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.
ERVAS Launch War On Scams – Information Hub
We have now launched our War On Scams – Information Hub, it’s full of everything you need to know about how to keep yourself, friends and family safe from fraudsters and where to report an incident.
Next week we will also share information on a different campaign aimed to tackle loan sharks and doorstep lenders. This will be sent out in a special bulletin, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.
Appeal for Personal Protective Equipment in Hull
Hull City Council is seeking to form a pool of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that can be accessed by front line staff from a range of organisations, to be co-ordinated through the Local Resilience Forum and Incident Room.
If you have any PPE that you can offer (gloves, aprons, masks, goggles etc) please let Sharon know as soon as possible on Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org, with details of what you can offer to the equipment pool and your contact details so we can arrange to collect the items from yourself.
Similarly, if you are in need of, or expect to be in need of PPE please get in touch detailing why you need this equipment.
COVID-19 Social Study – how loneliness, social isolation and physical distancing are affecting our mental health
The Behavioural Science and Health academic research team at University College London are recruiting as many people, across as diverse a spectrum as possible, to take part in a study into how loneliness, social isolation and physical distancing are affecting our mental health.
The study is open to all adults in the UK and involves answering a 15-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter 10-minute follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.
COVID-19: Can Charities Access the Job Retention Scheme?
While some charities are likely to be even more stretched than usual during this period, that does not necessarily mean that they won’t need to consider making staffing changes where the type and balance of staff isn’t making best use of resources. The job retention scheme is designed to minimise redundancies due to the coronavirus crisis by providing grants to cover the cost of wages. But updated government guidance released at the end of March and updated on 4 April indicates that some charities may not be eligible for the new scheme.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant holders
The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant holders are charities, community organisations and social enterprises which receive public funding to deliver policy outcomes, which are set out by each grant holder in their application. The government has confirmed that The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant holders are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
Beverley Puppet Festival adapts to the Coronavirus outbreak by promising two months of puppetry online
Beverley Puppet Festival returns this year for its 9th edition, but not as you know it. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the usual format of indoor and outdoor performances across the town will sadly not be possible. To avoid cancellation, pay artists and make sure that audiences still get their dose of high-quality puppet theatre for 2020, the Festival will now take place solely online between May and July.
Government has announced a whole host of financial support measures to help businesses throughout this uncertain time. We have pulled together all these resources into one location for you. We hope that you do find this information and the support packages helpful.
Weekly bulletin – Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership
In this week’s blog,Professor Stephen Eames, Independent Chair and System Lead for Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, writes:“We have seen rapid and significant transformation in the way we deliver health and care services in a matter of weeks. Sustaining the positive changes is a challenge for both now and the future.”Read more
Association of Chairs – Coronavirus resources page
The situation is rapidly changing, and it can be difficult to keep up. We have a dedicated coronavirus resource page which we regularly update with key information that is particularly useful for Chairs. Please let us know if there is information you think we can helpfully add. Read the coronavirus resource page.
Charity Commission updated guidance
On Tuesday the Charity Commission released new Guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The East Riding of Yorkshire CCG have shared some of the digital materials issued nationally to support advice around the coronavirus pandemic. They would like it, if you haven’t already and are able to do so, to share these with your networks and support the key messages on social media.
Eligibility checklist for government business support NAVCA has shared a checklist that offers an at-a-glance view of which type of businesses and organisations can qualify for the different support measures offered by the government throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
How to get started with digital fundraising platforms Charity Digital has published an article on digital fundraising platforms to support charities and organisations that are facing reduced fundraising streams due to social distancing and the coronavirus pandemic. The article highlights how digital platforms can be good options to quickly and effectively take donations.
Free webinar: tools and technology that can make your charity accessible Charity Digital is hosting a free webinar with representatives from Microsoft, to share how you can use various tools in your organisation and why implementing this technology and building an accessibility strategy into your business is essential.