Current National Advice

We understand that this is a difficult time for families with an overload of information. On this page we aim to provide quick links that will take you to the most key information.

Click on the links below for current national information.

Latest advice from Scottish Government/NHS - 24th March 2020

See guidance and information from the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland

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NHS Advice - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice.

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Need medical assistance?

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Click here for further information

NHS - Mental Health Helplines

Mental health helplines from the NHS

Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, the NHS has collated useful links to  support groups that can offer expert advice.

Click here for advice and support

Parentline Scotland

Parentline Scotland recognises that every family needs a helping hand sometimes and you will find a wealth of information on their site, including:

  • Talking to children about coronavirus
  • Staying at home with your family
  • Keeping kids entertained at home

Call FREE for expert advice 7 days per week 08000 28 22 33

Click here to access the site

Information for parents on the closure of childcare services

On 19 March 2020, the Deputy First Minister announced that all local authority schools and nurseries in Scotland would be closing from the end of the school day on Friday 20 March 2020, as part of the Scottish Government’s response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, unless they are involved in the provision of emergency childcare

Click here to access the information for parents from the Scottish Government

Coronavirus - school and ELC closures: guidance on critical childcare and learning provision for key workers

Guidance setting out what childcare and learning provision we expect to be made available to key workers during closures of school and early learning and childcare (ELC) settings to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Click here to access

List of Childcare Provision in Highland for Keyworkers.

World Health Organisation - Coping with stress poster - It’s normal to feel stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis.

World Health Organisation

Useful poster to download with top tips and strategies for coping with stress during this difficult time

Click here to access

Mind - for better mental health

Mind – for better mental health

Lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. 

Click here to access

Useful Contacts

  • Medical Help


  • Citizens Advice Scotland

    0800 085 7145

  • Samaritans Scotland


  • Highland Council

    01463 704000

  • Moray Council

    0300 123 4561

  • Parentline Scotland

    08000 28 22 33

Highland and Moray Local Information

Click on the tabs below to find useful links for help in your area.

North Highland

Food banks

Financial help


Caithness Voluntary Group

Volunteer with NHS Highland

Central Highland

Food banks

Financial help


West Highland

Food bank               

  • Lochaber Foodbank                                                                      

Financial Advice       


South Highland


Highland Foodbank – Inverness and Nairn 

Financial Advice             

 Inverness Citizen Advice                                                                            


Voluntary Action Badenoch and Strathspey                                                                      



Financial Advice         

Childcare provision for key workers during COVID-19


Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI)

Highland Community COVID-19 Response

HTSI has launched a new website to deal with Third Sector issues related to COVID-19 in Highland. HTSI state:

“The Highland Third Sector Interface are working closely with our partners in the Third and Public Sectors and in the community to support the wide range of community support developing in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. This website is intended to provide information which will assist individuals and community groups undertaking work to support people experiencing the impacts of the outbreak and to mitigate the most harmful of those”

Click here to access the site


Latest from our blog

Updates from SSSC COVID 19

  The Scottish Social Services Council has shared the following information in their recent newsletter     Changes to the law to support social services: The UK and Scottish coronavirus legislation include some important changes for social service regulation so we can support the workforce to keep on delivering high-quality services during the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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