Support for re-opening the sector

As the country emerges from lockdown, and services begin to move out of ‘crisis mode’, the voluntary sector is considering how to resume face-to-face working, reopen buildings, and restart services which had been put on hold.

Funding

We have collated various funding resources on one page, as well as linking to other news items around funding.

We have also created an extensive list of funding sources FOR INDIVIDUALS, that organisations can apply to , or the people themselves, if they are facing hardship.

 

Support to keep your organisation running

NCVO seminars and other support

The NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) has put together a raft of useful advice, and is hosting seminars around reopening and adapting services.

The NCVO has been collating quantities of useful information for third sector organisations during the pandemic.  Included in this list are government-based and independent funding resources.

Their guidance pages have been updated (24 June) including around the latest guidance:

Contingency planning and financial implications

Supporting staff, volunteers and beneficiaries to stay safe

They also have a series of webinars, and if you’ve missed them live, you can catch the recordings.

 

Cornwall Council has put together a Business Recovery Guide 

Cornwall Council has introduced a guide for businesses to help ensure they reopen safely and trade in a responsible manner to minimise the risks from COVID19.
The guide covers the following:

  • Working Safely – Coronavirus
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Food Safety (Reopening safely)
  • Structure and maintenance
  • Health and Safety (things to think about prior to reopening)
  • Fire Safety

The guide is appropriate for all small to medium sized businesses including the leisure, office, care and retail sectors. As guidance changes it will be constantly updated so keep checking back for changes and updates.

They have also put together some webinars.  For more information see the Business Regulatory Support pages.

 

Cornwall Growth Hub

For specific business-related advice, including around the Business Support Grants, see Cornwall Growth Hub.  They cannot overturn decisions on grant awards, but may be able to help organisations find grants for which they do qualify, or make suggestions around meeting eligibility criteria.

 

Risk Assessments

We have been collecting Risk Assessment forms from organisations which have created them, and are happy to share them with others in the sector, so that we can all begin to plan our futures.

So far, we have the following to share (with thanks to those organisations):

BF Adventure  – BF Adventure Covid-19 Risk Assesment V2Covidsafe @ BF Adventure , V6 – BF Adventure – Coronavirus Management

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for ChangeGeneric Risk Assessment Projects and staff

 

Furloughed staff?

If you are preparing to bring furloughed staff back to work, Select (Scotland’s trade association for the electrical industry!) has prepared some template letters that might be useful.  You can find them on the Select website.

 

Relaxation of the rules on insolvency

The Government has passed emergency legislation designed to protect charities and private businesses from becoming insolvent.  Find out more here.  

 

Training

If your staff or volunteers need more skills to help them carry out their work, we are now publishing a list of training courses and other events, several times a week. There will also be training courses for people you are working with as well.

 

Reopening advice

Village Halls reopening

CRCC is working with ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) to promote their guidance around reopening village halls.  See our news item on this for more details. This page will be updated as new information is released – it contains info around risk assessments, and ensuring that there is no risk of Legionella from water systems left untouched for months. If you are re-opening your venue, let us know, so that we can promote it for you.

Our directory of newly opened village halls and community venues is here.

 

Guidance for services that work with educational settings

Cornwall Council has published guidance for services which work with educational settings, which you can read here: Guidance for services that work with educational settings.

 

Coping, as people!

There are some great mental health resources on the Cornwall Council website – Five Ways to Wellbeing offer a host of tips and advice on nourishing and protecting our mental health, with specialised information on:

  • Connecting with others
  • Being active
  • Continuing to learn
  • Supporting others
  • Taking notice of your environment

 

It’s also important to take the time to relax, eat well, stay hydrated and maintain healthy and active lifestyles that include good quality regular sleeping patterns. Find out more on the Every Mind Matters web pages.

We have also compiled a list of organisations that have open spaces, or resources around the outdoors, nature and the environment, to help improve mental health as well as caring for and appreciating the beautiful place we live in. We will be delighted to add other organisations to this list, as places open up – please let us know. comms@cornwallvsf.org