel requirements is available via the Scottish Government and UK Government websites.
Accessible Vaccine Information
NHS Inform has a range of accessible information available on COVID-19 vaccines, including:
- general advice leaflets
- audio advice leaflets
- British Sign Language (BSL) video translations
- leaflets translated into over 30 other languages (including Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Gaelic, Pashto, Latvian, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Yoruba amongst others)
- Easy Read versions
- large print versions
Vaccines are the best protection against COVID-19, and NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get the vaccine when offered it.
For further information on COVID-19 vaccines, please visit any of the pages listed below, or watch the video from NHS Scotland and Scottish Government.
- NHS Inform (including information on the different types of vaccines in use, information for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, what to expect from your appointment, and accessib;e information (linked above)
- NHS Inform page on vaccines and health conditions
- World Health Organization (WHO) (including their “Vaccines Explained” series)
Following the move to beyond Level 0, Scottish Government has released the Chief Medical Officer’s letter to everyone on the highest risk list from COVID-19 (previously the shielding list).
The letter is available to view or download as a pdf from the CVS Falkirk website.
They recognise that many people on this list will be worried about the move beyond level 0, and the likely impact of feeling isolated for long periods of time on people’s mental health. As a result, the letter includes a leaflet written with people at highest risk in mind, with advice on coping with anxiety, stress and feeling down.
The letter also provides further information on vaccines, including on their effectiveness in the highest risk group in Scotland, and the COVID-19 booster programme, along with supermarket priority slots, returning to work and vaccines for young people with health conditions.
For further information (including extra materials), please view the full web article.
Back to School in Falkirk
It’s that time of year again! The days are slightly cooler (or, in Scotland, a lot rainier), the harvest is coming in, and schools across Scotland are starting back.
In Falkirk, schools went back on Wednesday 18th August, for the first time since we moved beyond Level 0 of COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the month. But some precautions are still in place, with special arrangements in schools – and on top of that, we know a lot of people will be worried about the risks COVID-19 still presents, and the impact of the last 18 months on their children and families.
We want to help as much as we can, and highlight as many available resources in our communities as we can. As a result, our team has put together the Back to School in Falkirk page, with information on support available from our local groups and partners.
The page includes details on restrictions in schools (which, for the first 6 weeks after pupils return to school, will be similar to before they finished for summer), where you can find any last minute uniform pieces, and various guides from Young Scot to help kids feel more at ease returning to school.
For further information, please visit the Back to School in Falkirk page.
Vaccines for Children and Young People with Specific Conditions
Invitations for vaccines are now going out to young people aged 12 – 17 years old with specific health conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, with first doses expected to be offered to this group by the end of August.
According to NHS Inform, The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that young people aged 12 – 15 years old at an increased risk of COVID-19 should be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
This includes children and young people with:
- severe neuro-disabilities
- Down’s syndrome
- underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression
- diagnosis of a learning or intellectual disability
The JCVI also recommends that those aged 12 – 15 years old who live with someone who is immunosuppressed (even if they don’t have any health conditions themselves) should also be offered the vaccine.
If your child or young person is eligible, you will be contacted by NHS Scotland with your child’s vaccination appointment details. Some children under specialist care will be contacted directly by their healthcare professional and others will receive a vaccination invitation letter. (Local health boards aim to vaccinate those who cannot attend a clinic in their own home or a care setting; these health boards will contact the parents or carers of these children directly to organise this.)
For further information, please visit the NHS Inform page.
NHS24 has announced a change in hours for their COVID-19 Special Helplines.
The non-symptomatic COVID-19 Special Helpline, and NHS Inform’s general health information line, will operate 8am – 8pm each day from Monday 9th August.
This is in response to reduced calls from the public to these numbers after 8pm. The lines previously closed at 10pm.
Both lines are still available 7 days a week by calling:
- non-symptomatic COVID-19 Special Helpline: 0800 028 2816
- general health information line: 0800 22 44 88
For further information on the helplines, please contact NHS24 by email: NHS24.EngagementTeam@nhs24.scot.nhs.uk
A range of funding support and resources specifically designed to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the designated page, including:
- Free Funding Portal
The free CVS Falkirk Funding Portal is available via our website to help third sector groups and organisations of all sizes with their funding searches.
The portal is powered by Grantsonline, the UK’s most comprehensive and up to date UK grant funding information service. Once registered, users will be able to search for a range of different funding opportunities, across local and national organisations.
The regular Funding Insight bulletin is also available for portal users, produced by Grantsonline.
To access the portal, or for further information, please visit the CVS Falkirk website.
Alternatively, or further information on the portal or funding support in general, contact CVS Falkirk by email: email@example.com
- CFSLA Lottery: Currently Open
Applications are currently open for the CFSLA Lottery, with the deadline for applications this round on Monday 30th August.
The Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling Local Authority (CFSLA) Lottery is open to charities, community and voluntary groups within these areas; awards can be used to support the group’s users during the COVID-19 pandemic, or restart their services, with a maximum award of £500.
Applications should be submitted at least one week prior to a committee meeting, or will be deferred to the next scheduled meeting for assessment.
The next meeting takes place on Monday 6th September; the deadline for applications this round is Monday 30th August.
To apply, or for further information, please visit the CFSLA Lottery website.
- Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF)
Scottish Government’s Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF) is now open for applications.
The fund aims to support local, community-based organisations with small grants of up to £8,000 to deliver activities helping mitigate the impact of welfare reform, promote social inclusion, combat inequality, and increase partnership working.
To be eligible, organisations must have had an income of less than £200,000 in their last financial year. It cannot fund any existing work, core costs or management fees.
The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 10th September.
For further information, including how to apply, please view the full web article.
- Volunteer Expenses Fund 2021-22
The Volunteer Expenses Fund 2021-22 has been set up to support community groups and voluntary organisations operating in Falkirk and District whose volunteers provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed directly to volunteers in order to reduce organisational time and resource. Travel expenses should be claimed weekly, and paid monthly in arrears for the period of Thursday 1st July 2021, until Monday 31st January 2022 (at which time the end date may be reviewed in line with Scottish Government guidance relating to COVID-19).
Applications can currently be made at any time up until Monday 31st January 2022.
To apply, or for further information, please contact our team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our team and partners have been in touch with community food providers throughout the Falkirk area, and pulled all their contact information into a simple 2 page document, which can be viewed or downloaded as a pdf document (linked for your convenience).
You can also get in touch with specific groups in your area via their contact details on our local directory, which is organised alphabetically by group name.
Please share these details with anyone and anywhere you think people may need it.
During the pandemic, we have shared health updates from our partners at Scottish Government and NHS Scotland, and from advocacy groups across Scotland for those with specific health conditions.
We have now created a single page for this information, along with resources and guidance, including:
- guidance on face coverings
- translated vaccine guidance
- vaccine advice for pregnant people
For further information, please view the dedicated Health Guidance and Resources During COVID-19 page.
As part of our efforts to help everyone stay safe during this ever-changing time, we have created a page to gather information on the mental health support available in Falkirk. By bringing together as much information as possible into one place, we hope we can help those who need it.
The page includes a list of contacts, groups, resources and services designed specifically to help, with details on:
- our own list of local mental health services, for anyone who needs it
- Andy’s Man Club
- See Me Scotland
Please remember: daily life has changed for all of us, and it can feel worrying, lonely and uncertain. It’s okay to not feel yourself, and it’s natural to feel nervous as things open up again and our lives start to get busier. If you feel you need help, please reach out.
For further information, please visit the dedicated page for Mental Health Support During COVID-19.
We’ve created a page specifically featuring support available for carers in Falkirk during COVID-19, including vaccination updates and dates of information sessions.
To view the full list, please visit the dedicated Support for Carers During COVID-19 page.
Unpaid carers (including young carers and young adult carers) who are looking for support can contact the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre:
If you or any member of your family need to isolate due to exposure to COVID-19, or have been advised to shield, there is support in place in Falkirk:
- Support for People helpline (Falkirk Council)
- open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm by phone: 0808 100 3161
- the team assists those who are most vulnerable in society as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including those who need help to access food, medicines/prescriptions and other essential services. This will be prioritised for those who have no other way to access these
- Self-Isolation Support Team (Falkirk Council)
- working alongside the existing Support for People helpline to provide support to those who need to self-isolate, with daily updates from Public Health Scotland’s Test and Protect, of people within the Falkirk Council area who have either tested positive for COVID-19, or been identified as a close contact of a positive test
- the team contact people on the list, by phone, to check they have support in place to allow them to self-isolate correctly and to check if they are eligible for the £500 self-isolation support grant
We know that money worries or pressures add to the concerns of individuals and families, including isolation and the impact seen on mental health and physical health.
In order to help people in Falkirk, and help local groups and services support the people they are engaging with, we have pulled together some information and resources available to help maximise income for individuals and families, especially during COVID-19, including sources of financial assistance and debt counselling.
This new page includes information that families and individuals can access themselves as well as stakeholder and partner resources.
To read the full list, please visit the new Maximising Income page.
Our team here at CVS Falkirk has put together a short and simple guide to using Zoom, for meetings with ourselves and anyone else, and for personal use like keeping in touch with families and friends.
We appreciate that a lot of organisations already use Zoom, however, we know this is not always the case. We want to ensure everyone has access to our meetings, and the ability to keep in touch with people, as much as possible during these times, and decided to create this guide as a way of helping that.
To view or download the guide as a pdf document, please visit the CVS Falkirk website.
(Our original COVID-19 page has been archived and is still available to view, in the interests of transparency and providing information to our communities.)