Roadmap – Step 1

This week saw Step 1 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown come into force. On Monday in England, all pupils returned to school and students returned to Further Education. Some students on practical courses were able to return to university. After-school clubs and breakfast clubs were able to start up again.

Outdoor recreation or exercise with your household or one other person is allowed.

Care homes can allow indoor visits from nominated friends and family. Visitors will have to carry out Covid-19 tests prior to the visits, wear PPE and be asked to keep physical contact to a minimum. More info and guidance here

You must complete a travel declaration form if you are travelling abroad from England. You must state the reason for your travel on the form.

Find out more about the roadmap out of lockdown.

Managing youth sector activities and spaces during Covid-19

The National Youth Agency (NYA) has developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. Find out more

Furlough Scheme

Last week it was announced that the furlough scheme and support grants for self-employed people are being extended until September.

Find out more about coronavirus-related changes in this year’s Budget.

Social Distancing

Even as restrictions are lifted, it is essential that everyone carries on with the good habits that reduce transmission: remembering ‘hands, face, space’ and letting fresh air in, getting a test on the first sign of symptoms and self-isolating if it is positive.

All voluntary organisations should follow current government guidance as it pertains to group and 1/1 sessions including the opening of windows and meeting outdoors where possible.

Vaccine roll-out

The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.

Who can get the Covid-19 vaccine

  • people aged 55 and over
  • people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

How to get the Covid-19 vaccine

If you meet the criteria listed above, you can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides Covid-19 vaccinations.

You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

Remember if you have previously declined to be vaccinated, you are able to change your mind and book your vaccination if you are eligible.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments

If you are not eligible yet

Wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

For more information about the vaccine visit the NHS website

Resources

We have highlighted information, advice and resources available for VCSE organisations to absorb and share with those people they work with to help with the vaccine roll-out and building vaccine confidence. These include videos, Q&As, info around the GP access card and will be updated regularly.

Asymptomatic testing

Volunteers and staff who carry out essential duties but are unable to work from home now have access to twice-weekly asymptomatic testing. More information available here.