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Where to find additional support

To protect yourself and others, it’s really important that everyone follows the Government advice and now stays at home unless essential to leave.   However, it doesn’t mean that you’re alone.  

If you’re looking for some additional support for you or someone you know, here’s a list of organisations who may be able to offer help and advice.

This page will be updated on a rolling basis as more resources become available.

You can also click to find out more about how to help in your community.

 

Older people, and those caring for the over 70s

Age Scotland 

 

Pregnant women

Health guidance for pregnant women and maternity professionals looking after them has been produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Guidance is also available as part of the general Q&A on the NHS Inform website

 

Those with a disability

Disability Information Scotland run a helpline and host useful information.

 

Those who are worried about losing their job, or seeking advice regarding employment rights, careers, or redundancy

Citizens Advice Scotland

Skills Development Scotland

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

 

For Debt Advice

StepChange 

National Debtline 

 

For parents

Parentline is a family support service available for all parents and carers in Scotland.

Parent Club have information for parents including advice on staying at home with the kids. 

For single parent families affected by the coronavirus, check One Parent Families Scotland

 

For general and consumer advice

Advice Direct Scotland

 

For anyone feeling suicidal or struggling with their mental health

Samaritans Scotland offer a 24 hour Freephone helpline plus an email support service

 

For those looking for information or guidance on looking after their mental health 

Check the Scottish Association for Mental Health 

 

For households looking for advice on reducing energy bills and staying warm

Contact Home Energy Scotland on their freephone number 0808 808 2282 or check https://energysavingtrust.org.uk

 

For those with any questions on their energy supply

You should check your supplier’s website in the first instance and contact them if further information is needed.  If the supplier cannot resolve your issue you can contact Citizens Advice for further help.

 

Those who may require a mortgage payment holiday

The Money Advice Service have information on steps to take

 

Those involved in voluntary and community organisations

Help and advice, including about funding, is available from SCVO’s COVID-19 Third Sector Information Hub.

 

Those with learning disabilities or their carers

The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities provides links to useful easyread resources on Coronavirus

Enable Scotland offer support for people with learning disabilities as well as a helpline

 

Those with autism or their carers

Scottish Autism provide advice via email and a call-back service

The National Autistic Society provides information including a social story to help explain Coronavirus: - 

 

Those with dementia or their carers

Alzheimers Scotland 

 

BSL signers

The First Minister’s briefings are being interpreted so that BSL users can access updates, and can be found on the Scottish Government YouTube channel.

There is also a BSL channel on Parliament TV with updates.

 

Gypsy / Traveller community

Information and guidance has been produced for Gypsy, Traveller and Liveaboard Boater communities on coronavirus and is available on the Friends, Families and Travellers website.

 

For anyone in Scotland experiencing domestic abuse or forced marriage, and for others supporting them

You can look at Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline  

 

For anyone affected by sexual violence

Support is available via a helpline and also by email at Rape Crisis Scotland.