This summer, as the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we at CVS Falkirk are focusing on recovery and how we can best support our Falkirk third sector going forward. “Review, Revive and Thrive” is a chance to evaluate and adapt as we plan how to make the “new normal” even better than what came before.
(Image caption: against a green background, the words “Review, Revive and Thrive” in large black letters; underneath reads “How we can move forward together”, in smaller black letters, with the silhouette of a stylised black plant on the right.)
Please note: this page will be updated regularly with additional resources and guidance as they become available.
Our theme for this period is “Review, Revive and Thrive”: a chance to evaluate and adapt as we plan how best to go forward, how to make the “new normal” even better than what came before.
Through our local connections, our team has pulled together different information, guidance, and resources, in order to make them as widely available as possible. Where possible, we have highlighted local third sector organisations, businesses and opportunities.
A full list of available resources and local responses (including training, guides and local PPE providers) is available in the table below. We will also be highlighting this information in our weekly e-bulletin, and on our News pages.
- Scottish Government COVID-19 framework
- available to view or download as a pdf via the CVS Falkirk website
- Strategic Framework for Re-Opening Schools, Early Learning and Childcare Provision
- COVID-19 Scenario Planning for the Third Sector
Our colleagues at Midlothian Third Sector Interface, Midlothian Council and Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) have drafted a planning framework around COVID-19 and other crisis, and kindly allowed us to share it locally.
The draft framework provides the structure at the heart of crisis response measures (for those unfamiliar), and a range of examples around COVID-19 which each group can adapt to suit your own needs and environment, along with a tentative timeline based on Scottish Government’s framework and ongoing scientific and health advice.
To download the COVID-19 Scenario Planning framework as an editable Word document, please visit the CVS Falkirk website.
- Youth Scotland Post Lockdown Readiness Guide for Youth Groups
Youth Scotland has developed a guide to help youth groups and organisations to plan for re-opening post COVID-19.
The “Post Lockdown Readiness Guide” aims to support groups and organisations and offer practical advice for re-opening. There is also a detailed summary of Scottish Government’s Framework, and which areas apply to youth groups and organisations, including physical distancing in youth work premises, and hygiene and infection control measures.
To view or download the guide, please visit the Youth Scotland website.
- Digital “How To” Guides
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)’s Digital Team has created 3 new “How To” guides for third sector groups and organisations adapting their work in response to COVID-19:
- Re-Opening Your Building Checklist
Volunteering Matters has created a practical checklist around re-opening a building for work, for staff, volunteers, or anyone else.
The checklist is designed to inform a risk assessment (though not replace it; please see above for free risk assessment training, under “Health and Safety”), and covers equipment checks and tests (including Legionella tests on the water, to ensure the bacteria has not built up while the building was unused), signage, floorplans, and staff and volunteer behaviour.
To view or download the checklist, please visit the Volunteering Matters website.
- The Curve: Digital Skills Training for the Third Sector
The Curve is a series of free, 90 minute workshops for third sector organisations from Third Sector Lab. These online workshops aim to build knowledge around best digital practices, raise awareness of digital tools and ultimately help increase impact with digital resources. The workshops may be useful for many groups and organisations looking to promote their activities and locations re-opening, or because their services have changed and moved online during COVID-19.
For a full list of available workshops, please visit the Third Sector Lab website.
A message on volunteering in recovery, and support available for Falkirk’s local sector, from a member of our Volunteering Team, Lynsey:
“As lockdown restrictions ease and more of our local third sector groups and organisations take steps to renew their valued services and activities, involving volunteers in a safe and appropriate way is a hot topic.
The challenging circumstances of COVID-19 have led to many local people letting us know that they are ready, willing and able to volunteer to help. We want to provide them with the information they need to choose a volunteer opportunity that’s a good fit for them.
We know that volunteers will be needed more than ever during recovery and reconnecting, and we’d like you to tell us how this will look for your organisation.
Our whole team at CVS Falkirk is committed to continuing to support local groups and organisations throughout this period, by engaging with interested volunteers regularly to let them know about which opportunities are available and how they can get involved, as well as providing support to find the right opportunity to those who need it.
Please get in touch to let us know which volunteer opportunities are essential for you to provide your services and activities in this phase of eased lockdown. If you need help to create these opportunities, we can support you with that too.”
Please contact Lynsey Hansford by phone: 07917006943, or email: email@example.com
Alternatively, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social Distancing Policy
Our friends at Community Focus Scotland CIC have created a Social Distancing Policy for their own use, which they have kindly allowed us to share with the wider third sector, as a starting point for your own group or organisation. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about adapting the policy to suit your needs.
Social distancing measures are for everyone, including business, charities and other third sector organisations and groups. We should all be trying to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Every person in Scotland must comply with the Scottish Government measures, which first came into effect on Thursday 26th March 2020.
To view or download this policy, please visit the CVS Falkirk website.
- FREE Risk Assessment Training
Nina Fairweather, a chartered safety and health practitioner based in Dundee with more than 25 years experience in the international hospitality industry, has published a short, FREE training session on how to complete a COVID-19 risk assessment.
The session covers some of the key controls that must be taken into consideration when carrying out a specific Covid-19 risk assessment for your group, organisation or business (including social enterprises), and provides participants with informed considerations on how to carry out a risk assessment to re-open your business safely.
The session takes 45 minutes and is available at any time.
To access the training, or for further information (including other available courses), please visit the Fairweather Safety Consulting course website.
- HSE Workplace COVID-19 Safety Advice and Guidance
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has complied a range of workplace advice on gas safety, air conditioning and ventilation, and other guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, which may be useful during this next recovery phase, covering air conditioning and ventilation, gas safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Display Screen Equipment and face coverings.
For further information (including a full list of the guidance available), please view the full web article.
- Online Cleaning Knowledge and Skills Course
The Skills Network Scotland provides a range of accredited and fully-funded online training courses for people in Scotland.
Courses include a Cleaning Knowledge and Skills course, which covers learning about infection control, and may be particularly useful for local groups and organisations who are considering how to safely resume their services and activities as lockdown restrictions ease.
To qualify for funding for the courses, participants must:
- be aged 16 years old or over
- live in Scotland
- have been living within the EU for at least the last 3 years
- PPE for Early Learning and Childcare Services
To offer a route to buying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for private, voluntary and independent early learning and childcare services (including childminders and out-of-school care), Scottish Government has set up a framework agreement with third-party supplier Lyreco.
The products offered via the framework include face masks, aprons, gloves, visors, hand sanitiser, goggles and safety glasses. All products are subject to availability and prices are updated regularly on the Lyreco website.
Please note that this is a “pay for” service, and the childcare provider will be responsible for paying for any products purchased from Lyreco under this agreement.
For further information, including how to open an account with Lyrceo, please visit the Care Inspectorate website.
- Local Safety Equipment: MinuteMan Press Falkirk Clear Banners
As mentioned above, part of our focus on the recovery phase means we are highlighting local Falkirk providers of PPE and other safety equipment.
MinuteMan Press in Falkirk has launched new Clear Protective Roll Up Banners. The banners stand at 800mm wide and 2 metres high, costing £48 + VAT each (with a free carry bag as standard).
The banners are designed for a range of sectors, environments and businesses, including offices, industrial or retail environments, mobile setups, salons, nail bars and barbers.
Fitting is not required; the banners are designed to be lightweight and easy to set up, move and take down, and can be relocated as required.
For further information, please contact MinuteMan Press by phone: 01324 613636, or email: email@example.com
- Children’s Social Distancing Guidance Changes in Phase 3
At the start of July, the First Minister announced changes to requirements for physical distancing amongst young children who are not shielding.
As Scotland is now in Phase 3 of recovery, children under 12 years old can now play with their friends without having to social distance, or keep 2 metres apart. They also do not need to keep 2 metres apart from older children or adults outside of their household (unless these people are in the increased risk category).
Children can now meet up to 15 friends from up to 4 households outdoors, or up to 8 friends from up to 2 households indoors.
Children over 12 years old still need to socially distance at this time.
For further information on how Phase 3 guidance and restrictions affect children and families, please visit the Parent Club page (which is updated regularly).
- Scottish Government’s Framework for Re-Opening Schools
On Tuesday 23rd June, Deputy First Minister John Swinney spoke before the Scottish Parliament and announced plans to re-open Scottish schools 7 weeks later, on Tuesday 11th August.
Scottish schools closed in March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown procedures. Mr Swinney noted that while the plan is to re-open Scottish schools fulltime, this has to be achieved safely, and remains conditional and dependent upon ongoing scientific and health advice, as part of a wider approach.
To read Mr Swinney’s statement in full, please visit the Scottish Government website.
The Scottish Government COVID-19 framework is also available to view online, along with the Strategic Framework for Re-Opening Schools, Early Learning and Childcare Provision.
- Route Map for Children and Young People’s Services
The COVID-19 Children & Families Collective Leadership Group has considered the Scottish Government COVID-19 framework, and produced a route map specifically related to services for children and young people.
The group endorses the intent of Scottish Government’s framework map to support Scotland’s children and families, as part of the continued commitment to “Getting It Right For Every Child” (GIRFEC).
The children and young people’s services route map covers Phase 2 to 4 of Scotland’s recover; there might be further updates.
To view or download the COVID-19 Children & Families Collective Leadership Group’s route map, please visit the CVS Falkirk website.
- Webinars for Families: Supporting Children and Young People with ASN
With funding from Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund, Children in Scotland is running a series of webinars throughout the summer for parents and carers on supporting children and young people with additional support needs (ASN).(Professionals are also welcome.)
The next sessions are:
- “Supporting children/teens with ASN to manage health anxieties” on Monday 20th July, 3pm – 4:30pm
- “Understanding children’s rights and additional support requirements” on Thursday 23rd July, 10am – 12pm
- “Supporting children/teens with ASN with their transition back to schooling” on Friday 31st July, 3pm – 4:30pm
Tickets for each session are free, though there are options to add donations.
For further information, including how to book a place at any session, please view the full web article; alternatively, click on the relevant session title to book your place.
- DYW Leaving School Online Programme
Forth Valley Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) has created a programme of online content, aimed at young people leaving school this summer, their parents and carers.
The programme includes several elements, such as the DYW Skills Academy, E-DYW (which is an online portal of resources), and “Scotland’s Biggest Parent’s Evenings” – these online events are designed for young people who have just left, or are about to leave, school, their parents, carers and guardians, and take place on:
- Tuesday 7th July, 7pm – 7:30pm (“Pathways to Industry”)
- Tuesday 21st July, 7pm – 7:30pm (“Vocational Pathways to Industry”)
- Tuesday 4th August, 7pm – 7:30pm (“#NoWrongPath to Industry”)
- Tuesday 15th September, 7pm – 7:30pm (“Pathways to Priority Industries”)
All events will be broadcast via YouTube and Facebook and available for future viewing; attendees will receive the link before the broadcast starts.
For further information, including how to register for access to the programme and resources, please read the full web article.
- Online Learning Support from Education Scotland and e-Sgoil
Working in partnership, Education Scotland and e-Sgoil will provide new support to increase the availability of online learning across different subjects and support digital inclusion throughout Scotland.
The support aims to develop a strong national e-learning provision, with a number of additional teachers from local authorities trained to provide online lessons (available to learners in the senior phase in Scotland via Glow). These online lessons are designed to help support and augment the work of classroom teachers in local arrangements for schools re-opening on Tuesday 11th August.
All local authorities and schools in Scotland will be able to access live lessons on a range of subjects, and will take shared ownership for delivering these.
For further information, please read the full web article.
MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project) Carers Centre has produced the Test and Protect process video in three other languages:
- Dealing with Bereavement and Grief as a Carer
COVID-19 has sadly meant that some carers are having to face the loss of the person they cared for, perhaps under very difficult circumstances.
Writing for the Your Later Life website, Helen Walker (CEO of Carers UK) has compiled suggestions help deal with the impact of losing someone you cared for, whatever their age, health status or relationship to you. “Carers will experience a whole range of emotions, especially if this signifies the end of their caring role.”
Ms Walker’s blog details the kind of practical details that often follow losing someone, from registering the death to organising the funeral, and suggests that it may help to break these tasks down, listing them in order of priority and ticking them off once completed. There are then ideas on how else to celebrate the person’s life, and available national resources.
For further information, please visit the Your Later Life website.
Alternatively, unpaid carers in the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire areas who are dealing with loss can contact the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre:
- by phone: Falkirk – 01324 611510; Clackmannanshire: 01259 226839
- by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- via Twitter or Facebook
You can also visit our COVID-19 Community Responses, Resources and Guidance page for information on support available during this time.