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


You may find this short guide helpful: http://www.chaiedinburgh.org.uk/coronavirus-what-can-i-claim/

Financial help from the council

If you are claiming benefits or experiencing financial hardship, your council may be able to help.

Edinburgh

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/coronavirus-4/council-tax-benefits-welfare-coronavirus-advice

East Lothian

https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/homepage/10434/covid-19_welfare_advice_and_financial_support

Midlothian

https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/200296/coronavirus/625/council_tax_benefits_and_welfare

www.midlothian.gov.uk/coronavirus-business

West Lothian

https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/council-tax-and-benefits

Fife

https://www.fife.gov.uk/kb/docs/articles/health-and-social-care2/coronavirus-covid-19/money-advice

Scottish Borders

https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/20000/benefits_and_grants

Universal Credit

For up to date information on coronavirus and claiming benefits from the JobcentrePlus including changes to appointments, changes to assessments, and claiming Universal Credit please visit: Universal Credit - Coronavirus

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)
advice.shop@edinburgh.gov.uk
www.edinburgh.gov.uk/adviceshop

CHAI (Community Help and Advice Initiative)

0131 442 1009 (Advice Service)
chai@chaiedinburgh.org.uk

Citizens Advice Edinburgh

0131 510 5510
Contact@caed.org.uk

Granton Information Centre

0131 551 2459 / 0131 552 0458
info@gic.org.uk

Food Banks

If you are struggling to buy food and need some help, please contact your local foodbank:
www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/

Support for employees impacted by COVID-19


ACAS

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

www.bgateway.com/news/guidance-for-business-owners-in-scotland-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Support for Charities and Social Enterprises

https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus

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

Volunteering

Advice about volunteering during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here:
www.volunteeredinburgh.org.uk/

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/