Hello again all
It's been incredible to see how quickly so many of you have moved from needing to curtail face to face and/or group services to working out how you can still support your service users in different and often incredibly innovative ways as well as developing completely new services to meet the current situation. You're all making sure there is still a significant amount of support available for people....and all that while many are also trying to juggle caring responsibilities with work
Latest Government Covid-19 Updates - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Update from BHCC - https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Update from WSCC - https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19/#1
Many of you have been asking about whether or not charities can access the various business support plans being put in place by the government. I'm afraid the answer at the moment is that it is not clear. We are keeping our beady eyes on this and will let you know as soon as possible. What we do know is that the government has indicated that it considers frontline charity workers as key workers, so therefore potentially eligible for support with childcare both during term and holidays. Again, more updates to come on this.
A webinar took place today addressing how charities can deliver services digitally - there are some notes here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pgVtqrjT5DvLzyE1F5oltVFdPXtAdJSPmiNcFYvQzFc/edit
Many organisations are also looking to re-purpose staff and volunteers to help with the Covid efforts - please let us know if this includes you - how many staff or volunteers and any specialist skills, training or DBS checks
We will be holding a virtual Volunteer Coordinator's Forum next week in Adur and Worthing - we will publish the date, time and login details on Monday - we are keen to connect organisations up digitally, understand how you're responding to the current situation, see what support we can offer and share information.
As ever, please keep your registrations on our volunteering portal volunteer.bhcommunityworks.org.uk as up to date as possible
The Charity Excellence Framework have updated their toolkit with risk assessments and planning tools specifically related to Covid-19 https://www.charityexcellence.co.uk/
Service updates from you:
Amaze The Amaz-ing Community Postcard is now live on their website and story on social media. Please help them by sharing it widely across all your contacts https://twitter.com/AmazeSussex/status/1240974328155471873. You could even think about printing it and making it available to your customers and clients
Guildcare: Information on the current services being offered can be found at - guildcare.org
Aspire Sussex: As of 20 March all face to face adult ed services being suspended and Adult Education Centres will be closed to the public
Citizens Advice: people are encouraged to visit citizensadvice.org.uk for self-help information. You can also call 0344 4771171 or use the web chat service online.
Sussex CYP: All youth club activity has been postponed until at least 20th April. Upates will come via social media and their website when services resume.
Safe in Sussex: All community groups have been cancelled, refuge provision continues to operate as usual. Referrals to the outreach support services can continue and people are still being supported, but not face to face. Anyone in immediate danger should dial 999 or contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Voices in Exile: Many of the ViE services are still running - more details on their website voicesinexile.org. Call 01273 082105
Albion in the Community: All activities in the community have been suspended until further notices and they are looking to identify other ways to continue to support their most vulnerable service users. A full statement is at albioninthecommunity.org.uk
Extratime - the core team at extratime are still available via email and their office number 01273 420580
Allsorts Youth Project is working hard and making great steps towards moving our groups, one-to-one emotional support, advocacy services and LGBT+ training & education sessions online to ensure that the vital support we offer continues. In the meantime, if you are a young person in crisis and need support, please visit their crisis support page on our website for services that can help >> bit.ly/AYPCrisis
Survivors' Network https://survivorsnetwork.org.uk/get-help/drop-in/will be suspending all of groups, including the Drop-in groups in Brighton and Eastbourne, all of our workshops, our yoga and our therapeutic groups. They will be running their Helpline three times a week 01273 720110 on Monday 7-9pm; Wednesday 7-9pm; Thursday 7-9pm. They will be offering phone or online appointments instead of face-to-face appointments. This includes Counselling, ISVA and Outreach appointments.
Lifecentre: As of Monday 23 March they are stopping all face-to-face counselling and will instead be offering telephone or online counselling. Their text, online and helpline service are currently operating as normal.
Take care everyone - and don't forget to look after yourselves as well. As they say, you can't pour from an empty cup