Employment Support Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and Employment Support Available

Please see below for links to key information and support available if your employment has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). This guide will be updated regularly, so if you have any useful contacts or information to share, please send to: joinedupforjobs@capitalcitypartnership.org

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Government & NHS information

For latest updates from government and information on support available, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus or https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

For latest updates from the National Health Service, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Benefits information & financial help

Support with finding work

Next Step will continue to provide a phone and email employment support and advice service for residents of Edinburgh. You can contact them through their website https://www.nextstepedinburgh.org/ or by calling 0300 365 0025

All in Edinburgh is a project which supports people who have a disability or long-term health condition to find a job. They also work with organisations that are looking to recruit people they may not have considered before. You can contact them through their website http://allinedinburgh.org.uk/

Skills Development Scotland are also supporting jobseekers and businesses with recruitment and support, please access further details here:

For Jobseekers - https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/

For employers - https://www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/help-with-recruitment/covid-employer-vacancy-landing-page/

Advice agencies & food banks

Advice Agencies

City of Edinburgh Council Advice Shop

0131 200 2360 (Advice Line)

CHAI (Community Help and Advice Initiative)

0131 442 1009 (Advice Service)

Citizens Advice Edinburgh

0131 510 5510

Granton Information Centre

0131 551 2459 / 0131 552 0458

Food Banks

If you are struggling to buy food and need some help, please contact your local foodbank:

Support for employees impacted by COVID-19


ACAS also has up to date information and advice for employees affected by the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Redundancy Support

The Scottish Government’s Partnership for Continuing Employment (PACE) is a well-established service to support individuals and employers dealing with redundancy redundancyscotland.co.uk

Support for employers impacted by COVID-19

The Scottish Government have established a helpline as a first point of contact for employers. The helpline number is 0300 303 0660 and is available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Advice and support for employers covering a broad range of topics affecting business continuity is available at findbusinesssupport.gov.scot

Business Gateway


Support for Charities and Social Enterprises


Lantra Skills Matching Service – Rural and Land-based Business

The Lantra Skills Matching Service will ensure key rural and land-based businesses — including farms and businesses with animal welfare obligations — are able to access key workers and can continue operating.

For further information, please visit the newly launched website: https://www.scotland.lantra.co.uk/skills-matching-service

Other support available

Employability Support

City of Edinburgh Council funds a network of organisations which can help you get the skills you need to get a job. You can find a searchable directory of support here: www.joinedupforjobs.org/directory


Advice about volunteering during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here:

Mental Health

This is a time in insecurity, and many will be feeling worried or stressed about the impact of Covid-19 on their mental health. There is guidance and support available here: www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/self-help-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-and-your-mental-wellbeing and you can get information about local and immediate support here: https://edspace.org.uk/