Coronavirus (Covid-19): 20 March update

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.
During conversations across our systems in Adur and Worthing, some key community needs are emerging, please let us know if you are planning any work relating to these or would like to discuss more: getting patients home from hospital, delivering free school meals to those children unable to leave the house, food bank volunteers needed, food bank donations needed, coordinated support to get people online to access support services now moving online. West Sussex County Council are taking registrations from potential volunteers wanting to support with Covid efforts – people can contact volunteering@westsussex.gov.uk
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
Resources
Service updates from you:
 
  • The Resource Centre – The Resource Centre is still offering printing, information and telephone/online advice services for groups. Their equipment hire and open access front desk services are suspended until at least 31st May. Please contact them on 01273 606160 (10am – 1pm, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri) or info@resourcecentre.org.uk to arrange printing or other support. Check their Facebook (fb.com/ResourceCentreBH), Twitter (@ResourceCtrBH) or website (www.resourcecentre.org.uk) for updates
  • 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. 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 on their website.
  • West Sussex Mind: Groups, drop-in services and in person sessions are all suspended. People can email and will receive a call back.
  • 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
  • SamaritansThe Samaritans are still providing phone and email support, but all the face to face centres have been closed for the foreseeable future.  Call 116123
  • Citizens Advice: people are encouraged to visit the website for self-help information. You can also call 0344 4771171 or use the web chat service online.
  • Grace Eyre: Active Lives day services are closed until at least 30 April 2020. Staff can be contacted on 01273 201909 or activelives@grace-eyre.org
  • Sussex CYP: All youth club activity has been postponed until at least 20th April. Updates will come via social media and their website when services resume.
  • Freedom Powerchairs continues to offer an emergency service throughout Sussex to the disabled and mobility impaired from breakdowns, repairs and ‘get you home’. 0800 0096631 or breakdown@freedompowerchairs.org.uk
  • 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. Call 01273 082105
  • Community Transport Sussex: The team are working remotely, email  to receive a call back for advice and support. The advice service are holding a weekly online drop-in – email to be included
  • 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 their website.
  • 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 continuesIn the meantime, if you are a young person in crisis and need support, please visit their crisis support page on their website for services that can help
  • Survivors’ Network 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

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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