Covid-19

Given the current situation in relation to COVID-19, we wanted to update you in relation to our planning. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of both our staff and everybody who we work with on a daily basis. As a result, we are cancelling all future training/workshops until further notice.

We will continue to deliver capacity building support and volunteering information to the Community and Voluntary Sector. Our teams are well set up to work remotely and are fully responsive via phone and email as usual. We have the technology in place to conduct our meetings online or via conference call. We are confident that the quality of service you receive from us will remain as high as usual but we appreciate your support as we deal with any inconveniences that may arise during this period.

If you have any questions in relation to our planning or related to your own response planning, please get in touch.

Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times. We are glad to continue working closely with you and look forward to the situation stabilising and an eventual return to more normal circumstances.

Links To Useful Information

Preparation for re-opening Hounslow Housing Community Venues

Covid-19 data dashboard

GUIDANCE ON RESTARTING FUNDRAISING AFTER LOCKDOWN

Homelessness, modern slavery and COVID-19

COVID-19 Resource Hub for Charities & Social Enterprises

Goodgym deliveries for vulnerable people 

Hounslow Good Neighbour guide

NCVO links to resources 

Ageing Better telephone befriending report Telephone befriending Final (002)

Hounslow Council Coronavirus update: 15 April 2020

Community Groups asked to Sew Scrubs

Hounslow Council Coronavirus Update 2 April

NHS Hounslow CCG Coronavirus update: 31 March 2020

Survey on Support Required by Hounslow VCSE Groups

New Hounslow Community Support Hub

Hounslow Council Coronavirus Update 26 March

Hounslow Council Coronavirus Update 24 March

Hounslow Council Coronavirus Update 19 March

Statement on Council Closures

Charity Commission Guidance

NHS Coronavirus Update

General information about Covid-19

Dashboard showing reported cases of coronavirus in the UK

NHS Covid-19 information

NHS 111 online Covid-19

NHS Self-isolation advice

Stay At Home Advice

Latest Update from DWP Covid 19 Special News Bulletin for Partners (003)

Corporate support for the voluntary sector at this vital time

Guidance on pandemic planning

Guidance on Staying at Home from Mencap in Easy Read format

Guidance on protecting extremely vulnerable people (shielding)

Furloughing

What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme? Russel-Cooke briefing

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/04/08/volunteering-and-furloughing-what-do-we-know

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/voices/how-well-does-furloughing-work-for-charities.html

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/five-things-to-consider-when-furloughing-charity-staff/

https://www.cfg.org.uk/Covid19Facts

Volunteering 

Volunteer handbook Hounslow

VOLUNTEERING AND FURLOUGHING: WHAT DO WE KNOW?

Register to volunteer in the following support roles; urgent food deliveries, prescription collection, delivering parcels/post, tackling loneliness, general community support, collecting parcels/post.

The British Red Cross has developed a new step-by-step guide for anyone responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The free online guidance aims to help local charities, mutual aid groups and individuals to support people in their communities safely.

Scams

Wash Your Hands of Corona Virus Scams

How You Can Support The Vulnerable In Your Local Community

The Hounslow Council website has links for Coronavirus information in accessible formats and translated materials

Latest NHS Guidelines Translated into 32 Languages

Advice on Covid-19 in 16 different languages (shared on google docs, you need to sign into google to access)

Keep donating items to charity shops – otherwise they can’t survive

Support for Community Groups & People Working From Home

Emergency fund announced for urgent small-charity coronavirus poverty relief DEADLINE 25 MARCH

New emergency support fund announced to help community and voluntary organisations

‘EVERY DAY COUNTS’ AS CHARITIES STILL WAIT FOR GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Great selection of resources and templates from workable.com

Check list for volunteer groups/ example role description

Protocol for meetings (template than can be used by groups)

Information for volunteers / social link prescribers

Funding

List of funders funding core costs

COVID-19 Response: The Fore’s RAFT Fund

Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

Neighbourly Community Fund

Update on National Lottery Funding

Freshwater Foundation – Covid-19 Funding Opportunity

Civil Society Funding Directory

Sport England Coronavirus Funding

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Coronavirus Funding

Catalyst Housing Emergency Fund

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant holders

Crisis Emergency Grants Programme for Homelessness Organisations

Scottish and Southern Electricity Community Resilience Funding

National Emergency Trust Grants Funding

SPORT ENGLAND: £195 million coronavirus support package

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Match-fund campaign for children affected by Coronavirus

London Community Response Fund – applications open

Sources of emergency funding

National Lottery Community Fund update on support for grantees

Arts Council 

Governance

Key Issues for Trustees to Consider During the Crisis

Key coronavirus legal issues for charities explained

Russel Cooke Solicitors 

IT

Remote working with Microsoft Teams

How can charities best support their staff working from home?

Data protection and Coronavirus

Safeguarding 

Safeguarding crisis hub

Safeguarding news and support

Support and advice for groups

Contingency planning and adapting your services
Employment and staff
Funding for coronavirus response
Online training, safeguarding and data protection
RVA services
  • RVA Advice Service: if your organisation needs advice or support contact advice@rva.org.uk. We are continuing to offer our advice service remotely through email, telephone and Google Hangouts.
  • RVA News: If you would like us to publicise updates about your services via RVA news and the RVA website, please email them to info@rva.org.uk. We’ll be sending RVA News more regularly during the coronavirus outbreak – if you’re not already subscribed to the newsletter, sign up here.
  • Team Reading Coronavirus Response Volunteers: if your organisation is registered with RVA and needs some extra volunteer support please email steve.hendry@rva.org.uk.
  • Social Prescribing: if you have received support from the Social Prescribing service in the past and would like us to get in touch again, please email social.prescribing@rva.org.uk. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, we are continuing to take these at the normal address  readingsocial.prescribing@nhs.net.

Support for individuals and families

Keeping in touch online
Employment, self-employment and benefits
Managing anxiety and wellbeing
Where can I find up-to-date and accurate information?

Other News

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