Our sector is now into the third week of the existing crisis. The Third Sector Resilience Fund has been open for around a fortnight – and, we understand, well over 100 organisations have now received monies. Two other Govt Funds – the Wellbeing Fund and Supporting Communities Fund are due to go ‘live’ very shortly. In addition, various other national bodies have set up their own bespoke funds to help support the organisations they work with. Senscot itself is continuing to work with a wide range of colleagues across the sector at both a national and local level. One particularly popular activity has been the virtual SEN sessions via Zoom – for both local and thematic SENs – which address specific topics identified by members themselves. Virtual Health SEN today (2-3pm) – for details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org; and Sport SEN Meeting – Wed, 15th April (2-3pm). For details, contact email@example.com. Further ‘sessions’ are scheduled over the next fortnight. If you would like to participate – or select a topic for discussion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Our own COVID 19 Resources Page is updated on a daily basis – with new information – and a link to SCVO’s own Information Hub. As part of the distinct Funds being made available by Scottish Govt to support the sector at this time, some key support services have already received around £8m to provide emergency response and ensure services reach those most in need. These awards include: £1.3m to Scottish Women’s Aid; £500k to FareShare; £500k to Social Bite; and £3m to SCVO. See full list of awards.
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