Includem research reveals COVID-19 hitting Scotland’s poorest families hardest

Includem has today released a report on poverty and the impact coronavirus is having on young people and families we support.

We asked families what their experiences of meeting day-to-day costs has been like over the past 12 months and what impact COVID-19 has had on them.

Our Chief Executive, Martin Dorchester, said: “We support some of the poorest and most marginalised young people and families in Scotland. We knew that coronavirus was going to hit them the hardest, and this research has sadly confirmed this.”

#WeLove - How Includem has engaged and supported young people during the pandemic

It won’t be of any surprise to Staf members to read that the Covid-19 pandemic precipitated almost wholesale change in how we operate at Includem. This has been the case for almost everyone, third sector and beyond.

As an organisation delivering face-to-face support to children, young people and families across Scotland, lockdown presented huge logistical challenges for us. Yet, for every challenge presented, creativity and innovation abounded.

Blog: Scotland’s lost voice


Meg Thomas, our Head of Programme Design & Policy Management, wrote for The Herald on how Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people are at risk of not having their voices heard as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

THE Covid-19 emergency has impacted all of our lives in ways we could never have imagined. Yet, it is undeniable that its negative effects are impacting those who were already suffering and marginalised more than most.

Putting the third sector at the heart of Scotland's economic recovery

Includem welcomes the opportunity to submit a response to the Scottish Advisory Group on Economic Recovery. You can read our full submission here.

Our Chief Executive, Martin Dorchester, summarises his thoughts:

Martin Dorchester

Includem believes the third sector has more “than an important role” to society and the economy. It is, we believe, pivotal to making the change required to bring about a more robust and inclusive economy that works for everyone.

Taking an economic perspective, the sector has a turnover in excess of £6 billion, expenditure that almost matches that at £5.7 billion and employs over 100,000 people (paid) in Scotland. But more than that, and as we have seen during this pandemic, it significantly contributes to the wellbeing of society, to the development of community and for the good of all.

Staying Connected: A digital inclusion report by Includem

Today Includem has published our Staying Connected report which looks at the digital inclusion of young people and families we support.

We were already living in an increasingly digital world, but the Covid-19 emergency has accelerated the introduction and use of digital technologies at an unprecedented rate. With lockdown and social distancing measures in place, many services and organisations, such as Includem, are trying to continue to deliver services and support young people and families remotely via predominantly digital tools.