Why should I get involved?
At Inclusion Scotland we are working to gather disabled people’s views so that we can influence policy and decision makers. We want to know what impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on disabled people and those who support disabled people, including carers, personal assistants, family members etc. We want to tell decision makers about what is really happening on the ground so that they can respond to any issues. To do this we need to hear about your experiences. The lived experience we gather will inform our policy work and reinforce our messages to government and other decision-makers.
What will Inclusion Scotland do with my evidence?
We will use this evidence to inform our policy work and influence decision makers. For example, we may refer to your experience anonymously in briefings to MSPs or in interviews with the press. We will not store any identifiable personal details such as your name or address. Your email will be deleted once the evidence has been collected. An anonymous record of your evidence will kept.
What do you want to know about?
We want to know about anything in your life that has changed because of Covid-19, or reactions to it. This might be social care support, access to services and goods or your work. Sometimes we may ask, via our social media channels, about specific issues that we are hearing about. However, you can always tell us about anything that is important to you. Please remember that we are unable to offer individual advice or support. You can find a list of organisations or information you may find helpful at the end of this page.
How do I get involved?
You can engage with our campaign by telling us about your experience in three ways.
- Tweeting: Tweet about your experience and use the #OurVoicesCovid19 so we can find it.
- Post on instagram and use the #OurVoicesCovid19 so we can see your post.
- E-mail OurVoices@inclusionscotland.org
Thank you for your support!
Can Inclusion Scotland give me support or Information on Coivd-19?
You don’t need us to tell you that this is a very anxious time for disabled people, their families and organisations. In just a few weeks, life as we knew it has changed beyond all recognition. Unfortunately we are not qualified to offer advice or support to individual’s but below are links to information and organisations who may be able to help you. We hope you find this helpful. If you have found any other information or organisations helpful and you think would be useful for other disabled people, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
General information on Covid-19
Coronavirus (Covid19) Help and information by Disability Information Scotland
Disability Information Scotland are updating their website with links to important sources of official information on Covid19 as well as news of the groups who can help you in your local area.
Latest Guidance by NHS Guidance
Latest guidance about COVID 19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing, stay at home advice and advice about sick notes
Scottish Government advice and policy by the Scottish Government
For up-to-date on-line information and advice relating to the COVID19 virus.
Corona virus advice by coronavirusadvice.scot
Free, practical advice and information on the coronavirus pandemic for the citizens of Scotland. Connect with one of their dedicated coronavirus advisers, available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Call: 0808 800 9060
Email: via their website.
Information about COVID-19 or Coronavirus Easy Read by People First
Information on Covid-19 in Easy Read format.
UK Government Guidance about COVID-19 Easy Read by People First
The UK Government guidance on Covid-19 in easy read format.
Accessible Information on Covid-19 by the British Deaf Association
Features British Sign Language Videos on information and latest news.
Coronavirus Covid-19 BSL Videos by NHS Inform
British Sign Language video explaining steps you can take to help avoid infection from coronavirus (COVID-19) and self-isolation advice.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts by the Scottish Government
Details of shielding support for at risk people to arrange for food and medicine deliveries, and other support services.
Easy read information and UK guidance about coronavirus by Keep Safe
Guidance on Covid-19 in Easy Read format.
Covid-19 information by Mark Bates
Advice for people employing Personal Assistants.
How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak by the Mental Health Foundation
Tips and resources on looking after your mental health at this time.
Coronavirus and your wellbeing by mind
Information and advice to help you cope with Covid19 and how to look after your wellbeing.
How to volunteer safely in Covid-19 by Volunteering Matters
Advice to organisations or groups who want to get their people volunteering safely, for the first time or maybe doing different activities.
Glasgow Helps by GCVS (Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector)
Online Directory of Glasgow Community Support Around Covid19.
If you are looking for some help from volunteers, or volunteers want to offer help, there’s a FaceBook group where you can be put in touch with each other:
Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory by SCVO
Use the search to find organisations that are able to offer non-medical help directly to people.