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Cabinet secretary for social security Shirley-Anne Somerville said:  “The payment will benefit carers who are on low incomes and already have some of the most intense caring roles, providing at least 35 hours unpaid care weekly to a disabled child or adult in receipt of higher le…
New research by Carers Scotland has revealed that 80% of unpaid carers are having to spend more money during the outbreak, Gingerbread has cautioned that measures to limit the spread of the virus will put “huge pressure” on single parent families which were already twice as likel…
Virus exposing gaps in kinship care The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating gaps in support for kinship carers, putting children’s placements at risk, a charity has warned. A Family Rights Group survey of nearly 700 kinship carers – many of whom had taken on children as a result…
Although the sector has welcomed the £350 million made available to councils and the third sector to deal with the emergency response, a majority of national youth work organisations have been unable to access these funds and now face an uncertain future. National voluntary youth…
The Seabird Centre works on conservation projects such as its hugely successful SOS Puffin, which has helped the critically endangered Atlantic Puffin population recover in numbers. It also runs an education programme, engaging with more than 4,000 school children each year, and…
Sir Ian Wood, chairman of The Wood Foundation, said: “The country is facing huge hardships and problems. This project gives young people the chance to get involved in a really worthwhile project whereby they can have some impact on the Covid-19 pandemic in their local area.” Jona…
News on how the sector is responding to the pandemic
Glasgow-based charity Playlist for Life has won a major national award for its works using personal music to help improve the lives of people with dementia and their families. Chosen from more than 400 charities across the UK, the charity was one of ten winners of…
The idea came about when old Elgin chums, James and Kevin were having a chat about wanting to do something to help and both had been very shocked by reports on empty food banks. After a chat with (Small Faces and River City) actor Iain Robertson, a plan was hatched to pull togeth…
Among the first donations to the cause was a £500 contribution from Clyde Munro, Scotland’s biggest dental group. Modest David shared news of his fundraiser with colleagues when he performed during an online concert for Clyde Munro’s 500 staff across Scotland – and bosses immedia…

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