Organisations across Scotland found innovative ways to continue to support people throughout lockdowns .

In the year since the first lockdown began, Community in Action has been charting the third sector’s response to COVID-19. We’ve spoken to organisations across Scotland to report on how they adapted to new conditions to continue to support people.

Supporting children, young people and families with varying needs has presented challenges. However these have not proved insurmountable.

Staf continued to support young care leavers by providing care packages, running online sessions and creating a monthly newsletter with their Youth Justice Voices group to keep people connected and up to date with developments.

At Versus Arthritis, the Young People and Families service utilised their virtual assistant service online and on social media, proactively reached out via a survey to find out what people needed and shared crucial information with those living with arthritis.

Promoting a More Inclusive Society (PAMIS) provided essential support to families and people with profound and multiple learning disabilities by offering counselling sessions, advice on PPE, other online support and also supported personal assistants and paid carers in their crucial roles.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) responded to the pandemic by providing digital support for families, distributing mobile devices, tablets and data packages to enable people to keep in touch. Counselling, family meals and online wellbeing activities were set up and wellbeing packs were distributed, all of which contributed to families coping with difficult circumstances.

As we continue through this lockdown organisations continue with their support in communities across the country. A year into living with the pandemic, many will be looking towards the future. As new challenges emerge around funding and sustainability Community in Action will continue to report on the latest developments.

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