To keep you updated with the latest developments regarding Covid-19 we have started to populate our online page with all the information you may need. This is available on our website at https://ervas.org.uk/coronavirus/.
This email contains just some of the updates we have seen this week.
Humber Coronavirus Community Support Hub
A new ‘Coronavirus Community Support’ hub has been created by the Humber LEP to help match the growing number of requests being made for businesses to help, and the offers of support coming in from the region’s businesses.
The website lists details of the support being requested by public sector and community organisations involved in the coronavirus response. Requests include a call for businesses prepared to donate surplus stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) or hand sanitiser, as many have done already, and an invitation for those interested in converting existing production lines to manufacture the products to get in touch.
Current requests include:
Bottles for hand sanitiser
Storage and logistics
Surplus food and groceries
Meanwhile, with most traditional networking opportunities closed off, the Humber LEP is working with business membership and support organisations across the Humber to build up a database of business volunteers who are willing to help local firms.
Business leaders who think they may be able to help by offering a little bit of their time for an informal conversation with another business are asked to register their interest on the website.
We have been asked by NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) and NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) to understand the local voluntary sector response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
We recognise that everyone is extremely busy at this current time, however your response will help us to identify any areas of unmet need and enable us to work with statutory and voluntary sector services to ensure wherever possible that need is met.
Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.
Friends Against Scams has issued guidance on the particular types of scams related to COVID-19 that have been identified. These include doorstep crime, online scams, refund scams, counterfeit goods plus several more.
Question topics include employment, property and commercial issues, and answers correct at time of publication.
Furlough Guidance Updated
Late on Thursday 9 April 2020, the government released the third version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance. Here are Martin Cheyne's first impressions of the update:
There are some major changes in this update, one of the biggest is the removal of redundancy as a criteria for shielded employees to be eligible for furlough.
It is now possible to switch between furlough and SSP (but why would the employee report sick and get the lower SSP?).
The guidance now accommodates work visas.
Although employees can be furloughed and work for another employer, the employers cannot be linked or associated.
The guidance now confirms, importantly, that furlough does apply to staff TUPE transferred after 28 February 2020.
There is still no express clarification to the annual leave conundrum: whether employees can be required to take leave when furloughed.
Fitmums & Friends have launched the 'Stay at home mile’ – a new idea to help keep people moving at a time when being confined and isolated may strongly limit ability and desire to be active.
They are encouraging people to run or walk at least a mile a day, in whatever space they have – it is even possible to run or walk a mile on the spot! A mile is about 2,000 steps. If people prefer, they can break this up and do, for example, 500 steps four times a day. This way the challenge also works for children, while older people can do arm chair walking on the spot.
To track completed miles, participants colour in a segment on a rainbow chart. Within a month, they will have a beautiful coloured rainbow, which can also be displayed in a window to show support for our amazing NHS and key workers.
More information and the rainbow chart can be found on the Fitmums website.
Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Community Fund
Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support communities in need. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency Groundwork have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds to people in need quickly.
East Yorkshire Help Group Goes Virtual in Lockdown
The East Yorkshire-based support group, Talking About Loss (TAL), is offering people a digital helping hand if they have been affected by the demands of the Coronavirus lockdown.
The group will be holding two virtual wellbeing socials using the Zoom platform. These will be on Saturday 18th April at 4pm and Sunday 19th April at 7pm. Zoom needs to be downloaded onto participants’ devices, whether a PC, smartphone or tablet. The session should last no more than 40 minutes.