The research explored experiences and impacts of lockdown; service access and provision; information sources; and trust and accessibility.
Researchers at the University of Glasgow have today published their report from the Scotland in Lockdown study, “Left Out and Locked Down: Impacts of COVID-19 lockdown for marginalised groups in Scotland”. (this link will take you away from our website). The ALLIANCE participated in this qualitative study alongside a range of other partners across the third sector.
The research focused on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions for four groups already experiencing exclusion, isolation and marginalisation before the pandemic: people having a disability or long-term health condition; people involved in criminal justice; refugees and people seeking asylum who were at risk of destitution; and people surviving domestic abuse or sexual violence.
During the pandemic, many people felt forgotten and invisible, as cuts to services and lost contact led to increased loneliness and distress. However, they were also at the forefront of developing innovative solutions to overcome and mitigate the barriers imposed by COVID-19. Similarly, the work of third sector organisations supporting disabled people and those with long-term conditions was found to be vitally important.
Part of the report involved an analysis of the ALLIANCE’s social media output, reflecting how organisations shared and tailored information about COVID-19 to their communities, and continued to deliver online resources for third sector organisations.
The study was funded by the Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Government, as part of its rapid COVID-19 research programme and was conducted between July and December 2020.