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Equality Updates 21st May

Mental Health Awareness Week
18th May 2020 - 24th May 2020

See Me Scotland

COVID19 Messages
Use our messages, links, resources and information to ensure that people are still able to talk about mental health during COVID19.

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 4th – 24th May

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival’s online programme is now live.

Scottish Government

New guidance for local authorities: Tackling violence against women and girls during Covid-19
Scottish Government’s and COSLA’s joint guidance PDF

Inquiry into the death of Sheku Bayoh

Non-UK key workers vital in Covid-19 fight

Civil Partnership Bill passes its first stage
More choice for mixed sex couples.

MSPs support further emergency coronavirus legislation
Additional £5 million announced for Discretionary Housing Payments.

Glasgow Disability Alliance

GDA Covid Helpline: 0800 432 0422
Providing info and support to disabled people during Lockdown and towards recovery. People can also text: 07958 299 496, email or use @ContactScotland

GDAConnects: closing the digital divide in Glasgow!

Close The Gap

Disproportionate disruption: New Close the Gap report shows women will be harder hit by COVID-19 job disruption

Are you a BME woman? Participate in an event to shape solutions to BME women’s inequality at work  24th June, 10.30am – 12.15 online

Amina - the Muslim Women's Resource Centre

Amina Helpline: listening ear and signposting service for Muslim women across Scotland
0808 801 0301, Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm. Free from mobiles and landlines and will not appear on your phone bill.

Side by Side Scotland
Interfaith discussion page for both women and men around issues of gender justice.  To submit content or if you are interested in helping to build the page please contact 0141 212 8420 and ask for Mahrukh or contact her directly at

Survey: Experiences in the communities during COVID-19

Rape Crisis Scotland

On Covid 19 and Courts - A Statement From Sandy Brindley

Anas Sarwar MSP

Letter and recommendations about the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland's ethnic minority communities, to Health Secretary

Scottish Women’s Aid

You Are Not Alone
An animation for young people experiencing domestic abuse during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Produced by SWA Young Expert Group (Yello!) in collaboration with Media Co-Op.


Supporting Communities Safely: Advice for community groups, organisations and volunteer networks
Supporting community organisations to carry out their vital work safely during the Covid-19 outbreak. Free, online resource, developed by SCDC and Public Health Scotland

LGBT Health and Wellbeing

Events and News

Poverty and Inequality Commission

Survey now live – community organisations asked to share experiences of tackling food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis

Positive Action In Housing

Letter to the First Minister About Glasgow’s “hotel asylum seekers”

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability

Why Social Capital is more important now than ever

Reach Community Health Project

REACH COVID-19 Mental Health Wellbeing and Support Service  Open for New Referrals
Counselling service in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English. If you have a specific requirement for any other language, please mention this when filling the online referral form, we will try our best to see what we can do. New referrals are also open for our link worker support. Although we are a specialist service for the ethnic minority communities, we cater to all communities. Call 0141 423 7095 or

Third Force News

Scotland can lead the way on inclusive communication

LEAP Sports

Scottish Sport Marks IDAHOBIT 2020

Scottish Parliament

MSPs call for significant changes to debt solution


Support for individuals who are facing challenges due to COVID 19
Housing, welfare, employment, food and health. Support in English and some community languages.
Staff Member / times / languages:
Manal, Mon 2pm-4pm, Wed 9am - 1pm, Tel 07497188236. English/Arabic
Mira, Mon 9am - 12pm, Thurs 9am - 12pm Tel 07497177103, English/Polish
Anana, Tues 9.30 - 4pm, Tel 07497332517, English/Urdu/Punjabi/Hindi
Mohith, Tues/Wed/Thurs and Fri 3.30 - 5pm, Tel 07309408085 English/Punjabi/Hindi

Child Poverty Action Group

Changes To Benefits In Scotland Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak

Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic: the central role of home
Lisa Garnham reflects on research around the importance of ‘home’ for mental health and how this evidence could shape our response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

What is community resilience?
Pete Seaman discusses resilience in communities in relation to the challenges of public health and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


+2 UK and International News and Events

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Support and care for older people during the coronavirus pandemic

Disability Rights UK

Returning to work: disabled people’s jobs and health under threat

Specialist legal guidance on return to work

DisabilityNews Service

Coronavirus: Government’s lockdown decision ‘deliberately puts disabled people at risk’

Refugee Council

Number of people waiting more than six months for their asylum claim to be processed surges by 68%


COVID-19 Impact on UK Households
50 per cent of UK households believe they will struggle to meet their financial commitments over the next three months.

Women’s Budget Group

Gender and the ‘Green New Deal’
What does it mean to pay attention to inequalities of gender, race, disability and class when we think about transitioning to a green economy?

Response to the Government’s Covid-19 Recovery ‘Roadmap’

Transgender Europe

Hungarian parliament votes against Legal Gender Recognition LGR

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

How to wind down the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme while keeping us all afloat

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: changes can help us all stay afloat


Four young LGBT activists you should
Some lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people are hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fawcett Society

Women Are Bearing The Emotional Brunt Of The Coronavirus Crisis


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