Social workers are included in the Scottish Government definition of key workers in the COVID-19 crisis. It’s important that every social worker feels valued and supported in order to continue to provide such a key front line service to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.  The team at SASW have collated tokens of goodwill and gestures of help and support that are currently on offer from various organisations.

We’re aware that certain support is only being offered to NHS workers, and in these instances, where appropriate, we are contacting the organisation to ask for social worker inclusion. We know you, as social workers, are working in difficult and dangerous conditions to continue supporting and protecting your clients and we are passionate that you should be given as much assistance as possible to continue this work.

The items below are gathered from a number of sources. We intend to continue adding to and reviewing this list – please get in touch with us on scotland@basw.co.uk if you know of any more we can add / if any of those currently listed are no longer relevant.

 

Across Scotland

Samaritans - Confidential support line for NHS and social care workers - call free on 0300 131 7000

NCP Car Parks – Free car parking for all – check website for locations as some car parks closed

Sustrans - an online interactive map to help key workers find bike offers and services in your area.

Safe Shores Monitoring – Offering free access to their Lone Worker App and staff safety management platform. The offer includes the free mobile app to protect lone workers but also includes free access to the platform behind the app (called Archangel) which allows social workers to populate your own profiles with key descriptions to further assist emergency responders in identifying you and your locations if needed. 

Macklin Motors – 12 service departments open for key workers and vulnerable customers – call the key worker hotline 03301 781 821

Motivates – Nominate a key worker here for a chance for them to win £25 daily

Public Practice Recruitment Ltd - Nominate a key worker by 7th June for a chance for them to win a Fortnum & Mason hamper. Email to competitions@publicpracticerecruitment.co.uk 

Thrifty – Car hire still available for key workers (min 7 day rentals) – email retailreservations@thrifty.co.uk

Floweret - 50% off period pants, pads & cups for key workers - use code KEY50

Cycling UK – East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife, Highland & Inverclyde. Basic repairs & maintenance on bikes at hospitals or other key worker settings. Can also loan cycles or ebikes to key workers. Email suzanne.forup@cyclinguk.org

Face masks - Free to social workers - 2 layered 100% cotton reusable face masks handmade and donated by a SASW contact (note not certified PPE). Can be washed at 90 degrees with a pocket between layers a professional filter can be added (not included). Made from beautiful colourful fabrics. Contact scotland@basw.co.uk, limited stock as handmade, 1 mask per request while stocks last.

See Health protection Scotland advice around PPE/infection control, plus UK wide guidance in addition to the following helpful links:

Glasgow

Print2Help - Vounteers making and giving away free 3D printed face shields (home made and not certified) to local key workers who have no other PPE options – email print2help@fpv.scot

Nextbike Service Glasgow - With support from Glasgow City Council & Scottish Power - offering a number of free one-month membership for bycycle and eBike rental - email nextbike.essentialworkers@gmail.com

Edinburgh

Leith Spirits – Offering free hand sanitiser locally. Priority being given to organisations & frontline staff who can take a delivery on behalf of a team rather than individuals – contact them here

The Bike Station - Supported by Transport Scotland, Paths for All, Discovery Bike Tours, Spokes & Edinburgh City Council - 'Hero bikes' scheme - key workers in Edinburgh or Perth can request a free bike with helmet, lock and lights

Brewhemia - Nominate by tagging a key worker who has missed out on a celebration onto a post on Brewhemia's Instagram and ask the nominee to follow Brewhemia's Instagram page for a chance for them to win a £1,500 hospitality package. Social Workers are confirmed as eligible by the SASW team.

Dundee

Tayview Hotel – Free meals for key workers (pick up)

Forth Valley

Forth Environment Link & Recyke a Bike - Free bike hire for key workers - contact bikeshare@forthenvironmentlink.org

Perth & Kinross

The Bike Station - Supported by Transport Scotland, Paths for All, Discovery Bike Tours, Spokes & Edinburgh City Council - 'Hero bikes' scheme - key workers in Edinburgh or Perth can request a free bike with helmet, lock and lights

Fife

EATS Rosyth – Food parcels delivered for ley workers, the elderly or those self isolating in Rosyth area. Email info@eatsrosyth.org.uk

Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council – Free car parking in council car parks & on-street for key workers

Inverurie

Because Everyone Counts – Childcare for key workers – email info@becscentre.co.uk

 

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has put together a very helpful website where support can be offered and found – it has lots available for vulnerable members of society/those who may be self isolating. You may find this resource useful for signposting further support to relevant users of social work services.