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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've had some really useful feedback so far, thank you to everyone has emailed us. We are striving to tailor these updates to our members and knowing what your queries are means that we can provide the most useful and relevant information to you.

Supporting your group

Keep in touch

Our team have been making calls to our members to see how they are and if we can help. If you haven't heard from us yet and would like some support, get in touch:

Call 0161 787 7795 (Mon - Fri: 9am - 4.30pm) or email

VCSE news and services

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!


Share your #NeverMoreNeeded story

Coinciding with BBC’s Big Night In, last night a consortium of charities launched the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign. Following on from the #EveryDayCounts campaign to secure government funding (read our sector's response to that) there is still much work to do to ensure the charity sector can still complete its vital work to improve lives and make a difference.

As we navigate the worst impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, people across the country are relying on VCSE organisations, the essential support they provide and how they shape our society for the better. And we shall all continue to rely on their expertise and experience now, in acute crisis, and as we move on to the recovery effort that lies ahead.

We are asking out members to:

  • Tell your story of why your organisation and charities are #NeverMoreNeeded  
  • Please use pictures if you have them or the #NeverMoreNeeded graphic You can download the graphic from Charity Finance Group.
  • Or use #NeverMoreNeeded in your existing social comms 

Find out more here.

UC Help to Claim

Claiming Universal Credit

Data released by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) shows a huge increase in people starting the Universal Credit (UC) claims process. Since coronavirus restrictions came into place there has been an unprecedented rise in claims, with claims up to 8 times higher since lockdown came into effect. 

Citizen's Advice has a free Help to Claim service that offers support from the early stages of a UC claim through to the first payment. Trained advisers can help with things like how to gather evidence for an application over the phone.

The telephone service is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm or the email advice service can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These services provide the same level of support as the usual face to face services.

The number for Citizen's Advice Salford service and for help with EU settlement issues is 0300 3309 074. You can also use the national service - contact on 0800144 8 444 for general enquiries.

The Money Advice Service also has an explainer on claiming UC on their website.

We have compiled updates and guidance from DWP on making claims here, including online applications and claiming for the self-employed. 

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities

If you are supporting people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, there is local and national funding available to help you with this vital work including Forever Manchester’s Community Support Fund and the Salford Crisis Fund (COVID-19).

The Community Support Fund is for constituted community groups based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Awards of up to £1,000 are available for grassroots community groups responding to the impact of COVID-19. 

The Salford Crisis Fund is a responsive fund offering VCSE organisations grants of up to £500 to help address immediate need arising from the coronavirus crisis. All applications must explain how you will support the health and wellbeing of local people affected by this crisis. 

There are lots more grants on our simple funding search which is being updated regularly. You can also register to access Charity Excellence Framework's funding database with over 550 funders and links to 36 funding lists.

Our team are on hand to help you with finding funding, writing applications and getting any policies you made need in place. Get in touch with us if you need some support with your bids.

Older People and COVID-19 resources

Older People and COVID-19 resources

We have created a page to share resources around older people and COVID-19.

Vegetarian for Life has produced a useful resource for those shopping for people who are unable to and may have special dietary requirements. These include allergies, intolerances, autoimmune diseases, and personal, religious and cultural beliefs. The guide gives some simple ways to help ensure that community grocery boxes are inclusive for all.

Dementia United have produced a paper collating resources regarding dementia and COVID-19. The aim is to enable care home staff to have access to any good practice and guidance, without having to work through the vast amount of information coming in. 

Greater Manchester Nutrition and Hydration have produced an Eat, Drink, Live Well booklet. It outlines a 12-week programme to rebuild strength and appetite. It also has tips on how to keep hydrated and ideas for boosting food intake.

We will keep updating the resource page.

Ramadan and COVID-19 update, resources and services

Ramadan and COVID-19 update, resources and services

Ramadan is a month-long Muslim observance which this year began yesterday evening (23 April) and ends at sunset Saturday 23 May, and during which most Muslims fast from dawn until dusk.

The Imam of Eccles and Salford Islamic Society has released a statement with guidelines on observing Ramadan while staying at home. 

Sandy Adirondack has provided information on supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan as part of her legal update for the sector. She has also shared articles that outline how coronavirus will affect Ramadan observance this year.

Morrison's are offering a Ramadan food box that provides a selection of essentials to make Ramadan at home a little easier.

Yemeni Community Association has also released a statement calling for self-isolation during Ramadan to be used as a time for contemplation and reflection.

Find out more.

Greater Manchester Big Disability Survey - COVID-19 Special

Greater Manchester Big Disability Survey - COVID-19 Special

The Greater Manchester (GM) Disabled People's Panel is an independent strategic body made up of disabled people's organisations from across GM.

All of the members are disabled people and they seek to influence policy to support the rights of disabled people in GM.

This survey aims to find out what issues disabled people face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will be used to inform GM services on how to meet those support needs. This is why the survey includes demographic questions to better gather information on how different communities are experiencing the impact of the pandemic.

Find out more and take part in the survey here.

Salford Social Enterprise City Event

Salford Social Enterprise City Event

Working Lunch: Buy Social on Thursday 14th May 2020, 12noon – 2pm. This will be a virtual meeting - link will be sent to participants in advance.

Businesses are increasingly looking to purchase from social enterprises who can provide high-quality products and services, whilst delivering social and environmental value to their communities.

The Buy Social Working Lunch will be a chance to discuss how best to open up and build markets for social enterprises, how social enterprises can enhance corporate supply chains whilst increasing their positive environmental and social impact and how businesses can use their purchasing power as a force for good. 

Find out more and register.

Guide for groups

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.

New factsheets!

Our guide includes a list of VCSE resources that we are continuously updating. We have added two new factsheets today on withholding your number when using a mobile phone and how to make conference calls on a mobile phone.

View our latest factsheets here.

SCVS Response

Changes to our services and how we will support you

Meet the Team videos

Meet the Team

Matt, one of our Volunteering Development Workers, featured in our latest Meet the Team video.

You can find our 'Meet the Team' videos on our social media channels: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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Salford Crisis Fund (COVID-19)

The Salford Crisis Fund is a responsive fund offering VCSE organisations grants of up to £500 to help address immediate need arising from the coronavirus crisis. All applications must explain how you will support the health and wellbeing of local people affected by this crisis.

Find out more and apply here.

Salford Stories timetable - click to download a copy

Activities for children and young people

We have put together a #SalfordStories timetable of creative, active and educational projects for children and young people.

It is packed with fun activities from local community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises to help entertain the little ones during lockdown.

View this week's calendar here.

Or download a copy of the PDF here (best for viewing on mobiles).

Find out about changes to our services and our response to the coronavirus emergency here.

How to help

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

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.

Donate here.


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' including our Hero from Home micro-volunteering opportunity.

Find out more.


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