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This page was last updated on 04 April 2020, 10:03.

Pandemic Information and Response

  • Register to Receive a Helping Hand

    To be added to the register of people needing help please fill out the form below and submit it. You can submit a request for yourself, or on behalf of a family member or friend living in Fife.

    We will respond to every request for help. We may be unable to help everybody, but we'll work closely with our colleagues at Fife Council and across the third sector to help as many as we can.

    Important: If you are requesting help for somebody else please supply your contact details below - we will then contact you to get the details of the person/people needing help, do not fill this in on behalf of them. Thank you.
    Your first name:
    Your surname:
    Your e-mail address:
    Your phone number:
    Your address (incl. postcode)
    Are you part of an organisation/group which needs help?
    Is this request for you?
    What sort of help/support is needed?
    Are there any health conditions or other issues that we should be aware of?
    Is this request urgent?
    Do you agree to us processing the information you have provided here, and sharing it with Fife Council and third sector partner organisations purely for the purposes of co-ordinating support during this pandemic and any similar emergencies?

This page was last updated on 04 April 2020, 10:03.
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We've created this quick link section to make this page a little easier to navigate. Click a link below to jump to the relevant section of this page.
What's new/updated on this page?
Prescription deliveries for the vulnerable
Volunteering and mutual aid groups
Organisations looking for volunteers
PVG considerations
HR and employment law
Managing risk
Funding for organisations
Claiming benefits
Key news/updates
Mental health resources
Fife's foodbanks
Adjusting to home working
Avoiding COVID-19 scams
Fife developments/updates

What's New/Updated on this page?

04/04/20 - We've added a Quick links section to make this page a little easier to navigate.

03/04/20 - Thomson Cooper Accountants has developed a guidance document for charities on the financial reporting issues around Coronavirus.
03/04/20 - We've added some additional information to the section on Funding available to organisations impacted by the pandemic.
03/04/20 - We've added additional information and resources to our section on children and Coronavirus

01/04/20 - Fife Council has published guidance on the use of Fife's parks and open spaces during the pandemic.
01/04/20 - We've added some guidance and links on shielding and what to expect.
01/04/20 - Pink Saltire has launched a survey on the impact of coronavirus on LGBT+ groups.
01/04-20 - ACAS has been running webinars on employment law and the Coronavirus- the next one is due to be held tomorrow.
01/04/20 - OSCR has added a new guidance section to its website that answers a number of questions about charity governance at thei time

28/03/20 - FVA has partnered with NHS Fife, the Health and Social Care Partnership and Fife Council to launch a Prescription delivery service for the most vulnerable patients in Fife.
28/03/20 - Fife's foodbanks have put out an urgent appeal for donations due to unprecedented demand.
27/03/20 - The Scottish Government is offering grants to businesses impacted by the pandemic (administered by Fife Council)
27/03/20 - Volunteer Scotland has published guidance on community volunteers and PVG checks.
27/03/20 - Anderson Strathern solicitors has produced a guidance note on what the Job Retention scheme (Furlough Leave) will mean for employers, while Citizens Advice Scotland has published guidance for furloughed employers.
27/03/20 - A Resilience fund has been launched to support third sector organisations at risk of closing due to the pandemic
27/03/20 - SCVO has created a section on its website dedicated to funding for organisations responding to COVID-19
27/03/20 - Volunteer Scotland has launched a website dedicated to COVID-19-related volunteering, with information for both organisations and individuals.

26/03/20 - We've added some links that will help you to identify COVID-19-based scams and keep yourself protected.
26/03/20 - We've included links to Fife's foodbanks, which are providing a vital service at this time.
26/03/20 - We've added some mental health resources to this page, to help you through this period of self-isolation and social distancing.

24/03/20 - The UK government has asked that benefit claimants apply online for the timebeing.

20/03/20 - more information and guidance for local organisations and people published as we continue to respond to questions. PVG, data protection and insurance information added.
ACAS has updated their guidance too.
UK Government's definition of 'key workers'
Key workers in Scotland

19/03/20 - launched helping hand register for people to tell us if they want to lend a helping hand in their community, but also for people to tell us if they need a helping hand at this time. We're doing this in partnership with Fife Council.

18/03/20 15:17 - emergency third sector funding is being proposed by UK and Scottish governments, details to follow

18/03/20 15:15 - a UK wide informal volunteering scheme will be launched tomorrow, details to follow
18/03/20 15:00 - FVA has sought reassurance from Fife Council about third sector funding and SLA performance targets
18/03/20 14:00 - FVA is drafting a communication to ministers around ESiF funding and the impact of the crisis on employability services
18/03/20 10:00 - added working from home staff survey, from CIPD, under HR section.

16/03/20 14:00 - published this page with links to reliable sources of information and some draft policies and documents for organisations to consider and learn from.