BEMIS Scotland are aware that ethnic minority communities across Scotland will need to self-isolate and may need additional support to access support agencies, emergency relief or make contact with broader community support initiatives.
Having spoken to communities across Scotland in the last number of days it has become apparent that the coming days and weeks will bring significant challenges for our communities.
As such we have decided to take the following measures:
- We have set up a dedicated online registration hub that will enable us to identify where you are and in turn make efforts to ensure that local support organisations and community response initiatives are able to respond to you. You can register here.
- We have set up contacts with our networks across Scotland to offer a peer to peer support service and sharing best practice from local community responses. We need to support each other during this challenge. To join this network please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- We are assessing to what extent our own reserve funds can be allocated to an Emergency Relief Small Grant fund that will be open to communities and individuals. We will announce details of this ASAP.
- We will support the Ethnic Minority Resilience Network to access the Scottish Government’s Wellfare and Wellbeing fund being led by our Cabinet Secretary for Communities Aileen Campbell
- We are in the process of establishing a support groups for mental health/counselling support with trained culturally skilled counsellors for supporting individuals and families with anxiety fearing isolation over the coming weeks and months.
This is a developing situation and as the weeks progress all of our efforts are being directed towards ensuring that our communities and individuals are linked into evolving efforts to support each other.
If you have any further queries please contact us on email@example.com.
- BEMIS Scotland
- Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Centre
- Milan Senior Welfare Support Group
- Pollokshields Parent Teacher Association
- Maryhill Integration Network
- Central Scotland Regional Equality Council
- Intercultural Youth Scotland
- Aberdeen Hindu Temple Trust
- Friends of Romano Lav
- Royston Youth Action
- Crookston Community Group
- International Women’s Group
- Freedom from Torture
- Police Scotland
- Empower Women for Change
- Fife Migrants Forum
- Licketyspit Theatre Company – Children and Family Network
- Grampian Regional Equality Council
- Dr. Raj Bhopal
- Youthlink Scotland
- Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
- Ando Glaso
- Gypsy/Traveller Resilience Network (Progress in Dialogue, Article 12, MECOPP, COSLA, Scottish Government)
- Inspiring Children Paisley
Viral Kindness Scotland
A unique community-led project to help coordinate and connect volunteers, groups, organisations and businesses with those in need. This free and flexible platform will help to assist those in need across Scotland and help build an army of volunteers.
If you need help, if you know someone who needs help or if you as an individual, group or business wants to offer help, then please get in touch so we can start the connections!
- Scottish Government information and advice:
- NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- UK Government guidance:
- SCVO Third Sector Information Hub
- #COVIBOOK – a short book to support and reassure children under 7
available in other languages from https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
- Doctors of the World – Coronavirus information in many different languages: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/