Information and useful links to the relief effort against COVID-19 in communities around Scotland.
Scottish Government – Ready Scotland Hub
The main site for COVID-19 related information is on the Ready Scotland hub here.
If you are in the shielding group you can access help here.
LGBT Helpline Scotland
Additional opening hours if you need support, advice or just someone to talk to. Get in touch with the dedicated advisors by calling 0300 123 2523.
A free ‘telefriend’ service is also available for those in the elder community (50+). If you’d like to join, or know someone who would benefit, let Jean know by emailing email@example.com Deaf and BSL users can contact the LGBT Helpline Scotland on 0300 123 2523.
LGBT Youth Scotland
Support for LGBT+ young people via live chat service to reach trained and dedicated youth work staff, including an email or text service any day of the week.
Since April, if you’re facing hardship, Pink Saltire has been offering relief in some parts of Scotland, including Aberdeen, Fife, Perth & Kinross and Aberdeenshire. Some of this funding has now ended but support may still be available. Click here for the latest update: COVID Hardship Support
If you need support as a community group to access funds for COVID-19 work in your local area, we can also help.
Get in touch for support with funding applications, governance, digital solutions to stay engaged with your local community as well as training and the use of digital equipment to keep your audience connected!
Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus
The team in Dumfries and Galloway are working hard to offer a befriending service and keep in touch with local people during the pandemic. The ‘Hey, How are You?’ service has now launched by phone on 0800 020 9653 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read their latest COVID-19 newsletter by clicking here or on the image below.
Mutual Aid Trans Edinburgh (MATE)
Direct support by and for queer and trans people of Edinburgh.
Contact: 07716768925 or email: email@example.com
What’s the impact of coronavirus on young people? TIE want to hear from you – take their new survey here.
Small Trans Library Glasgow
Hardship funding for trans people in Scotland who may need support, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need a free Zoom Pro account to help move your services online, complete the registration form here and you may be eligible for a free account from Equality Network. The charity are also offering support and advice for community organisations.
If you have lost a loved one, whether or not COVID-19 was a factor, the Scottish Government have support available when it matters most. This could be a difficult time for many LGBT people who are estranged from family or live alone, but help is there, so please reach out.
Call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222 or click here.
Local relief effort
Click on your local authority area to be taken to the central information resource for your community:
LGBT+ Elders Social Dance Clubs – NOW ONLINE!
10th May – 2pm til 4pm
13th June – 7pm til 9pm
12th July – 2pm til 4pm
9th August – 2pm til 4pm
Our national police force want to hear your views about their service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take the short survey here: