Coronavirus – Important Information

In response to COVID-19, we are working with voluntary and community organisations to support our local communities. We’ll try to gather the most up-to-date and accurate information on this page – please check back regularly.

Essential Information

The latest advice from the UK Government can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. This includes advice on what measures people should take to protect themselves from infection, guidance for businesses and employers,  plus a range of other announcements.

For information on symptoms and what to do if you think you or someone you know might be infected, please head to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or use the online symptom checker at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

Advice for Community Groups

Community and voluntary organisations are on the front line supporting our local communities. COVID-19 is presenting big challenges, but also opportunities to step up and support these communities.

Read our advice for managing finances in these difficult times.

Read our advice for people setting up an informal community group to support people.

Read our advice for existing community groups who are considering their response to COVID-19.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has launched a Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund, with grants of £1,000 to £5,000 for organisations that are supporting isolated older and vulnerable people at this time. Please click here for more information and to apply.

If you manage a building that remains open, consider using these posters from Public Health England.

 

COVID-19 Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises

Thier COVID-19 Resource Hub is updated daily and outlines the measures announced by the Government that will help charities and social enterprises. It is also signposting to the latest guidance on a wide range of issues including:

  • Governance
  • Risk management
  • Legal
  • Data protection
  • HR
  • Fraud
  • Finance
  • Fundraising

www.charitybank.org/COVID19

 

COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Charities and Social Sector Organisations

Here you will find an extensive list of emergency funding opportunities for social sector organisations experiencing difficulties. This includes funding available from the National Emergencies Trust, John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund, and many more local and national initiatives.

www.charitybank.org/COVID19Funding

 

Social Investors Respond to COVID-19 

Social Investors are committed to helping our customers through this current period of uncertainty.
Social investors have issued a joint statement on the COVID-19 outbreak: “We want to reassure all of the organisations we invest in that we will support you and be as flexible as possible in the coming months. We are actively working together on how we can adapt existing schemes and funds. We are also working with government and other funders to establish new programmes that may provide additional help.”

www.chairtybank.org/COVID19Responce  

 

Support and Advice videos

Support Cambridgeshire have created a range of videos to support individuals and groups to keep safe in this difficult time.

Safeguarding Advice

What to think about when using volunteers

Telephone Befriending Advice

Top Tips for Volunteers

Feel free to share the videos throughout your communities. 

 

Updates

All partners of Support Cambridgeshire are sending out updates and information on their website and via newsletters.

CCVS – Updates can be found HERE

Hunts Forum – Updates can be found HERE

ACRE Cambridgeshire – Updates around Community Building can be found HERE While general information from ACRE can be found HERE

 

Contacting Us

The Support Cambridgeshire partners’ offices are currently closed and our upcoming training and events are cancelled until at least the end of April, but our staff are continuing to work from home. Please call 01480 420 601 or email info@supportcambridgeshire.org.uk for general enquiries.

 

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