National Updates

New government guidance and updates to existing ones

Courses and learning



  • Voluntary Action Sheffield have produced an easy to read breakdown of the range of options and systems for people who want to volunteer to help during the covid-19 epidemic, which applies across the country.

Cyber security

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Adur & Worthing and Brighton & Hove Updates


Local Infection Rate: There are now 213 confirmed cases as of 14 April within Brighton & Hove, 351 in East Sussex and 398 in West Sussex. These figures should be viewed with caution as there is no testing being undertaken until people are ill and in hospital.

Community Works call for action

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Recording the need for PPE Equipment in the areas we cover is being centrally coordinated so that we can ensure we're providing the right information. Please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know:
    • If you are providing a service to the public which requires PPE in line with current guidance
    • Details of the service provide and the staff/vols roles using PPE equipment
    • Information on whether you have your own stocks of PPE
    • If there is a need for PPE equipment for your organisation what is the level of need?
    • This information may help us better describe the need for PPE equipment across the sector and ensure it is fed into wider planning around supply of PPE to keep residents safe.

Social media

Call for good news stories

  • You’re all doing such amazing work to keep our local areas functioning during times of crisis. Please, share your good news stories with us so we can help spread some positivity! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tag us on social media as above. Thank you!


  • Platf9rm Event: Thriving Through Crisis, 15 April. This event is for both businesses as well as charities and social enterprises. Please share. It's free and will be held over Zoom.



Learning Disability

  • Organisations working to support parent carers across Sussex, including Amaze, have written to the Chief of Sussex Police to ask that officers consider and follow  guidance on exercise for children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) during lock-down. They have also produced a letter for parents to carry around to clarify the circumstances under which they can spend more time in the fresh air.

Members’ and other services updates

  • Sage Holistic would like to share with you their FREE Wellbeing Booklet. These are easy to do self-care routines to do at home to improve both mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Adur & Worthing Updates

Improving mental health services in West Sussex - UPDATE from West Sussex County Council (excerpt):

  • We wanted to take the opportunity to inform everyone who participated in our public consultation (on proposals to improve mental health services in West Sussex) about the current position. Unfortunately, in this unprecedented time of change and uncertainty because of the COVID-19 crisis, we have made the decision to put this work on hold for three months so that we can focus on safely delivering healthcare to the population.
  • The decision will be reviewed at the end of June and when the Covid-19 crisis eases, we will continue with relevant processes with the intention of implementing our plans, later in the year, subject to the proposals being approved. We will update you as soon as we can. Thank you again for taking part in the public consultation and for your understanding in these challenging times.

Brighton & Hove Updates


  • Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) have recently arranged for first half year grant payments to be made to organisations in receipt of  grants from their Third Sector funding programme and expect the payments to be in your bank accounts shortly. BHCC is carefully monitoring these payments and is asking that all recipients notify the council when the grant payments have been received.



  • Brighton Therapy Centre would like you to know that they remain open for online therapy with a wide range of therapies available on a sliding scale from £18 per session. 


Please see our Coronavirus Covid-19: Latest information and what you can do hub page for more information.

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