The 2021 Census is taking place on 21 March, and local VCSE organisations could have a vital role to play encouraging more people to take part. Find out how here.
Reminder to the VCSE sector to encourage eligible people to apply for the COVID Winter grant – payments must be awarded by 31 March.
Following the Budget on Wednesday, these are the highlights, as far as the VCSE sector is concerned, for us, and the people we support.
The Citizens in Policing Team are now welcoming nominations for the annual Devon and Cornwall Police Volunteer Awards 2021. Do you know a team or group,
Cornwall Council has approved a new charging policy for adult social care, following extensive consultation, for implementation 21 April. Read the key changes here.
Cornwall Council has compiled a long list of their support resources into a single page of links, by topic – a useful page to bookmark for organisations support people in the community.
Don’t let important decisions be made on issues that affect you, without your input. Have your say on the family justice system, keeping children safe in education, National Strategy for Disabled People, rural transport, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and home abortions.
Cornwall Council has launched its Localism Strategy, outlining how the council and its partners can work together. Find out the role that VSF and the VCSE sector plays in this.
A quick round-up of projects and schemes that have been given the go-ahead, or awarded funding lately including workspace centres in Penzance, Liskeard and Hayle, renewables generation and community centre expansion near Truro, and 14 small green schemes across Cornwall.
Cornwall Council is asking the VCSE sector to help identify people who could apply for their Covid Winter Grant, to support those in poverty. Find out how, and who, here. Act Now!
Guidance around bidding for Government contracts, local Additional Restriction grants for businesses which have had to close and fell through the cracks of previous grants schemes, plus consultancy support for BAME organisations.
The Government has published a green paper and other rule changes today that will transform the way public sector work is procured, especially benefitting small businesses and VCSE sector organisations.
Volunteer Cornwall’s Christmas Buddies scheme launches, to tackle loneliness at Christmas, plus Christmas waste & recycling info from the council, and Christmas fire safety.
Make sure the voice of the VCSE sector is heard in consultations on Truro Town Deal, the St Austell Bay Neighbourhood Development Plan, the Commission on Ethnic Disparities and Inequality consultation, and more.
Benefits update – Universal Credit, PIPs, support for self-employed people, and businesses, pus more detail on the winter support package for families.
The Voluntary Sector is invited to share our views on the Council’s draft budget at an online meeting on the 19th. Plus read the Carers service consultation report.
Benefits update – Lockdown changes, Winter fuel payments and Cold weather payments, plus changes to ESA, UC for self-employed people, and a ruling against housing benefit discrimination by landlords.
Cornwall Council’s consultations – the Langarth Garden Village, near Truro, Adult Social Care charging policy, and the Council’s budget. Make sure the voice of the sector, and the disadvantaged, is heard.
Cornwall Council has produced three new information packs, for community organisations, businesses, and those self-isolating, to collect the relevant information that is needed. Please get your copies and share them.
Find out the latest on Test and Trace self-isolating support payments, what the three-tier system means for Cornwall, and where to see the latest Cornwall figures.