Our Daily TCVS Update

Updated 03/04/2020

What can you do to help?

Sign up your business to help!

We are looking for businesses and organisations  who can volunteer and help in their local community with vulnerable or self-isolating people during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak.  We are looking not only for volunteers in person, but of goods, services or logistics that may be available. Sign up to help!

Encourage your employees to sign up to Give as you live!

Raise funds for Giving for Thurrock at no extra cost to you just by doing your online shopping! Sign up to support Giving for Thurrock today and shop through Give as you live to raise a free donation for us.

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Follow our Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action Facebook Page!

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action is a partnership of local organisations, groups and Facebook groups to safely coordinate support and volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Follow Us!

What help is out there for you?

WhatsApp Chat

Have you added the GOVUK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp? This is new free service. This automated ‘chatbot’ will allow you to get answers to the most common coronavirus questions from a trusted source. Click here.

Headspace App

Headspace is a great app that will help you to relax and take your mind off things that are stressful and worrying, helping you to focus, perform at your best and get a better nights rest. The app can be found on android and apple app stores.

Latest News

Health Secretary sets out plan to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day

Increased testing for the NHS will form part of a new 5-pillar plan, bringing together government, industry, academia, the NHS and many others, to dramatically increase the number of tests being carried out each day. Read More

Almost £400 million to keep England’s buses running Greater funding to keep bus routes running during the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Updated 02/04/2020

Funding

Fowler, Smith and Jones Trust – Emergency Support
The trust are interested in hearing from groups that can clearly express the losses they will incur in the coming months due to the current COVID-19 crisis. This could be losses from not being able to fundraise due to events being banned, café or other retail spaces being closed etc. that would usually support the core costs of your operation. Groups who have been supported previously by the trust will be favoured and an explanation of your current level of reserves and why they have that status will need to be provided. To get in touch with the trust please send a short email with the aforementioned detail.

Sport England Community Fund
This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Find out more.

Coronavirus and your Wellbeing

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. On Mind UK website there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. See more information HERE

Local News in Thurrock

Last week Thurrock Council, following government guidelines, closed all park play areas and outdoor exercise areas because it is not possible for residents including families to observe social distancing when using them. Since then, the council has found barriers and tape removed from equipment, there have been reports of people flouting the rules to climb into these areas, someone has even cut a padlock on a gate to get access. Residents are being urged to follow these restrictions otherwise there will be law enforced consequences. Read more HERE

To all our members: If your organisation is continuing to provide services that support social distancing through online support, volunteering or support advice through other channels – we want to hear from you! Send us your information to socialmedia@thurrockcvs.org and we will share to residents on our community page at : https://www.facebook.com/ThurrockCoronavirusCommunityAction/

Updated 01/04/2020

Resources

  • Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action Helpline Launched Today! This helpline is for those residents in our borough who need help as a priority and are without help in the community from family or friends. Call 01375 511 002 – open Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm Click here to find out more
  • Essex Community Foundation; The Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme is to get help quickly to voluntary and community organisations that are in crisis as a result of the pandemic and need emergency funding to keep their vital services running. Initially grants of up to £15,000 will be available. See more information here.
  • The CAF (Charity’s Aid Foundation) has launched this rapid national response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. See more information for the CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund here.
  • Charity Digital: tech offers for charities during coronavirus During the current crisis, a number of tech vendors are making their services available for free or at discounted rates. See more information here
  • Together with Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500. See the national Magic Little Grants Scheme here.
  • VocTech Now is open for applications from 30 March VocTech Now is part of Ufi’s response to support the vocational learning sector in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. VocTech Now is a targeted grant call to accelerate the use of VocTech tools to enable those in work or training to continue to engage with their vocational learning programmes during this period of travel disruption. These are small grants of between £10k and £25k to support vocational learning providers to rapidly transition to remote teaching and training and deliver accessible learning at a time of significant change. See more information here

  • NAVCA: What you need to know about Data Protection As COVID-19 continues to impact the UK and the rest of the world, existing charities and community groups are stepping up their efforts in an extraordinary way and many new groups and support services are being set up to support vulnerable people in our communities. In many cases, groups will be handling sensitive data about individuals and will therefore have to take account of data protection law. See more information here

News

  • Hospitals merger starts today – chiefs are confident it will bring improvement to services despite widespread opposition. And there are five days left to comment on CCG merger plan! Find out more here

Updated 31/03/2020

Resources

  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
    The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have confirmed that CBILS can be used for salaries until furlough funding comes through. The British Business Bank has compiled FAQ which you may find useful – access it HERE
    You can also visit the British Business Bank website to find an alternative lender.
  • Princes Trust Their friendly Youth Support workers are available to chat online right now and through the weekend, from 9am-9pm. So, if you have a question or are looking for support during this challenging time go to bit.ly/2wEuS3m

  • ReThink Mental Illness Remember, if you are worried about your – or someone else’s – mental health, ReThink Mental Illness have a dedicated Covid-19 hub on their website that is updated daily rethink.org/cv19

  • NHS Counter Fraud Spot a COVID19 scam that is being used to allow criminals to carry out crimes using the fear of the CoronaVirus. Please report it to @actionfrauduk so they can gather intelligence and issue warnings to the nation.

  • Working From Home Many of us are now working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, Eden Communities have released some great top tips on working from hometake a look HERE!

  • Sport England Sport England has launched 10-minute audio exercise routines to help older people keep fit during the coronavirus lockdown 10Today_ follows the launch of the ‘Join the Movement’ campaign to encourage people of all ages to be active at home 10today.co.uk

  • SCOPE’s Virtual Coffee Lounge There’s lots of conversation happening over in Scope’s online community’s coffee lounge! If you’re in need of some friendly chat, grab a cuppa and head on over to the virtual lounge, and chat to other community members about anything and everything. Go to: https://community.scope.org.uk/categories/coffee-lounge

News

Updated 30/03/2020

Resources

  • MyLifeMySay With all the misinformation about COVID-19, @mylifemysay have launched  #QuarantineQT  A new digital space for young people to receive expert advice about coronavirus and its impact on our lives. Sign up!

  • NHS Messaging Service Launched People staying at home suffering with suspected coronavirus symptoms will get regular check-ins and advice from a new NHS messaging service. Text messages will be sent as a reassurance to those who contact NHS 111 online, complete the assessment, and leave basic information such as their age, mobile number and when their symptoms started.

  • Support in pregnancy during isolation Having to self-isolate when pregnant may be particularly worrying for some and many are feeling anxious or overwhelmed by how the coronavirus could affect themselves and their baby. If any expectant parents need support at this time, Parents 1st are continuing to offer support over the phone and through skype. Contact 01268 525758 or email info@parents1st.org.uk

News

  • It’s Autism Awareness Week! To celebrate, the National Autistic Society has created a video to share what autistic people and their families told them they want the public to understand & their handy tips on how the public can help support autistic people better.

Updated 27/03/2020

Resources

  • Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme Essex Community Foundation (ECF), a leading and independent supporter of local charities and voluntary groups, has launched a funding programme to help organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Charity Digital has launched a new website. Their services help other charities #BeMoreDigital through inspiring content.
  • National Mind have a great page dedicated to managing our mental health during Coronavirus. It helps with planning to stay in doors with a check list to help people to assess if they’re ready for it as well as online peer support community.
  • Stop Loan Sharks are continuing to provide specialist support with help and advice for victims of loan sharks during this difficult time. Call on 0300 555 2222 to safely report a loan shark

News

  • Grays-based Thameside Taxis is offering its services to help people get food and, in particular has created links with Lakeside’s Tesco Extra to ensure local people can get Click and Collect slots – and the firm will collect.
  • Clap for our Carers Thurrock virus number rises by 25 per cent but borough turns out to ‘Clap For Our Carers’ – And ship tribute lights up port

Published 23/03/2020

The ongoing direction from central government maintains the message for people to help slow the spread of the virus and to follow advice on the following:
 
Social distancing and avoiding unnecessary contact with people is key to restricting the spread of COVID-19.
·       Avoid all unnecessary gatherings ie: pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and work from home if you can.
·       Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
·       If you believe you have any symptoms (high temperature and/or a continuous new cough) please stay at home for 7 days
·       If you or a member of your family have COVID-19, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days.
·       All people who are over 70 years old or have an underlying health condition should self-isolate for at least 12 weeks.
 
Advice about symptoms, limiting the spread of the virus and advice about everything COVID-19 can be found through the Public advice site. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance)
 
 
School closures
 
After today, Friday 20 March, schools will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children.
 
Check the website of your child’s primary school, secondary school or special school for current details. 
 
The Department for Education has also set-up a coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions – from early years up to universities, plus parents.
 
Department for Education (DfE) coronavirus helpline
0800 046 8687
 
dfe.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
 
Young people who are due to sit exams will not miss out on opportunity and a plan for this will be released shortly. 
 
Retired health professionals are being asked to come back to support the NHS with this unprecedented challenge.
 
For people working in care professions NICE have released a downloadable booklet and guidance to continue delivering safe care.
https://www.nice.org.uk/about/nice-communities/social-care/quick-guides/helping-to-prevent-infection
 
Thurrock CVS are constantly reviewing how best they can support people in the community are asking for anyone that is willing, to register as a volunteer. There are a variety of roles that will be required to help people as the borough becomes isolated. 

To keep the vulnerable as safe as possible, Stronger Together through Thurrock CVS will be registering volunteers on a central database that will match people to a role based on their skills and availability.  Each and every one of us can help in some way, if you would like to register your interest please email  volunteer@ngagethurrock.org.uk

We would also like to hear about what you are doing in your local area so we can share and support if you need us to.  Get in touch through socialmedia@thurrockcvs.org   Keep checking our website for useful links that may help you or your community.   

In Thurrock,  we are Stronger Together

Published 20/03/2020

The ongoing direction from central government maintains the message for people to help slow the spread of the virus and to follow advice on the following:  

Social distancing and avoiding unnecessary contact with people is key to restricting the spread of COVID-19.
– Avoid all unnecessary gatherings ie: pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and work from home if you can.
– Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
– If you believe you have any symptoms (high temperature and/or a continuous new cough) please stay at home for 7 days
– If you or a member of your family have COVID-19, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days.
– All people who are over 70 years old or have an underlying health condition should self-isolate for at least 12 weeks.  

Advice about symptoms, limiting the spread of the virus and advice about everything COVID-19 can be found through Public advice site.https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance)    

School closures  

After today, Friday 20 March, schools will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children.  

Check the website of your child’s primary school, secondary school or special school for current details.   

The Department for Education has also set-up a coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions – from early years up to universities, plus parents.  

Department for Education (DfE) coronavirus helpline
0800 046 8687  
dfe.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk    

Young people who are due to sit exams will not miss out on opportunity and a plan for this will be released shortly.   

Retired health professionals are being asked to come back to support the NHS with this unprecedented challenge.  

For people working in care professions NICE have released a downloadable booklet and guidance to continue delivering safe care.
https://www.nice.org.uk/about/nice-communities/social-care/quick-guides/helping-to-prevent-infection  

thurrock CVS are constantly reviewing how best they can support people in the community are asking for anyone that is willing, to register as a volunteer. There are a variety of roles that will be required to help people as the borough becomes isolated.  To keep the vulnerable as safe as possible, we will be registering volunteers on a central database that will match people to a role based on their skills and availability.  Each and every one of us can help in some way, so please register below.

We would also like to hear about what you are doing in your local area so we can share and support if you need us to.  Get in touch through socialmedia@thurrockcvs.org   Keep checking our website for useful links that may help you or your community.