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Recently there has been a spike in scams around the Covid Passes. The pressures of COVID-19 are still being felt across the NHS, with its staff and resources continuing to deliver services under increasing demands. Some people are taking advantage of this strain, and have created fake websites claiming to sell covid passes. These sorts of scams target NHS patients, people who may be vulnerable.



COVID-19 is having a major impact on voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE).

Demand has gone up and income down, leaving some organisations “fighting for survival”, as they try to navigate the challenges that the pandemic has thrown at them.


As the UK opens up, Charity Digital look at how charities can ensure the safety of staff, volunteers, and the public.

Some charities have already started physical fundraising, whether that’s door-to-door or street fundraising, and many are looking to follow in their footsteps. It’s important, however, that charities ensure that they are returning to physical fundraising in both a safe and responsible way.


Coming out of lockdown - support and resources

Covid restrictions lifted nationally on 19 July. For many older people in Greater Manchester, coming out of lockdown presents new challenges.


Four films have been produced in partnership with NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford City Council and Alchemy Arts to tackle vaccine hesitancy amongst faith communities by dispelling myths and improving understanding.


Alternative format resources are available providing informaiton about coronavirus restrictions, Covid vaccinations and testing, track and trace and self isolating are available in easy read format and BSL.


We know voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations are at the heart of our communities and are a trusted voice that people listen to.

You can help to protect our communities by sharing key messages about COVID-19 with your members, the people you work with and your beneficiaries.

Posters, leaflets and social media assets depicting key messages for helping to stop the spread of coronavirus in Salford can be downloaded and printed below:


START Inspiring Minds are producing a weekly 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' newsletter.

During this difficult time of unrest and uncertainty START is 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 people during times of adversity.


Manchester-based Media & Arts Social Enterprise Alchemy Arts have been working with faith leaders across the north-west to improve the understanding of COVID-19 within minority communities.

Founded just under a decade ago, Alchemy works primarily with Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across Greater Manchester, with many successful projects achieving nationwide impact and coverage.


Salford coronavirus resources and messages

Posters and leaflets depicting the key messages for helping to stop the spread of coronavirus in Salford have been produced. The resources are available in 15 languages - you can download the posters and leaflets below:


The Health Creation Alliance have published a report on learning from the community response to COVID-19; how the NHS can support communities to keep people well.

COVID-19 has affected communities in different ways and, for some, the effects of the pandemic have been devastating.It has also shone a harsh light on the underlying inequalities in society and reinforced the urgent need for society to do more to address health inequalities.


The Emergencies Partnership was created in 2018, following the experience of the Grenfell Tower fire, 2017 terror attacks, and rural flooding across the country.

The partnership's purpose is to build greater national resilience and a better experience for people impacted by emergencies, by making best use of resources across the voluntary and community sector.


The BBC Asian Network is helping the South Asian community in the UK to understand key messages regarding Covid, including vaccines and lockdown. The videos are available in five languages and cover the topics below:

Banner for the People Panel Events

At the recent Learning City Conference, Community Learning came out as something that people were passionate and interested about. The first people panel will focus on opportunities for adult learning and are keen to explore – what you think about the current offer in the city, the types of opportunities that would interest you, the support you think people need to get involved in community learning and everything else in between.


Are you an unpaid carer?

  • Do you support a family member, or friend?
  • Do you help them with day to day activities?
  • Help get their shopping?
  • Attend appointments with them?
  • Sort out their medication?
  • Provide a listening ear and offer emotional support?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be an unpaid carer and be entitled to a COVID-19 Vaccine.

Census 2021 hasn’t finished yet


Don’t forget to complete your census if you’ve not already finished it  and there’s plenty of help available if you are struggling.

Sunday March 21 was national census day but there’s still time to complete it - and it is a legal requirement that people do so.

Unlimited Potential wants to listen to people living in Salford, aged 18 or over, who have been on the ‘shielding’ list since March 2020.

We want to hear what is most important to your life, and how things can be better for you and others in the future.

All conversations will take place safely online or by phone.

You can choose to remain anonymous.

CITB CSCS Card Skills Construction Centre Funding 

A Fully Funded CITB CSCS Labourers Card:


  • Level 1 Award in Health & Safety
  • Fully Funded CITB Touch Screen Test
  • Fully Funded CITB CSCS card application



Citizens Advice is warning that debt is the looming problem of the pandemic. As the one-year marker since lockdown began approaches, the charity has charted a worrying increase in the need for advice, food bank referrals and charitable grants.


Today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO) finds that as at 19 February 2021, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (the Department) had disbursed £454 million of £494 million it made available to support charities during the COVID-19 pandemic.1 It did so through seven schemes and a network of nearly 200 partners, and intends to award and disburse funding until 31 March 2021.


The Salford NHS Vaccination Service began delivering vaccines within the community on 12 December 2020 using both the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines (both of which provide good protection against all variants currently identified). The vaccination is a simple, safe, and effective way of protecting people against COVID-19 before they come into actual contact with the virus.


Salford City Council welcomes the government’s grants through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Between April and September 2020, approximately £46 million in grants were made to Salford businesses, helping to ensure their survival as they are vital to our local economy.

This autumn and winter, the government has introduced new grant schemes to support businesses that have been directly impacted by the restrictions imposed during:


Europia are working in partnership with Barrow Cadbury to do some research into what EU nationals (especially Central and Eastern European groups like EU Roma) think about COVID-19.

Europia have released a new survey to find out what people from these communities in the UK think about COVID-19 including questions about the vaccine and test and trace.

They survey closes on Friday 12 March 2021.


Healthwatch's recent poll* of almost 2,500 people highlighted that barriers to vaccination go beyond the trust issues already identified, with logistical issues such as the location of vaccine centres and having to use public transport being reported as significant barriers.

Barriers to getting the vaccine

Of those who responded to the survey, 1,791 people said they ‘definitely’ or ‘probably would’ get the vaccine.


New report finds small charities showed up and stuck around to support people throughout the Covid 19 pandemic when others couldn’t.


This report has been produced following CAHN’s special Health Hour information session on 16th January 2020 that focused on the COVID-19 vaccines with a panel of Black GPs and senior consultants who shared their experiences, and personal reasons for taking the COVID-19 vaccines and why would encourage Caribbean & African people to take the vaccine when offered. The event was attended by CAHN’s Patron, the Very Reverend Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester and Nadhim Zahawi.


In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been some targetted fraudulent activity.

Unfortunately, we’ve been advised by colleagues in GM Health and Social Care Partnership that older residents are being targeted by Covid scams.


Foundation 92 - Active Ammies 

Free 10-minute activity sessions running via Facebook Love for the whole family to enjoy

Tuesday 16th February  

14.00 - Football 

Wednesday 17th February

14.00 - Bootcamp 

Thursday 18th February

14.00 - Alphabetti Spaghetti 

Friday 19th February 

14.00 Stretching Exercises

To join visit Foundation 92's Facebook page 


Over 1.7 million users have been asked to isolate as a result of a close contact since launch, helping to break chains of transmission.

Over 1.7 million app users across England and Wales have been advised to isolate by the NHS COVID-19 app following a close contact with someone who goes on to test positive, new data published today shows.

The NHS COVID-19 app has been breaking chains of transmission to protect users and their communities since its launch in September.


Broughton Trust

Due to COVID-19 and government restrictions all learning and training will be delivered online, however, one to one support, mentoring and IAG is still available to all learners

Building Confidence and Skills for home-schooling support

When Starting Tuesday 9/2/21

12noon Where Online

Practical fun steps to help you improve your home-schooling skills to support your child's learning


Vaccinations are on all our minds at the moment, potentially causing a degree of agitation for many.

A new guide shows how music can be used to help alleviate COVID-19 jab anxiety for people living with dementia, and its information has universal relevance.

Entitled ‘A dose of music with your COVID-19 vaccination’, the guide explains how music can be used to manage the physiological symptoms and psychological response to vaccinations among people with dementia.


Digital Buddies is a new ‘social connection’ and support project in Salford and part of Salford Foundation's  COVID-19 response. 

It helps people who are struggling to use their phone or tablet to communicate well. It helps them stay connected with family and friends. It helps them to get the information they need.

It does this by linking them with trained young people who provide remote one-to-one support to help them solve their particular digital skills challenges.


Join Arts Let Loose in their postcard arts project 

Plain postcard or even a stuck down blank envelope, decorate the front and post it to Arts Let Loose, Postcard Project. 69-73 The Parade. Swinton Manchester M27 4BD

Anything goes: draw, paint, doodle, collage, sew, words/text, favourite song lyrics....ANYTHING!!

Art Let Loose will be bringing them all together to create a giant artwork in our community.


The GM=EqAl Working Group represents marginalised communities with some of the highest infection and mortality rates from Covid-19.

This group have issued a Position Statement that reflects their concern that the ongoing vaccination programme will significantly exacerbate these disparities unless urgent action is taken.

The statement concludes:


Racism and the Pandemic is an Arts and Humanities Research Council project and film that aims to shed light on institutional and workplace racism in Health and Social Care during and prior to the pandemic in the UK.

The survey is open to all health and social care workers.

It takes less than 5 mins to complete.

Take part here.



The Reader is a charity running groups across the UK which help people to relax and connect with themselves and others.  We do this through sharing some of the world's best storytelling in a way which feels natural and is engaging. You don't need to do anything but show up; you don't have to see yourself as 'a reader' or have any reading skills to join in - it's about taking time out. Here's what one of our group members had to say:



From this week Leonard Cheshire are going live with an exciting calendar of free online live activities to beat those winter blues until the end of February.

They have teamed up with the brilliant Allsorts in Gloucestershire to deliver these sessions. 3 Instructors will be in each session to support everyone to be able to access these exercises.


Could you help to shape this new group and interactive sessions by sharing your ideas, tips and creativity?

The group will offer support to encourage 'complete novices' at growing their own or identifying the wildlife outside, right through to those with 'green fingers' or wildlife experts. 

Whether you step into your garden or local park to view the world through your window, there will be something for everyone so please joining us. 



As part of the ‘Safely Managing COVID-19’ communications and engagement plan, Greater Manchester (GM) partners are currently working with the Behavioural Science and Insights Unit (BSIU) at Public Health England to conduct a review of community and stakeholder engagement activities that have been implemented as part of the COVID-19 response across the city region.


Change to Jobcentre opening hours

From Monday 18th January, jobcentre opening hours will be 10am to 2pm. This temporary change means they can continue providing safe, essential services for those who need to come into the jobcentre and who are unable to interact with them on the phone or digitally. The opening hours of their phone lines remain as they were. In addition, the Relay UK service and the Video relay service are both still available.


Claremont & Weaste Community Committee Budget Sub Group still have funding available for local groups which provide a benefit to part or all of the community.

They have four priorities which they look favourably in funding applications:

  • Youth
  • Crime and disorder
  • Cleansing and environmental maintenance
  • Older people



Free Activities to help Greater Manchester Residents through the Winter

Starting today, there will be hundreds of free activities on offer to help older Greater Manchester residents through the winter, especially those living with dementia.

The activities will be provided through the Greater Moments app in partnership with Bright Copper Kettles CIC, an organisation who provides practical, evidence-based wellbeing activities within care homes.


Eccles and Broughton Libraries are open for essential computer use during this lockdown.

Customers can book in advance by ringing Eccles Library on 0161 607 8237 and Broughton Library on 0161 793 2500.

The libraries are open between 10.00am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and in addition to this Eccles Library is also open 10.00 am – 1.00pm on a Saturday.

Computer sessions run at


Tune into the Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN)'s Health Hour - COVID-19 Vaccine Panel.

The event will be held on Saturday 16 January from 11am - 12:30pm.

This event will be hosted by 16 of CAHN's medical professionals who will be sharing their experiences and their personal reasons for taking the COVID-19 vaccine. 


Plan Your Pathway

The Ethical Education Enterprise are happy to be given the opportunity to deliver a fully funded course to help those who may have been affected by the recent pandemic.  

This course is available to anyone who is 18yrs and over and resident in Greater Manchester and is unemployed or at risk of redundancy. 


Salford’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, part of the biggest mass vaccination programme in the history of the NHS, is now underway.

Over the coming weeks and months, residents of all ages will be offered the vaccine.

The first to be offered the vaccination will be residents aged 80 and above.


Christmas is Coming Online Concert 

Salford Loaves and Fishes annual concert at Salford Cathedral with CARITAS will be a little different this year. But they were determined to go ahead as, at this time, the help and support they give is needed more than ever, so this year's concert will be a live-streamed event with the theme “Concert For Hope”.


The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund are investing £2 million each.


Citizen's Advice Salford has reopened for limited face to face service at Eccles Gateway, Walkden Gateway and Broughton Hub.  

These services are prioritised for people who will have difficulty accessing Citizen's Advice's services by phone or email and should not be used by anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 or anyone who has been in contact with someone with Covid 19. Face to face service users must wear a face-covering unless they are exempt from doing so.


Keeping Well this Winter

The Ageing Hub and partners have produced a campaign to support older people who are not online with practical information to keep well this winter.


Light and Hope in a Time of Darkness

Salford Interfaith  - Celebrating Faith in Salford 

  • what is the place of faith communities in Salford?
  • how are our faith communities bringing light and hope at this time?
  • what practical actions can we take together locally?


Monday 14th December 2020 6pm to 7pm on Zoom 

All welcome - Free Event 

Book at   



This December, SoundUp Arts CIC presents '12 Days of SoundUp’, a free musical advent calendar.

Our '12 Days of SoundUp' aims to bring some festive joy to people living with dementia in the community and care homes- but is also free to anyone wanting some musical cheer this winter. Our wonderful SoundUp Artists have joined forces and will be performing a range of music in the lead up to Christmas.


Age UK Salford Dementia Support Service would like to welcome Carers supporting a loved one with dementia, to our online Carers Christmas Cheer zoom session. ​

Have your mince pies and Sherry at the ready.​

Put your Christmas jumper on or put some tinsel in your hair and join us for some Festive Fun!​

Date:  Wednesday 9 December  3:30pm – 4:30pm​
Platform:  Zoom​


You are invited to a short online briefing session and workshop for anyone working with minority or marginalised communities, on how to help older people in your community make the right decisions to stay connected and keep moving this winter, while also following Covid-19 guidance correctly.


The Greater Manchester Resilience Hub is extending its Covid-19 psychological and emotional wellbeing support to thousands more health and care staff and their families who work and/ or live in Greater Manchester.

The service, which is supported and funded by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, was set up in April 2020 in response to covid-19 and is part of a range of wellbeing and mental health services available to health and care staff across the region.


The Co-operative have complied a number of great ideas on how to stay healthy and entertained at home.   

It’s important to stay healthy and entertained at home: 


Claire Benson, Salford CVS' Development Worker for Girls and Young Women has compiled a list of websites that offer ideas and support for the community.

This list was put together during the first lockdown, but as national and local restrictions mean that we are spending much of our time at home we thought they would be useful to share once again.


Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP gave his much anticipated Spending Review yesterday (25 November), setting out government spending for 2021.

This review is an annual plan, rather than the usual three years, due to the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic and associated deep economic recession.


Alchemy Arts are looking for creative young people to showcase their talents as part of a brand-new ‘Colours of COVID’ mental health initiative.

In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our way of life more than ever before. For some people, being isolated at home has enabled the time to learn new skills. 

Colours of COVID is a new online Health and Arts initiative set up in response to the current pandemic and its impact on mental health. 


DEVA/hack is working with The Prince’s Trust to support young people in Greater Manchester with developing their digital skills and building their confidence. 

A digital boot camp has provided vital support for young people from Greater Manchester with developing powerful and engaging content about their experiences of lockdown.


Keeping Marginalised Older People Safe and Well this Winter

You are invited to a short online briefing session and workshop for anyone working with minority or marginalised communities, on how to help older people in your community make the right decisions to stay connected and keep moving this winter, while also following Covid-19 guidance correctly.


Festive singalong

Please grab a cup of cocoa and a mince pie and join us via Zoom for our 6th annual festive sing-along. We'll be having festive fun for all the family, including opportunities for you to sing along and join in. Don't forget to wear your Christmas jumper and/or a Christmas hat!

Wednesday 9 th December 4.30pm – 5.30pm


Salford collaborative offers mental health support to people affected by COVID-19.

Working together, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Salford City Council have supported Mind in Salford, mental health charity START and Six Degrees Social Enterprise to form a service called Beyond.

Beyond offers support to people who are struggling with their mental health due to COVID-19, but are not known to Salford’s mental health services.


Our member Langworthy Cornerstone Association is a local charity that manages Langworthy Cornerstone community centre in the Seedley and Langworthy area of Salford.

The centre hosts and provides a wide range of services and activities for the local community and their main purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Salford, especially those of Seedley and Langworthy.


This is the first quarterly report on progress to address the findings of Public Health England’s (PHE) review into disparities in the risks and outcomes of COVID-19.

The PHE review set out some of what was known at the time about COVID-19 and ethnicity.  It told us what the disparities in risks and outcomes were, but not why they had arisen or what could be done about them.


Salford Foodbank is continuing to operate out of as many Distribution Centres as they can.

Salford Foodbank e will be opening at Mustard Tree, Eccles on Thursday from 10 am-12 noon and continuing to operate at:

St Andrews Eccles  on Monday 12.30 - 2.30

GoChurch, Media City - on Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30

St Philips Church, Salford on Tuesday 1pm - 3pm

Big Local, Little Hulton on Thursday 12.30 - 2.30

Mustard Tree, Eccles on Thursday 10am - 12noon


The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and response may cause some to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated.

Every Mind Matters have produced some resources to help people to cope with these feelings:

10 tips if you are worried

Every Mind Matters have compiled 10 ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak.


Manchester BME Network

Manchester BME Network's email and phone will still be monitored regularly.

If you need any further information or support, please do not hesitate to contact them on:

GM Moving

Salford CVS are committed partners of GM Moving and support the statement released by them (published below).

If your VCSE group or organisation needs support, help or advice during this time our development team are here to help, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


National coronavirus restrictions, meaning we are must stay at home as much as possible, are now in effect.

These measures are in place to stop the spread of coronavirus and to protect our communities. However, we know that lockdown had a major impact on mental health and the return to stricter measures will effect people's daily lives and, for many, will be detrimental to their mental health.


The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector-specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.


This study from Age UK reinforces what the charity has been frequently hearing from older people during the last six months: that many are deeply afraid of COVID-19 - and understandably so.

As a result, even though the number of COVID cases reduced over the summer, a significant proportion of older people still stayed at or close to home. Now that cases are rising again they will be all the more cautious.


Flu kills 11,000 people each year. 

The flu vaccine is offered free to certain people because they need it. You can help to save the NHS from fighting flu this winter by sharing the message about getting the free flu jab. 

Lesley from our wonderful member Dancing with Dementia is featured in this year's campaign. 


Race Equality Foundation has been awarded a grant by the Department of Health and Social Care to lead a programme with Black South West Network, Caribbean African Health Network and Friends Families and Travellers, to work with 21 voluntary and community organisations to support black, Asian, and minority ethnic people living with dementia and their carers. 


Alchemy Arts have partnered with the NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group to produce a series of five explainer videos to help keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These videos aim to be accessible for all, and have been produced in 11 different community languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali and Arabic.


Crowdfunder and M&S Energy have teamed up to award £40,000 to communities going green.

The M&S Energy Community Fund Competition 2020 is on the look out for community projects committed to being environmentally conscious and installing renewable technology or energy efficiency measures in their endeavour to do so. 


Greater Manchester Disabled People's Panel has shared a statement on shielding and the Covid strategy.

The position statement outlines how the panel believes the implementation of the shielding strategy without support mechanisms being in place lead to many disabled people being left without access to basic resources.


Get friendly and free help to improve your digital skills

This year's Get Online Week will take place from 19 - 25 October 2020.

Good Things Foundation are looking for organisations to host events that help people in our communities make the most of the internet.


The Lowry is to re-open its galleries at weekends from 1 November

The Lowry will re-open the doors of its galleries next month for the first time since March.
Opening to the public at weekends from Sunday 1 November, visitors will be able to enjoy the permanent LS Lowry collection and a new exhibition documenting the lockdown experiences of people from Salford entitled ‘Days Like These’.
Both exhibitions are free of charge and will be open 11am – 4pm.


Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This guidance is for anyone who provides unpaid care, such as friends or family, to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults.

The guidance will help people with caring responsibilities to:


People across England and Wales are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.

The app launched on 24 September, and after positive trials and rigorous testing is an important new tool to work alongside traditional contact tracing to help reduce the spread of the virus.


Salford residents who have received a notification to self-isolate from NHS Test and Trace on or after 28 September 2020 may be eligible for a test and trace support payment of £500.

People can apply for this payment if they can demonstrate that ALL five of the following criteria apply to them:


Lockdown worries for 55% of charities as 2020 takes its toll.

As new restrictions are announced by government in preparation for a second wave of Covid-19, over half of charities warn demand for their services may outstrip their ability to deliver – suggesting many people will be left without access to vital services they came to rely on during the previous lockdown.


People will be required by law to self-isolate from 28 September, supported by payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result.


Organisations and businesses across England and Wales, including community centres, are being asked to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so visitors who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app (which launched on the 24th September) can use their smartphones to easily check-in.


Mini Health Checks are available to Salford front line key workers and volunteers.

The checks are carried out at Pendleton and Eccles Gateways - both are easily accessible by public transport and have free parking on-site or nearby.


As VCSE groups and organisations plan to return to activities and open up community centres and buildings, it’s essential to review your risk assessments to ensure your activities and buildings are safe for staff, volunteers and the public.

There are three parts to risk assessments and this forms the basis of your Risk Assessment Framework:


Salford City Council is sending an urgent, critical message to the local community and businesses to avoid further restrictions as coronavirus cases are escalating in the city.

Further government restrictions could include food and drink businesses opening only for takeaways, limited venue opening times, and a blanket restriction on meeting outdoors.


Support the NHS and others learn from your community-led stories, experiences and observations

New NHS Alliance is delivering a project supported by The Health Foundation that seeks to answer:

 'How can the NHS work with mobilised communities to increase prevention and health creation? Learnings from COVID-19.'


YMCA Manchester's Digital Accessibility Guide is aimed primarily at older people to provide the skills they need to connect with their loved ones virtually.

Inside you will find step-by-step guidance on: 


Talk Listen Change are looking for young people to upload their pictures of ‘dependable’ / safe / healthy / positive relationships to Instagram, using the hashtag #relationshipsaroundme and tagging us @TLC_Charity to be in with a chance of winning either a voucher or one to one studio time with a professional photographer, with prints to take home from the session. 


Covid-19 has forced everyone to consider and reflect on dying, death and bereavement in some shape or form. The pandemic has also acted as a catalyst for significant change and innovation across palliative care and end of life experience.

Nesta are working together with partners to understand what has changed in experiences of dying, death and bereavement during the Covid -19 pandemic and how learning from the crisis could help shape the future of the End of Life sector.


The Beacon Community Cafe crowdfunding project in Salford.

Community Pride CIC have teamed up with a local cafe to create The Beacon Community Cafe in May 2020, to provide a free meals on wheels service. It has now launched a crowdfunding page to raise money to keep the service going.


Schools across Salford are looking forward to welcoming back pupils this week.

The government expectation is that all children and young people will return to school and they have given guidance to schools to make changes to their buildings and processes to keep everyone safe.


Salford is to lead the way in developing the national approach to community testing for coronavirus over coming weeks.

The new community testing model will identify the best way to deliver a quick and simple saliva test, without any of the discomfort of the existing nose and throat swab test.

The development of the use of this new, rapid coronavirus test will begin in Salford with a phased roll out.


Deaths from Covid-19 (coronavirus): how are they counted and what do they show?

This explainer from The King's Fund was originally published on 13 May and it was updated on 19 August 2020 to reflect recent data and changes in the method used for reporting daily Covid-19 deaths on GOV.UK.


GM BAME Network, supported by GMCVO, has launched the second stage of the emergency grants programme to support small GM BAME led VCSE organisations and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stage two, a competitive small grants programme awarding grants of £1000-£3000 to organisations with an income of under £30,000, and is now live. Stage two will close to applications on Tuesday 13th October noon.


Following discussions with local leaders, the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and the Chief Medical Officer for England have agreed this week’s changes to local restrictions in some parts of England.

From Wednesday 2 September restrictions on 2 households mixing introduced last month will be lifted in:


The Governments ambition this year is to reach 30 million people in the largest Flu Vaccination campaign ever. This is made all the more important because of Covid19. At a local level the campaign is spearheaded by Salford CCG and partners across the health system, including the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector.

The Salford Flu Partnership would like to encourage you where possible to be part of the campaign. First steps; spread the word and take the part in the survey below.


In June, the Government announced that the Home Office had secured additional, one-off emergency support funding for small and micro charities that are working in marginalised communities with vulnerable young people at risk of being involved in serious violence.

The Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit had been provided funding to allocate grants to Greater Manchester’s small and micro charities (defined as those having an income less than £100,000 per annum).


GMCVO and 10GM have launched the second stage of a grants programme to support adults from communities of identity or experience, based in Greater Manchester, that may struggle to achieve high levels of mental wellbeing.

For this second stage, they have made an adjustment to our eligibility which now allows organisations with an income of up to £50,000, in its most recent full financial year, to apply. 


58% of charities to cut back services as coronavirus set to cost sector 60,000 jobs.

The £10 billion charity funding gap created by coronavirus is putting an “alarming proportion” of jobs and services in the firing line in the social sector. That’s according to the latest Charity Sector Tracker published today by Pro Bono Economics, in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising and Charity Finance Group.


Government and local leaders in Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn have agreed additional measures to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Government and local leaders in Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn have agreed additional measures to curb the spread of the virus, while removing Wigan, Darwen and Rossendale from intervention
  • Businesses including restaurants and pubs, workplaces and childcare including nurseries to remain open

The Broughton Trust will be restarting learning in our communities from September 2020.

The courses will run online and in the classroom:


Desperate times offer opportunities for the light to come streaming in.

Currently, we are seeing that light in the outpouring of support and love for health and care staff across the world during this pandemic. In the UK, a large proportion of those staff come from ethnic minorities and some are dying at a much higher rate than white staff. The same is true in the general population.


The Playground for the New Economy festival is back and going online for 2020.

Join Stir to Action for three days of inspiring conversations, interactive workshops, idea surgeries, virtual experiences, live podcasts, and more.

When: 1st - 3rd September

Cost: From £10  


Greater Manchester Coronavirus information for all Greater Manchester boroughs

Have you had a text to say you are at high risk from Coronavirus?

You must register with your local Council.

Breakthrough is now operating a text service covering all the Community Hubs, which will be answered within one working day.

Text number: 07860022876


Bury Community Hub support line is on: 0161 253 5353. Open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm.

10GM launch webinar: Equipping charity trustees to lead their organisations with assurance as we emerge from Covid-19


The webinar is hosted by 10GM and the lead speaker will be Robert Nieri, a Charity Lawyer from Shoosmiths in Manchester. It has been created for charity trustees and senior staff of VCSE organisations across 10GM.

The session will focus on the following areas:


The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.


Leading women’s groups have today (14 August) published a short report on the numerous new problems women are facing in the criminal and family justice systems due to COVID, and have called on the Government to show curiosity and leadership to alleviate these, alongside resourcing and measures to keep children safe.


Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on Black and ethnic minority communities - they are over-represented in COVID-19 severe illnesses and deaths because of long-standing racial and socio-economic inequalities, and as lockdown has eased the economic fallout is further exposing vulnerable BME groups to the deadly virus.


The #NeverMoreNeeded campaign highlights the role that charities and other not for profit organisations make in our communities.

The government cannot afford to overlook or undervalue the not for profit sector at the moment.


The government have published guidance for young people, which applies in England.

This guidance for young people is about social distancing and what they can do to stay alert and safe during this time. The focus is on the main public health principles for staying safe and helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. This guidance has been written for young people in collaboration with young people.


Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee says Covid-19 crisis presents the biggest threat to UK's cultural infrastructure, institutions and workforce in a generation.

Government has consistently failed to recognise scale of challenge facing culture, sport and tourism

The Government has been ‘too slow’ to respond to the needs of the DCMS sectors during the Covid-19 outbreak with many organisations facing an “existential threat” to their survival, say MPs.


Join DSC's series of Zoom Talks - an opportunity to get together for an honest discussion of the topical issues facing our sector today.

There are three sessions in the series remaining:

The Covid Crisis CEO: How to get it right

Free Online Zoom Talk: 17.00-18.00 on Wednesday 19 August 2020


Despite everything that is happening at the moment with Coronavirus, Motiv8 remains open for referrals and continues to work with Greater Manchester residents who need support to get back on track.

Motiv8 can help people who:


Two new tests – both able to detect the coronavirus in 90 minutes – will be made available to NHS hospitals, care homes and labs.

The 2 tests will be able to detect both COVID-19 and other winter viruses such as flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The tests do not require a trained health professional to operate them, meaning they can be rolled out in more non-clinical settings.


Government have published information on coronavirus (COVID-19) for commissioners and providers of hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping.

The guidance covers:

  • hostels with individual self-contained rooms with en-suite facilities that have shared kitchens
  • hostels without individual self-contained rooms and that have communal facilities

This guidance does not cover night shelters.


IVAR are running peer support sessions that create space for leaders of smaller VCSE organisations to relieve some of the stress and uncertainty they are facing, through advice and reassurance from their peers.


The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s COVID-19 and Food Supply Report finds the pandemic to have exacerbated food insecurity for millions of people.

Use of UK food banks almost doubled during lockdown, with a significant spike in demand from people with children. Recognising that the situation is likely to worsen, the cross-party group of MPs call on Government to urgently appoint a ‘Minister for Food Security’.


National Lottery has launched a Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to safeguard cultural and heritage organsations from the impact of Covid-19


The Culture Recovery Fund will support organisations in the cultural and heritage sector who were financially stable before the pandemic and are now at risk of failing.


An updated list of opening times and contact numbers for Community Hubs in Greater Manchester has been produced


The Community Hubs are available for anyone within Greater Manchester who needs assistance with obtaining food or medical supplies.

The areas of Greater Manchester offering Community Hub support include:


The C19 BAME LEARN project aims to understand the mechanisms and factors that can improve inclusion, protection and well-being of health and social care workers (HSCW ) from black and minority ethnicity (BAME) backgrounds involved in the provision of health and social care across the spectrum of acute, community and private settings. The increased risk of illness and death from COVID-19 (C19) among HSCW from BAME backgrounds has highlighted the severity of the inequities that they face.


To date over £42 million has been paid in government grants to Salford businesses- have you applied?

There is still funding available and new eligibility criteria has been added to the Discretionary Grant scheme to support more businesses in Salford. These funds though, as per government instruction, will close during August 2020, so you need to act fast to ensure you do not miss out.
More information is detailed below and available at:


Optional badges that can be used to show the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing.

Available from Gov.UK these optional badges can be used to show that the carries may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing. They can be used to signal to others around them that they need to pay attention and be given space.


Advice on benefits, debt, employment and housing available for people with Multiple Sclerosis


Citizens Advice Manchester and the Improving Quality of Life (IQL) team have come together to produce a variety of online sessions. The sessions include opportunities to chat with people who have MS, as well as being able to receive advice from professionals to do with:


Manchester International Festival has teamed up with Paradise Works, an artist-led studio community on the banks of the Irwell, for a very special Festival in My Neighbourhood – reimagined in the light of COVID-19.


New, more restrictive measures are now in place in Salford and across Greater Manchester.

National government made the announcement on Thursday 30 July, which is applicable to Greater Manchester and other parts of the North. 


Take a Look Whats On at the Hershel Weiss Mesanchei Lev Summer Tent in Kosher Savers car park this summer 

Sunday 2nd August - A Popping Launch. With free arts and craft bags and popcorn for all

Monday 3rd August - More Free Gifts and free candyfloss from 1pm 

Tuesday 4th August - Enjoy a Healthy Tuesday. Come and ger a voucher to purchase fruit for a fresh fruit salad in Kosher Savers together with design a fruit craft


GM Race Panel Briefing Session

The Caribbean & African Health Network would like to invite you to their GM Race Panel Briefing Sessionwhich will be held tonight @17:00hrs- 18:00hrsFollowing conversations about the Race Panel during Andy Burnham’s appearance on the Collective Community Response Meeting, there is a planned engagement session to discuss further.


Visit from the Stork CIC continue their Stork Support project in Little Hulton and Walkden.

The project will now run until October 2020 thanks to funding received from Coalfields Regeneration Trust and ForHousing.

Visit from the Stork will be based in the Little Hulton district centre as well as offering doorstep deliveries. Doorstep deliveries will be Covid-19 Secure and will adhere to government guidelines.


Nuffield Foundation's research is working to understand and address the social implications of COVID-19.

They have awarded £2 million for research that will help identify how to mitigate the social impacts of the pandemic, particularly for those who are worst affected. Their partner organisations, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Ada Lovelace Institute, and the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory are also responding to the pandemic.


Although the whole of the UK has been affected by Covid-19 and its social and economic consequences, the impact has been different for different people.

To support a wellbeing-centred recovery, What Works Wellbeing is looking at how the pandemic and responses to it have impacted all drivers of our wellbeing – not just examining the health and fatality risk.


GM BAME Network, supported by GMCVO, have launched an emergency grants programme to support small (income under £10,000) GM BAME led VCSE organisations and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between July and December 2020 GM BAME Network will be giving out a total of £225,000 in grants.

The grants are funded by Comic Relief and the National Emergency Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Atiha Chaudry, Greater Manchester BAME Network said:


At 10am on 3 August 2020 Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales (LBFEW) will be launching £7.4 million COVID funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.


Issues and concerns about returning to school or college have been turned into resource packs of teaching materials, resources for young people and parents.

They are  a mixture of information leaflets, short films, advice and guidance, signposting to social prescribing activities etc. There are three packs: primary, secondary and FE – all packs include SEND specific materials where available.


Salford Credit Union have created their own branded face masks to help Salfordians.

From 24 July, the government has made it mandatory to wear face masks/coverings in shops and supermarkets. This is also still applicable for people using public transport. A fine of up to £100 will be issued to those not wearing a mask or face covering.


The government has published guidance on face coverings, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored. This information is based on current scientific evidence and is subject to change.


Forever Manchester have released Community Support Fund (Phase Two) and Community Centre Support Funds.

Both funds will go live on 24th July 2020 in response to COVID-19.

Community Support Fund (Phase Two)

This funding is available to community and voluntary organisations who have suffered hardship due to Covid-19.

Forever Manchester are offering grants of up to £5,000. Any awards which are funded must be spent by 31 March 2021.


Salford City Council's customer services team is back in the Gateway centres to help residents face to face with urgent council related enquiries.

Safety is our priority and we have worked hard to make sure residents can safely visit Broughton Hub and the Gateway centres in Swinton, Eccles, Pendleton and Walkden.

What to expect when you visit


Business events, conferences and events centres will be given the go ahead to reopen on 1 October adhering to social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced on 17 July. 

Provided levels of infection remain at current rates, this will see the return of the sector worth approximately £32.6 billion to the UK each year. 


The Directory of Social Change (DSC) is delivering Building a Successful Organisation training throughout July and August.

A collection of half-day courses, covering governance, marketing, strategy, fundraising, income diversification and leadership. The series of workshops act as a comprehensive guide to building, improving, or scaling a charitable, or other not for profit, organisations.


Government has refreshed its coronavirus communications materials.

This includes a new campaign; Enjoy Summer Safely.

The Enjoy Summer Safely campaign has public health and safety at it's core, inspiring the public to get back to normal spending habits, but doing it safely. Imagery uses those small businesses and moments that have been missed during COVID-19.

Resources available include:


Richard Sagar, Policy Manager at Charity Finance Group (CFG) sets out a briefing on the Economic Update by the Chancellor aided by commentary from CFG's corporate partner experts.

Together, they examine how the announcements might affect charities and what we might expect from the Autumn Spending Review.

The update includes an overview of announcements on jobs, the job retention scheme and apprenticeships.


To better understand the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic on UK communities, The Young Foundation launched two projects focused on hearing directly from people all over the country.


Salford Youth Council are running a virtual event to give accurate information to young people about coming out of lockdown.

The virtual event, will feature a series of videos of young people asking and having their questions answered by Public Health teams.


Thursday 23 July 2020 from 3.30pm.

The third in the Build Back Better webinar series will hear from Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham; Mo Isap Co Chair for GM LEP, lead for education and future skills and founder of IN4.0 Group; Cllr Elise Wilson, leader of Stockport Council , GM LEP member and GMCA lead for Economy; Mark Hughes, Chief Executive of the Growth Company and facilitated by Michael Taylor, Head of Regional Affairs, Manchester Metropolitan University.


This framework sets out how national and local partners will work with the public at a local level to prevent, contain and manage outbreaks. Successful management of local outbreaks is a core element of NHS Test and Trace’s ambition to break the chains of COVID-19 transmission to enable people to return to and maintain a more normal way of life.


The public response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of much-needed hope.

Thousands of spontaneous, voluntary Mutual Aid groups have emerged to support the most vulnerable people in our society. They are supplying food and medicine, connecting with those who are lonely, and organising community resources. In many cases these groups have been able to help people far more rapidly and flexibly than traditional public services.


Filippo Oncini, a researcher at the University of Manchester, is conducting a research study on the ways food support providers are dealing with the outbreak of Covid-19.

The research aims to explore in depth the obstacles, the needs and the prospects of the food providers active in Greater Manchester. Your participation is very important, and to thank you for taking part, a donation to a charity of your choice will be made. If you would like to participate please:


The House of Lords COVID-19 Committee has been established to look at the long-term implications of the pandemic for our economy and our society.

They are starting by gathering people’s thoughts about how we can ‘press the reset button’, especially in light of the systemic inequalities in society that the pandemic has highlighted and deepened.


National Voices with Traverse, Healthwatch England and PPL would like to invite you to a free webinar.

The Doctor Will Zoom You Now: getting the most out of the virtual health and care experience.

Friday 24 July, 11am - 12pm.

You are invited to join to discuss findings and insight from their recent research about people's experiences of remote and virtual consultations and appointments.


People with learning disabilities or autism who could be better supported in their community will have their discharges from hospital accelerated.

Named the Community Discharge Fund, the funding will help to move people with learning disabilities and autistic people into more appropriate care: either into less restrictive settings or into the community, where appropriate.


Over 120,000 volunteers tested across England between 1 May and 1 June as part of the country’s largest study into coronavirus.

The research, published on the 15 July, examined levels of infection in the general population in England and has been posted by Imperial College London. The report will undergo peer review before a final report is published.


Community centres, village halls, and other multi-use community facilities support a wide range of local activity.

However, their communal nature also makes them places that are vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance is for those managing multi-use community facilities to prepare for re-opening when restrictions have lifted. It signposts to relevant guidance on a range of different activities that can take place in these spaces.


Collecting customer and visitor details for contact tracing.

As part of the ICO's guidance on COVID-19 response, they have published advice on collecting customer and visitor details for contact tracing.

They provide advice for organisations and small businesses that are asked by government to collect and retain customer and visitor information, for a limited time period, for the purposes of a COVID-19 contact tracing scheme.


While COVID has been troubling and difficult for a lot of orgaisations, a shining light has been that so many have had their hand forced when it comes to adopting digital change, and many charities are not only surviving but thriving.

Watch this webinar from Charity Digital welcomes digital adoption specialist Trillium and UK Charity Thirtyone:eight to discuss how taking the digital plunge has enabled them to be agile, responsive and supportive at the most challenging of times.


Read the latest guidance from for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities 

  • Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Working in partnership with TFGM and GMCA, the Growth Company has this week launched Safely Reopening GM. 

This co-ordinated awareness campaign designed to ensure that employers and employees in Greater Manchester can access the information they need to support the safe return to work as the economy starts to reopen.


Guidance about the rules and support around coronavirus

Below are a number of links for the latest information about Coronavirus, the information is available in a number of formats

Advice about shielding- staying safe if you are at risk

The Government has sent letters to people who are at a high risk of getting very ill with coronavirus.


Maximus Training is offering fully funded online courses to residents of Greater Manchester as part of the Adult Education Budget


The training courses can help with wellbeing, increasing knowledge, gaining confidence and enhancing abilities. They can be undertaken by staff, volunteers, people in the community and people that you may be currently working with. This can boost employee engagement and upskill your workforce.



An updated list of key national and local funders has been created, outlining what key funders are currently offering

This list has been created to give an overall picture of what is currently available from key national and local funders. The list shows funds which are running as normal, those which have created Covid-19 funds, those that have been paused and those funds which have stopped accepting applications, as of the 6 July 2020.



Vulnerable people are now able to sign up for priority shopping delivery slots via Salford Health Improvement Team

Salford Health Improvement Team now has access to the new Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) system. 

This means that those people who are vulnerable and not shielding can now sign up and have priority access to delivery slots for one of two supermarkets.


The 2020 Charity Digital Skills Report paints a picture of a post-crisis charity sector gaining confidence with digital, but still lacking the skills and funding they need.

Launched by Skills Platform in partnership with Zoe Amar Digital, the Charity Digital Skills Report is an annual barometer of the charity sector’s use of digital technology, looking at different sizes of charity at different stages of digital maturity.


The National Lottery Community Fund has announced it is working alongside five expert partnerships to ensure almost £45m of National Lottery funding reaches communities most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19. 

The move is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s COVID-19 emergency response and means it will benefit from the partnerships’ collective expertise and networks, to ensure funding is distributed to even more communities.


Community Hubs have been established in each local authority area to provide support for the most vulnerable in each borough.

The hubs coordinate support for those who do not have any other way of sourcing food and medical supplies. They are also helping vulnerable residents to access hardship grants.

The phone numbers for all ten boroughs are below.

Please only contact the hubs if you require help accessing food or medical supplies and have no other means of doing this:


Face Coverings guidance and Journey assist card

From Monday 15 June, the government has made it compulsory for passengers on public transport – buses, trams and trains – to wear a face covering.

Please see below the statement from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)


The Social Enterprise Support Fund will provide essential financial support between £10,000 and £300,000 to help social enterprises during COVID-19.

Five social enterprise support agencies have come together to deliver the new fund which launches today. Big Issue Invest, The Key Fund, Resonance, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and UnLtd will jointly deliver £18.7 million in grants, with support from CAF Venturesome, the Young Foundation and Ashoka.


NHS Reset is a new NHS Confederation campaign to contribute to the public debate on what the health and care system should look like in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this blog, part of a series of comment pieces from NHS Confederation members and partners, Yvonne Lee shares how Age UK Oldham has supported vulnerable housebound people throughout the pandemic. 


AbilityNet believes in a digital world accessible to all.

Technology has never been more important than in this time of physical-distancing. The right technology can transform the lives of older and disabled people.

It can reduce isolation, improve confidence and promote independence, and is a vital way to connect with others and access essential online services.


Salford Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) create a 'Coronaquilt' art project

As part of Refugee Week 2020 the project was inspired by Art Refuge which is a charity supporting displaced people through art and art therapy. EMTAS invited Salford pupils to create a square image on the theme 'imagine'. The square could be done using collage, paint, drawing, photography or text.


The next DEVA/Hack event will start online on 13 July and focuses on creating content on smartphones and improving digital skills


DEVA/Hack is an employability resource for young people. Its focal point is to support and develop young people in order for them to build skills for future digital and creative careers.


University Academy 92 (UA92) are offering 92 grants to enable Greater Manchester residents to access higher education


The Kickstart grant is offering grants of £5,000 to people who have been financially affected by Coronavirus in Greater Manchester. The grant will help to gain access to higher education.

  • Many small projects working with diverse communities are facing risk of closure due to financial pressures following the pandemic
  • New £3.4M fund from Comic Relief & National Emergencies Trust will support 10 Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) led organisations who will fund hundreds of small projects across the UK
  • Comic Relief will also earmark £1.8m from the new Change Makers programme for BAME projects

Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel have published the results of their GM Big Disability Survey: Covid-19.

The Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel is a Greater Manchester wide, pan-impairment Panel, made up of 14 Disabled People’s Organisations (organisations that are majority led and staffed by disabled people), and is convened by the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People.


GM THRIVE have created an online session for service or team managers working with Children and Young People's mental health in Salford


Feelgood Communities CIC launch laughter webinars hosted by the education team of the Prison Officers Association (POA learning) on 14-16 July

Feelgood Communities CIC are an organisation which has a focus on the wellbeing of a community and laughter throughout. Their expertise surrounds community work, creative performance and writing and complementary therapies.


The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) states that ‘Employers must protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees, as well as others on their premises, including temps, casual workers, the self-employed, clients, visitors and the general public.

The Government has announced that any employer with more than 50 members of staff is required to not only complete a Risk Assessment but also to publish it.


The NHS is rolling out additional support for pregnant Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) women, as new research shows heightened risks facing women from minority groups.

Analysis out today shows Black pregnant women are eight times more likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19, while Asian women are four times as likely.


Get psychological first aid (PFA) training and help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is the globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies and offers guidance on delivering psychosocial care in the immediate aftermath of the emergency event.

On this course, you’ll explore the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to help people cope.


It’s been 3 months since coronavirus was declared a global pandemic on 11 March.

The Citizens Advice website was viewed 15.8 million times in that 3 month period. The most viewed advice pages were on coronavirus and employment, furlough, bills and benefits. Over this time, the number 1 most searched for word on the Citizens Advice website was:


Time for flexibility is the latest briefing from IVAR on the challenges faced by VCSE leaders during the Covid-19 crisis.

This seventh briefing shares the experiences of 34 leaders participating in the sessions between 4th June and 15th June, and our reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that they raise.

Three issues remain at the forefront of VCSE leaders’ minds: 


CTA is the national membership body for the community transport sector. 

Over the coming weeks, they will be helping their members meet the challenges of emerging from lock-down.

They will be releasing detailed guidance, tool-kits and resources, as well as an advice service, to help community transport to operate in what will be a new and uncertain environment.


The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that coronavirus COVID-19 infection rates have decreased significantly over the last few weeks.


The BBC's Tiny Happy People will officially launch on Tuesday 14 July 2020

Tiny Happy People is a professional service providing hints, tips and advice about how to develop your child's communication and language skills. Using videos, Tiny Happy People's ideas and activities are helpful from your pregnancy up to your child being five years old. They are endorsed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

  • £6million of new funding announced for 100 military charities across the UK
  • Consultation will be launched in July on tax relief for businesses that employ veterans
  • Enhanced support for ex-service personnel announced during Armed Forces week part of government’s drive to make the UK the best country to be a veteran

Induction event on working with the Office of the Public Guardian on the lasting power of attorney campaign.

Studies show there is fluctuating knowledge of lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) especially among BAME communities in low socio-economic areas. These communities are also amongst the hardest hit by coronavirus (COVID-19).


The government have published guidance for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Providers of out-of-school and holiday activities operate from a range of premises including schools and other regulated educational institutions, by arrangement with the proprietors of those institutions, and other community premises such as village halls, by arrangement with the owners or managers of those premises.


Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) has been replaced temporarily by the Coalfields Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund


The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is an independent charity which was established in response to the government's Coalfields Task Force recommendations. The charity help to support communities and focus on creating opportunities for the people within them.


Wellness Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd July 10am-11.30am 

Wellness Wednesdays is a 4 week  Zoom course aimed at helping you to improve your wellness and take more active care of yourself. Wellness is absolutely crucial to living a better life and this course will cover some key ways that we can all look after ourselves and lead a more fulfilling life!


Join the Caribbean African Health Network on  Saturday 27th June to celebrate Windrush Day 2020 

This year the Caribbean African Health Network will be holding the celebrations on an online platform due to the pandemic. You will be able to watch and engage with them from your front room because thwy have a three hour programme of activities and information for you to enjoy.


CommUNITY Little Hulton's dedicated staff have used their time to support local organisations with food and non - food essentials being throughout the community. 

They have also provided grants for three local care homes and funding has been given to local organisations to help those in need with food packages. CommUNITY Little Hulton will continue to provide funding and support where needed. 


Public Health England (PHE) has today issued a heat warning encouraging vulnerable people to take care during the exceptionally hot weather forecast this week.

People ‘shielding’ indoors from COVID-19, older people, those with underlying health conditions, and very young children are all more vulnerable from the higher temperatures.

Some of the key things we can all consider doing during the hot weather to ensure we enjoy the sun while staying safe, include:


Join Tech for Good Live for a Digital Trustees training event - 22nd July 6pm - 9pm 

Tech for Good Live are a community-based organisation and aim to promote, encourage, and raise awareness of the benefits of using technology for good; how to do it right and how to act more ethically in the tech sector.


Millions of people shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19) will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July, the Health and Social Care Secretary has announced.

  • Advisory guidance to be eased for 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people across England, as virus infection rates continue to fall

New data from Ipsos MORI and the Centre for Ageing Better suggests that the coronavirus crisis risks creating a 'lost generation' of retirees facing poor health and financial insecurity in retirement.

The Centre for Ageing Better has warned that the COVID-19 crisis could lead to a generation of people in their 50s and 60s entering retirement in poor health and without enough money to support themselves. 


Europia has updated their services in 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. Below you will find a round-up of the projects they are currently working on related to COVID-19.

They have created a new website - you can visit Europia's new website here.


Days Like These is a new online exhibition that will share the stories and explore how LS Lowry’s hometown of Salford endured lockdown.

Via an open call-out, The Lowry is looking for contributions of stories, artwork, films, performance, poems and photography that will give the 245,000 residents of Salford the opportunity to share their experiences of COVID-19.


Locality's new report, “We Were Built for This”, highlights the vital role that community organisations have played in meeting community need and supporting people during the coronavirus crisis.

The report explores how community organisations have reacted and adapted to the challenges of the crisis.


Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have released face-covering guidance for people with disabilities.

The document from TfGM, which is being circulated across Greater Manchester, is also applicable to those who have health conditions including breathing difficulties, mental health conditions, non-visible disabilities such as autism, and visual impairment.

Please read the document below. Contact information for TfGM can be found at the bottom of the page.


The Income Maximisation Campaign will assist those who have been affected financially by Covid-19.

Greater Manchester Law Centre will offer free and confidential financial support to help narrow inequalities within Greater Manchester.

The financial support includes income checks, benefit and government grants, and help through the application process either by the Greater Manchester Law Centre team or by other agencies.


To commemorate Windrush Day the Windrush Foundation is holding a number of events on the 22nd June, with presentations, poetry, music and a review of key events that has affected the Caribbean community over the years and a look to the future. 


A large number of COVID19 funders have come into existence since the pandemic.

To manage the large volume of funding streams Charity Excellence Framework has created a free COVID-19 funding database.

The database has 550 records, with links to 36 funder lists, to enable you to find every known funder and tailor your search to those that best meet your needs. You are able to click through to 1000s of funder websites, in the UK, globally and for individuals. 


Flourish Together CIC has created a 'one stop' toolkit of links to funding, support and resources for social enterprises, community businesses and grassroots organisations.


Greater Manchester Autism Consortium (GMAC) have shared four updates.

GMAC is made up of the ten Social Services Departments of Greater Manchester - Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.


NCSC Launches Suspicious Email Reporting Service to help combat cyber crime

The National Cyber Security Centre has launched an online service to tackle phishing and other suspicious emails


BetterOff coffee and chat sessions in Salford Gateway Centres have now been replaced with Cloud Coffee and Chat

Due to Covid-19, BetterOff coffee and chat sessions, which are normally run from Eccles, Pendleton, Swinton, Walkden Gateway Centres and Broughton Hub, have now been moved remotely.

Cloud Coffee and Chat is an online video advice service for Salford residents supported by a member of Salford's locality team. 


Support a new study on the impact of Covid-19!

The UCL Department of Behavioural Science and Health and the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, in collaboration with Action on Smoking and Health, Cancer Research UK and Public Health England, is launching a new survey about HEalth BEhaviours in relation to COvid-19 (HEBECO Study).


Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) launched for Greater Manchester.

IMHN represents a network for people living with mental health across Greater Manchester.

Appointed by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the IMHN has a focus on monitoring and developing mental health services and thus enabling a voice for the wider community.


More than half of the respondents to a survey looking at the impact of COVID19 on the Caribbean and African Community have said they are worried about the mental well-being of their children as a result of the outbreak.

The Caribbean and African Health Network Greater Manchester (CAHN) undertook the first primary research study of Black voices in Greater Manchester between April 18 and May 13 with 334 people responding.


Empowered Conversations have released their online offers.

Empowered Conversations focuses on the communication, thinking and attitude of relationships with people with dementia. They provide customised online support and communication via training specifically for families, friends and professionals.

The online offer provided by Empowered Conversations is a timetable packed with online sessions for carers and people living with dementia.


Report on the COVID-19 economic response and learning the policy lessons from the financial crisis.

The Bounce back Britain report from Social Enterprise UK and the Social Market Foundation looks at what lessons must be learned from the policy response to the 2008 financial crisis.

Its key focus is that for Britain to “bounce back” from coronavirus, business must spend more money on investing in innovation, training and start-ups.


Over the last 12 months, GreaterSport has been engaging with a number of partners across GM who all have a responsibility to volunteering, to develop knowledge and insights of the sport and physical activity landscape of Greater Manchester. Their aim is to use these insights to support volunteering in GM to be more inclusive and representative of GM’s demographics.


Refugee Week, 15th - 21st June, is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. 

This year, organisations across the UK are holding an exciting range of online discussions for Refugee Week 2020, 15-21 June. Here are some selected highlights – visit the Refugee Week events page for the full programme.


Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Salford Pride is taking place in a different way this year.

Eight hours of Pride will be held online with a Salford City Radio Takeover, The Pink Picnic Digital and a Zoom Afterparty.

Salford City Radio Takeover | 4pm - 6pm

Gather your friends and family and start the party at Salford City Radio, 94.4FM for The Pink Picnic Takeover, playing pride anthems, with live music and special guests.


15th - 20th June is Small Charity Week.

Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK's small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.


Refugee Week is coming! 15th-21st June 2020

Refugee Week is a chance to celebrate and stand together with refugees. It is a place to connect with different communities and to develop an understanding of misplacement.

To help spread the word of Refugee Week, a social media pack has been created to increase awareness and reach new people.


Across Greater Manchester we’ve seen youth and play providers from the public and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sectors lead an incredible response across communities.


The National Lottery Community Fund has launched the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF).

It is part of the Government’s £750m support package for charities and local enterprises. The fund is aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England to support you to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by Covid-19.

You can apply to the CCSF for:


The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for society and policymakers, but the impact of the crisis has been particularly acute for disabled people and their families.


Just because a story appears online, doesn’t mean it is true. The internet is great, but it can also be used to spread misleading news and content.

When shared, false information can take on a life of its own and have some serious consequences. It can lead to health scares, false accusations and potentially damaging hoax stories. Recently there has been a lot of this kind of false information about coronavirus. 


Wednesday 24 - Thursday 25 June 2020.

Understand which digital trends are most critical for good governance and what every charity board should be doing to delegate digital effectively during the pandemic.

It is important for trustees and charity leaders to keep up-to-date with regulations and governance guidelines, particularly during challenging times. Civil Society is holding a trustee training course, which will be taking place online.


The coronavirus crisis has created a huge challenge for the sector.

Charity Digital Code has created a checklist to help charity boards and leaders with the decisions they need to make about digital during the crisis.

During the Coronavirus crisis, many charities will be grappling with the loss of income, closure of face to face services and staff absence, whilst simultaneously accelerating remote working, digital service delivery, and digital fundraising. 


Two leaflets have been produced to signpost adults and young people to mental health services in Greater Manchester. 

If you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed, there’s support out there for you.

Download the appropriate leaflet for more information:


Salford City Council has opened an online Book of Condolences.

The COVID-19 outbreak has been a tragic and unprecedented time of loss for families and communities across the UK, and Salford is no exception.

Salford has, like many cities across the country, experienced a high number of deaths from COVID-19. With every loss, there is a story behind that loss, a person, a family, friends and fond memories.


The Energise Centre is hosting a series of online events - here are the events for June 

Monday 8th 11am - 12pm  Room with a view - Creativity Group Challenge. Paint, draw or sketch with us a view from your room.      

Tuesday 16th 11am-12pm– Energise Bingo – Just for fun. 

Tuesday 23rd 11am-12pm– Chair-based Exercise Class. Gentle chair based exercise class to help keep you active at home.


In response to Covid-19 Seetec have a new course for June to support in improving mental health and wellbeing for people in Salford.

The course is designed to help people to understand and manage your emotional health, and how it links to physical wellbeing, Seetec will help you take the first steps towards a healthier and happier new you.

Their accredited health and wellbeing courses include:


Last year internationally acclaimed pianist Margaret Fingerhut raised an incredible £82,000 for City of Sanctuary, visiting 32 cities across the UK with a unique piano recital ‘Far From the Home I Love’

On Friday 5th June 2020, 8pm, Margaret will be performing her fundraising finale live-streamed over Facebook to reach her target of £88,000 (£1k for each piano key on a standard piano) to support the work of City of Sanctuary.


With more people now returning to work, and to reflect government advice for social distancing on public transport, from Tuesday 2 June 2020 Greater Manchester concessionary travel pass holders* will no longer be able to travel for free on public transport before 9.30am on weekdays.

The offer was introduced on Friday 20 March to help pass holders shop during ring-fenced hours at supermarkets and attend medical appointments.


Lloyds Bank Foundation have published an analysis report on how charities are responding to COVID-19.

The report covers how charities and those they support are inevitably impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Many charities, particularly those that are small and local like those funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, are stepping up to provide critical support to people facing complex social issues.


In partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), grants of up to £25,000 are available from The Prince's Trust for organisations working with specific cohorts of young people up to the age of 25, across the Greater Manchester city-region, who are facing barriers to engagement with education, employment or training. 


The National Lottery Community Fund have launched a £200m fund aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The fund is part of the Government’s £750m financial support package for charities and social enterprises announced by Government on April 8. TNL  Community Fund will distribute the Government funding alongside National Lottery funding, to support organisations to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19.

  • NHS Test and Trace service to form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy.
  • Anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced.
  • New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus 

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

The government has published staying safe outside your home guidance on what the new rules will mean.


Public Health England has developed a guide to support older people and those who are shielded to be active and healthy at home.

This is part of the Sport England Join the Movement campaign designed to provide inspiration and trusted information to the public about how to get active in and around the home during the coronavirus pandemic.


Cranfield Trust Training - A Practical Guide to Re-Opening after Covid-19 Closedown.

Looking to the near future this webinar will provide information in the form of an aide-memoir of all we need to think about when returning to our places of work.

Thursday 4th June 2020 from 11am - 12pm

After the webinar you will be equipped with:


NHS Salford CCG want to know how the current situation is affecting families in Salford.

They are working with partners to understand how best to support the people of Salford during this pandemic. To help NHS Salford CCG to get a better picture of family life in Salford, they are asking people to fill out a survey.

Whoever sends in a completed survey will be entered into NHS Salford's free prize draw for a chance to win £40 of Love to Shop vouchers.


West Locality 'lockdown' online youth provision -contact workers via Bridgewater Youth Club page on Facebook or email 


3-4pm drop-in; watch a film and discuss 

6-7.30pm online LGBTQ and youth group


3-4pm drop-in 

6-7.30pm online girls group


1-3pm creative writing

3-4pm drop-in

6-8pm online Walkden music project


The Ethical Property Foundation is working hard throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic to support charities, across the UK, manage their property during this extraordinary period. Although, many of us are no longer working in our buildings it is vital, for the health of the sector, that we do not forget about the bricks and mortar. In order to support charities, the Foundation is offering for free:


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.


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.


500 square miles of singing! 

This Thursday May 28th 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.


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.


Culture Secretary accelerates release of funding in further boost for charities and social enterprises across the country.

  • Building on the unprecedented £750 million charity support package from government
  • £200 million of funding distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, open for bids from small charities on Friday

Shared tips to help to breathe during lockdown & Covid-19.

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.


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.


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. 


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.

  • Mayor calls on ministers to support extra funding for cleaner vehicles
  • Money would also help to support small businesses, sole traders and taxi drivers
  • Funding commitment needed to keep air quality gains and support green recovery

Greater Manchester is calling on Government to support its plans to ‘build back better’ and help to tackle air pollution as the city-region sets out ambitions for a green economic recovery.


Worth My Wellbeing is an exciting cross-sector partnership programme designed with young people from Salford to support their emotional health and wellbeing at key transitions in their lives.

Through a programme of youth-led activities, young people will develop skills to support themselves and each other and promote greater awareness around mental health.


HMRC has a range of online support for employers.

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.


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).


Salford Music Festival will be going digital for its 10th anniversary next weekend (29 - 31 May), with a massive line-up confirmed.

Peter Hook, John Cooper Clarke, and ex-Hacienda heavyweights Graeme Park and Dave Haslam will top the bill of music, poetry and spoken word.

The festival normally takes place in September, but organisers have moved it forward in the calendar to bring some 'much needed cheer'.


As part of Mental Health Awareness Week YMCA Manchester has been busy co-designing with young people a mental health and well-being online campaign. 

Join them on their Instagram daily for challenges




The National Lottery Community Fund are delighted to confirm that the Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May.

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.


Women's Aid have published safety advice for survivors.

COVID-19 will have serious impacts on the lives of women and children. Survivors are telling Women's Aid that they are feeling unsafe with the prospect of being isolated in the house with their perpetrator.

Women's Aid wants to reassure survivors and local specialist services that they are here for you and they are doing everything they can to support you during this challenging time.


The coronavirus crisis has hit workers hard: the numbers of those furloughed and those newly claiming Universal Credit illustrates the scale.

To date, however, there has been very limited information about which types of people have been most affected. In their spotlight, the Resolution Foundation begin to fill this gap with flash findings from their new coronavirus survey.


The impact of Covid-19 is being felt across society.

The pandemic is a health, social and economic crisis. Civil society reaches people in need and helps make sure that everyone’s voices can be heard. But civil society’s capacity for action is being limited as its income dries up due to the current restrictions.


Today The Baring Foundation's Strengthening Civil Society programme, which supports civil society to use the law to achieve social change, is launching three new funding streams to support their grant holders and broader civil society to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This funding will run throughout 2020 and represents a commitment of up to £1,000,000 to supporting civil society at this time.


Apply for a grant of up to £100,000 for your charity helping people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will assess applications to the fund in the order they are submitted.


Updated and interactive data on the coronavirus crisis for charities and funders.

NPC has built an updated and interactive dashboard, to help charities and funders see the places that are currently suffering the most from Covid-19, and those that have underlying factors—such as age, health, ethnicity, economic indicators—which may put them at risk.


Like so many other areas of society, coronavirus has caused a huge shift in the way that community transport is operating at the moment.

Since lock-down began, the Community Transport Association (CTA) has been surveying over 200 CTA members to get a clear picture of the changes that have taken place across the sector.


The third version of the Reopening Pack from Charity Retail Association is now available.

The pack consists of helpful guidance for when the green light to open up shops is given, and provides some suggestions of things to think about in the meantime.

The pack is split into three sections; the physical side of the shop, the people issues and the commercial considerations,


The Insitute of Fundraising, along with NCVO and Charity Finance Group and supported by PwC are working together to understanding the current and future financial impact of coronavirus on the charity sector.


It is more important than ever that practitioners, academics and people with lived experience feel supported and informed to enable people living with dementia to continue to live the life they want for longer.

So the Empowered Conversations are launching the ‘In Conversation with…” virtual series; hosting interactive talks from nationally recognised experts and speakers to bring hearts and minds together and improve outcomes for people living with dementia.


Greater Manchester Mental Health have launched #GMMHGivesBack an initiative where staff can make a tangible and meaningful difference to the community during these difficult times.  


Do you have MS and need financial help and advice?

The MS Society's Improving Quality of Life Project (IQL) provides financial and emotional support for people with MS in Bolton, Manchester and Salford. 


The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced £6 million of emergency funding to provide relief for homelessness providers directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Homeless Link will be distributing the Fund on the Ministry’s behalf to facilitate this much needed support to the sector at a time when many services are at risk due to the impact of the pandemic.


Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020.

The theme this year is kindness - one thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.  

We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. 

The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. 


The Heritage Fund are now welcoming applications for larger grants to cover emergency costs during the Covid-19 crisis.

The new level of Heritage Emergency Fund grants are worth £50,000-£250,000. Using funding made possible by The National Lottery, these grants are available to all past and current National Lottery Heritage Fund grantees and can be used to cover essential costs for up to four months.  


The Tech for Good Live Volunteer programme is a partnership between Salford CVS, 10GM members, other VCSE infrastructure organisations within Greater Manchester and Tech for Good Live.


NHS Salford CCG’s special edition COVID-19 newsletter is for Salford residents to help support you during this difficult time.  It’s packed with information about services and support and helpful advice to keep you well.


Join on Thursday 21st May - 1.00pm - 4.00pm to hear about:

As we think about our recovery phase …

  • What pressures and changes are we expecting will result from this time?
  • What can we do to face these together?
  • What opportunities are emerging?
  • What can we do to ensure we capture these?

Thinking about the future …


Healthwatch have gathered people's accounts of how COVID-19 has affected their lives, routine, and mental health.

One way to help your mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic is by creating a new routine to help structure your day. But how easy is this in reality?


Chairs of GMCVO, the GM VCSE Leadership Group, the GM BAME Network and GM BAME SE Network and the GM Social Enterprise Network have written to the Chancellor, the Rt. Hon. Rishi Sunak asking for more support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.


More people than ever are being supported by Salford dementia services during the COVID19 health crisis – thanks to new online sessions – from virtual meetups to quizzes, sofa sing-a-longs and a disco.

Empowered Conversations and Salford Age UK's Dementia Support Services have joined forces to meet the increased demand for support in lockdown.  


Community (Youth) on Solid Ground (YOSG) project updates and what they are doing to support young people and the community during Covid - 19. 

During these bizarre times have affected C(Y)OSG’s normal working practice, within projects and face to face time with over 400 young people.


RNIB Sight Loss: Helping you to help others during Coronavirus

The Royal National Institution of Blind People (RNIB) has released a fact sheet to help those supporting people with sight loss.

During this difficult time, it is important to look out for those that need extra support.

The RNIB fact sheet aims to raise awareness of different types of sight loss, and provide useful tips for those supporting them.


Before the coronavirus outbreak Tech and Tea, a five-week course, was supporting people aged 65+ to develop their digital skills.

Over the past five years, 260 courses have been delivered and more than 2,000 people have taken part.


The Greater Manchester Inclusion and Wellbeing Partnership (IWP) is an equalities forum linked to the VCSE Leadership Group and GM Health and Social Care Partnership.

The IWP is part of a collaborative effort to collate evidence of the way different GM communities have been affected by the lockdown and to find out from VCSE groups on the ground what issues need dealing with now to prevent further avoidable problems developing.


The Charity Commission has issued an alert providing information and advice for charities about coronavirus (COVID-19) related fraud and cybercrime.

Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to carry out fraud and cybercrime. Police have reported an increase in coronavirus related scams.

The Charity Commission is issuing this alert to help charities minimise the risk of becoming a victim of such frauds and cyber-attacks.


The Government have published a roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus.


Cles presents their latest webinar on Rescue, Recover, Reform.

Thursday 14th May 2020

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Join Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor for Economics at Bloomberg and Head of Bloomberg Economics in conversation with Ted Howard, President and Co-Founder of TDC and Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of CLES. 


Join Sow the City for a series of weekly webinars 

  • 15th May Gardening and Wildlife with Kids. It’s May and there’s still plenty of time to get growing veggies. Stuart and Emily talk through how to get growing at home with kids, as well as lots of nature, wildlife and Forest School activities. This webinar is perfect for Covid home schoolers looking for activities for their little ones.

Society Inc. has set up a fundraiser to provide their clients with food, care and craft parcels. 



Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has secured £10 million for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities as part of a £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including domestic abuse victims.

The fund will help ensure that:


Since schools and education settings have closed, referrals to children’s social services have fallen dramatically. With millions of children remaining at home, there is a hidden group of children potentially at risk of abuse or neglect who are having much less interaction with statutory services.


Understanding the mental health effects of COVID-19

Healthcare professionals and researchers from the University of Oxford, Kings College London and University of Warwick want the general public and health and care professionals to tell us about the mental health challenges they are facing due to COVID-19.  They will use this information to build better tools to monitor mental health and support people through this crisis and beyond.


Greater Manchester Combined Authority launches two new websites

In response to Covid-19 GMCA and the Mayor of Greater Manchester in a bid to keep the people of Greater Manchester informed and ensure they are receiving the right advice have established two new websites with up to date information and guidance. 


£100,000 has been allocated to support people experiencing extreme disadvantage in Greater Manchester through the coronavirus pandemic.

The £100,000 donation has come from the Lankelly Chase Foundation and will go to disabled people’s organisations and community organisations supporting those at risk of domestic abuse.


Home-Start Manchester wants to keep you updated on how they are adapting to the current situation and the effects it is having on their service, the families they support and their volunteers.


COVID-19 emergency resources

The Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People have produced some useful resources including letters for personal assistants and support workers, Emergency Health Passports and a self advocacy leaflet.


For over 45 years the Manchester Relief In Need group of charitable trusts has been offering assistance to people in poverty in Manchester. 


Support for the physical activity sector from Greater Sport.

Clubs and organisations all over the country are experiencing lots of challenges due to Covid-19. GreaterSport are here to help by providing tips, tools, links and ideas to help keep your club working with your members and customers!


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

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

They also scrutinise, consult and advise the Mayor of GM Andy Burnham and the GM Combined Authority.


NAVCA have summarised learning from their members on cashless payment methods for volunteers.

The guidance covers what supermarkets are offering; from 'volunteer cards' to vouchers and expansion of the existing gift card system.

They also outline options from banks, building societies and other financial services organisations including money management tools, Post Office Payouts and 'Companion Cards'.


How to produce video content remotely.

Charity Digital have shared the innovative ways video content can be created remotely. Video content can be produced by external or internal professionals, and low-cost software can help charity producers create online tutorials, fundraising, and virtual content.


Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical is giving away another £1million to charities with the return of its Movement for Good awards.

Last year saw an amazing 98,000 people around the UK support the movement, with over 7,000 charitable causes up and down the country receiving votes. This year 500 more charities will each receive £1,000 during the first phase of the campaign, which launches today. A second phase of giving will happen later this summer.


8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe.

The long-anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment. 


Useful resources to aid frontline volunteers and staff speaking with those who are struggling with their mental health.

Many of our members are now receiving calls from people struggling with their mental health. In some cases, these calls are from calls from people who are considering taking their own lives.  


The Samaritans website provides a host of support tools:


Salford City Council has launched the #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign.

The campaign is to support social distancing during the coronavirus lockdown and encourage more walking and cycling through recovery.

It’s important we introduce enhanced spaces for pedestrians and people on bikes across the city. This will enable social distancing for safe essential journeys and exercise.


Social Enterprise UK have produced a handy list of PPE suppliers and producers.

SEUK know that finding a sufficient supply of PPE is tricky for many businesses at the moment particularly in the social care and care home sector and that they might be looking outside of the NHS Supply Chain to source PPE.


Putting women at the forefront of the COVID-19 response in Europe and Central Asia. 

As Covid-19 is causing an unprecedented crisis that disrupting lives, health, economies and societies of millions read the latest publication from UN Women's response to the pandemic in Europe and Central Asia. 


National Voices launches 'Our COVID Voices' website

National Voices, a coalition of health and social care charities in England, have launched a new website where people living with health and care needs can share their stories about life in lockdown.


The Charity Commission have published guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) related financial difficulties in charities and how to work through them.

The commission understand that many trustees are having to cope with serious financial challenges that will have a major effect on their charities and those who depend on them.

They have therefore set out some guidance for trustees, especially at smaller charities, who may need help facing difficult situations or decisions.


Government has published advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support.

The guidance sets out the main messages for individuals and organisations that can support planning, and help slow the transmission of the coronavirus as the outbreak progresses across the country.


COVID-19 guidance, information and advice for not-for-profits from LawWorks members.

LawWorks has received a number of queries specific to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on small charities and other not-for-profits. In response, they have collaborated with their members to produce tailored briefs relevant specifically to small not-for-profit organisations. 


True Vision a police-funded web site designed to provide you with information about Hate Crime has some useful resources about Covid-10, misinformation and conspiracy theories. 

There is also information on how to report a hate crime and information videos from the Metropolitan Police Service for communities about their rights to be protected from hate crimes linked to Covid-19. 


Power to Change, the independent trust that supports community businesses in England, is launching up to £12 million of emergency support to provide both immediate and medium-term help for community businesses facing a loss of trading income during the coronavirus crisis.

The crisis has highlighted the vital role that community businesses play in reviving local assets, protecting the services that people rely on, and addressing local needs.


Support is available for anyone bereaved or affected by a death in Greater Manchester.

If you would like to speak to someone in person, you can call Greater Manchester Bereavement Service on 0161 983 0902.

Bereavement Service hours

Monday 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 9am to 8pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm

(Except bank holidays)


The Charity Service have redesigned, updated and relaunched their website.

As a registered charity since September 1990, The Charity Service offers grant funding to other charities, voluntary organisations and CIC’s operating within Greater Manchester.

The new site offers an improved user experience making it easier to navigate around the website, to understand what the Charity Service do, how they do it and the personalised service that they can provide.


The Fed has produced a great update on their services, including their volunteers, residents and advice and volunteering teams.

The Fed Team have filmed a video with an important message - "We are here for YOU."

Watch their video message from the team here. 

A message from Raphi Bloom, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at The Fed:


Kooth online counselling now available to all young people in Greater Manchester. 

All children and young people in Greater Manchester can now access free online counselling and emotional well-being support.


Maximus Training are offering fully funded courses to residents of Greater Manchester.

Qualifications are available online and learners will be guided by one of our trainers who will make themselves available via a method that suits them. Trainers are available via skype, zoom, teams, emails, phone calls or texts.   

Participants need to be 19 or over, reside in the Greater Manchester Area, and not be in education, employment or training. 


You are invited to join forces with We Stand Together in their next dialogue event 'Cohesion a Force to Combat Crisis'

On Monday 4th May at 6pm join We Stand Together via Zoom 


Commercial tenants unable to pay rent because of Coronavirus will be protected from eviction

The Government has announced a three month protection for organisations from being evicted due to non-payment of rent.


#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity in response to Coronavirus.

Held on Tuesday 5th May it is a day where we can all come together to recognise, celebrate and give thanks for the incredible outpouring of compassion we have witnessed during this crisis.


Care organisation Aspire has praised its staff for adapting to lockdown to support people in Salford living with dementia, disabilities and learning disabilities.

The current coronavirus pandemic has meant that the Social Enterprise has had to be flexible in the way it supports its clients and staff.

Janet Tuohy, Chief Executive of Aspire, said:


Keep enjoying Salford Libraries

Our city libraries may be closed but there are still lots of great resources available to keep your mind active. If you have a Salford Libraries membership you can access the following digital resources:


Stop Smoking Support with Worsley Boothstown and Ellenbrook Health Improvement Service.

There has never been a better time to think about making plans to stop smoking or to make a quit attempt. Looking after our lung health is so important for everyone right now.

If you are thinking about giving up or you are ready to set a quit date please send the message ‘I would like to stop smoking’ to 07931 966 186.


Read the latest blog from NCVO about Crisis Governance and the support available for trustees during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The blog looks at the challenges boards are facing when it comes to making critical decisions over service provision, operations and sustainability. 


Millions of vulnerable people and their families will be able to directly call on the army of NHS Volunteer Responders, the NHS and Royal Voluntary Service have announced today.

Over 600,000 volunteers have been approved to help those most at risk who are isolating at home from coronavirus, more than double the original target.


Scorpio Community Development CIC is providing free training via a series of podcasts.   

New podcasts are available every Tuesday. The training package is aimed for those new to the trustee sector finding their feet in the world of governance and management. 

In the latest podcast, the hosts discuss the online opportunities to keep you going whilst in the new landscape of lockdown.


Date labels, storage advice and freezing for food safety.

WRAP, the Food Standards Agency and Defra have produced a summary of information which covers the date labelling and storage instruction requirements for surplus food, in order for it to be safely redistributed. The aim is to increase the amount of food made available by food businesses for redistribution and accepted by recipient organisations.


WEA has been providing high-quality educational opportunities to communities since 1903.

Due to Covid-19, WEA has developed its normal courses to enable them to deliver them online. They have tried to focus on courses that will provide residents with the skills and the knowledge to provide resilience for themselves and to be able to support others both during and on the other side of this crisis.


Monitor the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation and gain global insights

A free COVID-19 Social Impact Assessment tool has been launched by Socialsuite to help foundations and non-profit organisations to navigate the challenging times ahead. 


Feed My City are a small group of volunteers who have come together to help feed people, who are need of a hot meal.

Feed My City operate from a fully equipped mobile van, where the food is prepared, served at several different locations around the Greater Manchester Area. Their aim is to provide simple, free vegetarian nourishing food to those who need it. 


A new campaign to Save our Social Enterprises! has been launched.

The campaign is a collaboration between Community Leisure UK, Co-operatives UK, Locality, Plunkett Foundation, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Social Enterprise Mark CIC, Social Enterprise UK, Social Value UK, and UnLtd.


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.


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.

The apps include:


Young Manchester is a charity that strives to improve opportunities for all children and young people across Manchester.

Young Manchester are committed to supporting the amazing work done by organisations working with children and young people across Manchester.

They have been in touch with all their funded partners, and will work with them in the coming weeks and months to make the right decisions for them and the young people they work with.


Acevo has given a breakdown on the £750m support package for UK charities during the coronavirus outbreak.

The government is currently drawing up plans for the design and delivery of the funding, including money delivered through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). Acevo's understanding is that apart from the allocation for hospices mentioned below, other funding decisions have not been made.


ACEVO is the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.

Together with their network they inspire and support civil society leaders by providing connections, advocacy and skills. 

Due to the closure of ACEVO host venues, their CEO forums and special interest group meetings will change to webinars whenever possible.


Ramadan is a month-long Muslim observance which this year begins on the evening of Thursday 23 April and ends at sunset Saturday 23 May, and during which most Muslims fast from dawn until dusk.


Factsheets and toolkits

We have created some factsheets and toolkits following common queries we have received from our members. Many of the queries are a result of the move to home working and needing to use tech in different ways or using tools that are completely new to us.

Download our resources:


Join Salford Social Enterprise City for a series of working lunches event. 

Throughout the year Salford Social Enterprise City will be holding a number of events to support individuals starting or growing a social enterprise.

Book onto a session via Fatsome here. 

Working Lunch: Buy Social

Thursday 14th May 2020, 12noon – 2pm.


Harvard Business Review has written an article exploring what good leadership looks like during this pandemic.

They look at the reasons why leaders delay taking actions and downplay threats and failing the 'coronavirus leadership test'.

In the current pandemic, leaders who waited too long for the situation to become clear were then behind in trying to control the crisis.


Awards for All from the National Lottery Fund is a quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding.

All the funding decisions they make for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current crisis. Across their England funding programmes, National Lottery Awards will prioritise applications that are COVID-19 related.


Salford launches a new collaborative today to offer mental health support to people affected by COVID-19.

Working together, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Salford City Council have supported Mind in Salford, mental health charity START and Six Degrees Social Enterprise to form a new service called Beyond.


Trafford Park based, 100 Percent Group Limited, has donated food, household items and Easter eggs to support homelessness charity Emmaus Salford.

Dan Williams, Managing Director of 100 Percent Group Limited, delivered a carload of donations to the charity on Good Friday. The delivery included more than 100 items of food, 100 items of toiletries, 120 toilet rolls and Easter eggs for beneficiaries of Emmaus Salford.


Help to Claim service for people making new claims for Universal Credit.

This service provides comprehensive support for people making new claims for Universal Credit over the phone.


Join Jonny Wineberg from Community Futures Trust CIC on Monday 27th April for Better Bid Writing training session. 

An on-line training event to help your organisation maximise its chances of eliciting support from grant making bodies.

Monday 27th April 2020 1.30pm to 3.30pm
On Zoom
For anyone involved in fundraising within your organisation


BASIC - the Brain and Spinal Injury Centre have produced some chair based exercises with their physiotherapists.

They have made it into a YouTube video - the short exercise video was shot in BASIC before the lock down.

It was meant to be a trial video only, but due to circumstances we decided to release it as a main video and there's more on the way.

"" has some useful information regarding the Coronavirus Act 2020 

The Coronavirus Act 2020 is a new law to help deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It applies across the UK, including in English and Welsh law.

The new Act includes some changes to laws which affect the rights of people with mental health problems. 

For more information on how the changes may affect those with mental health problems please visit the website here. 


The NHS has launched a mental health hotline as part of a package of measures to support the NHS’ 1.4 million staff as they help people deal with the coronavirus.

NHS staff will be able to call or text a free number staffed by thousands of specially trained volunteers, to receive support and advice for the pressures they face every day during the global health emergency.

The volunteers will listen to NHS staff and give psychological support to those in need.


Resolution Foundation has written a paper on the pay, terms and conditions we choose for our care workers.

'What happens after the clapping finishes' explores whether the gratitude and heightened respect currently being given to care workers will be translated into something more tangible when we come through this crisis.


The University of Salford’s catering provider, Salfood, has donated a substantial amount of food and stock to homelessness charity Emmaus Salford.

The donation to Emmaus Salford was made following the closure of all Salfood’s outlets as a result of coronavirus measures. It was important that the food was not wasted and a former beneficiary of Emmaus Salford who now works at Salfood, suggested that the items be donated to the Pendleton based charity.



Know-How Non-Profit from NCVO has produced guidance on what you need to do to prepare for the potential impacts of coronavirus on your charity's or voluntary organisation's operations and finances.


During these unprecedented and challenging times, it’s important to keep closely connected to the widest Disability Confident employer community so that during and after COVID-19, disabled people are recruited and retained in work and not left behind. The Ability Networks provide a brilliant platform to deliver practical and useful information to employers that, at this time, require advice, guidance and support.


LGBTQ+ services and resources during COVID-19 pandemic.

The LGBT Foundation 

The LGBT Foundation has temporarily shifted to become a remote service delivery charity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that all their face-to-face services will be suspended until further notice. You can find the details of what their remote delivery offer to LGBT communities will be during this time here.


Many LGBT people will be feeling vulnerable, isolated and anxious during these difficult times. LGBT Foundation is committed to working in partnership with other services to ensure that they continue to provide the best possible support to LGBT communities.

Please find below information on how they continue to support our community and how you can better support your LGBT service users during this time.


Remote services


The Cranfield Trust is offering 1:1 mentoring, call telephone advice, charity consultants and more

Over the past few weeks the team at the Cranfield Trust have worked to ensure that they deliver their services remotley and continue to provide support and guidance to charity organsations. 


Shout: confidential 24/7 text service launched across GM

New support being offered by SHOUT service - a confidential 24/7 text service operated by trained crisis volunteers who will chat using text responses. Advice is available for anyone struggling with a host of issues, including: anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship issues. The service is overseen by clinical supervisors.


Ahead of the closing of the latest round of our Answer Cancer Fund we are hosting a series of virtual Meet the Funder sessions for organisations considering making an application.

This comes after the grant call and guidance was updated in light of Covid-19 and the resulting restrictions on delivering face-to-face services.

The Meet the Funder sessions will take place via ZOOM as follows:



You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) when: 


Every Month is a registered charity, tackling period poverty across Greater Manchester. They create and distribute packs of menstrual products to food banks and over services for people living in poverty.

An Every Month Pack includes:

  • Applicator tampons

  • Non-applicator tampons

  • Pads

  • Chocolate


Update from NCVO regarding Volunteers' Week 2020.

With the focus largely on celebration, they have decided it would be inappropriate to go ahead with many of the things they would usually do around this time.

Like many across the volunteering sector, their focus is on supporting volunteers to take on coronavirus-related volunteering roles and helping communities to cope with the many consequences of coronavirus.


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Care has produced a useful resource of advice for parents during coronavirus

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.


Contact details of local foodbanks and donations needed

  • Salford Food Bank. 
    • Address - Mocha Parade, Christ Central, Salford M7 1QE
    • Telephone Number 0161 637 4500
    • Donations needed - Toilet rolls, long life milk, long life fruit juices, dried/microwaveable food, tinned fruit
  •  St James Parish Church Community Food Project
    • Address - St James, Great Cheetham Street East, Salford M7 4UH

A message from Judy and Dave from Big Top Catering and the Castle Community Centre 



Hi all

Just wanted to share an update of where we are at as of the 15th April

Big Top Catering and Big Top Parties

Thank you to all of you who have postponed your event and have connected with us and set provisional new dates.


Disability Opportunities in Sport UK (DOSportUK) is a community interest company which offers sporting and physical activity opportunities to people with a disability.

DOSportUK's members have been sharing their home workout routines.

You can watch videos from their member Tom on their Facebook Page.


Good Things Foundation has launched a Response and Resilience Fund to support their network of community centres, many of whom are at risk of closure due to funding issues caused by the current coronavirus crisis.

With 11.9 million people in the UK lacking the essential digital skills they need, and many of us relying on getting online more than ever before, the issues of digital exclusion have never been more relevant.


HMRC has confirmed that all payments of VAT to HMRC due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 can be deferred.

You have the option to:

  • defer the payment until a later date (31 March 2021)
  • pay the VAT due as normal

It does not cover payments for VAT MOSS or import VAT.


Resources compiled by CharityComms.

Our new reality of physical distancing means charities are having to think about how to continue communicating with their volunteers and beneficiaries in the weeks and months ahead. 

CharityComms want to make sure you have the tools to do just that. They have pulled together their own coronavirus comms resources, listed useful sector resources to bookmark and compiled some online videos.


Digital fundraising has never been more important to the charity sector than at this moment. 

We've pulled together some resources to help you with your digital fundraising:


Lucie’s Pantry is a social supermarket located at the main Emmaus Salford base on Fitzwarren Street in Pendleton.

The Pantry provides a sustainable and affordable source of food and household essentials to members of the Pendleton community struggling to make ends meet through debt, illness or low income. Together we’re providing great food for great people.


Thousands more employees will able to receive support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) after the eligibility date was extended to 19 March 2020, the government announced today.


Mustard Tree refocuses work around food supply and distribution.

As the crisis situation around Coronavirus develops, we are refocusing the charity around our food clubs, food supply and distribution, including managing donations from the public and distributing to homes for people who are on benefits or no income.

With this in mind, they have put together a priority list of items which we are currently in great need of:



Local artist, Georgina has created a colouring book to keep people entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Georgina (known as Drawgina) designed the colouring book to be a fun and therapeutic way for people to occupy themselves for a little while during lockdown.

It is also a brilliant way to support two great charities with 100% of the profits going to; St Georges and Mustard Tree.

St Georges Coronavirus Appeal 


Support lines available for patients who may be worried about their cancer diagnosis or concerned how coronavirus may affect their cancer treatment.


GatewayC is a cancer education website for GPs, nurses, physician associates and primary care staff across NHS England they have produced a list of cancer charity support lines for patients living with cancer. 


Happy Micro-volunteering Day!

Today is Microvolunteering Day a chance to celebrate the way that many people doing small actions can make a big impact!

Micro-volunteering as a way to do good is more relevant than ever, as the bite-sized volunteering actions allow people to give their time flexibly from home. 


Blackbaud has created a guide to virtual fundraising.

With the response to COVID-19 meaning that people are physically distancing or self-isolating and all large gatherings are banned - fundraising events and activities have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.


Greater Manchester Assessment and Inreach Centre (GMAIC) 

GMAIC are continuing to support inpatient providers by reviewing referrals for general adolescent and eating disorders admissions; conducting access assessments; and supporting units to discharge young people as safely and quickly as possible. Assessments will be undertaken by telephone or video call wherever possible, with face to face appointments only where absolutely necessary.  


Energyworks at Groundwork Greater Manchester are offering telephone support to those who are self-isolating, vulnerable and/or high risk of COVID-19.

They can offer support to people in all tenures across Greater Manchester with issues relating to their energy and keeping a warm home.


Leeds Migration Partnership has written a useful piecee on considering the costs of video calls.

As we all get used to new ways of working, video calls are the obvious solution. They’re fun accessible and immediate. They can really help people feel connected.

However, we should also be aware that for volunteers and clients and those who don’t have broadband, this isn’t “free” – even if we are not paying to use the apps themselves.


#CharitySoWhite has produced a live position paper:

COVID-1 is not a social equaliser. It is disproportionately impacting BAME communities and we need urgent action.


Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) wants to hear from voluntary organisations about how they can support people during the outbreak.

Voluntary organisations are invited to submit offers to HMPPS for how they can adapt their service or deliver more support to people in prisons, youth custody or in the community in the context of Covid-19. 


Boost and protect your mental health during Coronavirus with Combat Stress charity.

Infectious disease outbreaks, like COVID-19 (Coronavirus), can be scary and can impact on our mental health. But there are many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during this extraordinary situation.

As experts in mental health, Combat Stress wanted to share some help and advice to help everyone manage their mental health during this uncertain time. 


With charities coming under immense financial pressures as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, Bates Wells partnered with NCVO and CFG on a webinar to discuss the financing options currently available, employment issues (including the government’s job retention scheme), and managing through the crisis.


Sports England's new campaign launches today giving people ideas about how to be physically active while still following the government advice on staying at home and social distancing.

They are inviting everyone to ‘Join the Movement’ and get or keep active with the help of their new campaign.

With restrictions in place on why and how often you can leave the house, many normal exercise sources aren’t currently available.

  • Do not travel unless it is absolutely essential – stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.
  • You should only be travelling for work, supplies, to care for others or for medical reasons.
  • If you have to travel, drive, cycle or walk, use public transport if you have no other option.
  • If you have to drive slow down and take care on the roads – reduce pressure on the NHS.
  • Metrolink tram frequency is reducing to a 20-minute service

Greater Manchester Law Centre has developed the attached guide to support residents and support organisations to assist people through the current health emergency.

This guide will be updated regularly as the situation develops.

This guide is correct to 3rd April 2020. 


Barclays has announced the establishment of The Barclays Foundation, initially to provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

The package is made up of two components.


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented effect on the daily lives of everyone in the UK. The impact of the virus is widespread, however, individuals from marginalised or disadvantaged groups who already experience poorer outcomes in healthcare are often disproportionally affected by the wider healthcare implications of the current situation.


The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment has set up a forum for sharing ideas. 

The forum was set up for colleagues to share ideas, best practice and learning in the face of the impact of Covid-19 on our communities. Community investment is at the frontline of supporting residents and communities during this time. This forum is one way in which we can share and support each other.


Project Everyone is an online festival bringing charities together to share guidance, insights and expertise in the face of the current pandemic.

In the midst of this pandemic, charities throughout the UK are having to make drastic changes to the ways in which they operate and deliver their services. We will only be able to maintain our impact if we work together: sharing experience, insights and encouragement.


Due to the difficult financial situation of many people and the upcoming Easter Holidays, Together Family Cenre has decided to create a food collection day on Good Friday (10.04.2020) from 10am to 11am in Irlam.

If you live in and around Manchester to bring food.

• Products should be left behind the gates of the main entrance to the building, which will then be systematically taken inside. This should preferably take place at intervals of 10 minutes. 


NAVCA are trying to understand the impact of COVID - 19 on the finances and staffing of charities and the potential impact on end beneficiaries.

They realise everyone is being asked to complete a lot of surveys and you are all incredibly busy, however, if you could spend 5 - 10 minutes on this that would be very much appreciated. 

There are only 10 short questions.


Local shops and service offering home deliveries. 

  • Age UK Salford 0161 788 7300
  • Lees Wholesale 07793 515725
  • Morrison’s Swinton have a Community Champion offering home delivery to the elderly and vulnerable. 0161 728 4448.

Disability Confident (Free) Practical Webinars

During these unprecedented and challenging times, it’s important to keep closely connected to the widest Disability Confident employer community so that during and after COVID-19, disabled people are recruited and retained in work and not left behind. The Ability Networks provide a brilliant platform to deliver practical and useful information to employers that, at this time, require advice, guidance and support.


Together Family Centre

Free of charge psychological support

For the people expressing high stress due to the pandemic

 Free of charge support psychological/ therapeutically over the phone.

All people who are expressing stress due to the current situation, we are inviting you to contact with our specialists.

Time for every person 30 minutes.

Telephone duty:

06.04 Monday, at 6.30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dorota Halama, psychologist


Statement supported by disabled people’s organisations and allies.

Disability Rights UK have produced a statement regarding Covid-19 and the rights of disabled people:

The NHS is built on the principle that we are each equal in dignity and worth. It expresses our commitment to protect one another’s right to life and to health, no matter who we are.


Earlier this week Directory of Social Change surveyed the thousands of charities it supports to try and understand the real impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on charities across the UK.

Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research at DSC, analyses the results from the survey on the impact on charities and those they serve of the current pandemic.


With new social distancing rules in place, the majority of our sector are now confined to working from our homes.

This has some profound implications on how charities operate from a digital technology perspective.


Public Health England has published guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

This guidance outlines the infection prevention and control advice for health and social care providers involved in receiving, assessing and caring for patients who are a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19. It should be used in conjunction with local policies.

On 2 April 2020, the main changes to previous guidance are:


Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has today written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak calling for more support for the voluntary sector during the coronavirus crisis.

The Mayor has set out six immediate actions for the Government to help the capital’s charities and civil society organisations continue to deliver to their essential services at a time of rising demands but falling income. Please see letter below:

Dear Rishi,


The government has announced a £3 million fund for food redistribution organisations help them cut food waste during the coronavirus outbreak.

Food redistribution organisations across England will benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus outbreak.


The Institute for Voluntary Action Research is hosting 90-minute webinars to give voluntary sector leaders the chance to explore and discuss the challenges they are facing. 

For organisations with an income of £250K-£500K

Date: 3rd or 9th April Time: 1 hour 30 mins


The Charity Commission has published guidance for the charity sector in respect of difficulties they may be facing due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

It includes guidance for charities that are considering whether the can help with the COVID-19 response.

They advise considering the terms of your charity’s existing charitable objects. These are set out in your governing document. Objects that might already allow you to offer support include:


Coronavirus - Business support launched

  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will provide government-backed loans of up to £5 million to small and medium businesses.
  • The Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility will provide a quick and cost-effective way to raise working capital for those large firms who need it.
  • A business information campaign has launched to ensure that businesses are aware of support available.

Assessments and reassessments suspended

DWP have suspended all ‘face to face’ assessments for health and disability-related benefits and suspended all review and reassessment activity unless an individual reports a change in their needs.

It is expected that the measure to be in place for the next three months but this will be regularly reviewed in line with Public Health advice.


Penderels Trust know people who employ their own personal assistant for their care and support are really worried about Coronavirus COVID-19.

In this time of uncertainty, ensuring people who need care and support is a priority.

There have been assurances from the national government that local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will do everything in their power to keep care going.


Previously to complete an application for Healthy Start Vouchers a health worker has to sign the form.

This requirement has made it very difficult to get any valid forms completed while the health services prioritise action on COVID-19. However, it is now possible to send a form off without a signature. It's important to understand the detail behind this:


The Vegetarian Society need donations of money to provide food banks with emergency food boxes.

The government announced on Thursday 2 April 2020 that due to the coronavirus, nearly 1 million people have applied for benefits in the last two weeks. While these people are waiting for their money to come through, many of them will be relying on food banks. With food banks receiving fewer donations, they are desperately short of food.


New policing powers are now in force across the country to encourage people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The government has bought in a new health protection bill which contains new powers for the police to help manage the spread of the coronavirus.


Beneficiaries and communities need you to act.

Charities need to make #EveryDayCounts go viral and help with campaigning and providing the evidence to Government so they understand that investing in the sector and preventing our collapse is essential.


Pioneers Post, the social enterprise magazine, have produced a list of funding that can help social enterprises and other social sector organisations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – either those directly tackling its effects or those working in unrelated fields but needing extra support to continue delivering their services.


The Directory of Social Change has called for charity organisations to complete a survey on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting them.

The survey was used to petition the Treasury who so far have refused to acknowledge that charities are in serious trouble as a result of the current Coronavirus pandemic.


Henshaws would like to better understand the needs of visually impaired people during this pandemic. 

As a sight loss charity Henshaws want to understand how the current Covid-19 situation is affecting visually impaired people so that they are able to direct their support to where it is needed most and so they can understand the type of support that would really help visually impaired people at this difficult time.


Gareth Malone announces a new initiative to bring together both amateur and professional performers around the country as we experience day to day 'social distancing'.

The Great British Home Chorus aims to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voices and instruments to an ambitious digital music project conceived in the light of many closures to communal reshearsal spaces nationwide. 


Action for happiness have published their Active Coping Calendar for April.

The positive planner contains 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other.

Actions include writing down things you are grateful for, staying hydrated and rediscovering forgotten favourites.


Spirit of Salford Network partners have developed a brand new service to support isolated and lonely residents during the coronavirus response. 

If you or someone you know would benefit from regular ‘chat and check’ calls contact the Spirit of Salford Helpline on 0800 952 1000 or fill out an online form here.


Gaddum have released information for their clients on accessing their services. 

We are continuing to offer advocacy, carers support and therapy services across Greater Manchester. All our buildings are now closed in line with Government Guidance, and all our teams are all currently based off site, and are social distancing. 

For the foreseeable future following Government advice, we are working under the following measures:


The Get Creative steering group members have made the responsible decision to end promotion of the Get Creative Festival which was due to take place from the 9th to 17th May 2020.


Wednesday 22nd April, 6pm to 9pm

Lots of charities are turning to tech so they can continue to support people and work remotely in the current climate.

A digital trustee could help you with finding the right digital solutions for your organisation, team and the people you support.


An update from the Home Office in regards to the EU Settlement Scheme Applications 


EU Settlement Scheme Applications: Important Message About COVID-19

The EU Settlement Scheme continues to perform well and more than 3 million have already been granted status with more than a year left to go until the deadline for applications.


The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Understandably, CICs are concerned about the business and community impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Regulator’s approach to registration and regulation will be as flexible and pragmatic as possible during this period.


Open Awards are officially recognising the amazing volunteering being done to support communities in these difficult times.

If you’re a charity coordinating volunteers, a business with staff who are volunteering or know someone doing something great as part of the #Bekind #Keepsafe movement they would love to hear from you.


Resources to support families / carers of people with learning disabilities through the Coronavirus restrictions 

The Learning Disabilities Professional Senate has put together this collection of resources that may be useful to support families/ carers  of people with learning disabilities during the coronavirus restrictions. 


Connected while Isolated: Staying Engaged with the LGBTQ+ Community While Practicing Social Distancing.

The world is a bit extra scary and confusing lately, and it can be really overwhelming while we’re all dealing with coronavirus. One of the ways many people are trying to help with the situation is by self-isolating, or practising social distancing, by staying at home and not going to usual events, groups or other outings in public spaces.


Salford Women's Aid have updated their operational procedures in light of Covid-19.  

Please see below for details of the Salford Independent Domestic Abuse Support Service (SIDASS) Operational procedure:

SIDASS will continue to provide the same advice and advocacy service. However, in light of the coronavirus pandemic we will be offering telephone support only.


Cavell Nurses' Trust

During this difficult time our thoughts are with those nursing and midwifery professionals who are under more strain than normal to deliver care during the coronavirus crisis. The effects of the illness and restrictions to stop its spread are already making a huge impact on the lives of staff.


Support for people that are self- isolating

Prepay  electricity Metres for residents self-isolating. residents can Phone the below numbers if they have a prepay meter. They should say that they are self-isolating and they can be sent out 2 weeks’ worth of gas / electricity or if people have a smart meter they can be topped up.

The numbers to call are :


The Care Workers Charity supports the basic welfare of current and former retired care workers.

As a vulnerable workforce, when life takes a turn for the worse, the Care Workers Charity can provide financial support and guidance to overcome inevitable challenges.


Asda donates £5 million to food banks and community charities as well as extending accessible hours for NHS workers and offering additional support to colleagues.  

Asda has announced it will be donating £5 million to its partners FareShare and the Trussell Trust to help the country’s most vulnerable people through COVID-19.


In reponse to COVID-19 Early Break are now offering support to young people affected by parental drug and alcohol misure and/or parental imprisonment. 

As part of their family services they are offering support to children and young people who are being affected by a parent's drug or alcohol misuew. 


An announcement from GMCA in regards to Greater Manchester Household recycling centres 

Following the Prime Minister’s briefing on Monday 23rd March, GMCA has closed all 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across Greater Manchester with immediate effect. The government guidance is clear that everyone should stay at home except for basic necessities such as food shopping, collecting medication and daily exercise.


For those who are digitally and socially excluded, this is an especially worrying time.

Those who cannot get online are unable to access critical services like finding up-to-date and accurate information, accessing health advice and buying essentials.

If you are looking to deliver your services in a digital way, your service users who aren't online will also miss out on accessing your adapted service.