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Welcome our twice-weekly COVID-19 update for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Salford.
You can get in touch with us to let us know what you want to see in these updates here.
We're here to support your group
Just get in touch with us with your query; our VCSE advice line is open from 9am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, call 0161 787 7795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find us on our social media channels: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The latest VCSE news
The latest VCSE news can be found here including; calls for donations, useful resources, the latest on VCSE services, relevant coronavirus information, good news and good ideas!
Staying Socially Connected
Initiatives to bring us together
There are lots of brilliant initiatives emerging to bring us together while we are physically distancing. Staying socially connected and maintaining our relationships is vital for our wellbeing in these challenging times. Take a look at some of the activities and services below:
Gareth Malone's Great British Home Chorus brings together both amateur and professional performers around the country, to give everyone the opportunity to take part in a digital music project.
Action for Happiness' Coping Calendar for April has daily actions to help us look after ourselves and stay connected. The Cares Family have created 30 #AloneTogether distractions to keep the generations connected.
Spirit of Salford Network partners have developed a new service to support isolated and lonely residents during the coronavirus response. The 'Stay at Home, Stay in Touch' service offers regular check-in and chat calls.
Q42, an LGBTQ+ digital project for young people across Greater Manchester, are posting ways of staying connected during the lockdown.
Tonight at 6pm We Stand Together are holding a Zoom chat - this is a chance to connect and discuss the current crisis and how it is affecting cohesion in our communities.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update
HM Revenue and Customs have updated their guidance for employers and guidance for employees in line with some of the main queries they have received from stakeholders.
Whilst all the guidance has been refreshed, the main areas to review are:
- the more detailed information on scheme eligibility
- further information on how to calculate a claim
- clarification of what constitutes wages.
Read in full here.
Funding support for your organisation
NHS asks people to share their coronavirus symptoms to help others
A new Coronavirus Status Checker will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak.
People with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete the status checker and answer a short series of questions which will tell the NHS about their experience.
It is open to anyone in the UK to use on the NHS website and in its initial phase, the NHS is particularly keen for anyone who thinks they may be displaying potential coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, to complete it.
Find out more here.
START Inspiring Minds - weekly 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' newsletter
During this difficult time of unrest and uncertainty START are continuing to support the community using creativity, innovation and warmth.
This new weekly update is intended to highlight START's work; give you an insight into alternative ways of connecting and showcase the great Spirit of Salford during times of adversity.
The newsletter will also include daily inspiring activities to keep your mind and body healthy during the lockdown.
Read the first edition of their 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' newsletter here.
COVID-19 and the rights of disabled people
Disability Rights UK has produced a statement regarding COVID-19 and the rights of disabled people.
The statement has been made following the reporting of cases regarding the NHS where the rights of disabled people, of all ages, are not always being upheld.
You can read the statement in full here.
NHS England has sent a response, available here. Baroness Jane Campbell has written a reply here.
View the list of signatories or add your name to the list here.
MHFA England - resources to support mental health
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England have produced a range of resources to help with your mental health.
Their Mental Health First Aider guide now includes information on how to support people remotely. This animation and fact sheet has tips on how to stay well when working remotely. The Address Your Stress toolkit including simple self-care tips and a wellbeing check-up. Their Empower Half Hour programme gives 30-minute activities to boost your wellbeing during the workday.
Find out more.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): a guide for VCSE organisations
We've produced some guidance for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Read our guide here.
Changes to our services and how we will support you
Find out about changes to our services and our response to the coronavirus emergency here.
Can your organisation help?
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and response affecting our communities, we need local businesses and organisations to step forward and help Salford.
- Can you donate goods in bulk?
- Do have staff or volunteers with specialist skills?
- Can you offer a venue or storage place?
Join in the Spirit of Salford and tell us how you can help - please complete this form.
Donate to your local foodbank or food club
Many foodbanks have suspended accepting donations of food via their shops.
There are still ways you can support your local food banks and food clubs while keeping yourself and others safe including; giving goods via donation points in your local supermarket and donating money via online fundraisers.
The main items foodbanks, food clubs, pantries and meal providers need are:
- Food: UHT milk, cereals, pasta, rice, canned items (baked beans, soup, vegetables, fruit, meat and fish)
- Essentials: Nappies, bars of soap, household cleaning products, anti-bacterial wipes, toilet rolls, hand sanitiser, hand wash.
Find out more.
Donate to the Salford 4 Good - Emergency Response Fund (COVID 19)
We're providing a trusted route for people to donate to Salford's emergency response to the coronavirus crisis. We'll be channelling funds throughout our sector directly to those most in need. Supported by Salford City Council and NHS Salford CCG.
Give your time
With many older and more vulnerable people in our community self-isolating due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, lots of people have been stepping forward wanting to help, demonstrating the Spirit of Salford.
We’ve put together some tips of the best ways you can offer your support while following guidance to 'Stay Home, Save Lives'.
Find out more.
Your organisation can help by getting out the message to #StayHomeSaveLives, in this crucial stage in trying to manage the coronavirus, it’s vital the public stay at home (unless necessary).
You can use Public Health England's coronavirus resources on staying at home to amplify the message across your communication channels and social networks.
Or share posts on your social media from trusted accounts such as Public Health England, NHS and Salford City Council.
Access the campaign materials here.
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