Coronavirus (Covid-19): 1 April update

Hello everyone

It’s a new month, so we’re starting this update with a link to the latest Action for Happiness calendar, updated for the current environment. It’s lovely and brightly coloured, and comes in other languages too!

The beady eyed amongst you spotted that the link to the Alpkit Foundation in yesterday’s update wasn’t working, so here it is again

Take care, with all the best from the Community Works Team

Latest Government update
West Sussex County Council update | Volunteering
Adur and Worthing Council update | Coronavirus COVID-19: Community support | Volunteering
Brighton and Hove City Council update | Latest city briefing | Volunteering

Sport and Physical Activity

  • Sport England: We’re making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.


  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock has written a letter that gives local authorities the ability to fund the community and voluntary sector, following Cabinet direction to public bodies to continue paying suppliers during the current crisis.
  • National Lottery: Ensuring the people and organisations in the cultural sector are supported during the Covid-19 crisis is now our number one priority. We’re making £160 million of emergency funding available for individuals and organisations who will need it during this crisis.


  • New digital get-together this Thursday 2 April, 8.30-9.30am, to share experiences, ask questions and find out where to get support from our local community, this week focusing on ‘remote working’. Get advice from local digital specialists who support charities, from ‘how to use Zoom to run meetings’ to ‘how to communicate with teams through instant messaging’. With Ellie Hale from CAST and Jo Walters from 25 DotsSign up here.


  • An open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer seeking relaxation of restrictions for furloughed charity workers so they may choose to volunteer for their charity and continue providing access to vital services where it is safe to do so.
  • ACAS has published a recording of its Coronavirus advisory webinar for employers, which includes: steps that can help reduce the spread of the virus; effective ways of communicating with employees; self-isolating, time off, sickness certification and sick pay; altering working hours, shift patterns and working arrangements; remote working and the use of technology.




Older people, care workers, families and volunteers

  • There is a WHO Europe virtual briefing via WHO’s Facebook page on Thursday 2 April 11am on how to protect older people during the COVID 19 pandemic and the support needed for care workers, families and volunteers.


  • We have had a few companies get in touch with us offering their staff as volunteers. We’ll be working with them to identify any skills based opportunities they might have so do get in touch if you think this would be helpful to you
  • To support you with getting out the safeguarding message to volunteers Waltham Forest have made a short 3 minute video for volunteers about safeguarding. It gives a simple message of: if you see something say something; that as volunteers you have a safeguarding role; flags that some people may volunteer for the wrong reason; and tells volunteers we want them to be safe too.

Young People

  • AudioActive are asking for young people to take part in their survey to find out how to meet their needs online during lockdown.


  • The UK Government has said that  from 6 April there no longer needs to be a signature from a health professional on Healthy Start Voucher applications.
  • Brighton and Hove Food Partnership report that local families miss out on thousands of pounds in unclaimed healthy food vouchers.

Service Updates

  • Reaching Families
    The Worthing-based charity has updated its services for parents with children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), including virtual support.
  • LGBT Switchboard
    Covid-19 Newsletter with updates on their Older People’s Project, Grief Encounters group, Disability Group, Rainbow Cafe and Trans Link social prescribing.
  • Acorn Pregnancy Counselling Centre
    Acorn is still open. We are offering telephone counselling. Please call us on 01903 823893 (leave a message) or email if you need our services.


  • HACT: A free data download to help you prioritise and identify at-risk groups, vulnerable groups and keyworkers in your local area.

With best wishes

Community Works team

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

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