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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Safeguarding in the community during a time of crisis
In our latest blog, Deb our Safeguarding Development Worker, explains how the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector is at the heart of safeguarding, especially during this time of crisis response.
As a direct response to COVID-19 we are relying more and more on our communities to come together to support people living alone and families who are at risk due to existing health conditions.
Here in Salford, we have a network of volunteers who have come together to meet the growing need emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of these are large networks such as the Spirit of Salford Network or the army of volunteers recruited via the NHS. Others are much smaller, built up by grassroots communities who come together due to locality or shared interest or simply from a mutual willingness to want to help people at a time of national crisis.
Read Deb's blog in full here.
Save Our Social Enterprises!
A new collaborative campaign to Save our Social Enterprises! has been launched. We know that Social enterprises are at the heart of the fight against coronavirus and that they will be vital for the social and economic recovery from this crisis, but too many are falling through the cracks in Government support. There are four key points to the campaign:
- Extending existing business grants to include social enterprises
- Changing the delivery of loan finance to work for social enterprises
- Opening up emergency financing for public services to social enterprises delivering services on behalf of the state
- Providing business support so that social enterprises can use any funds they do receive effectively to transition their business
Add your signature to the form here to demonstrate to Government how important it is to #SaveOurSocents so we can #BuildBackBetter
We have created a resource page with links to local and national support, guidance and information. Find out about available finance, webinars and services here.
Donations needed for frontline charities and foodbanks
We are looking for bulk donations of essential items for our frontline charities and foodbanks including:
- Disposable gloves, small hand sanitiser gel, paper towels
- Toiletries: soap, shampoo, shower gel, bubble bath, flannels, toothbrush, toothpaste, loo roll, tissues, hand cream
- Pet food: dog, cat, rabbit, hamster, bird
- Baby essentials: nappies, baby wipes
- Sanitary products: tampons, towels, pads
- Food: UHT milk, cereals, pasta, rice, canned items
- Household cleaning products, anti-bacterial wipes, toilet rolls
If you can help, please get in touch.
Could you be a #HeroFromHome and help us to source the bulk donations listed above?
We're looking for people who can approach local businesses to see if they can provide these much-needed essentials to charities and Foodbank.
Interested? Get in touch with us.
Get 'Appy - useful apps for mental health
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has curated a list of mental health apps.
The resource features apps that can help with anxiety, low mood and depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, sleep, relaxation and general wellbeing.
The list contains over 30 free apps, some with in-app purchases, and the majority are suitable for younger people as well as adults.
View the apps here.
A range of digital services and online support is also available for children and adults across Greater Manchester. These services can be accessed by people who are already experiencing mental health issues as well as people who may be struggling with the new social distancing and self-isolation restrictions. In Salford, new mental health support service Beyond is offering online and telephone support.
Every Mind Matters have also produced some resources to help people to cope with feelings of anxiety, loneliness, stress and sadness.
Funding support for your organisation
To try and make it easier for your organisation to find emergency COVID-19 funding we have created a simple funding search on our website. Highlights from our search are:
You can also register to access Charity Excellence Framework's funding database with over 550 funders and links to 36 funding lists. Get in touch with us if you need some support with finding funding or writing your bids.
GM VCSE Leadership Group COVID-19 Statement
The Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group have issued a statement relating to Covid-19 and the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester.
The VCSE Leadership Group seeks to promote the role and involvement of the VCSE sector and communities in devolution. It comprises individuals from eighteen voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise organisations from across Greater Manchester.
The VCSE Leadership Group has also produced a COVID Response update/assessment document highlighting the action taken so far by the Leadership Group on behalf of the sector during the current crisis, and the further steps it will be taking in the coming weeks and months.
Find out more.
Europia service update - response to COVID-19
Europia has been working tirelessly to make sure EU nationals living across Greater Manchester have all the support they need during these uncertain times.
They have launched a new website bringing together their COVID-19 response, including their Emergency Fund. The fund is for vulnerable EU nationals living across Greater Manchester, grants of £30-60 are available to purchase essential supplies.
Europia is working with Doctors of the World, providing them with translations of COVID-19 NHS Guidance into Bulgarian, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian and Lithuanian. They have also set up a befriending phone-line service for Polish people who are over-50 years old.
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.
Our guide includes a list of VCSE resources that we are continuously updating. We have added a new factsheets today on how to join a Zoom meeting.
View our latest factsheets here.
Changes to our services and how we will support you
Meet the Team
Cathrine, our Grants Administrator, featured in our latest Meet the Team video. Cathrine is helping to get our Salford Crisis Fund grants out to where they are needed as part of the COVID-19 response. She shares how groups are staying connected with their members and how important this work
You can find our 'Meet the Team' videos on our social media channels: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be a Hero from Home
We know that lots of people want to help while they stay home. So we have created a new micro-volunteering opportunity called Hero from Home!
Heroes from Home will support the wider Emergency Response in Salford by sharing important messages to help to keep our communities safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Volunteers will use their own social media accounts to share or post information about Salford’s COVID-19 response - helping to ensure it is highly visible and readily available to those who need it.
Everything you need to be a #HeroFromHome is here.
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