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 – 3rd July 2020
Includes:
– 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
Includes:
– 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
Includes:
– 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
Includes:
– 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
Includes:
– 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
Includes:
– 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
Includes:
– 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
Includes:
– 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
Includes:
-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
Includes:
– 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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