Charity Funding from the Government
The very latest information on the £750 million promised by the chancellor and how it will be allocated. For groups in Adur and Worthing, we'd particularly like to draw your attention to this new funding opportunity:
West Sussex County Council has today announced COVID-19 community work support funding. The next round of Community Initiative Funding, which supports West Sussex community groups and organisations, is now open and has been extended to support groups carrying out Coronavirus-related community work. In addition, more than £26,000 funding, which was under spent in the 2019/20 round of Community Initiative Funding (CIF) for all West Sussex County Council County Local Committees (CLCs), has been transferred to support the work of the County Council’s community hub (COVID-19).
New Government Guidance and updates to existing ones:
New Guidance from NCVO:
The very latest information on the £750 million promised by the chancellor and how it will be allocated:
Communicating in a crisis:
- Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales (LBFEW) has a free Communications, Press and Influencing toolkit available online to help small charities communicate their stories and important information during a crisis, as well as during more ‘normal’ times! This includes webinars that specifically refer to the COVID-19 outbreak and downloadable guides about social media, building your brand, creating video content, influencing and much more. You can find the toolkit here.
- Guidelines on safe shopping from the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health.
Adur & Worthing and Brighton & Hove Updates
Local Infection Rate: There is now 233 confirmed cases as of 17 April within Brighton & Hove, 383 in East Sussex and 679 in West Sussex. These figures should be viewed with caution as there is no testing being undertaken until people are admitted to hospital.
Community Works Calls for Action
How you can help with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment):
- Recording the need for PPE Equipment in the areas we cover is being centrally coordinated so that we can ensure we're providing the right information, please help us gather information.
Connect with us on Social Media:
Share your good news stories:
- You’re all doing such amazing work to keep our local areas functioning during times of crisis. Please, share your good news stories with us so we can help spread some positivity! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on social media.
- The Sussex Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund is for new activities that are designed to help prevent suicides, save lives and reduce self-harm across the Sussex Health and Care Partnership footprint: East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. Applicants can apply for one-off funding from £1,000 up to £15,000.
Courses and Learning:
- Creative Bloom are kindly offering all their online digital skills training events for free to Community Works member organisations from now to the end of May. Access via the event calendar on their website via the training page which also details the courses. Use the following promo code: FREETRAINING4CHARITIES.
Digital and IT:
- Everyone is suddenly trying to access essential information on our websites! How do we make sure they're accessible and can be used by everyone? If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the sudden 'covid19' shift to digital, join the informal Tech for Good Brekkie - Online Accessibility & Inclusion, Weds 22 April, 8.30-9.30am to share top tips and challenges. This week it's joined by Tom from Huxley Digital, makers of accessible websites https://huxleydigital.co.uk/ and Fran from Citizens Online, web/data guru. Ask your questions and share your own tips too. It’s informal – bring your brekkie and a cuppa!
- Tips, resources and guidance on how to support people with digital skills during the pandemic at Supporting people with digital skills during the pandemic, Thurs 23 April, 11.00-11.45am– joined by Digital Unite
- To alleviate the exchange of cash between volunteers and patients/customers, some supermarkets are offering volunteer gift cards/egift vouchers that can be purchased online. The information presented here (with thanks to Danielle Shurgold from West Sussex County Council) is sourced directly from the supermarkets websites. It includes:
- Name of supermarket and opening hours
- Vulnerable/elderly shopping hours, phone ordering grocery service and info on volunteer card if offering
- NHS staff offers.
Adur & Worthing Updates
- Worthing Community Chest is offering an emergency funding opportunity to anyone who is setting up small, ad hoc, neighbourhood projects in response to the coronavirus. In particular, any group considering schemes to reach isolated people, deliver food or medicines, run additional food banks or supplies, provide meals for school children etc. Grants of up to £250 that are designed to be as flexible, quick and easy as possible are being offered. Poster.
Members’ and Other Services Updates:
Find It Out Plus – Worthing & Adur, delivered in partnership by WSCC and YMCA DLG
- Mental, physical and/or sexual Health
- Family and peer relationships
- Education and employment
- Housing and homelessness
- Criminal / sexual exploitation
- Substance misuse
- Young people can access one of three services:
- Information, Advice and Guidance – on any of the issues stated above.
- Referral and Assessment – to our partner services (including: Youth Emotional Support, YMCA Dialogue, West Sussex MIND, NHS Time to Talk, CGL, Allsorts Youth, CMHL, CAMHS, AMHS, Asphaleia, ESTEEM and more).
- Bitesize Support – fortnightly phone / video sessions with weekly online check-ins, supporting you to maintain your emotional wellbeing throughout lockdown. Support is available immediately.
Brighton & Hove Updates
- If you are volunteering – contact the organisation you volunteer through for a copy of the letter
- If you are looking after someone (unpaid) – contact the Carers Hub (so they can check for any other needs the carer may have, not just a copy of the letter)
- If you are a paid care or support worker – contact the organisation you work for
- Grants totalling more than £33,000 are being made to ten local community groups from the council’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency fund. The fund was set up to help community and voluntary organisations in Brighton & Hove who are supporting the city’s most vulnerable residents. A variety of projects will benefit, ranging from a group providing vital support to autistic adults, to volunteers delivering craft packs to help with schooling at home. The grants are part of the first round of funding – further applications are being considered and more grants will be made later this month.
- Latest updates from Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce on Networking, support and getting your business noticed, and the support it's offering to its members over the next few weeks and months. There’s more to follow. And some positive news too. Over 220 members have joined their virtual networking or learning events in the last month, and they're looking forward to connecting with many more local businesses in the next few weeks.
- Brighton & Hove Food Partnership has produced a new recipe booklet which may be of use to share with any clients who are trying to reduce electricity use or only have limited cooking facilities. They have paper copies which they are delivering with food parcels over coming weeks, if you have a way to distribute some please get in touch with BHFP and they can get some for you. But the info is also available online so we'd be grateful if you can share.
Covid-19 Community Champions:
- The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Alexandra Phillips, is calling on residents in the city to nominate people in their community who have gone above and beyond to help others during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nominations to be sent to email@example.com or to the Civic Office, Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JA by 1 May. See latest city briefings for more information.
- Following the continued restrictions on movement, the council be closing the majority of public toilets in the city from tomorrow, Friday 17 April. They have kept many toilets open as they are a vital facility for many vulnerable people in the city. With fewer people now around and increasing difficulties in maintaining the safe use of many of the facilities for residents and the staff who look after them, most public toilets will now close. The council wll reopen them as soon as is appropriate.
Holiday Lets Must Stay Shut:
- Despite the current Coronavirus lockdown, Trading Standards has reported that some people are ignoring government guidelines against non-essential travel and coming to Brighton & Hove to stay in pre-booked holiday accommodation. Emergency legislation now in place states that accommodation providers must remain closed to guests until further notice. Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, even for isolation purposes and holiday property owners must not allow guests to stay. If guests who have previously booked accommodation turn up, they should be sent home. They are not permitted, by law, to stay. Accommodation providers who flout the law are liable for prosecution and face unlimited fines.
Primary School Places:
- Nearly 88% of Brighton & Hove parents who applied for primary school places for this September have been offered their preferred school. The council has been advised that the Government is proposing to make some changes to the school appeals process during this period of Coronavirus restrictions. If passed by Parliament, the new regulations will relax some of the current requirements regarding the holding of school admission appeals and will enable councils to proceed with their appeals. Further guidance is expected from the government shortly.
Members’ and Other Services Updates
Mind in Brighton and Hove:
- Please be aware that our mental health advice and information service remains open during this difficult time offering advice, support and information via both telephone and email. We can offer support to:
- Anyone living in Brighton and Hove who is concerned about their mental health. (You do not have to be using any local mental services to contact us)
- Friends, family and professionals supporting local people with mental health issues.
- This includes information on:
- Mental health and social support services, local and national.
- Mental health conditions, symptoms, treatments and self-management.
- Self-care and general wellbeing techniques.
- Call us on 01273 666950 between 9am-5pm. Please be aware our phone lines may be busy so please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Alternatively, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit our website www.mindcharity.co.uk.
- The Together Co Befriending and Social Prescribing teams are working to ensure that no one needs to suffer loneliness and isolation despite the current Coronvirus crisis.
- Together Co Befriending is offering telephone contact with volunteers who have been vetted, trained and who are supported by our team of experienced Befriending Coordinators who are at hand to assist with any queries, signposting and referral needs. We also operate a food, shopping and other practical help befriending service. Volunteers carry ID and operate a safety code system to reassure beneficiaries of their genuine status. To request support, call 01273 775 888 for submit a request form via our website: https://togetherco.org.uk/coronavirus.
- Self-referrals for Together Co Social Prescribing support can be made by calling 01273 229382. Support services and agencies can refer a client by submitting the referral form available on our website.
- Residents might also hear from Together Co directly if they have requested non-urgent food support or support with loneliness and isolation via the Council's COVID19 Community Hub.
- We are experiencing an unprecedented volume of interest from people wanting to volunteer with us as a telephone befrienders - this is a fantastic testimony to the goodwill surrounding us - however, so that we can get practical help to those who need it as quickly as possible, we currently ONLY invite volunteer applications from people who are able to offer door-step deliveries, shopping support, dog walking and other practical help.