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Welcome our COVID-19 update for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Salford.

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Get growing

Stay at Home and Grow Your Own

In our latest blog, Anna shares her adventures in growing and some top tips from our members Sow the City and Incredible Education: 

Growing in your garden, window sill or home has grown in popularity over the past seven weeks. With people having more time to investigate what they might be able to lend their green fingers to. I even got planting myself with parsley, lettuce and rocket now growing in my back garden (see photos above - proud plant mother!).

Sow the City and Incredible Education, two of our Healthy Schools Community Partnership Challenge awarded grant holders have been sharing tips and tricks alongside lots of other exciting things to #StayHomeAndGrowYourOwn. Their activities are also featured in our #SalfordStories timetables.

Find out more in the blog here.


Launch of new BAME alliance in response to Covid-19

Launch of new BAME alliance in response to Covid-19

BAMEStream is a collective of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) practitioners, therapists, policy experts, activists and academics who specialise in the areas of mental health and therapy.

Reported statistics show that BAME communities are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis; and as such, the group’s core purpose is to raise awareness and undertake impactful actions to address the urgent mental health and wellbeing needs of the UK’s BAME communities. The alliance will be developing a bespoke bereavement service and a single point of access for individuals and communities to access free counselling.

The first action from the alliance is the launch of a national survey in response to COVID-19 - the survey closes tomorrow 29 May.

We have a dedicated webpage for COVID-19 services and resources for BME communities on our website. The page includes details of services and organisations such as Manchester BME Network, Nestac community support helpline and CAHN's bereavement service.

Find out more about BAMEStream.

Government unlocks £150 million from dormant accounts for coronavirus response

Government unlocks £150 million from dormant accounts for coronavirus response

The Culture Secretary announced the £150 million of funding last week. The funds will be distributed as £10m grant funding and the remaining £140m as loans:

In addition to this funding, the Coronavirus Community Support Fund distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund is now open for applications. All current funding opportunities from the government are listed on their website here.

The Big Lunch is still going ahead - virtually!

The Big Lunch is still going ahead - virtually!

The Big Lunch, 6th - 7th June, is the UK’s thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities.

It is a time where people come together to celebrate community connections and get to know one another a little better. Now more than ever, we need to make time for each other, so let’s get the nation talking over a cuppa and a bite to eat and have some fun with The Big Virtual Lunch.

For those of you who have been to a Big Lunch before, things will need to be a little bit different this year, but community spirit is shining bright, and whether you are a first-timer or an old hat, there are lots of ways you can join in. 

There are resources available online, print outs, activity ideas, engagement tools to encourage neighbours to join on the street at the same time. Support in building up content online, there are Big Lunch social media visual posts and videos to share.

If your organisation is taking part in Volunteers' Week at the weekend you can tie in any virtual activities you are doing with The Big Lunch. The Association of Volunteer Managers have more on this here.

Impact of COVID-19 on BAME community and voluntary organisations

Impact of COVID-19 on BAME community and voluntary organisations

The findings of surveys conducted by Ubele suggest that if the crisis continues beyond three months after lockdown, 9 out of 10 of BAME-led micro and small organisations could close.

The surveys indicated that close to 90% of the 137 respondents could close permanently if the crisis extends into June.

The report, Impact of COVID-19 on BAME community and voluntary organisations, is based on two surveys administered between 19 March and 4 April and received 182 responses, of which 137 were Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led organisations. The surveys predated the revelations captured in the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre’s report which has been reported on extensively since it was identified after 4 April. 

The survey report shows that, far from being passive recipients of the virus, BAME communities are fighting shoulder to shoulder with other communities being affected.

Read the report in full.

Breathe Better in Lockdown

Breathe Better in Lockdown

BreathChamps CIC has received Awards for All funding from the National Lottery to set up a Greater Manchester ‘Breathe Better in Lockdown’ Facebook group where professionals and citizens can share breathing tips.

This group is about learning from each other about how to breathe better. Whether you've had breathing issues for a long time, are struggling at the moment, or you help others to breathe, this group is here to care, be kind and share knowledge.

The group is moderated by a registered nurse (Heather) and a local person (Carol) and both have had lung problems for a long time. They will make sure that the information that is shared helps people feel better and does no harm. There is a lot of fake information on the internet and so the group will dispel myths and be a place where people can get information with confidence.

Find out more.

Together in One Voice - join in tonight

Together in One Voice - join in tonight

500 square miles of singing! Today at 7.30pm the whole of Greater Manchester is invited to take part in ‘Together In One Voice‘ by singing songs led by choirs from across the region.

Together In One Voice is a community-led event for the whole of Greater Manchester. It is being delivered by partners Co-op, Manchester City Council, GMCA and Manchester International Festival (MIF).

The event will be live-streamed via YouTube as part of Manchester International Festival’s online programme MIF LIVE. It will also be captured under social distancing guidelines with drones, street cameras and residents’ own films (user-generated content) – all following social distancing guidelines – and edited together to produce a film set for national release on the evening of Sunday 31st May.

Find out more and take part.

#SalfordStories Activity Timetables

#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).

Wellbeing Timetable

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.

Families Timetable

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.

Guide for groups

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.

SCVS Response

Changes to our services and how we will support you

Meet the Team videos

Meet the Team

Anna, one of our Development Workers, featured in our latest Meet the Team videoAnna 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

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

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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.


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.

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 the guidance to stay alert and stay home where possible including our Hero from Home micro-volunteering opportunity.

Find out more.


Spirit of Salford Hero from Home Volunteer Opportunity

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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