- Voluntary Action Sheffield have produced an easy to read breakdown of the range of options and systems for people who want to volunteer to help during the covid-19 epidemic, which applies across the country.
- Coronavirus: NCSC offers cyber security guidance
- IBM and Cisco are partnering to provide free access to Webex web conferencing tools
- Guidance from Safe Lives
- Safety planning from Women’s aid
- Government guidance on Refuge response
- Guidance about surviving economic abuse
- Guidance re child contact arrangements
- Guidance for professionals; multi-agency forums, including MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference)
- The NSPCC released a statement labelling the current crisis as a ‘perfect storm’ for online grooming and exploitation. With schools now shut, the number of young people reaching out to Childline has spiked and in the first week of ‘lockdown’ 180 counselling sessions were delivered across the South East. In response, Sussex Police has digitally adapted its REBOOT programme and its various stages are conducted via telephone or video conferencing. Partner organisations like Active Sussex are also supplying young people with links to online activities and using funds available to encourage sports and fitness in gardens by providing equipment.
Adur & Worthing and Brighton & Hove Updates
Local Infection Rate: There are now 213 confirmed cases as of 14 April within Brighton & Hove, 351 in East Sussex and 398 in West Sussex. These figures should be viewed with caution as there is no testing being undertaken until people are ill and in hospital.
Community Works call for action
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- If you are providing a service to the public which requires PPE in line with current guidance
- Details of the service provide and the staff/vols roles using PPE equipment
- Information on whether you have your own stocks of PPE
- If there is a need for PPE equipment for your organisation what is the level of need?
- This information may help us better describe the need for PPE equipment across the sector and ensure it is fed into wider planning around supply of PPE to keep residents safe.
- It’s brilliant to see how many of you are sharing vital information on social media. Please tag us in your posts so that we can share/retweet them. Use @bh_cw on Twitter, and @bhcommunityworks on Facebook.
Call for good news stories
- Platf9rm Event: Thriving Through Crisis, 15 April. This event is for both businesses as well as charities and social enterprises. Please share. It's free and will be held over Zoom.
- Sussex CCGs Public Involvement Weekly News Briefing on COVID-19 and Frequently Asked Questions (9 April 2020)
- Organisations working to support parent carers across Sussex, including Amaze, have written to the Chief of Sussex Police to ask that officers consider and follow guidance on exercise for children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) during lock-down. They have also produced a letter for parents to carry around to clarify the circumstances under which they can spend more time in the fresh air.
Members’ and other services updates
- Sage Holistic would like to share with you their FREE Wellbeing Booklet. These are easy to do self-care routines to do at home to improve both mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
Adur & Worthing Updates
- West Sussex County Council update | Volunteering
- Adur and Worthing Council update | Coronavirus COVID-19: Community support | Volunteering
Improving mental health services in West Sussex - UPDATE from West Sussex County Council (excerpt):
- We wanted to take the opportunity to inform everyone who participated in our public consultation (on proposals to improve mental health services in West Sussex) about the current position. Unfortunately, in this unprecedented time of change and uncertainty because of the COVID-19 crisis, we have made the decision to put this work on hold for three months so that we can focus on safely delivering healthcare to the population.
- The decision will be reviewed at the end of June and when the Covid-19 crisis eases, we will continue with relevant processes with the intention of implementing our plans, later in the year, subject to the proposals being approved. We will update you as soon as we can. Thank you again for taking part in the public consultation and for your understanding in these challenging times.
Brighton & Hove Updates
- Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) have recently arranged for first half year grant payments to be made to organisations in receipt of grants from their Third Sector funding programme and expect the payments to be in your bank accounts shortly. BHCC is carefully monitoring these payments and is asking that all recipients notify the council when the grant payments have been received.
- BSL (British Sign Language) video about the Community Hub in Brighton and Hove
- Brighton Therapy Centre would like you to know that they remain open for online therapy with a wide range of therapies available on a sliding scale from £18 per session.