Coronavirus - COVID-19
Latest information from Scottish Government
For five days, 23 to 27 December, three households will be allowed to form a temporary "Christmas bubble" to mix indoors and stay overnight.
Bubbles will be allowed to meet each other:
- In each other's homes
- At a place of worship
- In outdoor public spaces or gardens
The bubbles will be fixed, you cannot mix with two households on Christmas Day and two different ones on Boxing Day. Households you are in a Christmas bubble with cannot be in others.
There will be no limit on the number of children under the age of 12 included but no more than eight adults in each bubble. People who are self-isolating should not join a Christmas bubble. If someone tests positive, or develops coronavirus symptoms up to 48 hours after the Christmas bubble last met, everyone will have to self-isolate.
Support for Individuals
- Advice Renfrewshire - Find free, confidential, impartial advice in Renfrewshire – the advice you need when you need it
- Renfrewshire Council - Communities, charities and volunteering - this useful page contains contact details for local groups and links to lots of support websites
Support for Organisations
- SCVO Nationwide Directory
- Home Working Guidance
- SCVO's digital service delivery
- Third Sector Information Hub
- Test and Protect - advice for employers
- Guidance from OSCR
Following the latest announcements from Scottish government please see notes below on volunteering support:
The Ready Scotland website has recently been refreshed and sets out how to get help and also how to give help to your neighbours, friends and family.
For those without digital access, support can be sought from the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.
The Scottish Community Development Centre also has advice on how volunteers can help safely in their communities during the pandemic.
Helpful resources to support the wellbeing of volunteers and others are also available from Lifelines Scotland. Lifelines is a resource for volunteers and others, including managers, and explains what protects individuals in their work or volunteering role and how they can stay well, cope with stress and boost their resilience. It also has information on how to be a supportive colleague and where to access advice should individuals or their families need more help.
Remember that Engage Renfrewshire manages the Renfrewshire COVID-19 Volunteer Reserve which currently has over 200 members and we also have our wider volunteering platform which has over 800 residents now registered as interested in volunteering. Please get in touch if you are looking for volunteers to support your work and/or offer relief to existing volunteers.
Though the Scotland Cares campaign has been suspended both Volunteer Scotland and British Red Cross also have databases of available volunteers and they can also be contacted for assistance in recruiting volunteers for short-term COVID related tasks.
Volunteer Scotland - Margaret.Starkie@VolunteerScotland.org.uk.
British Red Cross - 0141 891 4031 - firstname.lastname@example.org