Latest ScamShare bulletin

From Trading Standards Scotland

In this edition of Scam Share we’ll look at some of the most recent scams which have been reported by consumers across Scotland.

According to a recent fraud report by Aviva, almost 1 in 5 people in the UK have received scam emails, calls or texts related to Covid-19; however, nearly half of those people didn’t report them. In many cases, this was because they didn’t know who to report them to.

Scottish consumers should report all scams to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or through their website. If you’ve been a victim of fraud, call Police Scotland on 101.

You can also report scam emails to the National Cyber Security Centre‘s Suspicious Email Reporting Service.

It’s more important than ever to make sure that you stay Scam Aware and that you share information about scams with vulnerable relatives or friends. 
Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for information about the latest scams reported by Scottish consumers.

Test and Protect scams

Since the launch of the Test and Protect system, there have been several reports of scammers posing as contact tracers and asking people to make payments for tests or asking for financial information, social media logins or passwords.
NHS Scotland will now call from a single national number: 0800 030 8012.

They will introduce themselves, state the reason for their call and address you by your name. If they do not know your name, they are not a genuine contact tracer. 

Genuine contact tracers WILL NOT: 

  • Ask you for information other than your movements and the people you have been in contact with
  • Ask for financial information such as bank or credit card details or details of medical records
  • Try to sell you anything or ask for any payments or donations
  • Ask you to set up a PIN or download anything or ask for remote access to your computer
  • Ask for your social media details, passwords or PIN numbers
  • Ask you to phone a premium rate number or visit a website other than NHS Scotland or the Scottish Government

Genuine contact tracers will give you the option to call the above national number to verify that the service is genuine.

Get information about contact tracing in Scotland from official sources: NHS Scotland, the Scottish Government or Public Health Scotland.

Report contact tracing scams to Advice Direct Scotland. If you have been the victim of a fraud, report it to Police Scotland on 101.

Read full bulletin here.

Further £50 million for social care sector

From David J Kennedy, Head of Media and Communication, COSLA

Funding to help meet COVID-19 related costs.

The social care sector will receive up to £50 million further additional funding to help meet additional costs related to coronavirus (COVID-19), Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced.

Following an agreement between the Scottish Government and COSLA, the funding will be allocated to Integration Joint Boards (IJB) across Scotland to ensure the sustainability of the social care sector throughout the ongoing pandemic.

The additional resource comes on top of the £50 million previously allocated to the social care sector in May for COVID-19 related costs.

Scotland’s 31 health and social care partnerships have all put in place mobilisation plans and any additional expenditure will be expected to align with these plans. The funding will support social care providers with COVID-19-related costs such as a reduction in occupancy due to the virus, additional staffing or sickness costs, infection prevention and control and PPE.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:

“Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic the social care sector has played a crucial and critical role in Scotland’s response. I know that it has been hugely challenging for social care staff and providers to deal with what is an unprecedented situation and all social care and healthcare staff working on the frontline have my sincere thanks.

“This second tranche of funding will bring our total extra allocation to the social care sector since May to £100 million, a sign of our practical commitment to continuing to support the sustainability and resilience of the sector.

“I am very clear that we will meet any increasing need for social care as a result of the pandemic and we will continue to work closely with COSLA and NHS Boards to ensure they have the resources required.”

COSLA’s Health and Social Care spokesperson Councillor Stuart Currie said:

“COSLA welcomes the announcement from Scottish Government in relation to a further allocation of funding to enable Health and Social Care Partnerships to continue to support the social care sector in their pivotal role responding to COVID 19. 

“COSLA will continue to work closely with Scottish Government to ensure that resources are released to enable Partnerships to meet all reasonable costs identified within Local Mobilisation Plans to address the challenges currently being faced by the sector.”


This announcement will extend the principles for social care sustainability payments to social care providers until the end of September, and will continue to support local authorities, IJBs and social care providers with financial challenges relating to COVID-19.

The Social Care Staff Support Fund is a separate commitment. It continues to remain in place until the end of September to ensure social care workers do not suffer financial hardship if they are ill or self-isolating as a result of coronavirus. Employers should pay eligible staff their expected income and reclaim any additional costs from Integration or Local Authorities. Guidance on eligibility and administration is available on the Scottish Government website.

Meet the Team – Laura Dickson, CWIC East Lothian Mental Health line

Laura says:

‘I’m a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, who has a background in Physical and Mental Health Rehab and Acute services, as well as working as a Student Mental Health Adviser before moving into Primary Care Mental Health.

‘The corona virus pandemic is having a huge impact on people’s mental wellbeing. I feel privileged to work in such a dynamic service that really helps people get back on their feet, offering same day access to the right support at the right time.’

Find out more about CWIC East Lothian Mental Health line at

Funding opportunities

From Maureen Allan, Interim CEO, Volunteer Centre East Lothian

Coronavirus Response Fund

#ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund is now open

 Corra Foundation will be working in partnership with Comic Relief to deliver the #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund in Scotland. 

Communities and charities working in Scotland with an income of less than £250,000 can apply for grants up to £10,000 to support vulnerable families and communities, including coping with the impact of coronavirus. 
This fund is an opportunity for community groups to amplify the voices of those furthest from power and deliver activities that fit into one of the four strategic themes: 

Children Survive and Thrive

Early years development for children facing disadvantage. 
Gender Justice 

Contributing to gender equality by reducing violence and discrimination based on gender and sexuality. 

A Safe Place to Be

Supporting people who have experienced homelessness or have been forced from their homes in order to live safely. 

Mental Health Matters 

Improving mental health provision and tackling stigma around mental health.  
This Fund is operating on a rolling basis. There is a total of £1.5million available and the programme will close when all funds are awarded.

The fund is part of #ShiftThePower Comic Relief Scotland programme. Funding has come from money raised by Comic Relief, as well as match funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

If you are already in receipt of a #ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Programme Round 1 award, please get in touch with us at for a quick chat about your application before applying

To find out more visit: 

VAWG information July 2020

By Vernonica Campanile

Dear VAWG local network

I hope you find this information useful – still some focus on Covid-19 but as we move forward the sections are interspersed with wider information.

East and Midlothian

  • What About the Men: The safe and together implementation group is undertaking a scoping exercise within local areas to identify what support is available for men in relation to parenting and domestic abuse. This is with a view to developing an information resource for men and staff to allow easier signposting and clear pathways for referral  Can you please consider the following question:  ‘What organisations in the local area work specifically with men in relation to their parenting or domestic abuse?’ and send relevant information to Veronica  (or Lesley Watson or Jen Fraser by 10/08/20.
  • Midlothian Pride Survey The Midlothian People’s Equality Group (MPEG) would like your help. They have compiled a short survey asking for people’s views on the possibility of creating a Midlothian Pride event for 2021.  Get involved and have your say – this survey is managed by the charity Pink Saltire.
  • East Lothian and Midlothian MARAC – SafeLives Scottish Marac Survey (attached).  This survey of Scottish MARACs  was carried out during the early stages of Lockdown (April—May 2020) . It’s worth noting that most would have had a couple of MARACs since lockdown, when there were still a lot of teething issues around remote MARACs and things have moved on for many areas since this data was gathered. It is an interesting report on how MARACs in Scotland faired during those first few challenging months. It was interesting that some areas have struggled with agency attendance. We are heartened that in East Lothian and Midlothian we have continued to work effectively together despite the disruption to our normal working arrangements – this is testament to the our collective continued commitment to MARAC.
  • Women’s Fund for Scotland: Covid Response, Recovery, Resilience:  Grants of up to £5,000 are available under these 2 areas: Emergency Response and Recovery and Resilience.  The Emergency Response strand is intended to equip organisations to deal with the changes required because of the covid-19 outbreak, to provide – so far as possible – the seamless provision of services.  The Recovery and Resilience strand is intended to support organisations adapting their normal working practices to conform to any Government guidelines relating to Covid-19, whilst continuing to meet the needs of the women and girls they work with. In 2020 there will be one round, the deadline for receiving completed application forms and supporting documentation is  4pm, 10th of August 2020. You can get more information here


  • Ending childhood adversity a public health approach  In a new report published on 23rd June 2020, Public Health Scotland sets out the importance of taking a public health approach to ending childhood adversity. This involves evidence-based action at a population level, acting on the social determinants of health in order to prevent poor outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need to prevent and mitigate childhood adversity, making it more important than ever to share the learning and progress made in this area. Sexual abuse, domestic abuse and other forms of gender based violence feature in the report.
  • Poverty, Inequality and Covid 19, Improvement Service: The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world, but there are certain groups of people for whom the virus and the measures to stop the spread of the virus will have a greater negative impact. Research on influenza has found that in an epidemic, poverty and inequality can exacerbate rates of transmission and mortality for everyone.  This useful overview includes a section on gender based violence.
  •  Social media materials for FE/HE institutions to support victims of GBV:  New social media materials have been produced to help universities and colleges across Scotland support staff and students who might be experiencing GBV while social distancing measures are in place.
  • Gender Based Violence:  Disabled people and women with learning disabilities in particular are at a greater risk of experiencing Gender-based Violence. Public Health Scotland, SafeLives and partners have published easy read posters to highlight the risks of Gender-based Violence during the Covid-19 pandemic. The posters can be found here  EASY READ
  •  Upstream Prevention Pack  Stop It Now! Scotland have created an Upstream Prevention pack designed to help keep children safe from sexual harm.  The pack contains practical advice and resources for professionals, individuals and families. Leaflets are designed for online use and print. . If you wish to receive printed copies of any of these items, please contact .
  •  Safe Lives Scotland – new Domestic Abuse Network: Meeting No 1: June 2020 – practitioners explored the challenges and needs of services as we prepare to move out of lockdown read briefing no 1  *** biggest challenges moving out of lockdown– capacity, safety, meeting staff needs / what services need – staff, logistics, clarity, partner flexibility …
  •  Free learning opportunities:  Public Health Scotland’s Workforce Development Team has launched two new learning hubs.
  •   Do you work with young people? The NHS has developed a short and anonymous survey for staff working with a young people in a wide range of settings. This is to try and find out more about the risks of teenage pregnancy and poor sexual health and help shape the response to young people across Scotland. If you work with young people please fill in the survey
  •  Dogs Trust Freedom Project, dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse, are hosting an online training session on Thursday 13th August at 11am. This free, hour long session will take place on Zoom and explore the dynamics of pets in domestic abuse relationships – it will include an overview of the project and time for questions and answers. To apply email Ashley Szafranek at:
  •  Equally Safe Bulletin No 121, July 2020 – attached

UK and International

  1.  Using Evidence for Change: Domestic Abuse:   These four papers are focused around the area of supporting multi-agency communication in working with domestic abuse in families with children

United Nations EVAW COVID-19 briefs

Safe & Together – free materials 

New programmes on BBC I-Player

Mrs America –  excellent accurate drama on the feminist movement’s struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States from 1960 until today (still not amended) and the counter Republican Women’s movement!

I May Destroy You – a  ‘must see’ fast paced comedy-drama series with and by Michaela Coel on sexual relations, rape, consent, friendship, speaking out, young and black in the publishing world … Find out more about Michaela Coel in this fab James McTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh TV festival

Further reading

Best wishes


Veronica Campanile
Violence Against Women and Girls Coordinator
East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office
Room F28 Brunton Hall
16 Ladywell Way
Musselburgh EH21 6AF
Direct tel: 01620 827475 
Mobile: 07540 101 227/EMPPO Tel: 0131 653 5150