Frequently asked questions from the youth work sector in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.
What funding is available to help my organisation through COVID-19?
The Scottish Government has launched the Third Sector Resilience Fund, £350m of emergency funding to support organisations most affected by COVID-19. Further Scottish Government support is available through the Supporting Communities Fund, a £40m fund available to community organisations. Youth Scotland has launched its Action Fund to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to COVID-19, while Foundation Scotland’s Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund supports local charities and community groups respond to the outbreak.
What will happen to my grant funding?
SCVO has compiled a list of responses from major funders on its Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub. Click here to check if your funding has been affected.
What other support is available for my organisation?
The Scottish Government has launched an online service to help organisations access business support and help for self-employed. This includes sources of finance, advice for care workers and guidance on how to protect your employees. SCVO has launched a Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory – a resource for organisations to give and receive support in response to the many challenges facing people, communities, and our health and care services. You can find help offered by other organisations here.
Are youth workers considered ‘key workers’?
The Scottish Government has provided local authorities in Scotland with guidance on how to define key workers. This includes a provision for “public, private and third sector workers without whom there would be a significant impact on Scotland”. At present, youth workers have no specific designation as key workers, but some may be considered key workers, depending on which local authority they are working in. We strongly recommend that you contact your local authority for clarity on the issue if you are unsure of your status. Further Scottish Government guidance on key workers can be found here.
What impact does COVID-19 have on the PVG scheme?
The UK Coronavirus Bill, passed by the UK Parliament on 26 March, makes sure Disclosure Scotland can react to changes in the pandemic. Organisations can now recruit staff before a PVG check without committing an offence. Disclosure Scotland can now check the UK barred list while processing applications, instead of before. For more information on PVG, click here. Volunteer Scotland has also put together a useful FAQ relating to PVG issues.
Can I move youth work activities online?
You certainly can! There are a number of resources and platforms to help you provide young people with support in digital spaces. Sign up for one of our 'What on Earth is Digital Youth Work' workshops to explore new ways to bring your youth work online. Third Sector Lab has put together resources on digital service delivery for charities and community organisations filled with best-practice, policies, guidance and more. Digital Unite also has a handy information hub with further guides and resources, while you can also download various training materials and work plans for digital youth work on our website.
How can I support the mental health of young people during COVID-19?
We have collaborated with COSLA, NHS Health Scotland, Young Scot and the Royal College of Psychiatrists to produce a resource on how children, young people and their families can manage anxieties about COVID-19. The World Health Organization has also released guidance on how to help children and young people manage stress during the outbreak. See Me Scotland, SAMH, Young Minds and the Mental Health Foundation have all also created information hubs to provide up to date advice and resources on mental health throughout COVID-19.
Can I volunteer to help in any way during COVID-19?
The Scottish Government has launched ‘#ScotlandCares’, a national campaign to galvanise volunteering efforts across the country in response to COVID-19. Those wanting to volunteer to support their communities can do so through the Ready Scotland website. Volunteer Scotland has also launched an information hub with resources and guidance in relation to volunteering during COVID-19.