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Coronavirus - Updates and Advice

(Updated 15 July 2020)

We continue to work hard on advocating for the visual arts within a wider programme of cultural recovery. View our latest response to arts bailout funding and our “letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture“ – with asks developed through our SCAN Platform programme.

We wanted to gather the links that we have been following as a team to keep updated about the situation as it develops and share as much information as we can.

PPE and re-opening

Government guidance is now available for those working in visual arts, whether a studio, shared workspace or gallery. Read more here.

We have been exploring the sources of lower cost PPE and cleaning supplies. Free, fast track membership to the procurement service Scotland Excel is currently available, which allows organisations to access trade-cost equipment. We’re currently exploring how SCAN could help make this available to our members. Another supplier, Bunzl, has been recommended as a good source of PPE.

The Health and Safety Executive have provided a Covid 19 risk assessment template for organisations re-opening for staff and public.

SCAN Resources

We can continue to offer members free legal advice over the phone, aimed specifically at employers around Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furloughing. More details here

Funding expert Phyllis Masters is providing free online advice sessions to individuals and organisations

We’ve commissioned a digital working fact sheet from Third Sector Lab. There’s a link to a live version of the document, so please feel free to add to it. Find it here

Scottish Government Toolkits
Test and Protect Stakeholder Toolkit
The main focus of the Test and Protect stakeholder toolkit is to inform people about the Test and Protect process, and how this process will support people to get tested as soon as they develop symptoms. The First Minister has set out the Route Map for easing restrictions, and as we move through it the Scottish Government are calling on everyone to become familiar with the Test and Protect service. You can also view the published guidance for employers for Test & Protect here.

Covid 19 communications toolkits
NHS Inform has published a range of communications toolkits, including posters and signage in relation to the latest phase of the Route Map.

External Resources and Links
The most up to date information can be found on the Scottish Government Website

Full UK Coronavirus action plans are here

Creative Scotland are keeping in close contact with Scottish Government and will be issuing advice and information here

Creative Scotland have a COVID-19 Funding and Resource Directory available here

Freelance Artist Support have published this blog on resources for freelance artists

United in Isolation is a regularly updated information hub for creatives during COVID-19.

This masterpost of links to resources to help freelance creatives and artists may come in handy.

Disability Arts Online are offering one-to-one artist development sessions with their team of experts.

Here is a map of mutual aid groups in the U.K. if you’re looking for local support.

Employment and Business Support

The Scottish Government have also published a summary of support for the cultural and creative sector on their website

There is now guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for organisations in receipt of public funding

This is a useful article on key things to consider if you’re self-employed and worried about coronavirus.

Arts and Business Scotland have shared these useful links for employers from legal firm Anderson Strathearn:
Insight: The Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus guidance for employers

Coronavirus guidance for employers FAQ’s

A Q&A from law firm Brodies LLC on how employers can provide 80% pay for employees if their organisation, charity or business must close or scale back temporarily

Brodies LLC also have a section on Covid-19 information, including the legalities of refunding tickets in the event of cancellation

The Scottish Government small business helpline is 0300 303 0660

The HMRC helpline for self employed people and businesses who are struggling with the impacts of Covid-19 is 0800 0159 559

SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) have published an informative guide about keeping services running and looking at contingency planning

SCVO Employment and Employee Support

And here is the TUC guidance for unions

Job Retention Scheme
SCVO’s Job Retention Scheme Guide

UK Government advice on Coronavirus job retention scheme

You can also check the UK Government website to see if you will be covered by the job retention scheme.

Income Support
ESA Employment Support Allowance details

UK Government Income Support Scheme Information

The Scottish Welfare Fund provides crisis grants through local authorities

The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development provides support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months.

Here is a link to a summary of how major trust funds are responding to the current situation. Produced by Creative Scotland.

SCVO also shared details of the Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Eaton Fund is for artists and students working in the visual arts fields, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, print-making, photography, and video installations.

Wellbeing and mental health

The Mental Health Foundation have published a guide about looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Padwick Jones present a four point hopeful proposal in their article Do It All for Artists Sake Now

BBC News on Protecting your mental health

MIND have created this guide on Coronavirus and protecting your mental health

Healthier Scotland have a useful webpage with advice on taking care of your mental health during this stressful time.

This page will continue to be updated. In the meantime, please feel free to let us know if there are any further information sources that should be added.

Date: 9 June 2020