Following the COVID-19 lock-down and related government measures we wanted to know what the immediate impact was on our member organisations, so that we were better equipped to represent their interests to the Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland and other public sector decision makers. Through an online survey and two online discussion forums we set out to establish the impact COVID-19 was already having on the health and wellbeing of people supported by our members, and on our members’ ability and capacity to continue supporting people during the crisis.
You can read the summary research briefing about the online survey results here.:
The notes below capture the points raised during the two online (Zoom) discussion forums held on 31st March and 1st April 2020. There were 25 participants overall, from organisations with a wide range of interests, including specific physical conditions such as diabetes and stroke, mental health, health improvement, nutrition, physical activity, spiritual care, social care and support. The agenda was very open and gave a platform to participants to share with others how the pandemic and the lock down were affecting them and the people they support. Points raised are attributed where possible.