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Advice and Support

Coronavirus Advice and Support

Many community heritage groups will be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please get in touch if you are encountering difficulties or would appreciate some support

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We are listening to heritage organisations and community groups to understand how their work is affected and developing plans and approaches to help them to recover.

Contact us to discuss advice and support and share your examples of resilience

The coronavirus pandemic and circumstances are continuingly developing, and community heritage organisations are having to respond, plan, learn and adapt for resilience.

Please get in touch to see if we can help by offering advice and expertise, signposting to resources, networks and groups and to discuss other possible support.

We also want to hear about resilience, innovation and adaption by groups so that we can share this with others.

About the advice:

Our office teams are currently working from home and aim to provide our normal service, as far as possible. At this time communications will be primarily via email and over the phone but we can also take part in digital meetings. Please email developmentandcommunity@hes.scot and we will reply as soon as possible.

Understanding the impacts of Covid-19

We designed an online survey to help understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for the historic environment sector in Scotland.

Read the report

Key sources of support

In response to our C-19 impact survey individuals, organisations and community groups expressed concerns around the health and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and visitors, as well as how to respond and mitigate the impacts on operations. The following list a variety of resources that may be useful.

Various resources providing information on protecting and supporting people and community and sector resilience:

Funding

Volunteer re-engagement support

Please get in touch through the email above if you would like us to share our own approach and resources for volunteer re-engagement. The following resources and digital meet ups may also be of interest:

  • Volunteer Scotland resources provide clear and accurate information that will help volunteers and volunteer involving organisations during the pandemic 
  • Volunteer redeployment resources created by the Heritage Volunteer Group 
  • Join Heritage Volunteering Group every 2nd Tuesday of the month for HVG Coffee Afternoons. Join them for the latest conversations on returning to site after the Covid-19 pandemic, volunteering and volunteer management hearing from those working in the heritage sector across the UK. Interested in sharing your experience get in touch now by emailing heritagevolunteeringgroup@gmail.com. To access the monthly coffee afternoons join as a member for free at www.heritagevolunteeringgroup.org.uk

Policy and Guidance for the reopening historic properties and visitor attractions 

Support for culture & heritage that may be of interest 

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