Cornwall VSF and Cornwall Council have been producing weekly updates for the sector around COVID-19, to help keep people informed. Here are the previous editions:

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 10 November 2020

  • Food poverty
  • Funding for community food groups
  • Funding opportunities
  • Business support webinars
  • Updated COVID-19 information packs
  • Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable residents
  • People facing financial hardship
  • Fuel poverty
  • Emergency accommodation for rough sleepers
  • Mental health support
  • 111 service
  • Get active in lockdown
  • Call for more social care and health workers
  • Budget consultation
  • Successful projects announced for suicide prevention innovation grants
  • New role dedicated to help improve the lives of BAME communities

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 29 September 2020

  • Representing the sector to contribute to a national report
  • Job Support Scheme replaces the furlough scheme
  • People facing financial hardship
  • Redundancy Support Task Force
  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs – what you can and can’t do
  • QR posters
  • The new NHS Test and Trace app
  • Coronavirus tests
  • Self-isolation support package
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Cornwall residents urged to have their say on Cornwall Council’s budget
  • Funding opportunities
  • Updated Bounce back to business guide and checklist
  • COVID-19 data

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 4 September 2020

  • Returning to school and university
  • Furlough scheme and redundancies
  • Money to help low income people self-isolate
  • Low income families in a worse financial position due to pandemic
  • Funding for organisations
  • Government’s Kickstart scheme for jobs could help the sector
  • Coronavirus tests
  • COVID-19 data
  • Virtual events to target suicide rate in Cornwall
  • Surge in domestic abuse during lockdown
  • Families bereaved by coronavirus lose welfare benefits eligibility
  • Homelessness and digital inclusion
  • Call to extend support for prison leavers
  • Car sharing advice during the pandemic
  • School transport arrangements
  • The Cornish Shuffle

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 21st August 2020

  • Rebuilding the sector
  • Funding opportunities
  • Join the next The Cornwall We Want event – The new normal
  • Face mask exemptions, including rape survivors
  • Mental health
  • Preventing exploitation of children and young adults
  • Surf therapy offered to children in Cornwall
  • Key worker sailing adventure
  • Criminal justice sector news

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 7th August 2020

  • Bigger picture – the Alliance structure
  • Mental wellbeing in the voluntary sector
  • Funding opportunities
  • Support for those emerging from shielding
  • The Cornwall we Want
  • Young people- moving to new schools and their experiences of healthcare

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 24th July 2020

  • Funding for apprenticeships
  • Funding
  • Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund
  • A fair and just future
  • Domestic abuse
  • Tiny Happy People
  • Free school meals
  • Renters urged to get in contact now if worried about losing their home
  • Face coverings
  • Reopening village halls and community centres
  • Mind survey
  • Carbon Neutral Cornwall Hive
  • Recovery Advice for Business scheme
  • Keep it Cornish
  • Reopening of leisure centres

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 10th July 2020  From this week, the newsletter will be fortnightly, all being well.  The next edition is planned for 24 July.

  • The Cornwall We Want live-streamed event
  • Funding
  • Apply now for funding for projects that support suicide prevention
  • Online funding bid writing course
  • Registering for supermarket priority deliveries for the shielded
  • Mental health wallet card
  • Think 111 – making the right choice for healthcare
  • Help Us Help You survey from NHS England
  • StreetLink
  • Cornwall Council Annual Report
  • Campaigns around rebuilding Britain
  • Newsletters

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 3rd July 2020
– The great Cornish outdoors
– More funding sources for organisations
– Relaxation in rules around charities and insolvency
– Hardship funds for individuals and families
– Training for voluntary organisations
– Community centres and village halls reopening
– Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Outbreak Management Plan
– Reintroduction of benefit sanctions
– Have your say on Cornwall Carers Strategy
– What you can and can’t do after 4 July

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 26th June 2020
– The Cornwall We Want
– Funding opportunities and data sources
– Opportunity for organisations which work with children and young people
– Cash for communities to kickstart low carbon projects
– Changes for those shielding from coronavirus
– New tool to support young people online
– Debt collection for utilities and bills
– Village halls reopening
– Guidance around face masks and people with disabilities


Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 19th June 2020
– Survey findings
– Equipping for recovery
– National Refugee Week (15-21 June)
– New funding resources listed on the Cornwall VSF website
– Coast to Coast Local Action Group – new call launched
– Funding opportunities
– Adult social care charging consultation
– Resources and information to protect against scams
– Rural resilience in the face of crisis


Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 12th June 2020
– Numbers of unpaid carers in Cornwall
– VCSE sector survey
– Voluntary, community and social enterprise support
– Initial analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on financial precarity
– £6m funding for rough sleepers charities
– £2m funding for domestic abuse charities
– Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: people receiving direct payments
– Speak Out campaign – Stop child sexual abuse
– Face coverings on public transport

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 5th June 2020
– Foodbanks
– Volunteer Cornwall film
– Opportunities for young people to volunteer
– Training for trustees and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) staff
– Online COVID-19 Voluntary Sector Survey
– Cornwall Scrubs
– Healthwatch Cornwall launches Cornwall Coronavirus Survey
– Don’t burst my bubble

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 29th May 2020
– Volunteers Week
– Loneliness COVID-19 Grant Fund
– Citizens Advice £15m funding boost
– Temporary accommodation for Cornish care workers
– Concerns over vulnerable children during lockdown
– Guidance for reopening village halls which provide pre-school or nursery facilities
– Coronavirus testing
– NHS Test and Trace service

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 22nd May 2020
– VCSE COVID-19 Social Impact Survey
– VCSE Emergency Response Alliance (VERA)
– Local VCSE community provision
– New National Lottery funding available
– Discretionary support fund for small businesses in Cornwall goes live – some charities can apply too
– £2m fund for domestic abuse charities
– Funding available for veterans charities
– Nominate someone who is responding to coronavirus for a national honour
– Mental health information for children and young people

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 15th May 2020
– VCSE COVID-19 social impact survey
– VERA and VCSE organisations coming together
– Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy
– £10m for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities
– £6m emergency funding for frontline homelessness charitable organisations
– Mental Health Awareness Week in Cornwall 18-24 May
– Adult social care COVID-19 key support links
– Technical help and support for VCSE organisations during COVID-19

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 7th May 2020
-Working in a new normal
-New 24/7 NHS Mental Health telephone support
-Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan will now all charities to benefit
-Un-constituted groups can apply to Cornwall Community Foundation Emergency Fund
– NCVO guidance on managing volunteers during Covid-19

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 1st May 2020
– Mental Health and Bereavement Care
– Community Response Hubs
– Business Support Grants, some charities can claim them too
– Extra funding fir volunteers supporting communities during the crisis
– Covid-19 testing facilities for key workers in Cornwall
– Free communications support for not-for-profit health organisations

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 24th April 2020 

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 17th April 2020 

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 9th April 2020 

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 3rd April 2020

Voluntary and Community Sector Covid-19 Update – 26th March 2020

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