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Reflections on a year of Covid

‘Our year of Covid – the sector reflects’, is the theme of the April edition of Third Force News, SCVO’s magazine for the third sector. It is available in digital format here. Presented by Sheila Dillon, this edition of the Food Programme looks at ‘Food in Lockdown: One Year On’, and catches up with some …

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Webinar on supporting communities to re-start safely

UPDATE 21 MAY 2021 A recording of this webinar is now available on YouTube. With news that Scotland is expected to return to a system of local protection levels from 17th May, many volunteer, community and third sector organisations will be planning how and when to re-start their services.  Doing this safely and in line …

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How have Healthy Valleys created a sense of community during online cooking courses?

Simone Janse van Rensburg tells us what she has learned from delivering their first few online courses – for parents with young children and two different weight management groups. About the courses Simone and her colleague, a cook tutor too, created some home-made videos of recipes they knew people enjoyed at face-to-face sessions and found …

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Covid-19 response stories and resources

Recently featured in our e-bulletin, below are some interesting Covid-19 responses stories and some useful resources: Rewriting the Rules, Social Enterprise in Glasgow: the Covid-19 response. This report from Glasgow Social Enterprise Network can be found here. ‘Together we help’ provides learning from the many examples of informal social action undertaken during the last year. …

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New report from the Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has produced ‘Food in a pandemic’ – a new UK-wide research report on food insecurity, diet and eating habits, and food supply. It also explores our food psychology, and finds that most of us have positive views about food, although this varies by age and income. The report is available on …

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New report from the British Red Cross

The British Red Cross ‘longest year’ report includes recommendations for governments and local authorities across the UK on mitigating the effects of lockdown restrictions. The recommendations cover resources to support mental wellbeing, financial security and addressing barriers to accessing support. The report is available on the Red Cross website.

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March Covid-19 e-bulletin

Our latest e-bulletin is now available, giving you information about how community food initiatives are adapting to Covid and planning for recovery. There is information about running online cooking courses, pantries and the latest reports, videos and webinars.  You can read the e-bulletin here.  

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Voluntary Health Scotland survey on vaccine hesitancy

VHS is carrying out important research across the third sector to help ensure that the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t widen the health inequalities gap by missing vulnerable groups. VHS are keen to ensure that the opportunity to get vaccinated is made as easy as possible for everyone in Scotland, including those who are …

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The Community and Third Sector Recovery Fund is still open

The Community and Third Sector Recovery Fund is continuing to provide grants, including to organisations providing support with food. For more information and to apply visit:

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Social Renewal for Scotland 

The Social Renewal Advisory Board was set up by Scottish Ministers to make proposals to renew Scotland as we emerge from the pandemic. The Board spoke with people and communities across Scotland to shape its ‘Calls to Action’, which are based around three principles: Money and Work, People, Rights and Advancing Equality, and Communities and …

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