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Welcome our COVID-19 update for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Salford.
The latest VCSE news can be found here. We have added a filter to this page to make it easier for you to find the news you are interested in.
Staying connected to your volunteers during Covid-19
In our latest blog, Claire explores how your organisation can stay connected and help the wellbeing of your volunteers:
With many volunteers unable to be involved with their regular volunteering activities during this time - either because they are self-isolating or because their usual volunteer role is on hold - it is easy for charities to lose touch with their volunteers.
Many people build friendships through their volunteering: it can be an important part of their routine, helping them to stay active and socially connected, and it is so beneficial for people’s mental health and wellbeing. With people suddenly losing this, as well as facing the uncertainties of the current situation, it is important to keep in touch with volunteers to build connections and support their wellbeing.
Here are some tips on how we as volunteer managers can help our volunteers.
Greater Manchester: ESF Community Grants 2019 – 2021
The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people in Greater Manchester who face additional barriers in the workplace to improve their employability and gain employment. Whilst the formal bidding rounds are currently closed, the Programme is launching a targeted Grant Programme in response to COVID 19.
This round is called Re-Connect and seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19.
Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector
Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience.
We are running a Funding Focus webinar focusing on the ESF Community Grants on Thursday 28th May from 11am. Book your place here.
Head to our website for the latest funding:
Ways to thank your volunteers during #VolunteersWeek
This year Volunteers' Week (1st - 7th June) will be taking place in a different way due to the current Covid-19 situation.
NCVO has taken the difficult decision to not run their Volunteers' Week activities and has closed their events and volunteer stories listings, Facebook and Instagram activities. They will be focusing on supporting volunteering in response to the coronavirus emergency.
While our Volunteer Centre isn’t going to be holding our usual celebratory events we will still be taking the opportunity to recognise the volunteers who are making a difference in Salford.
We would encourage our members, if they are able, to use Volunteers' Week as a way of thanking their volunteers for everything they have done, prior to and during the Covid-19 crisis. We have included some ideas of ways you can thank them on our website here.
It is also a great chance to connect with your volunteers and to reassure those who have been unable to do their regular volunteer activities that they will be needed in the future.
If you are planning on recognising Volunteers' Week this year it is important to consider your messaging and that social distancing and infection control guidelines are followed at all times. NCVO has some advice on what to think about if you are going ahead with Volunteers' Week.
Greater Manchester Travel Survey – Making journeys after lockdown
The coronavirus has affected all our lives, from how we work and shop to how we travel.
Getting our future transport network right will be central to getting more and more of Greater Manchester moving again. Transport for Greater Manchester want to keep passengers safe, support our economy and ensure our recovery is sustainable, so we can cut congestion and have cleaner air.
To get this right they need to know what those travelling in Greater Manchester think and need. That is why Transport for Greater Manchester are asking individuals to fill out this survey.
It doesn’t matter how you plan to travel, whether you walk, cycle, take public transport or drive – all your views are important.
It’s important to reach as wide an audience as possible so please share this survey with your networks.
Take part in the survey here.
Webinars to support employers from HMRC
Find out if you can use the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, or how to make a claim on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, by joining one of the following live webinars. They're interactive giving you the opportunity to ask questions using the on-screen text box.
There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: Providing an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records, and more. Choose a date and time.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim: This guides you through making a claim, including the essential information you need, what to do before you make your claim, calculating and processing your claim. Choose a date and time.
A real living wage for key workers
We need key workers, and they need a real living wage. Delivery drivers, care workers, supermarket assistants, cleaners, the NHS and many many more, who are doing an incredible job at keeping our country going during the coronavirus crisis. Despite the huge contribution key workers are making right now, over 1 million key workers are not receiving a real Living Wage - which is the independent rate calculated annually on the cost of living.
Living Wage Foundation has produced some print-at-home posters to display in your windows or on doors, to show your support for a Living Wage for Key Workers in the coronavirus crisis. They also have one's to colour in for children. Use the hashtag #LivingWage4KeyWorkers to share images of your posters. Download them here.
Don't have a printer? Get creative - make your own! Find out more.
Living Wage Foundation Katherine Chapman writing in the Mirror calls for a real Living Wage for care workers.
Read her article here.
'Keep-On-Keep-Up' app launched to keep older people active
An evidence-based app has been developed at The University of Manchester and released for free to help reduce the high risk of falls and physical decline in older people self-isolating during the COVID-19 Lockdown.
When used, the award-winning app - called Keep-On-Keep-Up - will help reduce thousands of injuries – which are often serious and sometimes fatal - in the over 65’s.
Around a third of people aged over 65 and half of people aged over 80 fall at least once a year. Studies have shown that strength and balance based exercises reduce falls by up to 42%, yet levels of exercise are generally low without therapist input.
Current provision for digital strength and balance exercise resources generally have poor engagement with no means of tracking usage or progress. However, this app provides personalised strength and balance exercises with an animated in-app trainer called, ‘Wilf’.
You can find more useful resources for older people on our website here.
#SalfordStories Activity Timetables
We have created weekly timetables of activities that support the wellbeing of adults and young people in Salford. The timetables include activities from local charities, community groups and social enterprises that have been supported by the Third Sector Fund (administered by Salford CVS and funded by NHS Salford CCG).
This weekly timetable includes a range of activities that can help to boost wellbeing, including arts, reading and gardening challenges. Check out the wellbeing timetable here.
This weekly timetable has fun and educational activities for children and young people. Check out the family timetable here.
#SalfordStories is a campaign celebrating the great work of local charities, community groups, social enterprises and volunteers. It is a chance to highlight good news and positive stories from Salford.
You can join in by sharing your own Salford Stories on social media and tagging @SalfordCVS and using #SalfordStories - we will help to promote your good news.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): a guide for VCSE organisations
We have updated our guidance for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises on Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have included more resources on looking after your staff and volunteers and updated our guidance on infection control.
Read the latest guide here.
We have also added a new Digital Safeguarding factsheet to our resources - the guide covers privacy and ease of use, confidentiality, reporting online safeguarding concerns and safeguarding vulnerable groups.
View our latest factsheets here.
Changes to our services and how we will support you
Meet the Team
Anna, one of our Development Workers, featured in our latest Meet the Team video. Anna helps local schools to connect with Salford VCSE organisations and also supports them with evaluation and funding. Anna has also been involved in the #SalfordStories activity timetables - you can find out more and download the schedules here.
You can find our latest 'Meet the Team' videos on our social media channels: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or head to our website to watch them all.
Keep in touch
Call 0161 787 7795 (Mon - Fri: 9am - 4.30pm) or email email@example.com.
Find out about changes to our services and our response to the coronavirus emergency here.
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.
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.
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 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 the guidance to stay alert and stay home where possible 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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