COVID19 VCS in the news


Earlier today (much earlier!) Snow, representing the Lithuanian community, did her first ever media interview with Radio Cambs mentioning our COVIDVCS group and sharing all the great work the Lithuanian community are doing in Peterborough. The link is below and Snow is on at 1.22, sounding brilliant.

Here’s another:

Andy McGowan, Head of Carers Services, on behalf of Caring Together and all carers facing the difficulties of supporting family, friends and other loved ones at this difficult time. Just after 36 minutes in (even though he’s introduced as Andy Barber, who happens to be our Engagement Manager!)

At 1.20 the lovely Juliet Welch on behalf of Peterborough food bank.

Go to 2.20  and listen to Michelle at Little Miracles giving a brilliant interview


Funding Opportunities

Everyone should have a place fit to call home

Yet with a shortage of new properties, outdated rental stock and a lack of support for the most vulnerable people in our communities, many end up in unsuitable, unsafe or unaffordable accommodation.

It’s a topic close to Nationwide’s heart. In fact, helping people into homes is central to how and why the building society began 140 years ago, and it’s the reason they launched their Community Grants programme: a chance for local organisations with great housing solutions to apply for grants of up to £50,000.

Applications are shortlisted and then their regional Community Boards, made up of our members and colleagues, come together to award the grants.

Find out more:

Charity Survival Fund

The Charity Survival Fund has been set up in response to Julia and Hans’ ongoing concern about Covid-19’s economic impact on charities. This £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to UK registered charities that:

  • Have a beneficial area within the UK
  • Actively operate across one of the three areas prioritised by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture
  • Have annual income below £5m
  • Have lost (or are forecast to lose) income due to Covid-19
  • Have not already received Covid-19 related funding from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

Grant sizes

Charities may apply for grants up to the maximum threshold indicated in the table, depending on their annual income.

Up to £20,000 £5,000
£20,001 – £100,000 £10,000
£100,001 – £250,000 £50,000
£250,001 – £500,000 £100,000
£500,001 – £5,000,000 £250,000

How to apply

Read the Guidance for Applicants before you apply. This covers all the information required in the online application. For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions. Complete the online Application (by filling in the form and attaching a cover letter, case study, and budget and cashflow forecast).

The submission deadline is 5pm on Monday 27 July

Complete the Application

PCVS holds funding for groups with income of under £30k to apply for between £500-£1000 which could be used to support with translation for their communities.  Applications would need to be for qualified interpreters in their communities and/or to support expenses for volunteer support workers with languages including DBS checks.

Please note that we cannot fund organisations who have already received CCF funding.

If you are interested please email [email protected]

Emergency response
The Charities Aid Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Emergency Fund. This will provide grants of up to £10,000 to charities, social enterprises and other community groups to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation have launched the Cambridgeshire Community Coronavirus Fund


The UFI Charitable Trust, a grant-funding body, focussed on delivering an increase in vocational learning, is making grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 available to help training providers move towards remote learning. Applications close on the 6th April 2020.

Sport and leisure organisations

Sports England have announced an emergency fund to support the sector, more info here
‘We’re making up to £195 million of funding available <> to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

Young people

Persimmon Homes

Arts funding
Funding to support arts and culture organisations:
Arts Council England COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Arts and Cultural Organisations

Also see Metal’s newsletter for more funding info

Funding for musicians

Rural isolation

Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

With thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500

Environmental funding

Tree planting fund still open with longer response time

Funding for managing food waste and textiles recycling


Information for Groups

Please see link for latest government school guidance;

Care Network Offer Of  Responsive Support Services for Covid-19

For those who are self-isolating or social distancing due to being categorised as vulnerable, CNC will deploy an emergency response service as follows:

  1. Staff and volunteers calling people, who are self-isolating and would benefit from a regular wellbeing call
  2. Community Navigators to provide a triage service into the voluntary sector – we will be holding and updating details of local voluntary sector and community capacity to help wider system manage capacity and need.
  • Staff to provide support with shopping up to that value of contactless payment,  for clients who have no other means to access food.
  1. Volunteers or staff able to drop off medical supplies or prescriptions
  2. Outreach telephone support to migrant communities (please contact: [email protected])
  3. Care Network to move to 7 days cover until social distancing measures are recalled. Monday – Friday: 9am-5pm, with volunteer wellbeing support available between 8am-8pm. Weekend support: 10am-4pm, with volunteer support as above

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – The process for delivering responsive food shopping or the delivery of medical equipment or supplies is:

  1. Client to call: 01223 714433 with food shopping list, they will need: to confirm why self-isolating or social distancing and that they cannot access food shopping via any other route. How much food they have left and when they would ideally like the food shop to be done. Confirm if they have a contactless bank card that they are happy for CNC staff member to use.
    If calling to request delivery of medical supplies / equipment please provide: recipent name, contact details, what assistance is required, where this to be collected from. Any other relevant information
  2. CNC will identify if can meet need, call back client to confirm name of staff who will be coming to support (for shopping) or name of volunteer (for medical supplies etc). If we are not able to help we will seek permission to source support elsewhere

All social distancing infection control procedures will be followed at all times – please see attached.

Telephone and Wellbeing Support – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

For wellbeing support calls, referrals can be made directly by client or other professional, with prior consent of client to share their contact information. Please call 0330 094 5750. Volunteers can provide a light touch approach and schedule calls to  check and chat.  We have a team of wellbeing support staff who can upport people who are experiencing negative impacts on their wellbeing due to self-isolating and social distancing.

Primarily the support will be to enable people to still feel in contact with others, where needed information  will be give to support people with reframing techniques so that they can improve resilience as well as discussing self-care. Volunteers and staff will be able to refer clients for shopping support should it be required.

Triage Service into Local Voluntary Sector Cambridgeshire

Please call our Community Navigators teams on:

Fenland: 01354 695208
East: 01353 659639
Cambridge City: 01223 300460
South Cambridgeshire: 01954 212100

Huntingdonshire: 01480 423065

We can facilitate this for Peterborough also if required

Dear Colleagues

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership have created a temporary jobs page on the LEP website that you may wish to bring to the attention of your students.  The page compiles vacancies with organisations who are trying to recruit additional staff in order to continue to operate during the current Covid-19 situation across the East Anglia region.

Vacancies include those at supermarkets, such as Tescos, Morrisons, Aldi and East of England Co-op; food producers such as Bernard Matthews; various vacancies in the care sector, and fruit and crop picking and packing.

Coronavirus Information for Single Parents

We know many single parent families are worried about the impact of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, on their families. This page collects together information that is especially helpful to single parents.

You can also read:

For practical advice, you can contact our expert advisers on our Single Parent Helpline. Our helpline will continue to operate as normal and information on the opening hours is available here. Please understand we are receiving a lot of calls so it may take a long time to connect you.”

MindEd is a free learning resource about the mental health of children, young people and older adults.

“MindEd for Families – children and teens

Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager? Do you just want some hints and tips on parenting? MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family, and how to take care of yourself. MindEd for Families is written by a team of specialists and parents, working together. You do not need to register to use these resources.

For Older People

Are you concerned about the mental health of an older family member, parent or grandparent? Or are you concerned about your own mental health as you get older? MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to take care of yourself, and your family. MindEd for Families is written by a team of specialists and older people, working together. You do not need to register to use these resources.”

COVID-19    Information in Community Languages is the definitive source of up-to-date guidance, in plain English 

Written Information:

Doctors of the world – written information in 36 languages with more being added

Public Health England (a smaller range of languages and Easy Read)

Roma Support Network has this video on their website  – but also refer to DOTW .

Migrant Information Hub – COVID-19 Information for Migrants in Yorkshire and Humber:   includes brief key stay at home messages in different languages

Spoken information:

Ask Doc BAME Health organisation in Greater Manchester has developed spoken covid-19 advice based on NHS England advice.   New languages shared via Twitter @askdoc1.  You are more than welcome to share these resources.











Peterborough City Council have produced these spoken versions of the current stay at home advice in different languages (and they have been shared by Bradford Council too)

Race Equality Foundation Blog about BAME people and COVID-19

Muslim burials of COVID-19 deceased:

An infographic has been produced with guidance around Muslim burials for those who passed away due to COVID-19. This includes guidance on who should attend and social distancing. Please share.

Easy Read and BSL Information about COVID-19: Hand washing guidance in Easy Read, Larger Print and BSL Easy Read version,   including the recent Stay at Home rules

BSL Self Isolation advice from Public Health England:

Free to access Easy Read and British Sign Language interpreted information and video from Braford Talking Media

Bradford Talking Media have produced easy to read and British Sign Language interpreted material, audio files and video resources about social distancing, Covid-19 symptoms, social isolation and looking after your mental health during isolation. They are free to access and can be used to support service users and their families who have hearing impairments, learning disabilities or anyone who needs information in an easy to read format.

Information for other groups of people

NHSadvice on coping with stress and ten tips to help if you’re worried about coronavirus

Mental Health Foundation advice on looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Age UK Coronavirus information huband practical ways you can help older people

Campaign to end Loneliness blog on Coronavirus and Social Isolation

Mental health charity’sMind’s guide to Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Alzheimer’s Society has produced information about COVID-19 for people affected by dementia

Maternity Action have produced some useful COVID-19 FAQs about rights and benefits during pregnancy and maternity

The Children’s Commissioner has produced some resources for children:

Public Health England has produced information about COVID-19 and Domestic Abuse

NHS England/Improvement’s guide to caring for people with Learning Disability, Autism or both during the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Coronavuris (COVID-19): Closure of education settings: information for parents and Carers

    DWP Partnership update 16/04/2020
    DWP Partnership news wc130420

    COVID-19 CountywideCommunity Reference Group Meeting Presentation
    COVID-19 Countywide Community Reference Group – Meeting 2.0

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults and Children Partnership Board
    community volunteers safeguarding training

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board
    Identifying Child Abuse 2020 (1)

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board
    Safeguarding Children from Neglect – For Parents

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults and Children Partnership Board
    Toolbox of information and resources – adults safeguarding

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults and Children Partnership Board
    Toolbox of information and resources childrens safeguarding

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults and Children Partnership Board
    What is Abuse (2020)

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults and Children Partnership Board
    Your role as a Carer (2020)

    CQC Guidance on DBS Checks and other recruitment checks

    SCIE Coronavirus Advice for Social Care

    Family Action – Family Hotline
    FamilyLine Launch 4pp A5

  • Rainbow Saver handout during closure
    Rainbow Saver handout during closure

    Rainbow Saver if referring
    Rainbow Saver info needed if referring


    Morrisons telephone shopping has launched new services:

    Morrisons Customer Services team have set up a dedicated elderly and vulnerable phone line for those customers to place an order over the phone.

    They can choose from a Food Box (please see the link)

    or place an order from a selection of 45 essential groceries for doorstep delivery. You can add pet food etc to the order. (this is not online at the moment).

    The order is then matched to a local store who picks the order and delivers it directly to the customer the following day.

    This will be available in all stores from today!

    If you have friends or family in need of this help and are unable to shop instore, please ask them to call 0345 611 6111 and select option 4 to order a Food box or 5 to place an order for Doorstep delivery.

    The order will take 24 hours to process, and payment will be taken through a contactless card by the delivery driver. No contact with the driver will be made and the machine will be placed on a wall etc for people to put their cards  into.

    This service is available 8-4pm Mon-Friday excluding bank holidays.

    Pet Care

    Volunteers PPE guidance

    Dog Walker Advice Sheet

    Coronavirus: Government clarifies guidance on exercise (9 April 2020) – National Autistic Society

    We are really pleased that the Government has listened to the voices of autistic people and their families and amended national guidance on how often some people can leave their home during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The rules originally said that no-one could leave their home for exercise more than once a day, and they had to stay close to home. We told the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) that going outside for exercise is very important to the health and wellbeing of many children and adults on the autism spectrum. Sometimes, autistic people may need to go to quieter places, away from other people, even if these places are further away from their home. They may also need to be accompanied by a carer or support worker who is not someone they live with.

    People got in touch to tell us that they were worried about this. Some said they had been stopped by the police for going out with carers, or judged by members of the public for going out too often. We shared these experiences with the Government, along with other charities and campaigners. Lawyers acting for two families with autistic children also challenged the Government on this.

    The Government has now published new guidance making clear that, if you’re autistic or have a learning disability, you can leave your home more than once a day and travel beyond your local area if this is important to your health. If you need carers with you, they don’t have to stay the two metres apart from you that is usually required by social distancing. However, it is still important to be careful and only go out when you really need to, to reduce the chance of getting ill or infecting other people.

    We have told the Government that they must now make sure that the police know what the guidance says about autistic people, so that people aren’t challenged inappropriately or made to feel unnecessarily anxious.”