Covid charity shares funding fears for vital services

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Covid Aid, set up during the pandemic, supported people with long-term Covid.

A charity set up to support those who have been living with Covid for a long time has warned of a fundraising battle when service users need it most.

Covid Aid, launched in May 2020, is helping thousands of people across the country every week – especially those severely affected by the virus – as well as those facing financial difficulties.

The number of people living with Long Covid in Scotland now exceeds more than 150,000, but the charity said it now faces a battle to keep its staff amid its own funding problems.

Founder Michael MacLennan told the Messenger“When it launched in May 2020, we started directing people to charities, but as we got going and started publishing informational articles related to Long Covid and related.

“Towards the end of last year, we launched our Support Community which is a safe, member-driven online space. There are now over 750 members. We have reached over 125,000 people through our website hub.

The charity’s founder believes that as attention on Covid diminishes it is difficult for them to continue what they want to do.

Mr MacLennan, a volunteer, added: ‘It is now about living with Covid but in reality there are people living with Long Covid whose lives have been changed.

“There are thousands of people who have lost loved ones and, due to the nature of grief in the pandemic, have not been able to properly recognize it and go through the grieving process.

“We believe the charity’s case is stronger than ever as there is a need for support for those who have been affected.

“However, Covid Aid is now facing a situation where it has to cut its paid staff due to funding issues.

“It is clear that we are going to experience Covid as a problem for a while. People are still losing loved ones or catching Long Covid, but support is vital. We need significant funding to provide more support over the coming year.

“We are aware that there are over 150,000 people in Scotland with Long Covid. This number increases, it does not contract.

“Securing funding has been extremely difficult and challenging and we need to grow from four full-time staff to one paid team member.

“So far we’ve struggled to get funding through the Long Covid relief fund, which means we can’t expand and we’re cutting back on what we can do instead.”

The project was mentioned at Holyrood, with meetings held with public health Marie Todd, where the charity pleaded for greater support.

Mr MacLennan added: “We ran our services with just over £30,000, but if we got funding we could reach 250,000 and support networks across the country. Funding for us is crucial and it cannot wait for people who need support. »

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