During these times of uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus, those in the electrical trade may find not only their business and work being negatively impacted, but also their mental health. The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) is keen to outline what support it can provide to industry members. Please read on for our 6th April update.

your charity needs you bannerdonate to support our industry v2

We understand this is a complex and difficult time for everyone. We are living in a time of great uncertainty and increasing worry about our health and livelihoods. We understand that the effect of COVID-19 on industry and income will be great and we will all be affected. In times of darkness and insecurity we want to let our Industry members know, that we will be here to help you. 

Unknown        Salary – Employed and Self-employed support

How to apply for a self-employed government grant - https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/coronavirus-self-employed-grant-income-support-scheme-apply-how-uk-a9429776.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1586090498

For individuals who are company owners & shareholders, here is some useful information regarding what support scheme you are entitled to apply for during COVID-19 - https://www.rossmartin.co.uk/covid-19/4643-covid-19-company-directors-shareholders 

family icon       Welfare benefit Support

Support for benefit applications in Scotland - https://www.gov.scot/publications/statement-covid-19-update-devolved-benefits/ 
How to access food fund support in Scotland - https://www.gov.scot/news/coronavirus-food-fund/ 


Unknown 1       Mental Health Support

Domestic violence has increased by 25% in the UK - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52157620 If you need help, please contact the charities Confidential Helpline 0800 652 1618 and/or contact Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge
0808 200 0247, www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk  For further support, please access https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help 

How to protect your mental health during the pandemic. The BBC provide key focus areas https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799?xtor=CS3-31-%5BNews%7EC%7E%7EContent+Discovery+v1%5D-%5BFacebook%5D-%5B23844475353120553%5D-%5B23844475353130553%5D 


Unknown 2       Practical Support

Childcare support for Key Workers in Scotland, know where your local hub is - https://www.gov.scot/news/easter-childcare-for-key-workers/ 
Focus on fitness, a key factor in supporting your mental health during the pandemic - https://jogscotland.org.uk/learn-to-run-or-walk-for-fitness/ 

Focus on a new challenge - https://jogscotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Learn-To-Run-Full-Programme.pdf 



The charity like most industry will be financially burdened by the ramifications of COVID -19, but the welfare team are doing their best to provide both financial and emotional support to those in need. The charity is adapting its support service to help industry members through this pandemic.


Here is an outline of our available support services:


pig       Financial Relief

  • The charity will consider providing small grants in immediate and urgent need.
  • Provide advice to industry individuals regarding financial relief strategies and support services available to them.
  • Provide support to employees worried about income, having to work and/or losing their employment.
  • Strategies to implement immediately to soften the financial burden i.e. mortgage/rent holiday’s, freezing of gym memberships and others.
  • Signposting to other welfare services and charities for support.
  • Review of individual welfare benefits, your eligibility and support with the application process were necessary.
  • Food vouchers if in immediate and urgent need.

Unknown 1       Mental Health Support

  • Self-isolation is likely to have a negative impact on our mental health and it is important we remain aware of this and try to buffer against it by putting support strategies in place. The EIC can recommend support strategies to help you cope through this time of isolation.
  • Telephone and skype counselling are available to industry members.
  • Psychiatric assessments for complex mental health issues are available to industry members.
  • Signposting to other mental health support services and online services.

Unknown 2       Symptoms, hygiene and self-isolation

  • The EIC is recommending that individuals with pre-existing health conditions i.e. undergoing cancer treatment, heart disease, diabetes and others should self-isolated and managers need to be informed as soon as possible if you care for or reside with a family member or person who is deemed as having pre-existing health conditions. The EIC can provide further guidance to you if you feel unsure as to how to communicate this to your employer.
  • Hygiene tips and resources
  • Managing self-isolation


Confidential Helpline 0800 652 1618 and/or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.