Employment Support Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and Employment Support Available

Please see below for links to key information and support available if your employment has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). This guide will be updated regularly, so if you have any useful contacts or information to share, please send to: skillsteam@angus.gov.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Government & NHS information

For latest updates from government and information on support available, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For latest updates from the National Health Service, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Welfare Rights

All calls will be directed from ACCESSLine 03452 777 778 in the first instance for new enquiries.

Angus Council Welfare Rights Service offers a online contact form via the link and also a text service. There is also useful information on our webpages and links to our benefit calculator and budgeting tool.

Also contactable through Angus Council Welfare Rights Facebook page

16+ Team

Our Support Workers deliver Employability Agreements that include activities specifically designed to support 16-19 year olds, such as individual and group projects, taster sessions at college, time with training providers, and work experience. It is a creative package of activity and learning that is built around individual needs and interests. This could be a range of activities such as music, construction, rural skills and outdoor learning, which enable young people to increase confidence and learn transferable skills for the workplace

To take part participants must not be in a job, training or education (unless about to leave school) and they may be eligible for an Education Maintenance Allowance of £30 per week.

For further information, please contact the 16+ Team at LearningChoice@angus.gov.uk or call/text the worker in your area;

  • Joanne Millar 07825 226951 (Brechin/Montrose/Carnoustie)

  • Kayleigh McKay 07768 486176 (Forfar/Kirriemuir/Monifieth)

  • Megan Reid 07768 465119 / Lisa Gilfillan 07554 437087 (Arbroath)

Financial help from the council

If you are claiming benefits or experiencing financial hardship, Invest In Angus may be able to help.

Website: https://www.investinangus.com/covid-19_funding_information_and_support/

Universal Credit

For up to date information on coronavirus and claiming benefits from the JobcentrePlus including changes to appointments, changes to assessments, and claiming Universal Credit please visit: Universal Credit – Coronavirus

How to claim Universal Credit https://www.gov.uk/how-to-claim-universal-credit

Use an independent benefits calculator to find out what benefits you could get and how your benefits will be affected if you start work https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

Angus Skills Team

We have a dedicated Skills Team who are available to offer free advice and support for people living in Angus. The team provide a keyworker, person-centred bespoke service; supporting your unique and individual needs through a variety of programmes available.

If you would like to speak to one of the advisers, please call the following phone number 01307 492039. The team can also be contacted via email skillsteam@angus.gov.uk or https://www.investinangus.com/skills-and-training/

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland are also supporting jobseekers and businesses with recruitment and support, please access further details here:

College Career Hub

Angus Independent Advocacy

You can contact us Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-2pm. By email enquiries@angusindadvocacy.org or call us 01241 434413

Relationships Scotland FM Tayside and Fife

You can contact us by calling 01382 201343 or visit our website www.familymediationonline.co.uk.

Dundee and Angus ADHD Support Group

We are still offering support to families and partner agencies in a reduced capacity throughout this period. You can contact us by email sj@adhddasupport.org.

Kirrie Connections Dementia Friendly Kirriemuir

Providing support and advice to people living with dementia and their family carers. To contact please phone: 01575 573805 or email: info@kirrieconnections.com or www.kirrieconnections.com

Citizens Advice

Contact us by telephone on 01241 870661 or by email using the ‘Contact us’ page on our website www.anguscab.org.uk/contact-us

Hear Me

Counselling for survivors of sexual abuse in Angus. Supporting men, women and children (age 8+) You can contact us by email info@hearmecounselling.com or call us on 01307 850741 www.hearmecounselling.com.

Woman’s Aid

Domestic Abuse Advocacy and support services for women, children and young people who have been affected by domestic abuse. You can contact us by email info@anguswomensaid.co.uk or call us on 01241 439437 On social media twitter @aware30 or Facebook @AngusWA.

Deaf Links

Email: info@deaflinks.org.uk


  • Vix Paulo: 07745347567
  • Tricia Mill: 07926568529
  • Lucyanna McLaughlin: 07721866937
  • Alana Harper: 07711462385

Penumbra Angus Wellbeing Service

Penumbra offer Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing. Their website is: https://www.penumbra.org.uk/

To Contact them by email: Angus.nova@penumbra.org.uk

Mental Health

This is a time in insecurity, and many will be feeling worried or stressed about the impact of Covid-19 on their mental health. There is guidance and support available here: www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/self-help-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-and-your-mental-wellbeing and you can get information about local and immediate support here: https://edspace.org.uk.

Food Banks

If you are struggling to buy food and need some help, please contact your local foodbank: www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/.

Community First

Providing grocery packages during COVID-19

You can contact them via email at: hello@communityfirstuk.com

Website: http://www.communityfirstuk.com/social-supermarket/

Support for employees impacted by COVID-19


ACAS also has up to date information and advice for employees affected by the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They can be contacted at: https://www.acas.org.uk/

Redundancy Support

The Scottish Government’s Partnership for Continuing Employment (PACE) is a well-established service to support individuals and employers dealing with redundancy redundancyscotland.co.uk.

Support for employers impacted by COVID-19

The Scottish Government

Helpline for Employers 0300 303 0660 and is available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Advice and support for employers covering a broad range of topics affecting business continuity is available at https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/

Business Gateway

Support for Charities and Social Enterprises

Lantra Skills Matching Service – Rural and Land-based Busines

The Lantra Skills Matching Service will ensure key rural and land-based businesses — including farms and businesses with animal welfare obligations — are able to access key workers and can continue operating. For further information, please visit the newly launched website: https://www.scotland.lantra.co.uk/skills-matching-service