Please CLICK HERE to read the update, which includes information on the support available for self-isolating and vulnerable individuals and how we are supporting the local community response.
What a strange and rather hectic few weeks this has been – thank you to our fab community for all your help and continuing support! Have a good Easter and enjoy the bank holiday weekend everyone. Remember – stay home and stay safe.
Stronger South Derbyshire – Small Grants for Community Support during CV19
We know this is a particularly difficult time for your group or organisation and that you’ll be facing even more challenges than usual. We also know that relatively small amounts of money can go a long way in the right hands and that’s why we’re making our small grants application process even more accessible.
Like all funders, we have a limit to the grant resources available but we want to ensure that local groups and community organisations closest to their communities in South Derbyshire have access to additional funds during this crisis especially where it can really make a difference.
Applications are currently being sought from groups based and operating in South Derbyshire for sums of up to £500. This could be used to help people in practical ways, or provide emotional support, or helping people stay connected, or finding new ways to support your beneficiaries during this difficult time. We don’t want to be too prescriptive about the way the money is used but we do want to be able to understand how your beneficiaries will be helped during the CV19 crisis.
The following are not eligible for funding:
- We can’t pay grants directly into the accounts of individuals, or groups of individuals who have come together recently to provide informal support services to their communities, who don’t have a constitution and bank account. If you are an informal group like this please talk to us before making an application. We may be able to support you by holding the grant your behalf and making payments when you provide receipts or invoices.
- Only one application may be submitted per organisation.
- Funds to make grants or financial donations to other organisations or to individuals.
- Organisations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or other unlawful basis.
- Organisations that are religious charities whose activities only promote the furtherance of their religion or only benefit their own religious members.
- Organisations that are political parties or campaigns.
This unrestricted funding can be used for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. Applicants must be able to describe how the grant will improve the situation for their organisation and community.
We intend to review applications on a continuing basis until the fund has been fully dispersed. We will email you to let you know whether we can offer a grant or not as swiftly as possible. If your organisation is not a registered charity, it is possible that we will need to make further checks on your organisation, and if so, it may take slightly longer.
If you would like to apply please email email@example.com for an application form. Applications may be shared with other donors and funders who are approaching us offering support. We will also keep you informed of any other grants you might want to apply for.
Finally, we want to thank you for all the amazing work that you are doing in your community in this time of crisis. It’s greatly appreciated.
Other COVID 19 Funding
For other available COVID-19 funding, please see the Funding page https://strongersouthderbyshire.org/funding-for-groups/, which we will continue to update as we receive more information.
To all new and existing groups that have registered with us to help communities in need in South Derbyshire at this time – thankyou!! We have emailed out some information and advice to you today – please check your inboxes.
How are we all doing?
Hard to believe how much has changed in the last few weeks. Like all of you, we at CVS have been working out how we can best support vulnerable people through the current crisis, at a time when we are having to work in new and different ways.
If you as local groups and coordinators, need information or guidance – or if you’re just feeling a bit overwhelmed and want to talk to someone – get in touch and we will try our best to help and support you. We may not always have the answers to questions, but we will try to find out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derbyshire Community Response Unit
You can now refer any new requests for help to the Derbyshire Community Response Unit. Details of how to do this are on the Need Help page: https://strongersouthderbyshire.org/need-help/.
It makes sense for all requests for help to go through the CRU, so that all those in need are registered in one place and dealt with consistently. CRU will check eligibility and then share details of anyone eligible who needs community level support to CVS.
How do we operate safely?
Lots of challenges and questions as social distancing measures mean we can’t operate in the usual way. CVS is part of a national network, NAVCA, and our colleagues all over the country are sharing resources and guidance to groups responding to the crisis. For example, guidance on how to set up informal support groups safely, recruit and screen new volunteers, handle money safely, or deliver services in ways that minimise the risk of spreading the virus. There are also online training materials and guidelines that you can use to prepare your volunteers. We are gradually adding these to Resources page: https://strongersouthderbyshire.org/resources-for-groups/.
More general links to NHS, national and local government advice and guidance can be found on the Useful Links page: https://strongersouthderbyshire.org/useful-links/.
Age UK Derby and Derbyshire have launched their Coronavirus Letter Friends Appeal, asking people to write a letter to an anonymous older person isolated at home. People can send their letters to Age UK who then distribute them. The aim is to ensure older people feel valued and in contact with the outside world and to give them a boost by receiving a letter in the post. For more information on how to take part, download the document below:
Update 6/4/2020: Thank you to all who applied for the Volunteer Coordinator position, we will be in touch very soon.
We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to help us get through the current crisis and beyond. To help us recruit, prepare and support a team of volunteers who will respond quickly and provide emotional and practical support to isolated and vulnerable people in the South Derbyshire community.
We need an experienced volunteer manager who can hit the ground running, work on their own initiative and deal with the challenges presented by the current situation, and with experience of working with vulnerable people. Ideally available immediately, and with an up to date Enhanced DBS check. The post is full time, funded for 1 year but we would be willing to consider a short term appointment or secondment, and flexibility as regards hours, for the right candidate.
Salary £23,836 pro rata – home based while current restrictions are in place.
To apply: Send a CV and personal statement explaining how you meet the criteria above by email to email@example.com For an informal conversation about the post contact Kerrie Fletcher, CEO via the email address above.
It’s fantastic that so many people are offering to help during COVID-19. However, volunteers need to protect themselves as well as the people they are helping.
With this is mind, South Derbyshire CVS has collated some short video guides offering practical information on how to keep volunteers and the people they are supporting safe. Subjects include Volunteering During COVID-19 and Safeguarding.
Whether you are a formal organisation working with volunteers supporting older or vulnerable people by carrying out roles such as shopping, collecting prescriptions and telephone befriending, or one of the many Facebook groups being set up for grassroots neighbourhood and community support, please feel free to use and share these videos.
Watch the videos here: https://strongersouthderbyshire.org/resources-for-groups/.
The following guidelines offer further information about how to keep yourself and others safe when providing support to vulnerable people:
- Guidance and check list for groups organising support (produced by Voluntary Support N Somerset): https://voluntarysupport.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-volunteer-groups/
- Guidance on informal good neighbour activity (produced by Voluntary Action Leeds): https://doinggoodleeds.org.uk/assets/files/Neighbour%20Pack%20Final.pdf
- Coronavirus: How to Help Safely (Government guidance on how people providing help to vulnerable individuals in the community can do this safely): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely–2
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognise that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for some people. The Team is committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship.
The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. They encourage not only victims but friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks.
For more information visit: https://www.stoploansharks.co.uk/.
Stop Loan Sharks partners Citizens Advice, Money Advice Service and Stepchange also have information available to help people whose finances have been affected by the current situation:
- Citizens Advice: Coronavirus – what it means for you
- Money Advice Service: Coronavirus – what it means for you and what you’re entitled to
- Stepchange: Coronavirus and your finances.
Active Derbyshire has created an Active at Home webpage to help provide individuals with tools and ideas about what they can be doing to stay active: https://www.activederbyshire.org.uk/active-at-home.
Sport England has launched its ‘Join the Movement’ campaign, which gives people ideas on how to get active at home. At the campaign’s website Stayinworkout.org you’ll find a range of home workout options – including existing free exercise content and advice from organisations such as the NHS, and workouts from popular fitness brands and influencers. You can also share images of the creative ways you’re getting active at home using the tag #StayInWorkOut.
Those with a medical condition that makes them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus can register with the Government for help and support. For example, they can ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. Anyone who is not sure whether their medical condition makes them extremely vulnerable, is advised by the government to register anyway. People can register themselves, or on behalf of someone else.
To register go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable.