Equality News Update: Fife Today: Fife cultural food parcel project extended as initiative hailed a success

The initiative, run by Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) and backed by the National Lottery Community Fund, was due to end this month, but has now been extended to March 2021. It has delivered over 100 parcels to people in Fife’s Pakistani, Cantonese, Italian, Spanish, and Romanian communities. Damian Hoggan-Radu, operational assistant with FCE said: … Continue reading Equality News Update: Fife Today: Fife cultural food parcel project extended as initiative hailed a success

Equality News Update: The Scotsman: It’s time to come together and unite against gender-based violence – Ella Miller

Today is Human Rights Day. This marks the final day of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, which has seen campaigners taking action to raise awareness of this issue and call for change. The theme for 2020 is “Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect” and this year is arguably one of the most important years for … Continue reading Equality News Update: The Scotsman: It’s time to come together and unite against gender-based violence – Ella Miller

Equality News Update: The Courier: Campaign to tackle Christmas loneliness backed by stars

The Christmas Together campaign hopes to bring people together across the festive period, by reducing loneliness, rekindling community spirit and making new connections. It is supported by Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS), alongside high-profile figures including Michael Sheen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and political leaders.   Read more of the campaign at: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/1794751/pic-update-campaign-to-tackle-christmas-loneliness-backed-by-stars/ #EqNews #LocalServices #SocialIsolation … Continue reading Equality News Update: The Courier: Campaign to tackle Christmas loneliness backed by stars

Equality News Update: Scottish Government News: Preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls

Funding for vital services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Organisations who work to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) are being invited to apply for a share of up to £13 million to help them develop and further their vital work over the next three years. The Delivering Equally Safe Fund will support … Continue reading Equality News Update: Scottish Government News: Preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls

Equality News Update: The National: Diversity and support for the arts is vital in challenging times

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, those that work in the arts have taken a huge hit - lots of individuals have found themselves falling through the cracks.   Read more at: https://www.thenational.scot/news/18923911.diversity-support-arts-vital-challenging-times/ #EqNews #LocalServices #Arts #Funding #Poverty

Equality News Update: Fife Today: How Scots can find help to improve workplace mental health

With the outbreak of COVID-19, a lot of people have found themselves in turbulent working environments and an uncertain future. This has caused many people to suffer from poor mental health. More and more organisations are realising the impact of this and are trying to implement new structures, training etc. to raise awareness and try … Continue reading Equality News Update: Fife Today: How Scots can find help to improve workplace mental health

Equality News Update: STV News: ‘I was kicked, punched and called China Virus’

Do Hyeon Gim was attacked by a gang of teenagers as he walked home in Edinburgh. He’s from Korea, but was called ‘China Virus’ and kicked and punched while passers-by filmed the violence on their mobile phones. Police say the number of China-related hate crimes in Scotland has risen by 50% this year – “probably … Continue reading Equality News Update: STV News: ‘I was kicked, punched and called China Virus’

Equality News Update: Third Force News: Scots children face “mental health emergency”

The Scottish Children's Services Coalition has found that more than 1,000 children and young people have been waiting more than a year for mental health treatment. A spokesperson for the SCSC said: “These latest figures are deeply troubling and point to a highly challenging environment for both our young people and our mental health services. … Continue reading Equality News Update: Third Force News: Scots children face “mental health emergency”

Equality News Update: The Courier: Fife police help tackle festive loneliness ahead of Christmas like no other

Fife Police are focusing on supporting people suffering from social isolation this festive season. They will be providing a range of different advice as part of the campaign, including safe shopping online, getting your vehicle ready, how to support isolated people and more.   Read more here: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/1774894/fife-police-help-tackle-festive-loneliness-ahead-of-christmas-like-no-other/ #EqNews #LocalServices #PoliceScotland #FestiveSeason #SocialIsolation

Equality News Update: BBC News: Winter payment pledge for low income families

Low income families will receive payments of £100 before Christmas, under a new scheme to be announced by Nicola Sturgeon. It is part of a new set of funding, looking to help support low-income families throughout the festive period with bills, meals and more. It also aims to get older people online, and provide support for … Continue reading Equality News Update: BBC News: Winter payment pledge for low income families

Equality News Update: Third Force News: Stark warning as data shows suicide in Scotland rising

A report by Samaritans Scotland has shown that deaths by suicide increased by 6% in 2019, at 833 deaths by suicide registered in Scotland, an increase from 784 in 2018. While suicide rates for both men and women peak among those aged 45-54, the rate among young people aged 14-25 increased for the second consecutive … Continue reading Equality News Update: Third Force News: Stark warning as data shows suicide in Scotland rising

Equality News Update: Fife Today: Fife libraries close to browsers as ‘click and collect’ service relaunched

Browsing in Fife Libraries ended yesterday, however OnFife will be providing it's "Connect and Collect" service - allowing people to choose from a range of books online and pick them up at their local library.   Read more about the scheme here: https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/people/fife-libraries-close-browsers-click-and-collect-service-relaunched-3047784 #EqNews #LocalServices #Libraries #CommunitySafety

Equality News Update: The Courier: Free school meals payments for eligible children self-isolating due to coronavirus

Fife Council are offering a lifeline to children eligible for free school meals currently in isolation due to COVID-19, due to changes this hopes to take away some of the extra strain placed on families due to isolating.   Read more at: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/schools/1758169/free-school-meals-payments-for-eligible-children-self-isolating-due-to-coronavirus/ #EqNews #LocalServices #Families #SchoolMeals

Equality News Update: Herald Scotland: Coronavirus Scotland: Demand for young people counselling services increases

Increase in demand for Inverness-based Scottish Counselling Services has increased by 250%, with young people looking for support with the impact of lockdown on their mental health and anxieties about the future. “We were concerned that all of a sudden we had been seeing a steady number of adults and young people being referred to … Continue reading Equality News Update: Herald Scotland: Coronavirus Scotland: Demand for young people counselling services increases

Equality News Update: The Herald: Christmas in Scotland: Number of elderly Scots eating alone this Christmas set to rise ‘exponentially’

Age Scotland have estimated that around 100,000 elderly people spent Christmas alone last year, with the figure expected to rise this year with the impact of COVID-19. The charity are calling for an "action plan for winter" to ensure that older people suffering from social isolation are supported properly.   Read more here: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18881114.christmas-scotland-number-elderly-scots-eating-alone-christmas-set-rise-exponentially/ #EqNews … Continue reading Equality News Update: The Herald: Christmas in Scotland: Number of elderly Scots eating alone this Christmas set to rise ‘exponentially’