New government guidance and updates to existing ones

 

 

General organisation support

  • Check a blog on Worker Wellbeing written by the National Frontline Network team.
  • Q&A webinar with Croner HR on Thursday 9 April. They'll cover HR, health & safety and tax matters. Add 'NCVO' in the membership association box when you register
  • Croner’s free HR helpline is now available for all voluntary sector organisations. Call 0844 561 8133 and state the name of your organisation.
  • Covid-19 Frontline Worker Support Forum. This is a space dedicated to sharing frontline worker information, guidance and solutions relating to COVID-19.
  • New legislation and changes to existing employment regulations come into effect from 6 April 2020. This includes changes to agency worker rights, holiday pay calculations, ICE regulations, parental bereavement leave and requirements for written statements of employment.

 

Members’ and other services updates

  • Safety Net are still doing DBS checks. If you have any DBS queries please send them to Ruth: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She checks the inbox each Monday and she would be happy to help go through the changes in DBS systems and anything you may need in these challenging times.

 

Health and Social care

  • Healthwatch Brighton and Hove has published an essential update on health and social care services in Brighton and Hove. This briefing provides information and advice about changes to services such as accessibility, appointment postponements & cancellations, or restrictions.

 

Children and Young People 

  • COVID-19 – an update from the Families, Children & Learning (FCL) directorate for Children, Young People and Skills Committee members

 

Older people

  • A Home Environment Checklist - This tool takes you through, in a structured way, some things that you may or may not have thought of in terms of staying safe at home.
  • Useful contact details - A useful list to put on your fridge or near your telephone as it contains some important contact details you might need to call during this period of isolation.
  • Tips to keep in mind if you are diabetic.
  • Tips and hints about eating the right things and not getting into bad habits while you are in isolation.

 

Vulnerable people

  • Refer a vulnerable person for council support: If you think someone in your community or group needs some additional support during lockdown, you can refer them to Adur and Worthing  or Brighton and Hove council for support - they will be given access to a range of projects and organisations as well as potentially linked up with a local volunteer.

 

Homeless people and Rough sleepers

  • Update from Brighton & Hove Rough Sleeping Commissioning team (6th April) “We are moving toward a full care and protect model for all rough sleepers. This will focus on triaging rough sleepers and allocating accommodation by cohort:
  • Symptomatic 
  • asymptomatic/at high risk of harm if they develop COVID-19
  • asymptomatic/at low risk of harm if they develop COVID-19)

Access to triage for rough sleepers is via Streetlink or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once we have addressed the needs of people sleeping rough we will be triaging people in emergency and supported accommodation and where needed placing them in alternative provision. This is not in place yet but I will update you as soon as we are ready to go on this.”

  • COVID-19 Homelessness Response Online Network gives homelessness services a forum to share how they are responding to the COVID-19 crisis locally. Non-members can also join - please request access from this webpage. Once you are logged in, request to join the group and permission will be given automatically.

 

Funding

  • REBOOT and Active Sussex are looking for youth activities to digitalise services via ‘Youtube’ or ‘Instagram’. There is some funding available to help organisations deliver these activities. If you are interested please complete the form by the 9th April.

·         Grants to help with obtaining equipment:

o   Fighting loneliness – Wavelength support organisations who help people who are lonely and isolated, by giving free free TVs, tablets, and radios for clients. This technology is often used in communal spaces or as part of specific projects. Grants available for individual or group requests.

o   Older people – Friends of the Elderly provide grants to help older people get online and stay connected. They can be used towards the cost of equipment such as tablets and smartphones as well as broadband costs. Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0330 332 1110.

o   Get Online at Home is one of the organisations that sell refurbished laptops and PCs to people on benefits. It also serves charities.

 

Food 

  • Community Transport, is about to start a service for anyone in the city who needs food and basic supplies.  Although originally designed for their regulars who can no longer get to the shops, this service is for anyone in the city who needs food and basic supplies
  • Brighton and Hove Food Partnership are constantly updating their website with food providers.

 

Digital

  • Do you need 1-2-1 digital support? Digital Brighton and Hove have volunteer Digital Champions ready to help both local community organisations and service users. Tell them what you need help with, by filling in this “digital matchmaking” form. They’ll then match you up with a helper.
  • In need of tech equipment? Digital Brighton and Hove have joined the #devicesdotnow campaign to help the most vulnerable get online through access to devices, sims, dongles etc. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible if you know someone who needs help and they’ll request a device for them on their behalf.

 

Request for help for yourself or someone else 

  • YMCA DownsLink Group is gathering information for theirs services page from services that offer specific mental health and wellbeing support/treatment to young people aged 4-25 . If your service falls in to this category, please complete this survey - it will also ask you for any service adaptations due to Covid-19. Please also don’t forget to send a copy of your logo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 10 April.

 

Volunteering 

  • An article on ‘NHS Volunteer Responders’
  • Volunteering through the council: Individuals can sign up to volunteer in their neighbourhood through Adur and Worthing Council's online system  (there is space to say availability and skillset - so the level of commitment is up to each volunteer)

 

Training 

  • Getting started with Zoom, Wednesday 8 April.  Join Tom Wright from Action Network to find out how to learn the Zoom basics. No experience necessary. Sign up here
  • AbilityNet Live runs ‘How to Run an Accessible Online Meeting’ webinar on Wednesday 8 April  - supporting disabled people working and studying from homeSign up here  

·         Advice For The Voluntary Sector CIC are running a number of training sessions via Zoom. The sessions are Free to the smaller charities with an annual income of under £150k per annum. They currently have the following sessions available:

o   Trustee Training – Roles and Responsibilities run by Andy Strajnic (AFVS CIC)

o   GDPR Refresher Training run by Andy Strajnic (AFVS CIC)

o   CIC's and Funding Training run by Daryl Martin & Rachel Garnett (AFVS CIC)

For more information see their website.

 

Working from home

  • Think Productive have produced some resources for those working from home which you may find useful. They are also running free webinars, but please be mindful that spaces are limited to 2-3 per organisation due to the huge demand they are experiencing.

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