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Fri 7 Aug 2020

Save the date for Communities 1st Voluntary Sector Conference and AGM
We will be hosting three 2-hour zoom meetings over three days in early September for this year’s Voluntary Sector Conference and our AGM.  The theme for the conference this year is Sustainability and we have an exciting line up planned.

The three two-hour Zoom sessions which will take place on

  • Tuesday 8 September  2pm to 4pm
  • Conference - ‘Resilience for Voluntary Sector Organisations’
  • Wednesday 9 September  5pm to 7pm
  • Conference - ‘A Green Recovery - Working Together to Aid Recovery from Covid-19’
  • Thursday 10 September 12 noon to 2pm
  • AGM & Conference - ‘Sustainability through Collaboration’

Places on each day are limited to 100 and booking will open in 7 to 10 days, watch this space for further details.

For further information on the Conference and AGM, please contact Christine at Communities 1st on 020 3940 4869 or email christine.halpin@communities1st.org.uk.

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Stay safe, stay well, be kind

Stephen Craker,

Chief Executive,
Communities 1st

This newsletter is split into the following sections:

  • Communities 1st COVID-19 Information and Support
  • Information to support voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Funding for non-profit organisations
  • Information to support individuals

 

COMMUNITIES 1st COVID-19 INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

Compassionate Community Connector Programme
Supporting Individuals: People who need help whilst isolated (or someone on their behalf) can complete an online form here or call 020 8207 5115 or email.

Volunteering: for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others. Individuals wishing to volunteer their time can sign-up here or call 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups - we are here to help
If you need information, advice or support Communities 1st is here to help.  We can offer advice on issues from fundraising to governance and to managing volunteers.  You can contact us on 01727 743018 or via email: memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and we will prioritise support for your organisation.

On our website you can find a range of resources and support on issues relating to Covid-19, including:

  • Funding sources – we’re updating our funding sources regularly with the latest information
  • Resource Hub – including staffing issues, governance, managing a funding crisis, digital support, safeguarding and other useful resources (operational issues and guidance on working with different sectors of the community)
  • Useful Covid-19 volunteer introduction videos and documents for your organisation and information about mutual aid groups

Kindness Stories
We want to gather stories about positive things that are happening in our local communities.  If you have a Kindness Story that you would like to share please email us: covid19news@communities1st.org.uk #1stcommunities

If you want more information you can visit our website: www.communities1st.org.uk/Covid-19Updates or contact our Voluntary Sector support team on 01727 743018. 

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

"Please give me space" social distancing cards or badges
The Government has published badges that can be used to show that the person carrying them may have difficulties or concerns with regards to maintaining social distancing. They can be used to signal to others around them that they need to pay attention and be given space.

These products include images for your phone or to print and carry whilst you are in public.

Click here to download the images.

Social Care Institute for Excellence technology checklist for video calling an adult or carer
This checklist covers the necessary steps a social worker or practitioner should take to ensure that technology for video calling is ready and appropriate. The decision about whether to carry out the intervention online or whether the adult/carer has capacity and is able to understand and use online contact should have been made before using this checklist.

Read More.

Relieve Furniture
Relieve Furniture's aim is to support charities and schools by providing direct access to good quality office furniture at a very low cost.

Registration is free for Charities and Schools and once registered you will have access to, and get notified about, upcoming stock launches on their digital platform.

Click here for more details.

Number giving at lowest level in over a decade
nfpSynergy has been monitoring giving levels every quarter for over a decade. Their research shows that in the latest quarter there were dramatic changes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Number giving down to lowest level in a decade – only 60% of the public say they’ve given to charity in the last 3 months, down from 69% in January this year
  • Charity shops and on-street collections have posted the biggest drops in giving
  • Giving on a charity website and via text message are at their highest levels since we started tracking this question
  • The public say they are almost twice as likely to cut back on eating out than donating to charity

Read the research findings in full here.

COVID-19: Preparing for a Local Lockdown
Across the UK, lockdowns in smaller regions are being enforced in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks. Unfortunately, the locations of these local flare-ups share characteristics that are prevalent amongst BAME communities. Overcrowded housing, poor living conditions, poor working environments and low socio-economic levels all point towards an increased risk of infection and transmission. This makes it particularly pertinent for charities operating in these ‘high risk’ areas to be prepared for a local lockdown. This guide from the Muslim Charities Forum will provide some advice on how this could be done.

Click here to see the report.

How to tackle mental health in the workplace as a manager and colleague
Mental health is a critical part of an employee’s well-being. But according to the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, approximately one in six adults experienced a common mental disorder like depression or anxiety in any given week.

This striking figure underlines the need for workplaces to create environments where employees feel comfortable reaching out for support.

This guide from UCL provides useful resources to help tackle this issue.

Click here to read the guide.

COVID-19: guidance for hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping
In line with new Government guidelines, the advice for commissioners and providers of hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping has been updated.

Click here to see the guidance in full.

Closing certain businesses and venues in England update
On 3 August the government updated its guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures, and on the further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in July and August 2020.

The guidance was updated to reflect additional requirements on face coverings and amendments to 1 August 2020 easings. Read more.

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own
On 31 July the government updated its guidance. The guidance includes the option of using an exemption card where appropriate.

The guidance explains what face coverings are, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored. This information is based on current scientific evidence and is subject to change.

The revised guidance can be found here.

VCS Emergencies Partnership website launched
The VCS Emergencies Partnership has launched its website which includes a service to support local organisations and community groups to respond to emergencies, where needed. This is done by matching needs with resources locally, regionally and nationally.

Take a few minutes to look around the website and familiarise yourself with the services that are available, then please share it with your networks.

Click here to go to the VCS EP website.

NeverMoreNeeded
The #NeverMoreNeeded website is here and ready for you to use!

To fuel you all with content and activities to keep banging the #NeverMoreNeeded drum, the #NeverMoreNeeded website is now live.

Click here to have a view.

Tag @1stCommunities and @NAVCA (on Twitter) for re-tweets and shares.

FUNDING

If you would like help with applying for these funds such as a read and review, Christine Halpin and Isobel Hatfield are on hand to help you through, please contact them by email at memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and they will book some time in to work with you.

Hertsmere Borough Council – Community Grant Scheme
Hertsmere Borough Council’s community grant scheme has been split into two funding streams.  The first round is for voluntary sector organisations facing financial difficulty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The second stream will be used for projects that have a positive impact in supporting the response to Covid-19 in the ‘recovery stage which will be released later in the year depending on how this crisis evolves.

The first stream of funding is now open for applications.  Click here to read the guidance. 

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF): Coronavirus Relief Fund Phase 2
Informed by the results of the local and national surveys/reports on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, HCF have launched their next round of funding to support the voluntary sector and the people of Hertfordshire. They are welcoming applications on a rolling basis for the following:

  • Fast track grants of £1,000 to £5,000 prioritising smaller organisations continuing to meet immediate need.
  • Grants up to £10,000 for organisations that have adapted their support services and are looking to the longer-term.
  • Grants up to £20,000 for collaborative proposals that see organisations coming together to address specific needs.

Click here for more information.

HCF Workforce Development Grants
Grants of up to £2,000 are now available for learning and development in voluntary and community organisations in Hertfordshire.

HCC Adult Care Services are funding this grant scheme for VCS organisations that provide adult social care in Hertfordshire. The grants are managed by HCF Training and Development and can be used to support the:

  • Learning and development of the organisation’s workforce
  • Development of the capacity of the organisation to deliver training and skills to its workforce, to carers or to service users/clients

Examples of acceptable uses include:

  • Training or qualifications for paid staff, volunteers or trustees
  • Coaching or mentoring for key leaders (e.g. managers or trustees)
  • Equipment, software or other resources/materials that will be used for the delivery of training and skills to the workforce, carers or service users/clients
  • Costs associated with accreditation of courses (provided there is a sustainable plan for maintaining this)
  • To develop and run peer support programmes to aid recovery and provide on-going care and support

Find out if you are eligible and to apply.

Herts Sports Partnership have produced a funding newsletter which is extremely useful for sports groups and can be found on their website

It includes both local, national and sport specific funding packages. 

Crowdfund Hertfordshire
Crowdfunder are working with a number of partners across Hertfordshire, helping to make great ideas happen through a combination of expert crowdfunding coaching, events and grants.

Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative in Hertfordshire that needs funding?

For any queries relating to these funds please contact Hertfordshire Community Foundation at ana.siewniak@hertscf.org.uk.

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire.

Superheroes Initiative Offers Local Covid Projects Support – extended deadline
As a conclusion to the successful ‘Support Our Superheroes’ initiative, Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care UK is offering to partner local covid-relief projects with volunteer and financial support of up to £1000 each, to help increase the reach of relief projects with common objectives.

As part of the Superheroes initiative, a lasting legacy of gratitude for keyworkers has also been created on social media with the #GreatWallofGratitude on Instagram @support.our.superheroes, where hundreds of people around the country continue to add their messages, videos and images of appreciation.

How to Apply

  • Support Our Superheroes campaign is offering three covid-relief projects with volunteer and financial support of £1000 each.
  • Covid-relief Projects should be located in NW London, Watford or Hertsmere regions, and ideally supporting key workers.
  • Please submit your Support Request application online by visiting www.supportoursuperheroes.com.
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 31st August 2020.
  • Successful applicants will be announced in September.
  • For any queries please contact Ashwin Mehta at uk@loveandcare.srmd.org or 07766 852950. 

Funding Available to Support Local Good Causes
Registered charities delivering projects which help to improve people’s lives can apply to the Morrison Foundation for a grant of up to £25,000. Since launching in 2015 the Foundation has donated over £24 million to help good causes across England, Scotland and Wales. Recent grants awarded have included Friends of East Preston School who received a grant of £5,000 to replace their old and dilapidated outdoor trim trail; and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice which received a grant of £20,000 to buy a new minibus and run activity trips for young patients. Applications are accepted any anytime.  Read More.

Grants of up to £20,000 for Community Arts, Sports and Physical and Mental Health Projects
The Postcode Community Trust has re-opened for applications. Registered charities and community groups can apply for grants of £500 - £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects that benefit communities through sports, arts and recreation programmes; and healthy living initiatives that improve a community's physical and mental health. Please note that only registered charities, CIOs and SCIOs can apply for grants up to £20,000. Other not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £2,000. The closing date for submitting applications is the 19th August 2020.  Read More.

Lloyds Bank Foundation COVID Recovery Fund
On 3 August Lloyds Bank Foundation launched a £7.4 million COVID funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis. The COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future. Deadline: 11 September. Read More.

Edge Fund Rapid Response Fund
This fund is open to all groups that are working towards systemic change, and whose work is in line with Edge Fund's values. Edge Fund understand that currently, many groups have put their campaigning/systemic change work on hold in order to deal with the effects of the pandemic – this is okay and will not disqualify you for funding. Each successful group will receive £750. Edge Fund will award 30 grants. Of those, at least 15 grants will go to groups working on anti-racist struggles, and at least 10 of those 15 will go to groups fighting for Black/Afrikan liberation and made up of Black/African activists. Deadline: 25 August, 5pm. Read More.

The Fat Beehive Foundation launched to provide digital grants to small charities
A new charity, The Fat Beehive Foundation, has launched to support and amplify the work of small charities providing much needed services. The charity will provide grants of up to £2,500 to help small charities build websites and digital products which will enhance their work and consequently provide social good. The Fat Beehive Foundation has been set up to provide small grants to charities with a turnover under £1 million. This can be used for activities such as the design, build and launch of a new mobile optimised website, an app or to digitise a service. Read More.

Allchurches Trust: Hope Beyond – helping communities to build resilience and a brighter future
The Hope Beyond grants programme aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. Through the Hope Beyond grants, Allchurches Trust aim to fund innovative, impactful projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to churches and Christian charities. Read More.

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS

Bike Back Better with Cycle September
You are invited to take part in Cycle September – a fun, global competition to help more people realise the benefits of riding a bike. In September, you will earn points by riding and encouraging others to ride too. Ride anywhere, anytime – to the shops, to work or even a quick 10 minute spin around your local park – to earn points and enter the draw for amazing prizes. Confirm to take part by 1 September to enter the early bird registration prize draw. Read more.

"Stay Safe Hertfordshire: Play Your Part" Campaign
Hertfordshire County Council has launched a countywide campaign focussing on four of the most important things you can do to help reduce the spread of coronavirus: hand washing, social distancing, wearing a face covering and getting tested if you have symptoms. A useful toolkit, with social media posts and posters, has been created.

  • Testing is available for anyone who is in the first few days of having suspected coronavirus symptoms.
  • Drive through testing continues to operate on various days of the week in Hertford, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, and Welwyn Garden City.
  • HCC website – containing coronavirus guidance and service updates.
  • PPE online hub - providing guidance on PPE
  • Herts Help contactable on 0300 123 4044 – support for all Hertfordshire residents.

 

 

 

 

Fri 31 Jul 2020

Sharing the human spirit through friendship
Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division - to confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms - the simplest of which is friendship.

This International Friendship Day, we may not have been able to meet our friends but we can take this opportunity to look back on those moments spent with them. The International Day of Friendship is a chance to acknowledge and appreciate friends that make our lives worth living. While we may not be able to hug, there are always so many ways to show our love.

Since we are left with no action – thanks to the pandemic – make do with words and lots of them - Let friends know it’s okay to talk…you’re there for them to listen, without judgment.

When someone is struggling with their mental health they may become distant, cancel plans and want to see us less than usual. However, this is when friendships play a key role and is exactly when maintaining friendships are so important.

The mental health foundation says: “If you’re the friend of someone with a mental health problem, you may be concerned about them. The most important thing is to tell them that you’re still their friend". 

Thank you for being a part of our Communities 1st family.

If someone has forwarded this to you, you can sign up to receive our e-newsletters directly into your inbox here: www.communities1st.org.uk/newsletter.

Stay safe, stay well, be kind

Stephen Craker,

Chief Executive,
Communities 1st

 

This newsletter is split into the following sections:

  • Communities 1st COVID-19 Information and Support
  • Information to support voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Funding for non-profit organisations
  • Information to support individuals

COMMUNITIES 1st COVID-19 INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

Compassionate Community Connector Programme
Supporting Individuals: People who need help whilst isolated (or someone on their behalf) can complete an online form here or call 020 8207 5115 or email.

Volunteering: for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others. Individuals wishing to volunteer their time can sign-up here or call 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups - we are here to help
If you need information, advice or support Communities 1st is here to help.  We can offer advice on issues from fundraising to governance and to managing volunteers.  You can contact us on 01727 743018 or via email: memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and we will prioritise support for your organisation.

On our website you can find a range of resources and support on issues relating to Covid-19, including:

  • Funding sources – we’re updating our funding sources regularly with the latest information
  • Resource Hub – including staffing issues, governance, managing a funding crisis, digital support, safeguarding and other useful resources (operational issues and guidance on working with different sectors of the community)
  • Useful Covid-19 volunteer introduction videos and documents for your organisation and information about mutual aid groups

Kindness Stories
We want to gather stories about positive things that are happening in our local communities.  If you have a Kindness Story that you would like to share please email us: covid19news@communities1st.org.uk #1stcommunities

If you want more information you can visit our website: www.communities1st.org.uk/Covid-19Updates or contact our Voluntary Sector support team on 01727 743018.  

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID 19)
Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site.

Use this guidance to help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. If you do not carry out a risk assessment, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or your local council can issue an enforcement notice.  Read guidance here.

Updated guidance on charity retail
The Charity Retail Association have issued the latest version of their advice on re-opening (and operating) premises in light of Covid-19.

This includes information on the reduction of quarantine for goods to 48 hours and guidance on face coverings.

The pack can be found here.

What is the Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme?
The Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme offers grants up to £100,000 to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19.

Delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund, the scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses.

More details, and how to apply, here.

Who's funding what, and where?
360 Giving has developed a searchable grants tracker showing information about funds relating to Covid-19.

Filter by funder, area or recipient, view on a map, to see what has been allocated.

Full details here.

Face coverings - when to wear one and how to make your own
The guidance was updated on 31 July, it explains when to wear a face covering and how to make one

From 24 July you MUST wear a face covering when you go to the shops. This information relates to the use of face coverings in public spaces where social distancing is not always possible. It is important to follow all the other government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) including staying safe outside your home. View guidance here.

Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings under new government guidance
The Government has set out a list of face covering exemptions, as they are now mandatory in additional enclosed spaces.  The full information is available here.

There is also a range of resources including exemption information cards to print or show on your phone, available to download.

VCS Emergencies Partnership website launched
The VCS Emergencies Partnership has launched its website which includes a service to support local organisations and community groups to respond to emergencies, where needed. This is done by matching needs with resources locally, regionally and nationally.

Take a few minutes to look around the website and familiarise yourself with the services that are available, then please share it with your networks.

Click here to go to the VCS EP website.

NeverMoreNeeded
The #NeverMoreNeeded website is here and ready for you to use!

To fuel you all with content and activities to keep banging the #NeverMoreNeeded drum, the #NeverMoreNeeded website is now live. Click here to have a view.

Tag @1stCommunities and @NAVCA (on Twitter) for re-tweets and shares.

FUNDING

If you would like help with applying for these funds such as a read and review, Christine Halpin and Isobel Hatfield are on hand to help you through, please contact them by email at memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and they will book some time in to work with you.

Hertsmere Borough Council – Community Grant Scheme
Hertsmere Borough Council’s community grant scheme has been split into two funding streams.  The first round is for voluntary sector organisations facing financial difficulty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The second stream will be used for projects that have a positive impact in supporting the response to Covid-19 in the ‘recovery stage which will be released later in the year depending on how this crisis evolves.

The first stream of funding is now open for applications.  Click here to read the guidance. www.hertsmere.gov.uk/Community/Community-Information/Community-Grants.aspx

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF): Coronavirus Relief Fund Phase 2
Informed by the results of the local and national surveys/reports on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, HCF have launched their next round of funding to support the voluntary sector and the people of Hertfordshire. They are welcome applications on a rolling basis for the following:

  • Fast track grants of £1,000 to £5,000 prioritising smaller organisations continuing to meet immediate need.
  • Grants up to £10,000 for organisations that have adapted their support services and are looking to the longer-term.
  • Grants up to £20,000 for collaborative proposals that see organisations coming together to address specific needs.

Click here for more information.

HCF Workforce Development Grants
Grants of up to £2,000 are now available for learning and development in voluntary and community organisations in Hertfordshire.

HCC Adult Care Services are funding this grant scheme for VCS organisations that provide adult social care in Hertfordshire. The grants are managed by HCF Training and Development and can be used to support the:

  • Learning and development of the organisation’s workforce
  • Development of the capacity of the organisation to deliver training and skills to its workforce, to carers or to service users/clients

Examples of acceptable uses include:

  • Training or qualifications for paid staff, volunteers or trustees
  • Coaching or mentoring for key leaders (e.g. managers or trustees)
  • Equipment, software or other resources/materials that will be used for the delivery of training and skills to the workforce, carers or service users/clients
  • Costs associated with accreditation of courses (provided there is a sustainable plan for maintaining this)
  • To develop and run peer support programmes to aid recovery and provide on-going care and support

Find out if you are eligible and to apply.

Herts Sports Partnership have produced a funding newsletter which is extremely useful for sports groups and can be found on their website. It includes both local, national and sport specific funding packages. 

Crowdfund Hertfordshire
Crowdfunder are working with a number of partners across Hertfordshire, helping to make great ideas happen through a combination of expert crowdfunding coaching, events and grants.

Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative in Hertfordshire that needs funding?

For any queries relating to these funds please contact Hertfordshire Community Foundation at ana.siewniak@hertscf.org.uk.

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire.

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage Opens for Applications (England)
Applications have opened for the £92 million Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, which is aimed at helping heritage organisations to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who can apply?

  • any heritage organisations managing a heritage site or visitor attraction
  • private owners of a heritage site, venue or attraction
  • organisations managing, maintaining or caring for culturally significant assets or collections
  • businesses which are part of the heritage ecosystem, including conservators, contractors, specialists and suppliers
  • organisations that manage culturally significant assets or collections

Organisations are urged to apply swiftly before the deadline of midday on Monday 17 August 2020.  Find out more.

The Ragdoll Foundation and COVID-19 - Funding for Projects that Use the Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children
Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation's grants programmes. Funding of up to £1,500 is available through the small grants programme for projects lasting up to six months and £50,000 through the large grants programme for projects lasting up to three years. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Applications to the large grants programme are accepted on a rolling basis. The next closing date for the small grants programme is the 28th August 2020.  Find out more.

B&Q Community Reuse Scheme
DIY store B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. All items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used. Eligible groups include community garden projects, registered charities, schools and colleges, youth groups, Scouts and Guides, hospices, preschool groups and registered child minders. B&Q also works with Community Repaint, a network of schemes that collects any surplus, re-usable paint and redistributes it within their communities to individuals and families on low income, charities and community groups. Find out more..

£15 Million Investment to Improve Dedicated Cycling Facilities
British Cycling and Sport England are working closely to develop a national network of cycling facilities across England through a £15 million investment programme from the UK Government. The Places to Ride programme will provide funding to any not-for-profit organisation that is developing cycling activity in their community through new or improvement of existing dedicated cycling facilities. The programme will support small-to-medium-scale facility improvements or equipment, through to large-scale new build facilities across all types of cycling. Two levels of funding are available: small-scale grants of between £1,000 and £50,000; and large-scale grants of up to £500,000. Applications can be submitted at any time up until 12:00am on the 15th January 2021. Decisions will be made every twelve weeks.  Find out more.

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS

Prime Minister Boris Johnson launches plans to boost cycling and walking
Please see below information regarding the Bike Voucher Scheme as part of the government’s plans to increase cycling and walking, which may be of interest to you.

  • Today the first batch of bike repair vouchers worth £50 will be released later tonight to the public in a pilot scheme to encourage thousands of people get back into cycling.
  • Due to demand for cycle shops’ services during the pandemic, vouchers will be released in batches in order to help manage capacity across participating stores. The first 50,000 will be available just before midnight tonight (Tuesday 28) on a first come first served basis to those who register online.

Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme: apply for a voucher

Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme: register as a bike repairer

Hertfordshire County Council has launched a countywide campaign focussing on four of the most important things you can do to help reduce the spread of coronavirus: hand washing, social distancing, wearing a face covering and getting tested if you have symptoms. A useful toolkit, with social media posts and posters, has been created.

  • Testing is available for anyone who is in the first few days of having suspected coronavirus symptoms.
  • Drive through testing continues to operate on various days of the week in Hertford, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, and Welwyn Garden City.
  • HCC website – containing coronavirus guidance and service updates
  • PPE online hub - providing guidance on PPE
  • Herts Help contactable on 0300 123 4044 – support for all Hertfordshire residents

What Does Family Mean to You?
A unique competition to mark Hertfordshire’s Year of Culture and Herts Pride is asking people to describe their family – and the winner will see their words literally come to life.

For ‘Friends and Family’ month this August, Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020’s latest competition asks residents to share what family means to them in no more than 500 words. As August is traditionally Herts Pride, entries from the LGBTQ+ community on their experiences of family will be particularly welcomed.

Entries will be considered by a panel of judges including award winning scriptwriter and broadcaster Nicholas McInerny, who was born in Hertfordshire.  The winning entry will then be turned into a short animated film which will be published on to the community archive website, Herts Memories and become part of Hertfordshire’s local history record. 

Entries can be in the form of short stories, poems, diary entries or any other form of creative writing and should be submitted to hyoc2020@hertsmere.gov.uk by 31 August. 

There is no age restrictions for entrants and the competition is open to anyone living or working in Hertfordshire. 

The competition will form part of a wider celebration of creativity under the banner of Friends and Families for the duration of August for HYOC2020.

In support of Herts Pride, which is being held this year as an online fundraising event, projects and stories involving LGBTQ+ residents will also be celebrated in August and there’s a chance to contribute to a Herts Pride Playlist on Spotify.

If you’re looking for something to entertain the kids, then the HYOC Activity Pack will be launching during August too, filled with quick and easy creative activities submitted from local organisations.   If you are a local organisation and have a creative activity that you would like to submit, visit Creative Hertfordshire for more information.  There’s also over 70 separate listings on our What’s ONLINE pages with loads of inspiration on how to keep busy, as well as a growing number of events taking place in line with current social distancing regulations. 

For more information on Hertfordshire Year of Culture and how you can get involved, visit www.HYOC2020.org.uk.

Tue 28 Jul 2020

Almost a quarter of charity organisers believe that without additional support, their organisation would not last until this time next year.

 

Charities across the districts of St Albans, Hertsmere and Welwyn/Hatfield were invited to take part in the ‘Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) Resilience Survey’ during month 4 of the coronavirus pandemic to help measure the impact that the coronavirus is having on the sector.

 

While the downturn in the fortunes of some voluntary sector organisations is no surprise, analysis of the survey results demonstrates that organisations are showing an incredible amount of flexibility and determination in their drive to support local communities and people.

 

With an increased demand for many services that local charities offer, combined with the social distancing restrictions that we all have become familiar with, there has been enormous pressure on charities with some fearful of their survival in the months to come.

 

Stephen Craker, Chief Executive of Communities 1st said:

“Our purpose and passion at Communities 1st is to support and champion voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations. This is more important than ever as the survey results across the area, and nationally, indicate that we are set to lose valuable local services if we don’t act quickly.

 

I want to thank member organisations for keeping in regular contact with Communities 1st during this time. I know from personal experience that running a charity is a full-time job even at the best of times.  But the information that organisations and group have provided has been critical in our efforts to support local communities

 

If your organisation needs support, please do get in touch, we’re here to help!

 

Whilst many charities have been able to alter their services by adopting zoom calls and other virtual assistance, nearly a third of the responses to the survey have stopped operating. The closure of services caused by the lockdown has resulted in many charities losing out on grants and public fundraising.

 

Carmen Dillon, Chief Officer for Welwyn Hatfield CVS said:

“When the lockdown was announced, naively I thought 4 weeks and we all would be returning to work – then and demands that followed was mind-blowing – Local charities needed immediate help in moving into the remote working, grants for laptops mobile phone and then that word, ZOOM, a new way of holding meetings.  Well we have survived the 4 months and it’s time to think about how and when we will return to the office and in what form.  Remember we are here to support and help you develop new working strategies.”

 

Financial support would help alleviate the issues that these charities face. However, results from the survey show that other forms of support will also be required, such as guidance on how to diversify and find different ways to promote their charity.

 

It is clear that social distancing measures could be in place for some time as charities have recognised that guidance on carrying out risk assessments and opening a shop would be a valuable resource. Moving forward, has been evident that advice on returning to ‘normal’ life would be needed for some charities from building a recovery plan to delivering organisational change.

 

Sixty-six percent of the surveyed charities have reported that their beneficiaries have become more vulnerable during the Covid-19 crisis because of factors such as isolation and loneliness, health and wellbeing, concerns about food supplies and long-term medical conditions. In response to this, over 2,000 vulnerable individuals have been supported as well as 1127 cooked meals and 150 food packs have been delivered.

 

Communities 1st Chairman, Stuart Nagler MBE, commented that:

I have seen and heard many examples of the fantastic work charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and local neighbourhood groups are doing in mobilising communities, providing frontline services and helping the vulnerable. I would like to thank every single person for their efforts during this challenging time.”

 

In response to the restrictions of volunteers operating in confined areas charities are becoming stronger by combining forces. 37% of charities are working in partnership with others sharing food donations, offering premises that are not being used and promoting the services of other charities.

 

If you need help with planning your organisation’s future post lockdown please do get in touch with your local organisation, who can support your community group, charity or social enterprise with advice and guidance on: funding, governance and trustee support, financial support, marketing advice and exploring ways to develop your organisation.

 

Notes to the editor:

The survey aimed at charities involved 113 respondents which was available for three weeks in June 2020. The most pressing need is funding but for many organisations the pandemic has impacted on all areas of their work, including staffing, volunteers and their ability to offer services. Without additional financial or other support, 7% of respondents think that their organisation can continue for less than six months, 17% between half a year to a year and 17% don’t know at this stage or will be able to continue with a reduced service. In addition to this one in five respondents has reported that there is not enough volunteers to meet current demands. Communities 1st will continue to match volunteers to vulnerable people for essential deliveries and befriending calls, as well as providing assistance to partnered charities.

The full report can be read here.

Fri 24 Jul 2020

Earlier this month, NCVO released their annual data snapshot of the charity sector, the UK Civil Society Almanac 2020. Although most of the data itself comes from the 2017/18 financial year, we can see some tell-tale signs about what the future may hold for charities post Covid-19 by analysing this data.

The worrying part of these statistics is the changing composition of the sector. Micro and small groups (those with annual incomes under £10k and £100k respectively) are on a downward trend, with the sector nationally changing from 88% in 2000/01 to 81% in 2017/18. This has major implications for our communities. Micro and small groups form the backbone of what we refer to as grassroots community groups, they are community centres and halls, youth clubs, scouting organisations, faith groups and sport clubs. They are often organisations that the general public do not really think of as charities, they are simply part of the fabric of the community. These organisations, though small, have a large impact on people’s daily lives; so, it’s vital that we understand why the number of these organisations is declining.

Opinion is currently divided as to whether COVID-19 will have a lasting economic effect or we are in line for a ‘v-shaped recovery’, but in light of the dire straits a number of English councils find themselves in it looks like the charitable sector is in for a rocky number of years regardless of how the rest of the economy recovers. Additionally, the general public are the major funders of the charitable sector, giving £25.4bn compared to £15.7bn from government. Social distancing restrictions, redundancies and less disposable income in the next few years due to the current crisis could see this level of income fall substantially.

Our voluntary, community and social enterprises did what they do best during this crisis: they endured – they adapted. Charities changed their priorities and objectives quickly to cope with lockdown restrictions, they responded – they utilised everything at their disposal from volunteers to resources to ensure help was received where it was needed.

If we'd been told, at the start of 2020:

  • how much information we'd have to consider, assess and act on
  • how many changes we'd need to bring in for our teams, our volunteers, those who rely on the work we do
  • how many hours we'd be spending on Zoom (what even is that?) and other platforms
  • how much, for most of us, our working lives would change
  • how much our organisations' income and expenditure would differ from the budget forecast

... I'm sure some of us at least would have doubted out own capability and capacity to cope. Add in the backdrop of fear and risk for our families, friends and communities, and, for many of us, the loss of loved ones during that time - whether from coronavirus or other causes.

Across the Communities 1st family we have shared fear, pain, grief, tears, loss, fatigue - but also love, joy, comfort, inspiration, support, friendship and laughter.

Thank you for being a part of our Communities 1st family.

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Stay safe, stay well, be kind

Stephen Craker,

Chief Executive,
Communities 1st

This newsletter is split into the following sections:

  • Communities 1st COVID-19 Information and Support
  • Information to support voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Funding for non-profit organisations
  • Information to support individuals

 

COMMUNITIES 1st COVID-19 INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

Compassionate Community Connector Programme
Supporting Individuals: People who need help whilst isolated (or someone on their behalf) can complete an online form here or call 020 8207 5115 or email.

Volunteering: for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others. Individuals wishing to volunteer their time can sign-up here or call 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups - we are here to help
If you need information, advice or support Communities 1st is here to help.  We can offer advice on issues from fundraising to governance and to managing volunteers.  You can contact us on 01727 743018 or via email: memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and we will prioritise support for your organisation.

On our website you can find a range of resources and support on issues relating to Covid-19, including:

  • Funding sources – we’re updating our funding sources regularly with the latest information
  • Resource Hub – including staffing issues, governance, managing a funding crisis, digital support, safeguarding and other useful resources (operational issues and guidance on working with different sectors of the community)
  • Useful Covid-19 volunteer introduction videos and documents for your organisation and information about mutual aid groups

Kindness Stories
We want to gather stories about positive things that are happening in our local communities.  If you have a Kindness Story that you would like to share please email us: covid19news@communities1st.org.uk #1stcommunities

If you want more information you can visit our website: www.communities1st.org.uk/Covid-19Updates or contact our Voluntary Sector support team on 01727 743018.  

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

Home-Truths report: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector
ACEVO together with Voice4Change England has released Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector as part their year-long Making Diversity Count project.

This report is centred around the experiences and expertise of over 500 BAME people who shared their experiences of racism in the sector and also told us what they thought needed to change in order to create true culture change.

Click here to read the full report.

Sustaining Work-Relevant Mental Health Post COVID-19 Toolkit
This toolkit presents a range of information and guidance which aims to assist organisations in managing work-relevant mental health for staff and volunteers. It is not a definitive document, but rather endeavours to be a useful and comprehensive resource providing an evidenced-based approach to supporting mental health in the workplace.

Click here to download the report.

2021 GSK IMPACT Awards – core funding and free training for health charities
This year, more than ever, we are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000 plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders.

Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; the training and development is valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning charities. Closing date for applications: 14 September 2020.  Click here to apply.

Celebrate Sport in Hertfordshire
The Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP) are excited to announce their HSP Lockdown Awards. The online awards will take place this year as a one off to highlight the amazing work and achievement of Hertfordshire’s sporting community throughout a difficult and uncertain time for Hertfordshire sport.

With five categories to nominate in ranging from best active photo to best lockdown coach the partnership is looking forward to seeing what Hertfordshire sport has been getting up to whilst clubhouse doors and sporting facilities have been shut.

The five categories to nominate in are:

  • Most Inspiring Club
  • Best ‘active lockdown’ video
  • Best ‘active lockdown’ photograph
  • Best use of lockdown
  • Best lockdown Coach

For the first time the voting will be down to the public, so you’ll need to get your club, families and friends all on board to vote when voting opens.

The nominations will be closing on Friday 21st August 2020.

You can nominate here: www.sportinherts.org.uk/hsp-lockdown-awards and you can follow HSP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@sportinherts).

For more information about the awards, please contact Jane Parker from the Herts Sports Partnership on j.parker20@herts.ac.uk.

New Psychological First Aid training during COVID-19 reaches 60K sign ups
In June, Public Health England launched a new Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. Hosted entirely online via the FutureLearn platform, the course has been a huge success with over 60,000 people enrolling. Students have come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages, from 18 to 65+, and 98% have said that the course met or exceeded their expectations.

The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, and recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and how to offer practical and emotional support.

If you would like to sign up, registration is still open.  

Webinar: The development of residential women’s centres in England and Wales
Clinks and the Ministry of Justice are holding a webinar about the development of residential women’s centres (RWCs) across England and Wales. It will also provide an opportunity for voluntary organisations working with women in the criminal justice system to give feedback and their views on specific aspects of how RWCs should operate.

The Ministry of Justice would like to speak to voluntary organisations in Wales and England that have experience delivering gender-responsive services to women and expertise in trauma-informed practice to discuss the proposed model for RWCs and seek feedback.

The free webinar will be held on 5 August at 10am. Click here for more details.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
The Department of Health and Social Care has updated its guidance on who is eligible for a test and how they can be tested.

The most recent update includes instructions for care homes and Randox testing.

This site also includes a full list of who is eligible for testing - including volunteers and charities. Click here for more details.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs - what you can and can’t do
On 17 July the Government updated the coronavirus outbreak FAQs section to reflect the new announcements. 

The guidance covers the most frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak. This is national guidance that applies to England only. If you live or work in the local lockdown area, then please refer to the local guidance.

The guidance can be found here.

Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
On 17 July the Government updated their staying alert and safe guidance to reflect the announcements that day, which relate to the next stages of their roadmap.

We recommend all VCSE organisations keep up to date with the proposed changes to help plan. Read more.

Trust, power and collaboration
The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) has published ‘Trust, power and collaboration’ which shares practical suggestions for taking a ‘human learning systems’ approach to commissioning and funding relationships. The research aimed to capture the varying experiences of those adapting their practice, and identify both what is happening and what needs to change to enable different ways of working – for both VCS organisations and funders/commissioners. This research was carried out in partnership with Northumbria University and The Tudor Trust.  Find out more.

Change Collective Recruitment Guides
The Institute of Fundraising has produced a series of recruitment guides to support both the fundraising profession and the whole sector, to become a more equal, diverse and inclusive profession to recruit for “culture add”, not “culture fit”.

The Change Collective guides have been produced for the fundraising community to consider the actions and decisions they can take to achieve a more diverse fundraising workforce. The guides include an additional element to reflect on recruiting during the coronavirus crisis.

Each guide has been developed with expert advice from recruitment agencies and EDI consultants, and lived experience from fundraisers.

Click here to see the guides.

VCS Emergencies Partnership website launched
The VCS Emergencies Partnership has launched its website which includes a service to support local organisations and community groups to respond to emergencies, where needed. This is done by matching needs with resources locally, regionally and nationally.

Take a few minutes to look around the website and familiarise yourself with the services that are available, then please share it with your networks.

Click here to go to the VCS EP website.

NeverMoreNeeded
The #NeverMoreNeeded website is here and ready for you to use!

To fuel you all with content and activities to keep banging the #NeverMoreNeeded drum, the #NeverMoreNeeded website is now live.

Click here to have a view.

Tag @1stCommunities and @NAVCA (on Twitter) for re-tweets and shares.

FUNDING

If you would like help with applying for these funds such as a read and review, Christine Halpin and Isobel Hatfield are on hand to help you through, please contact them by email at memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and they will book some time in to work with you.

Hertsmere Borough Council – Community Grant Scheme
Hertsmere Borough Council’s community grant scheme has been split into two funding streams.  The first round is for voluntary sector organisations facing financial difficulty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The second stream will be used for projects that have a positive impact in supporting the response to Covid-19 in the ‘recovery stage which will be released later in the year depending on how this crisis evolves.

The first stream of funding is now open for applications.  Click here to read the guidance. www.hertsmere.gov.uk/Community/Community-Information/Community-Grants.aspx

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF): Coronavirus Relief Fund Phase 2 Informed by the results of the local and national surveys/reports on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, HCF have launched their next round of funding to support the voluntary sector and the people of Hertfordshire. They are welcoming applications on a rolling basis for the following:

  • Fast track grants of £1,000 to £5,000 prioritising smaller organisations continuing to meet immediate need.
  • Grants up to £10,000 for organisations that have adapted their support services and are looking to the longer-term.
  • Grants up to £20,000 for collaborative proposals that see organisations coming together to address specific needs.

Click here for more information.

HCF Workforce Development Grants
Grants of up to £2,000 are now available for learning and development in voluntary and community organisations in Hertfordshire.

HCC Adult Care Services are funding this grant scheme for VCS organisations that provide adult social care in Hertfordshire. The grants are managed by HCF Training and Development and can be used to support the:

  • Learning and development of the organisation’s workforce
  • Development of the capacity of the organisation to deliver training and skills to its workforce, to carers or to service users/clients

Examples of acceptable uses include:

  • Training or qualifications for paid staff, volunteers or trustees
  • Coaching or mentoring for key leaders (e.g. managers or trustees)
  • Equipment, software or other resources/materials that will be used for the delivery of training and skills to the workforce, carers or service users/clients
  • Costs associated with accreditation of courses (provided there is a sustainable plan for maintaining this)
  • To develop and run peer support programmes to aid recovery and provide on-going care and support

Find out if you are eligible and to apply.

Herts Sports Partnership have produced a funding newsletter which is extremely useful for sports groups and can be found on their website. It includes both local, national and sport specific funding packages. 

Crowdfund Hertfordshire Crowdfunder are working with a number of partners across Hertfordshire, helping to make great ideas happen through a combination of expert crowdfunding coaching, events and grants.

Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative in Hertfordshire that needs funding?

For any queries relating to these funds please contact Hertfordshire Community Foundation at ana.siewniak@hertscf.org.uk

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire.

Superheroes Initiative Offers Local Covid Projects Support
As a conclusion to the successful ‘Support Our Superheroes’ initiative, Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care UK is offering to partner local covid-relief projects with volunteer and financial support of up to £1,000 each, to help increase the reach of relief projects with common objectives.

As part of the Superheroes initiative, a lasting legacy of gratitude for keyworkers has also been created on social media with the #GreatWallofGratitude on Instagram @support.our.superheroes, where hundreds of people around the country continue to add their messages, videos and images of appreciation.

How to Apply

  • Support Our Superheroes campaign is offering three covid-relief projects with volunteer and financial support of £1000 each.
  • Covid-relief Projects should be located in NW London, Watford or Hertsmere regions, and ideally supporting key workers.
  • Please submit your Support Request application online by visiting www.supportoursuperheroes.com.
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 17th August 2020.
  • Successful applicants will be announced in September.
  • For any queries please contact Ashwin Mehta at uk@loveandcare.srmd.org or 07766 852950. 

Funding for Projects to Increase the Employment Skills of People Aged 11 or Older
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to assist with specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for people aged 11 or older in order to increase their employment prospects within the UK. To be eligible the charities applying for funding will need to have an annual income of £500,000 or less. The funding is being made available through the Thomas Wall Trust. Grants will be awarded in November 2020.  Find out more.

Screwfix Foundation Re-Opens for Applications
The Screwfix Foundation has re-opened for applications from charities and not for profit organisations for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve the properties and community facilities of those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage throughout the UK. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for all kinds of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities. Applications can be made at any time and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.  Find out more.

Funding to Help Young People Speaking Out Against Injustice
Young people aged 18-25 and organisations led by young people in England can apply for a share of £80,000 to challenge and change laws, policies, practices, and cultures that have directly affected their lives and those of their community. Through the Blagrave Trust’s Challenge and Change Fund, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to move power and resources to young people who are working to speak out against injustices, such as young people experiencing poverty, those with disabilities, single teenage mothers, young care leavers and carers, and young people of colour. Successful applicants will have access to free (online) training on charity law and campaigning. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on the 27th July 2020.  Find out more.

Funding for Projects which Reduce the Use of Single Use Primary Plastic Packaging
The Waste and Resources Action Programme working in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, are inviting applications for round 2 of their £475,000 Refill Infrastructure Grant scheme. Funding of between £50,000 and £150,000 for project proposals that have strong commercial potential to reduce the use of single use primary plastic packaging within an existing or new supply chain. Grants are available for both capital and revenue expenditure for inventive proposals that will change the way retailers and their suppliers operate, so that their customers have new options to buy products in refillable containers. The scheme is looking to support collaborative projects between retailers, manufacturers, and/or supply chain partners. Grant recipients are expected to contribute a minimum of 25% match-funding. The deadline for expressions of interest is 13:00 on the 6th August.  Find out more.

Nominations for the 2020 National Lottery Awards Are Now Open
Nominations are now open to honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community, especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This year the annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery funded projects will, for the first time, honour individuals who will receive £3,000 for their organisation as well as a National Lottery Awards trophy for outstanding contributions in any of the following categories: arts; charity/voluntary; education; environment; health; heritage; sport; and young hero (under 18s). Nominations for ‘hometown heroes’ or ‘lockdown legends’ will be put before a judging panel made up of members of The National Lottery family and partners. The deadline for nominations is midnight on the 19th August 2020. Find out more.

Emergency Funding for Community Radio Stations Financially Affected by Covid-19
Community radio stations that are facing severe financial difficulty and are at risk of closure due to the Covid-19 crisis can bid for grants to meet their urgent needs. The £400,000 Community Radio Fund administered by Ofcom will be redirected to provide emergency support for relevant stations to help meet their core costs. There is no limit to how much can be applied for but those who request smaller amounts are more likely to be awarded the full amount requested. Applicants must be community radio licensees in the UK, and be on air by the time applications are considered. Guidance will be provided from Ofcom on how radio stations can bid for funding. Applications can be submitted until 5pm on the 3rd August 2020.  Find out more.

Funding to Support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Veterans
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Positive Pathways programme has reopened for applications for projects that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans by getting them out and active. Armed-Forces-supporting charities or CIC’s can apply for grants of £35,000 for projects developed by and for veterans which have a clearly identified activity for veterans to take part in, and should come under one of four themes: sports; arts and culture; getting outside; and heritage. Applications are encouraged from under-represented organisations in the West Midlands and West Scotland, and activities should be feasible with any social distancing requirements in place. The programme is funded by HM Treasury. Applications for this round of funding close at noon on the 25th August 2020.  Find out more.

War Memorials Grant Scheme
Grants of up to £30,000 are available for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England. These grants are intended to help those who are responsible for the upkeep of war memorials. The grants support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high standard, and to prevent the decay of this important part of our built heritage. Grants will normally be for up to a maximum of 75% of eligible costs. The funding is being made available through the War Memorials Trust and the next closing date for applications is the 31st August 2020.  Find out more.

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS

Purple All Stars - You Raise Me Up
The Purple All Stars are a group of adults with learning disabilities who promote health and wellbeing messages via song and dance.

Please enjoy this song which has been created during lockdown entirely via Zoom and lots of phone calls.

https://youtu.be/WTg1Rz4zOKQ

For more information about The Purple All Stars, please contact Kate.Harding@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Remap are a charity that provides custom-made equipment for disabled people.

Their skilled volunteers provide innovative, practical solutions to everyday challenges encountered by disabled people.

Current restrictions mean that whilst they cannot do everything they have been able to previously, but they are still doing jobs and will do their best to help. 

Please contact them by:

Phone 01727 613177
or email herts.s@remapgroups.org.uk

Fri 17 Jul 2020

Micro-volunteering can be beneficial to both volunteers and organisations
Micro-volunteering opportunities are easy and often low-commitment actions and activities that can be done from home. Most of these can be completed in short time frames (less than 30 minutes) whilst others can harness high-level skills that can be used to support the work of an organisation. Communities 1st has been exploring micro-volunteering again to build on the momentum created from community volunteering during the pandemic and harness the current spotlight on the fantastic work volunteers do.

There are many ways to get people involved away from technology, from doing a 5 minute litter pick in their local community, to creating homes for insects and hedgehogs in their gardens.

Whether you have existing volunteers that may not be able to fulfil their usual role, or volunteers waiting to start when you reopen, micro-volunteering is a creative way to keep them engaged during this pandemic. By offering individuals small tasks that they can complete at home, you will be reminding them that they are valued as volunteers and their work is vital to the running of your organisation. Micro-volunteering can also lead to more long-term volunteering; As volunteers learn more about what your organisation does they may be willing to commit more time and energy to support your cause.

It is important to reiterate that micro-volunteering should not replace traditional volunteering roles. Many people choose to volunteer to reduce loneliness and meet new people.  Micro-volunteers still need some level of supervision and oversight and in some instances volunteers will need to be vetted. Look at what services you already provide and see if they can be divided into smaller roles.

There are lots of ways to support your local community and volunteering is adapting to allow people to continue to offer their time in creative ways.

How could we work together going forward?
If you need any further support to set up micro-volunteering projects would like to have a discussion about potential ideals of engagement, please get in touch.

If someone has forwarded this to you, you can sign up to receive our e-newsletters directly into your inbox here: www.communities1st.org.uk/newsletter.

Stay safe, stay well, be kind

Stephen Craker,

Chief Executive,
Communities 1st

 

This newsletter is split into the following sections:

  • Communities 1st COVID-19 Information and Support
  • Information to support voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Funding for non-profit organisations
  • Information to support individual

 

COMMUNITIES 1st COVID-19 INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

Compassionate Community Connector Programme
Supporting Individuals: People who need help whilst isolated (or someone on their behalf) can complete an online form here or call 020 8207 5115 or email.  

Volunteering: for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others. Individuals wishing to volunteer their time can sign-up here or call 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups - we are here to help
If you need information, advice or support Communities 1st is here to help.  We can offer advice on issues from fundraising to governance and to managing volunteers.  You can contact us on 01727 743018 or via email: memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and we will prioritise support for your organisation.

On our website you can find a range of resources and support on issues relating to Covid-19, including:

  • Funding sources – we’re updating our funding sources regularly with the latest information
  • Resource Hub – including staffing issues, governance, managing a funding crisis, digital support, safeguarding and other useful resources (operational issues and guidance on working with different sectors of the community)
  • Useful Covid-19 volunteer introduction videos and documents for your organisation and information about mutual aid groups

Kindness Stories
We want to gather stories about positive things that are happening in our local communities.  If you have a Kindness Story that you would like to share please email us: covid19news@communities1st.org.uk #1stcommunities

If you want more information you can visit our website: www.communities1st.org.uk/Covid-19Updates or contact our Voluntary Sector support team on 01727 743018. 

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

Collecting customer and visitor details for contact tracing
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published advice for organisations that are asked by government to collect and retain customer and visitor information, for a limited time period, for the purposes of a COVID-19 contact tracing scheme.

Click here to see the details.

Free Qualifications for Summer Holiday Project Staff
If you’re thinking of delivering a holiday project to support disadvantaged young people this summer, it’s important that your staff and volunteers have appropriate training and qualifications.

To help with this, the Herts Sports Partnership have funded three courses that are available to those operating summer provision within Active Local areas this summer. 

What is Active Local?

Active Local is HSP’s place-based approach to reducing physical inactivity working in ten areas across Hertfordshire. It aims to engage and support local communities, alongside partners and stakeholders, to create a more joined up approach to sport and physical activity.  Locations in St Albans and Hertsmere are: Cowley Hill (Hertsmere) and Sopwell (St Albans).

For more information about financial support to projects in the Active Local areas please click here.

Safeguarding & Protecting Children, 2.5 hours  Date: Wednesday 22 July, 2.00pm

Managing Challenging Behaviour, 3 hours  Date: Wednesday 22 July, 1.00pm

Getting Young People Active Remotely, 90 minutes  Date: Thursday 23 July, 10am

10 ways to step up as an ally to non-binary people
This week (14 July) was International Non-binary People’s Day, which aims to celebrate the wide range of people worldwide who identify as non-binary.

Non-binary is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Non-binary identities are varied. Some non-binary people do not want to associate with any binary identity adopt some aspects of binary identities.

So would you like to know how you can support non-binary people?

Click here to see the guidance.

Webinar: Equal Power– Calling all BAME women: Explore Your Political Pathway
On 20 July 2020, the Muslim Women's Network and The Parliament Project will lead a workshop for BAME women to learn more about exploring their political pathway and kick-start their political career.

No political experience or in-depth knowledge of the political system are required - just the passion to make a difference and the curiosity to find out more. Registration is free but places are limited.

Click here for more information and to register.

The Doctor Will Zoom You Now
National Voices with Traverse, Healthwatch England and PPL are hosting a free webinar - 'The Doctor Will Zoom You Now: getting the most out of the virtual health and care experience'.

The webinar will discuss findings and insight from recent research into people's experiences of remote and virtual consultations and appointments.

The webinar will be held on 24 July at 11am and you can book your place here.

Donate your old phones and tablets to The Great British Tech Appeal
Vodafone are working with Barnado’s British Red Cross and SafeLives to gift old phones and tablets to families and support workers in-need, with 3 months free data.

Click here for more information.

New Centre for Ageing Better report: Supporting carers back into work 
A new report from the Centre for Ageing Better looks at the needs of those with caring responsibilities trying to seek employment and how they can be supported back into work. The report is based on learning from Ambition for Ageing project, Working Potential.

Read More.

A Parent's Guide to Black Lives Matter 
This guide aims to provide resources, advice, and tips to ensure that children are aware of racial inequality, racial hierarchies, and white privilege present in modern-day society, as well as share tools and knowledge in which to combat racism today.

Read More.

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own
On 14 July the government published guidance on face coverings.

We recommend all VCSE organisations read the guidance so that they can understand what is relevant in terms of service delivery, volunteers and staff. If you are thinking of making face masks or purchasing branded ones as part of your mix of VCSE income generation approaches, then this guidance is of particular importance. The guidance explains what face coverings are, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored.

The guidance can be found here.

Major new campaign to prepare UK for end of the Brexit transition period
On 13 July the government launched a major new public information campaign, ‘The UK’s new start: let’s get going’. 

They state it will clearly set out the actions businesses and individuals need to take to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, and ensure they are ready to seize the opportunities that it will bring.  The campaign includes a checker tool related to things such as staff being able to continue to work in the UK. Read more.

Companies House to restart the voluntary strike off process
On 10 July Companies House published a news story explaining that from 10 September 2020, they will restart the process for companies that have applied for voluntary strike off. Read more.

Reopen Community Spaces Safely
The government has published a new guidance for community spaces look to safely reopen now that lockdown measures are easing. Assess how safe it is using this guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities, to make your community facility Covid-19 secure. Read more.

VCS Emergencies Partnership website launched
The VCS Emergencies Partnership has launched its website which includes a service to support local organisations and community groups to respond to emergencies, where needed. This is done by matching needs with resources locally, regionally and nationally.

Take a few minutes to look around the website and familiarise yourself with the services that are available, then please share it with your networks.

Click here to go to the VCS EP website.

Translators without Borders
Translators without Borders has produced a very useful table which translates 186 words and/or phrases associated with COVID-19 into 35 different languages. It also provides you with a definition of each term and it is searchable by term and languages, making it easy to navigate.

For example 'alcohol-based hand rub' is '물없이 문질러 사요하는 알코올 제제' in Korean and 'sabuni ya kunawa mikono iliyotengenezwa kwa pombe' in Swahili (KE).

Click here to see the table in full

COVID-19 and Employment Law with Curwens Solicitors 
Taking place on Monday 20th July at 4pm, this session will provide information about Employment Law in relation to COVID-19.

Find out about furlough and annual leave, as well as the responsibilities employers have when employees are returning to work.

Book here.

SSE has launched Trade Back
A new type of business support grant that incentivises social impact organisations to trade, while supporting them to recover and rebuild. A Trade Back grant includes a small traditional grant to kick-start recovery efforts, plus an incentivised grant to reward an increase in trading income. 

Find out more.

Everything you need to know about TikTok
TikTok is one of the most downloaded apps of the decade, despite only being available since 2016.

However the prospect of migrating your organisation's social media presence over to the site has proved a little daunting to many.

So what we all need right now is an infographic so we can learn everything there is to know about this hit app. And that's what we've found for you.

Click here to view this infographic.

#NeverMoreNeeded
The #NeverMoreNeeded website is here and ready for you to use!To fuel you all with content and activities to keep banging the #NeverMoreNeeded drum, the #NeverMoreNeeded website is now live.

Click here to have a view.

Tag @1stCommunities and @NAVCA (on Twitter) for re-tweets and shares.

FUNDING

If you would like help with applying for these funds such as a read and review, Christine Halpin and Isobel Hatfield are on hand to help you through, please contact them by email at memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and they will book some time in to work with you.

Hertsmere Borough Council – Community Grant Scheme
Hertsmere Borough Council’s community grant scheme has been split into two funding streams.  The first round is for voluntary sector organisations facing financial difficulty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The second stream will be used for projects that have a positive impact in supporting the response to Covid-19 in the ‘recovery stage which will be released later in the year depending on how this crisis evolves.

The first stream of funding is now open for applications.  Click here to read the guidance.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF): Coronavirus Relief Fund Phase 2 Informed by the results of the local and national surveys/reports on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, HCF have launched their next round of funding to support the voluntary sector and the people of Hertfordshire. They are welcoming applications on a rolling basis for the following:

  • Fast track grants of £1,000 to £5,000 prioritising smaller organisations continuing to meet immediate need.
  • Grants up to £10,000 for organisations that have adapted their support services and are looking to the longer-term.
  • Grants up to £20,000 for collaborative proposals that see organisations coming together to address specific needs.

Click here for more information.

HCF Workforce Development Grants
Grants of up to £2,000 are now available for learning and development in voluntary and community organisations in Hertfordshire.

HCC Adult Care Services are funding this grant scheme for VCS organisations that provide adult social care in Hertfordshire. The grants are managed by HCF Training and Development and can be used to support the:

  • Learning and development of the organisation’s workforce.
  • Development of the capacity of the organisation to deliver training and skills to its workforce, to carers or to service users/clients.

Examples of acceptable uses include:

  • Training or qualifications for paid staff, volunteers or trustees.
  • Coaching or mentoring for key leaders (e.g. managers or trustees).
  • Equipment, software or other resources/materials that will be used for the delivery of training and skills to the workforce, carers or service users/clients.
  • Costs associated with accreditation of courses (provided there is a sustainable plan for maintaining this).
  • To develop and run peer support programmes to aid recovery and provide on-going care and support.

Find out if you are eligible and to apply.

Herts Sports Partnership have produced a funding newsletter which is extremely useful for sports groups and can be found on their website. It includes both local, national and sport specific funding packages. 

Crowdfund Hertfordshire
Crowdfunder are working with a number of partners across Hertfordshire, helping to make great ideas happen through a combination of expert crowdfunding coaching, events and grants.

Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative in Hertfordshire that needs funding?

For any queries relating to these funds please contact Hertfordshire Community Foundation at ana.siewniak@hertscf.org.uk.

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire.

Herts Valleys (West Herts only) Small Grants process – relaunch
You may be aware that the original process was suspended in March because of the pandemic. Following substantial engagement with the sector and partners, Herts Valleys CCG is now in position to relaunch it. The application form can be found here.

Please note the following conditions have changed:

  • Any voluntary organisation or not for profit can apply.
  • They can make only one application and for a maximum of £10,000 (though the full £10,000 will not be reduced if match-funders can add to the project).
  • The project has to be related to helping you either to:
    • deliver pre-existing services in a Covid-proofed way following the easing of lockdown or
    • in creating new types of support specifically for people whose health and wellbeing has been particularly badly affected by the crisis and the lockdown.  You need to explain this in your application
  • Applicants who have applied before can re-send information from last time (appropriately amended)
  • There will be just six questions to answer, adapted from last time.  Previous applicants will be able to use most of the answers they used before, but must adapt them to show how the request for funding relates to 3.a) and/or b) above

Completed forms must be returned to tim.anfilogoff@nhs.net by midnight on Friday 24 July 2020. 

The Arts Council to Reopen its National Lottery Project Grants
The Arts Council has announced that its National Lottery Project Grants programme will reopen on 22 July 2020. The fund will be open to individuals, arts organisations, museums and libraries. Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 will be available from the £59.8 million rolling funding programme until April 2021 to support those in the cultural sector and for work that has longer term positive impact such as Research and Development. In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the programme will be improved to make it more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners, whilst still including a budget for grassroots music venues, touring extensions and national activities over and under £100,000. Updated guidance for the programme will be published by mid-July.

Find out more.

Woodward Charitable Trust general grant round
Woodward Charitable Trust offers funding towards the core costs of UK charities with annual income less than £200,000. Trustees will consider applications for core costs which will achieve a positive impact. The majority of grants are for less than £3,000. Deadline: 31 July

Read More.

Youth Music’s Fund A grants programme
Youth Music’s Fund A grants programme awards grants between £2,000 and £30,000 for high-quality projects that aim to help to achieve a musically inclusive England. Youth Music has six priority funding areas: Early years; Young adults; Disabled young people; Young people facing barriers; The youth justice system; and Organisations and the workforce. Deadline: 31 July

Read More.

Social Enterprise Support Fund
The fund was launched on 13 July providing grants of between £10,000 and £300,000 to help social enterprises during COVID-19.

The fund closes at 1pm on Monday 20 July

It is aimed at social enterprises supporting people at a high health risk from COVID-19, and those supporting people facing increased social and economic challenges as a result of COVID-19. Big Issue Invest, The Key Fund, Resonance, UnLtd and SSE will jointly deliver the grants, with support from CAF Venturesome, the Young Foundation and Ashoka.

Find out more here.

Emergency funding for LGBTQ+ organisations and groups
LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to help their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

METRO Charity in partnership with NAZ, Equality Network, The Rainbow Project, Umbrella Cymru, Yorkshire MESMAC and Birmingham LGBT, will be cascading the £585,000 fund from Comic Relief, raised from ‘The Big Night In’.

Register your interest in applying for a grant here.

COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund
One-off grants are available to charities and not-for-profit organisations in England for work that will relieve the hardship caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic among refugees and asylum seekers and by migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services. Max. Value: £ 50,000

Find out more.

Community Justice Fund
Grants are available for specialist social welfare legal advice organisations to cope with the immediate impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.

Find out more.

Comic Relief - Change Makers
Funding for not-for-profit organisations in the UK with proposals to make lasting change related to the social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development. Max. Value: £600,000

Find out more.

Baring Foundation - Arts and Mental Health Programme
Grants are available for established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems, using the skills of professionally trained artists.

Find out more.

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS

Healthwatch Hertfordshire Annual Report 2019/20
Healthwatch Hertfordshire’s Annual Report 2019/20 is now published and available to read here.  The report is full of information about the work that they have been doing over the past year to hear the patient voice in Hertfordshire and to recommend improvements to health and social care services.

If you wish to share your health and social care experiences with us, please call Healthwatch Hertfordshire on 01707 275978 or complete their online form.

Action for Conservation WildWEB – digital action programme for young people 
Action for Conservation have launched WildWEB, a brand new digital programme to support young people aged 13 - 17 to take action for the environment over this period and prepare for the world that lies beyond the lockdown. WildWEB is completely free and is hosted by a team alongside expert volunteers and an exciting lineup of special guests.

Read More.

Online Gaming Safety Advice for Parents and Carers
Online gaming can offer many positive experiences. It can give children and young people the chance to escape into a virtual world, to learn, and to connect with others.

However, there is a risk of children and young people viewing inappropriate content in games and being contacted by adults seeking to exploit them.

Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. (Children Exploitation and Online Protection).

Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.

This week the activity pack for parents and carers to deliver to their children explores how they can stay safe while gaming: 

The Traveller Movement Domestic Abuse Project- Film show and workshop on Friday 24th July 2-4pm
‘Never going to Beat You’ is a Traveller Movement film about domestic abuse.  

The project originally began as a community theatre project with Romany Gypsy and Minceir/Pavee (Irish Traveller) women who shared their stories of abuse  to produce a play.

The characters in the film are portrayed by a mix of women and men from the Traveller Movement and professional actors.

We are delighted to let you know we have arranged for an online showing of the film and workshop on Friday 24th July from 2.00pm to 4.00pm – showing the film Never Going to Beat You followed by a presentation from two of the women who were involved with the film and then an open Q & A.

To attend, please email peggy.sharp@stalbans.gov.uk no later than Tuesday 21st July. There is a suggested donation of £20 per head to cover the costs of the project and enable the Traveller Movement to continue their work. However, this cost shouldn’t stop you attending, contact Peggy to discuss subsidised or free places. 

Click here for more information.

Message from Borehamwood Library
Borehamwood Library is now offering a click and collect service called Ready Reads – customers request a type of book pack either online here: Ready Reads or by calling 0300 123 4049

There are plenty of adult and children’s packs available – Cosy Crime, Contemporary Fiction, Sci fi and Fantasy, Literary Fiction and more, plus others for teenagers and children of different ages

Borehamwood Library is open for collection of the pre-ordered packs and for book returns from 10am to 2pm Monday to Saturday. No other services can be offered at this time but we are working towards being able to offer these.

This is a safe way for any residents who have missed the library and social interaction to get out again and have a little chat with staff at the door and come home with some books we have chosen for them

The Summer Reading Challenge will be running again, but online this year. Families can sign up here: Silly Squad website.

Online Jobs Fair
Join Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Jobcentreplus Online Job Fair on Friday 24th July from 10am - 11am. Follow @JCPinBeds on Twitter or #JobsinBedsandHerts

For more information please email Trevor.Buckland@dwp.gov.uk

Sat 11 Jul 2020

How has volunteering been affected by the pandemic?
During the last few months, as the country has gone into lockdown and we have all had to change the ways we live our lives, the volunteering landscape has also had to adapt the way volunteers support local organisations.

Lots of community groups have adapted quickly to involve volunteers in finding ways to deliver services online in order to engage with the more socially isolated people, such as those who are disabled, those with mental health conditions, those in vulnerable age ranges and those shielding. However, there is a real fear that if everything goes online there will be vulnerable people who won’t be able to access the support that they need.

There are definitely positive and negatives to online engagement. It’s a fine balance and it will be interesting to see how digital content  is utilised over the coming months as lockdown eases. Organisations are doing regular zoom quizzes, bingo, training sessions on coping with mental health issues during lockdown along with that relevant to volunteering roles as well as general catching up with volunteers via other methods like phone, text messaging and Whatsapp.

The key is to keep volunteer engagement going. Some volunteers will be keen to try out a new role or deliver their existing role in a new way on their phased return.  Both require time, resources and in some cases training, to adjust at a pace the volunteer feels comfortable with.

Before face to face volunteering is restarted organisations must ensure the safety of the place where they will be undertaking the task by carrying out risk assessments of the building to make sure current social distancing measures are in place.

How could we work together going forward?
It would be great to build on this and hear thoughts and have further discussion about potential ideals of engagement.

There are lots of ways to support your local community and volunteering is adapting to allow people to continue to offer their time in creative ways.  Moving forward we will be re-launching our Volunteer Managers Forum to allow us all to share ideas through peer to peer learning for all who are interested.  It would be a great way to hear thoughts on current topics and have further discussions.

If someone has forwarded this to you, you can sign up to receive our e-newsletters directly into your inbox here: www.communities1st.org.uk/newsletter.

Stay safe, stay well, be kind

Stephen Craker,

Chief Executive,
Communities 1st

 

This newsletter is split into the following sections:

  • Communities 1st COVID-19 Information and Support
  • Information to support voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Funding for non-profit organisations
  • Information to support individual

COMMUNITIES 1st COVID-19 INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

Compassionate Community Connector Programme
Supporting Individuals: People who need help whilst isolated (or someone on their behalf) can complete an online form here or call 020 8207 5115 or email.  

Volunteering: for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others. Individuals wishing to volunteer their time can sign-up here or call 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups - we are here to help
If you need information, advice or support Communities 1st is here to help.  We can offer advice on issues from fundraising to governance and to managing volunteers.  You can contact us on 01727 743018 or via email: memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and we will prioritise support for your organisation.

On our website you can find a range of resources and support on issues relating to Covid-19, including:

  • Funding sources – we’re updating our funding sources regularly with the latest information
  • Resource Hub – including staffing issues, governance, managing a funding crisis, digital support, safeguarding and other useful resources (operational issues and guidance on working with different sectors of the community)
  • Useful Covid-19 volunteer introduction videos and documents for your organisation and information about mutual aid groups

Kindness Stories
We want to gather stories about positive things that are happening in our local communities.  If you have a Kindness Story that you would like to share please email us: covid19news@communities1st.org.uk #1stcommunities

If you want more information you can visit our website: www.communities1st.org.uk/Covid-19Updates or contact our Voluntary Sector support team on 01727 743018.  

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

Meet The Funder Session – BBC Children in Need
Communities 1st is holding another “Meet the Funder” event via ZOOM this month

Sophie Charles from BBC Children in Need will give a talk about their Covid-19 response and what Children in Need look for in applications.

Children in Need consider applications from registered charities and CICs. You can find full details on their website here for eligibility and their policies around different organisation types, particularly under the headings CICs, Charity Registration and Social Enterprises. They also welcome applications from Partnerships

Tuesday 14 July  between 11.00am -12.30pm.

Click here register for the event.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs – what you can and can’t do
On 9 July the government updated the coronavirus outbreaks FAQs to reflect new regulations coming into force on 9 July. Read more.

Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs to help the UK’s recovery
On 8 July the government published its Summer Economic Update. The Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. Read more.

Highlights from the update included the phasing out of the furlough scheme and introducing the 'kick start' scheme to help 18-24 year olds get into meaningful work. Full details of the measures can be found on the Government website here.

Other measures relevant to the voluntary sector included the VAT reduction from 20% to 5% for the hospitality and tourism sectors.

The Charity Finance Group has helpfully summarised the Summer Economic Update and highlighted the key points for our sector going forward. Read their thoughts here.

The annual UK Civil Society Almanac is now available to download.
Drawing on a range of sources, the Almanac provides a snapshot of what voluntary organisations do, their income and spending, workforce, volunteering and its impact.

Key highlights include:

  • 19.4m people volunteered at least once a year during 2018/19 through a group, club or organisation
  • The voluntary sector contributed £18.2bn to the economy in 2017/18, representing about 0.9% of total GDP
  • The voluntary sector has a paid workforce of 909,088, 5% more than in 2018

Click here to view the UK Civil Society Almanac 2020.

Thanks to our friends at NCVO for this great piece of work.

Cultural and heritage organisations to receive a £1.57bn support package
The government has announced that the UK's arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a £1.57 billion rescue package to help with the impact of coronavirus

Organisations - many of which are charities - across the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans.

The money will provide a lifeline to cultural and heritage organisations hit hard by the pandemic. Plus funding to restart paused projects will help support employment, including freelancers working in these sectors.

Click here for more details about the announcement.

Risk of insolvency – what Chairs need to know
The Association of Chairs has put together a guidance for those Trustees and Chairs whether their charity is presently insolvent; or, whether it will become insolvent in the future and how will they recognise when this is the case.

Click here to read their guidance.

The Change Collective Guide to Recruitment for Small Charities
Running a small charity is hard work, and you get used to doing everything yourself - you have to, when there isn’t a volunteer available with the skills and time, and you just do not have the money to pay others to do it. Making the decision to employ someone to help you with fundraising is a big one – you need the investment to pay off to keep running your services and not deplete your reserves.

The Institute of Fundraising has produced a guide, supported by the Small Charities Coalition, to help identify what you need from a fundraiser and the different options for recruiting your first fundraiser into this role. It is primarily aimed at organisations operating under £350,000 a year.

Click here to view the guide.

Trans and Non-Binary COVID-19 Impact Focus Group
The LGBT Foundation is looking to explore how trans and non-binary communities have been impacted by the current health crisis.

They are looking to discuss how these communities have been affected, what resources have been useful, and what more can be done to support them.

The event will be held on 14 July and you can sign up through their Eventbrite page.

Chairing Plus Webinar: Working with Your Chief Executive
As a chair, building and maintaining a successful relationship with a chief executive is a key part of the role. But it’s not always a simple task.

The Association of Chairs is holding a webinar on 12 August to look at what is needed at key stages in the Chair-Chief Executive relationship, including appraisal of a Chief Executive.

Click here for more information and to register.

How to manage negative social media comments
At some point if you are on social media, you will encounter a negative comment or two directed your way.

The temptation is to respond in a similar manner and explain why they are wrong, however this is usually not the best approach.

Digital Giants has put together an infographic showing the seven steps to responding to a negative comment. We highly recommend adopting these as a strategy so you and your colleagues are prepared should you encounter such negativity.

Click here for the infographic.

Life Beyond Covid-19
The COVID-19 Committee is inviting people to share their hopes and fears about what the pandemic might mean in the long-term for our home and working lives, and for how we function as a society – what might it mean for social cohesion, for (in)equality, for our environment or for arts and culture?

Deadline for submission is 31 August.

Click here for full details.

Time to Spare: Track and Trace system
As part of the government guidance on maintaining records on people using your establishments, an organisation called Time to Spare has produced a track and trace system for the safe collection of contact details. Read more.

Convenors of SORP engagement discussions announced
The Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) sets out the framework for how larger charities prepare their annual report and accounts. On 8 July the charity commission released a press release explaining the SORP engagement process.

Following a governance review of the SORP development process in 2018-19, a new approach has been initiated which has greater engagement at its heart.

To support the SORP-making body and the advisory SORP Committee in this work, volunteer engagement partners have been recruited through an open recruitment process.

Details of the engagement partners and more about this engagement process can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Stay safe and make positive choices – Summer Programme 2020
A two week programme for young people to learn about keeping themselves safe and engage in positive alternatives to gangs and knife crime.

Please speak to a YC Hertfordshire Youth Worker if you’re interested in joining the project.

  • Monday-Friday 3 hours daily
  • 2 hours of professional sports coaching
  • £30 Amazon voucher on completion
  • Certificate of participation

To refer a young person to the programme email ychreferral@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Click here for more information.

Training - Get Started with Analytics
Media Trust’s Get Started with Analytics webinar will take place on 16 July. Learn more about web analytics and what ‘data driven’ decision making means for your charity. Register here.

New Premises Required – Centre 33 St Albans
Centre 33 is looking for new premises to provide their twice daily meal service in St Albans.  Their current premises 2A Spicer Street St Albans are unsuitable amid the COVID -19 pandemic as they are too small for safe operation. Ideally, premises would be in central St Albans of around 1,000 sq ft with kitchen, toilets, a large room for dining and with a separate access to the kitchen area.  If you know of anywhere, please contact Colin Simmons – chairman@centre33.org.   

Nominations are now open for this year’s Valuing Volunteer Management Award
The Hertfordshire Valuing Volunteer Management awards are unique because they are nominated for solely by volunteers. If you volunteer for any Hertfordshire based organisation that really values their volunteers and you think they deserve to be nominated for an award – we want your nominations now!

Criteria: The volunteering organisation you are nominating must have either completed the 6 Point Promise (6PP) or are working towards it.  If they haven't done either of the above, all is not lost.  Get your organisation to sign up with their nearest centre before the closing date below.

Please visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Volunteering-Herts-Awards-2020.

Do take the time to put together a really good quality nomination for the organisation you volunteer with. Show them how much you value their support for the work you do!

Hurry, closing date is 15 July.

#NeverMoreNeeded
The #NeverMoreNeeded website is here and ready for you to use!

To fuel you all with content and activities to keep banging the #NeverMoreNeeded drum, the #NeverMoreNeeded website is now live.

Click here to have a view.

Tag @1stCommunities and @NAVCA (on Twitter) for re-tweets and shares.

Better Business - Inspire KS3 Masterclasses – Business Volunteers wanted
In September, Communities 1st will launch an online webinar version of its Inspire KS3 Schools Masterclasses. Volunteers from a range of professional backgrounds give talks to students at Key Stage 3 (aged between 11 and 14) about their jobs, how they got into them and what it’s like to work in their industries. If you’d like to take part, please click to complete a short questionnaire and we’ll get in touch with more details.

FUNDING

If you would like help with applying for these funds such as a read and review, Christine Halpin and Isobel Hatfield are on hand to help you through, please contact them by email at memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and they will book some time in to work with you.

Hertsmere Borough Council – Community Grant Scheme
Hertsmere Borough Council’s community grant scheme has been split into two funding streams.  The first round is for voluntary sector organisations facing financial difficulty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The second stream will be used for projects that have a positive impact in supporting the response to Covid-19 in the ‘recovery stage which will be released later in the year depending on how this crisis evolves.

The first stream of funding is now open for applications.  Click here to read the guidance. https://www.hertsmere.gov.uk/Community/Community-Information/Community-Grants.aspx.

St Albans and District Council’s Community Grant Fund is now open!
Grants will be made between £500-£5000. There is just one round this year, and the focus is on creative projects which support vulnerable people to recover from the impact of coronavirus measures.

For further information about the grant follow this link www.communities1st.org.uk/SADCgrants.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF): Coronavirus Relief Fund Phase 2
Informed by the results of the local and national surveys/reports on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, HCF have launched their next round of funding to support the voluntary sector and the people of Hertfordshire. They are welcoming applications on a rolling basis for the following:

  • Fast track grants of £1,000 to £5,000 prioritising smaller organisations continuing to meet immediate need.
  • Grants up to £10,000 for organisations that have adapted their support services and are looking to the longer-term.
  • Grants up to £20,000 for collaborative proposals that see organisations coming together to address specific needs.

Click here for more information.

HCF Workforce Development Grants
Grants of up to £2,000 are now available for learning and development in voluntary and community organisations in Hertfordshire.

HCC Adult Care Services are funding this grant scheme for VCS organisations that provide adult social care in Hertfordshire. The grants are managed by HCF Training and Development and can be used to support the:

  • Learning and development of the organisation’s workforce
  • Development of the capacity of the organisation to deliver training and skills to its workforce, to carers or to service users/clients

Examples of acceptable uses include:

  • Training or qualifications for paid staff, volunteers or trustees
  • Coaching or mentoring for key leaders (e.g. managers or trustees)
  • Equipment, software or other resources/materials that will be used for the delivery of training and skills to the workforce, carers or service users/clients
  • Costs associated with accreditation of courses (provided there is a sustainable plan for maintaining this)
  • To develop and run peer support programmes to aid recovery and provide on-going care and support

Find out if you are eligible and to apply.

Herts Sports Partnership have produced a funding newsletter which is extremely useful for sports groups and can be found on their website. It includes both local, national and sport specific funding packages. 

Crowdfund Hertfordshire
Crowdfunder are working with a number of partners across Hertfordshire, helping to make great ideas happen through a combination of expert crowdfunding coaching, events and grants.

Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative in Hertfordshire that needs funding?

For any queries relating to these funds please contact Hertfordshire Community Foundation at ana.siewniak@hertscf.org.uk.

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire.

Herts Valleys (West Herts only) Small Grants process – relaunch
You may be aware that the original process was suspended in March because of the pandemic. Following substantial engagement with the sector and partners, Herts Valleys CCG is now in position to relaunch it. The application form can be found here.

Please note the following conditions have changed:

  • Any voluntary organisation or not for profit can apply
  • They can make only one application and for a maximum of £10,000 (though the full £10,000 will not be reduced if match-funders can add to the project)
  • The project has to be related to helping you either to:
  • deliver pre-existing services in a Covid-proofed way following the easing of lockdown or
  • in creating new types of support specifically for people whose health and wellbeing has been particularly badly affected by the crisis and the lockdown.  You need to explain this in your application
  • Applicants who have applied before can re-send information from last time (appropriately amended) 
  • There will be just six questions to answer, adapted from last time.  Previous applicants will be able to use most of the answers they used before, but must adapt them to show how the request for funding relates to 3.a) and/or b) above

Completed forms must be returned to tim.anfilogoff@nhs.net by midnight on Friday 24 July 2020. 

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Impact Awards
The awards aim to support charities providing individuals with vital health and wellbeing services throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.

Who can apply? Charities who have been established for 3 years or more and who are located and registered within the UK and working within a health related field. The maximum annual income of charities must not exceed £2.5 million.

Deadline: Monday 14 September 2020

Value: Up to ten winners will receive £30,000 unrestricted funding and one overall winner will receive £40,000.

Find out more.

Independent Age Fund
Grants are available to help older people who are likely to be missing out due to the restrictions from the current pandemic. Support will keep practical services running, provide advice, and opportunities, so individuals can be provided with essentials such as food and medicines and keep connected through digital.

Who can apply? Charities registered for a minimum of 2 years who are working with older people in at least one of two of the priority areas. Either, older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations or older people who are vulnerable.  

Deadline: Opens Monday 27 July until 9am Friday 21 August
Value: Up to £15,000
Find out more.

Julia and Hans Rausing Launch £10 million Charity Survival Fund
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has launched a new ‘Charity Survival Fund’. A total of £10 million will be made available to support charities in the UK, specifically focusing on small and medium size charities.

The aim is to provide core funding to help charities overcome the impact of Covid-19, offsetting lost income. Deadline for applications is 27 July.

More details can be found here.

Grants of up to £50,000 Available for Community Projects (Aviva Community Fund)
Small charities and constituted community groups with innovative ideas that benefit their community can apply for funding of up to £50,000 for projects that build more connected, more resilient communities and give people the tools to become more financially independent. The funding is being made available through the Aviva Community Fund. Every three months, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects. In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas. The closing date for this funding round is the 28th July 2020.

Find out more.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to charitable organisations. Deadline is 31 July.

Find out more.

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS

Advice for Consumers
Applications for free call blockers have re-opened on the Friends Against Scams website. If you know somebody who would benefit from a call blocker, ask them to apply here.

#ScamAware#CallBlocker

The National Trading Standards Scams Team received government funding to supply and install call blocking technology in consumers’ homes. The project re-launched at the beginning of March and received hundreds of applications.

Due to COVID-19 the very difficult decision was made to close applications as it wasn’t safe under government guidelines to continue posting and installing units. Since then the team has been working with trueCall, the supplier of these devices, to provide a safe application process.

The team and trueCall are now in a position to re-open applications and post units out to consumers who can self-install only.

Units will be sent directly to consumers and people won’t be able to apply on behalf of others.

Units will be supplied on a first come first served basis.

Direct applicants will be able to apply online on the Friends Against Scams website from the 8th July.

July Parents' & Carers' Pack
The July Parents' and Carers' Pack is now available. This month we cover preparing for results day, boosting employability skills, the apprentice perspective during lockdown, Microsoft's new digital skills courses, a parent's take on apprenticeships and much more. Please download here.

Fri 3 Jul 2020

Supporting other charities to rebuild

During late May and June, Communities 1st carried out its second survey of local voluntary and community organisations, in order to understand the sector further at almost 3 months in to lockdown. We aim to use the information to inform our work and target support where it is needed most.

With 110 responses, it was no surprise to read that the primary support organisations needed straight away was funding. This is to cover lost fundraising opportunities, lost income, continuing costs and to pay for their response to Covid-19.   Almost one quarter of organisations stated that they will only survive for twelve months or less without additional funding or support.

However, more startling is the range of support organisations need. Most reported that they need support in several areas, including recruiting new volunteers, resilience planning and to develop new IT systems.  

One of our roles at Communities 1st is to provide this support.  The survey has enabled us to understand the support that individual organisations need and to target our support directly.

We have started a programme of Meet the Funder sessions and have so far hosted The National Lottery and Hertfordshire Community Foundation, with a Children in Need session planned for July (see below). These sessions give attendees an in-depth understanding of what the funders are looking for and an increased chance of a successful application.

In addition, we are offering weekly Zoom sessions with the Communities 1st membership team, during which organisations can discuss their needs and our team offer their support.

During lockdown, over 3,000 volunteers signed up with Communities 1st to support their community.  Many of those are now returning to work and the challenge is to harness that community spirit and keep those potential volunteers engaged.

We are working closely with local voluntary and community organisations to understand their volunteering needs and promote their vacancies in the Communities 1st volunteering newsletter.  In order to keep those potential volunteers engaged, organisations need to offer roles which are flexible and interesting and can fit around the schedule of paid work. Covid-19 has changed the landscape in which we all live and work in.

Finally, at Communities 1st we are aware that the organisations that engage with us only represent a proportion of the voluntary sector in Hertsmere and St Albans District.  We have recruited a team of volunteers to identify other local voluntary and community organisations, and will contact them directly to offer support.

If someone has forwarded this to you, you can sign up to receive our e-newsletters directly into your inbox here: www.communities1st.org.uk/newsletter.

Stay safe, stay well, be kind

Stephen Craker,
Chief Executive, Communities 1st

 

This newsletter is split into the following sections:

  • Communities 1st COVID-19 Information and Support
  • Information to support voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Funding for non-profit organisations
  • Information to support individuals

COMMUNITIES 1st COVID-19 INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

Compassionate Community Connector Programme
Supporting Individuals: People who need help whilst isolated (or someone on their behalf) can complete an online form here or call 020 8207 5115 or email.  

Volunteering: for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others. Individuals wishing to volunteer their time can sign-up here or call 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups - we are here to help
If you need information, advice or support Communities 1st is here to help.  We can offer advice on issues from fundraising to governance and to managing volunteers.  You can contact us on 01727 743018 or via email: memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and we will prioritise support for your organisation.

On our website you can find a range of resources and support on issues relating to Covid-19, including:

  • Funding sources – we’re updating our funding sources regularly with the latest information
  • Resource Hub – including staffing issues, governance, managing a funding crisis, digital support, safeguarding and other useful resources (operational issues and guidance on working with different sectors of the community)
  • Useful Covid-19 volunteer introduction videos and documents for your organisation and information about mutual aid groups

Kindness Stories
We want to gather stories about positive things that are happening in our local communities.  If you have a Kindness Story that you would like to share please email us: covid19news@communities1st.org.uk #1stcommunities

If you want more information you can visit our website: www.communities1st.org.uk/Covid-19Updates or contact our Voluntary Sector support team on 01727 743018.  

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

Meet The Funder Session – BBC Children in Need
Communities 1st is holding another “Meet the Funder” event via ZOOM this month

Sophie Charles from BBC Children in Need will give a talk about their Covid-19 response and what Children in Need look for in applications.

Children in Need consider applications from registered charities and CICs. You can find full details on their website here for eligibility and their policies around different organisation types, particularly under the headings CICs, Charity Registration and Social Enterprises. They also welcome applications from Partnerships

Tuesday 14 July  between 11.00am -12.30pm.

Click here register for the event.

Know a local group who need extra support providing #COVID19 relief?
You can now request support from the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.  Just complete the webform with details of the support you need. Types of support available:

  • Transportation or delivery including medicine
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Financial support and advice
  • Specialist training
  • Guidance
  • Mental health support and wellbeing
  • Volunteers

Go to the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership request support service: www.vcsep.support/request-support.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector - update
On 26 June the Charity Commission updated their Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector. The update relates to information for charitable companies and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) on new laws affecting members’ meetings and insolvency.

These provisions are set out in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 and came into effect on 26 June. The provisions introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 aim to help businesses continue operating and avoid insolvency during this period of economic uncertainty due to COVID-19. These provisions apply to charitable companies, and the majority of the provisions also apply to CIOs.

Read the updated guidance here.

Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 04/20 - Recovery and Transition from COVID-19
This procurement policy note was updated on 25 June. It sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during the current coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak. It updates and builds on the provisions contained in PPN 02/20..

We recommend that all VCSE organisations commissioned to deliver services is aware of this update. 

Citizens Advice: what are the nation's coronavirus concerns?
Citizens Advice has produced a report based on the activity and user behaviour on their website. It looks at what advice people were searching for over a period of three months.

For instance, the most searched word on their website during March 2020 was 'coronavirus'. In April it was 'furlough' and then in May it was 'redundancy'.

View the report here.

Tackling health inequalities in light of The Marmot Review and Covid-19
Webinar: Wednesday 8 July, 18:00-19:15

Join a talk by Professor Sir Michael Marmot followed by responses from Farzana Khan, Executive Director and Co-founder of Healing Justice London (HJL) and Natalie Creary, Director of Black Thrive, a partnership between statutory organisations, the voluntary sector and local communities who work collaboratively to reduce mental health inequality experienced by African and African-Caribbean communities in the London Borough of Lambeth.

The event will be chaired by Sian Williams, Toynbee Hall’s Director of Policy. This is an open event and people from different communities, political backgrounds and walks of life are encouraged to attend.

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain
The Office of National Statistics publish the weekly findings from their Opinions and Lifestyle Survey which compares the mood and actions of the nation week-to-week.

Click here to see the latest release. Next edition is due on 10 July.

Upbeat stats from this week: almost half of adults (43%) reported that there were some aspects of their lifestyle that had changed for the better since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Of those who reported that some aspects of their lifestyle had changed for the better, over half (56%) said that they were now able to spend more quality time with people they lived with, while 50% were enjoying a slower pace of life and 47% preferred that they were spending less time travelling.

Public help reach major milestone in fight against scammers
Just two months after the National Cyber Security Centre launched the Suspicious Email Reporting Service, they have received one million reports of scam emails.

The service, which was launched as part of the Government’s Cyber Aware campaign, has seen a massive response from the public, receiving a daily average of 16,500 emails and now reaching the milestone of one million.

For more information on the Cyber Aware campaign click here.

COVID-19: Psychological First Aid online course
Public Health England has launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers.

The course aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide psychosocial support to people affected by COVID-19.  The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. It takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace.

Click here for more details.

Coronavirus recovery - six data protection steps for organisations
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease and organisations begin to reopen, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has set out six key steps every organisation needs to consider around the use of personal information.

These steps include only collecting data that is necessary, being open, clear and honest, and keeping information secure.

Click here to see all six steps.

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
Community centres, village halls, and other multi-use community facilities support a wide range of local activity. However, their communal nature also makes them places that are vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information is for those managing multi-use community facilities. It signposts to relevant guidance on a range of different activities that can take place in these spaces, in line with the government’s roadmap to ease the existing measures to tackle COVID-19.

Full details here.

Charity Shop updates
The latest version of the Charity Retail Association's Reopening Information Pack is now available. Please share with your networks as it now incorporates further new information.

Many charities are suffering from a shortage of volunteers which is in some cases preventing them from opening as many shops as they would like.

New from the Fundraising Regulator
New guidance has been prepared in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive. It set outs the over-arching principles which should be applied to all fundraising methods, as well as specific advice on public fundraising (including street, door-to-door and private site fundraising).

The publication of these two pieces of guidance is the first instalment in a series from the Fundraising Regulator and Institute of Fundraising (IoF). You can read the guidance here:

Engaging with Gypsy and Traveller people and communities

NHS England is hosting a webinar on 15 July, which aims to share good practice examples, resources and tips on how to improve engagement with Gypsy and Traveller communities and other populations experiencing health inequalities to influence and create change.

The webinar will be held at 1pm on Microsoft Teams. Registration is free and can be completed by clicking here.

Unequal impact? Coronavirus and BAME people 
The Women and Equalities Committee is requesting views on what actions you think the Government and others can take to mitigate impacts - specifically on the impact on BAME people during the pandemic. The Committee can then make clear and effective recommendations for change.

Deadline for submission is 10 July.

Click here for full details.

Put children at the heart of the recovery
150+ organisations, including Action for Children, Barnardo’s, National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC and The Children’s Society are calling on the Government to put children at the heart of the recovery process.

In the statement, which they issued to the Prime Minister on Tuesday 30 June, they called for children to join health and the economy as the three pillars of the government’s coronavirus response.

Click here to read their statement in full.

The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services
The Education Committee has an open inquiry looking at how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of the education sector and children’s social care system. This will scrutinise how the Department for Education is dealing with the situation.

It will examine both short term impacts, such as the effects of school closures and exam cancellations, as well as longer-term implications particularly for the most vulnerable children.

Deadline for submission is 21 July.

Click here for more details

Nominations are now open for this year’s Valuing Volunteer Management Award
The Hertfordshire Valuing Volunteer Management awards are unique because they are nominated for solely by volunteers. If you volunteer for any Hertfordshire based organisation that really values their volunteers and you think they deserve to be nominated for an award – we want your nominations now!

Criteria: The volunteering organisation you are nominating must have either completed the 6 Point Promise (6PP) or are working towards it.  If they haven't done either of the above, all is not lost.  Get your organisation to sign up with their nearest centre before the closing date below

Please visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Volunteering-Herts-Awards-2020

Do take the time to put together a really good quality nomination for the organisation you volunteer with. Show them how much you value their support for the work you do!

#NeverMoreNeeded
The #NeverMoreNeeded website is here and ready for you to use!

To fuel you all with content and activities to keep banging the #NeverMoreNeeded drum, the #NeverMoreNeeded website is now live. Click here to have a view.

Tag @1stCommunities and @NAVCA (on Twitter) for re-tweets and shares.

Better Business - Inspire KS3 Masterclasses – Business Volunteers wanted
Communities 1st will soon be launching an online webinar version of its Inspire KS3 Schools Masterclasses. Volunteers from a range of professional backgrounds give talks to students at Key Stage 3 (aged between 11 and 14) about their jobs, how they got into them and what it’s like to work in their industries. If you’d like to take part, please click to complete a short questionnaire and we’ll get in touch with more details.

FUNDING

If you would like help with applying for these funds such as a read and review, Christine Halpin and Isobel Hatfield are on hand to help you through, please contact them by email at memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and they will book some time in to work with you.

St Albans and District Council’s Community Grant Fund is now open!
Grants will be made between £500-£5000. There is just one round this year, and the focus is on creative projects which support vulnerable people to recover from the impact of coronavirus measures.

For further information about the grant follow this link www.communities1st.org.uk/SADCgrants

Why not join the Information event to learn more about the grant and the application process on Tuesday 7th July 2020 between  11.00am - 12.30pm via zoom.

To book please click here.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF): Coronavirus Relief Fund Phase 2 Informed by the results of the local and national surveys/reports on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, HCF have launched their next round of funding to support the voluntary sector and the people of Hertfordshire. They are welcoming applications on a rolling basis for the following:

  • Fast track grants of £1,000 to £5,000 prioritising smaller organisations continuing to meet immediate need.
  • Grants up to £10,000 for organisations that have adapted their support services and are looking to the longer-term.
  • Grants up to £20,000 for collaborative proposals that see organisations coming together to address specific needs.

Click here for more information.

Herts Sports Partnership have produced a funding newsletter which is extremely useful for sports groups and can be found on their website.

It includes both local, national and sport specific funding packages.

Crowdfund Hertfordshire
Crowdfunder are working with a number of partners across Hertfordshire, helping to make great ideas happen through a combination of expert crowdfunding coaching, events and grants.

Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative in Hertfordshire that needs funding?

For any queries relating to these funds please contact Hertfordshire Community Foundation at ana.siewniak@hertscf.org.uk.

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire

Herts Valleys (West Herts only) Small Grants process – relaunch
You may be aware that the original process was suspended in March because of the pandemic. Following substantial engagement with the sector and partners, Herts Valleys CCG is now in position to relaunch it.  The application form can be found here.

Please note the following conditions have changed:

  • Any voluntary organisation or not for profit can apply
  • They can make only one application and for a maximum of £10,000 (though the full £10,000 will not be reduced if match-funders can add to the project)
  • The project has to be related to helping you either to:
    • deliver pre-existing services in a Covid-proofed way following the easing of lockdown or
    • in creating new types of support specifically for people whose health and wellbeing has been particularly badly affected by the crisis and the lockdown.  You need to explain this in your application
  • Applicants who have applied before can re-send information from last time (appropriately amended)
  • There will be just six questions to answer, adapted from last time.  Previous applicants will be able to use most of the answers they used before, but must adapt them to show how the request for funding relates to 3.a) and/or b) above

Completed forms must be returned to tim.anfilogoff@nhs.net by midnight on Friday 24 July 2020. 

Funding to Support Charitable Equine Welfare Organisations Affected by the Covid-19 Crisis
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help small and medium-sized charitable equine welfare organisations which have experienced unprecedented financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The Petplan Charitable Trust has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund to help smaller equine welfare organisations whose primary focus is the rescue and rehoming of equines. Priority will be given to NEWC members and those smaller organisations that have not received emergency funding from other emergency funds. The average grant is expected to be around £2,500-£3,000. The deadline for the first round of applications is the 24th July 2020.  Read more here.

Longer-Term Project Funding for Charities
Charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland can now apply for funding from phase two of Ecclesiastical’s £1 million Movement for Good awards to help with longer-term project funding. Ten charities will each receive a £50,000 grant for innovative, larger, longer-term projects which support the advancement of education and skills, citizenship or community development, and arts, culture or heritage. Funding can be used over one year or spread over three years for projects or innovative initiatives with clear outcomes and benefits, and can cover costs such as project-related salaries and capital costs. Applications will be assessed on their impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion. The deadline for applications is the 24th July 2020.  Read more here.

Grants for Talented Musicians and Groups
Help Musicians UK together with MOBO Trust have announced the second round of the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. Exceptionally talented artists and groups can apply for grants of up to £3,000. Grants can cover a variety of the costs of any opportunity that will have a significant impact on the artist’s creativity and career. This year, the fund has expanded in investment and enhanced its support package, aiming to empower musicians to drive forward their businesses at a crucial time.  This could include reshaping your current business plans in the context of the changing domestic and global situations. Any solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genre can apply but preference may be given to; R&B, Afrobeat, Soul, Hip Hop, Grime, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae and African music. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 27th July 2020.  Read more here.

Grants of up To £50,000 to Support the Heritage Sector During the Coronavirus Crisis - Deadline Extended until the 31st July 2020
In response to the coronavirus, the National Lottery Heritage Fund has created a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund as part of a support package to help safeguard heritage sites and organisations. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations to ensure stability and longer-term recovery by covering unavoidable, essential costs which cannot be met for up to four months. To be eligible, organisations must be a current or previous recipient of a grant from the Heritage Fund, and be an owner, manager or representative of heritage, or have delivered participatory heritage activity. Funding will be prioritised to organisations which have limited or no alternative access to other sources of support. The deadline for applications has been extended from the 30th June until the 31st July 2020.  Read more here.

Funding for Charities Supporting the Over 60’s and BAME Communities
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to UK charities that focus on the often complex issues that have arisen from the Covid 19 pandemic for people aged 60 and over. The funding is being made available through the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust. The Trust will also be prioritising charities that work in BAME communities, in light of Black Lives Matter and the growing awareness that these communities are being disproportionately affected by the Covid 19 crisis. The funding is available to UK registered charities that have an operating income and expenditure of between £100,000 and £1 million. The closing date for applications is the 31st July 2020.  Read more here.

Funding to Create Green Jobs Following the Coronavirus Pandemic
Charities and environmental organisations will be able to apply for a share of £40 million to create thousands of new jobs to help the nation’s green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The UK Governments £40 Million Green Challenge Fund will support projects to restore nature and tackle climate change by creating a broad range of short and long-term jobs such as ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers in environment organisations; and support their suppliers in areas such as agricultural engineering, horticulture, and equipment and seed supply. The Challenge Fund is due to be launched in the near future and further details will be set out in due course.  Read more here.

Funding to Help Clubs Return to Football
Football clubs can apply for funding to make the necessary changes and modifications to allow their buildings to safely reopen in line with Covid-19 hygiene and social distancing guidelines. Through their £2.19 million Club Preparation Fund, the Football Foundation will make grants of £500 available to grassroots football clubs and organisations, FA National League System clubs, Welsh Cymru Premier League clubs, and clubs in The FA Women’s Pyramid to help them return to football. Funding should be used on three key areas: promoting good hygiene; keeping facilities and equipment clean; and maintaining social distancing and avoiding congestion. This might include hand sanitiser dispensers, signage and floor markings, and installing safety screening and contactless payment systems. The deadline for applications is the 19th July 2020.  Read more here.

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS

Last week the Government set out its 'roadmap' for the future of those who are shielding
From 6 July, people who were shielding:

  • can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
  • are no longer required to observe social distancing with other members of their household; and
  • can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household.

From 1 August, people who were shielding:

  • are no longer required to shield and instead are advised to adopt social distancing and to minimise contact with anyone outside their household;
  • are able to return to work - if working from home is not an option - on the proviso that the workplace is COVID-19 safe; and
  • are able to go and buy food, visit places of worship and exercise whilst maintaining social distancing.
  • Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable are able to return to school.

Additionally, food and medicine boxes facilitated by the National Shielding Service will stop as of 1 August.

Full details can be found here.

Hertfordshire's Virtual Book of Remembrance
Along with the rest of the United Kingdom, Hertfordshire has been severely affected by the Covid-19 disease. Everyone has been the subject of the difficult rules about the lockdown, social distancing, and other Covid-19 related restrictions. Many have seen their livelihoods suffer and their businesses badly damaged. A significant number have died, both because of the disease and for other reasons, leaving loved ones mourning their loss.  Because of the characteristics of the disease, those who have lost members of their families, or their friends, have not been able to be with them when they died or been able to hold a proper funeral or memorial event, leaving jagged edges of grief which will be difficult to heal. The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Her Majesty’s personal representative in the County, will do all he can to help honour the memories of those who have died.

In due course, when the dangers associated with the pandemic have been overcome and the restrictions have been lifted, the Lord-Lieutenant will lead remembrance services and memorial events in Hertfordshire to honour the memories of those who died.. Until then many might find it helpful publicly to record and acknowledge the loss of loved ones during the restrictions, using the virtual Book of Remembrance.

www.lord-lieutenant-herts.org.uk/remembrance/

Literary Event
As part of this year's reduced Elstree & Borehamwood Town Festival, the Town Council presents for you a Virtual Literary Event featuring among others Tony McHale (Actor, writer, Producer, Director); Alexander S. Bermange (Composer and Lyricist) and Paul Welsh (Film Historian and Author) as well as members of the Town Council’s own "Writers in the Wood".

Free Course- Life After Lockdown
The Life After Lockdown course starting this evening is now full.  However due to popular demand we will be running another one from 5 August – 26 August  which will be in the same format. Is there a link to this ?

To enrol please ring 01727 737000 and quote the course code CL254B1EC.

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal
Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal is supporting Hertfordshire students, employers and residents during COVID-19. Click here to find out more.

 

Fri 26 Jun 2020

Celebrating Pride - Equality isn’t just for one month a year
Every year, throughout June, there are Pride festivals and events across the world to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots.  As well as being a time for celebration, Pride Month also provides the opportunity to reflect on recent weeks.  This includes the unjust death of George Floyd, the ensuing Black Lives Matter movement, the underrepresentation of BAME, LGBTQIA+ and Deaf and Disabled people in charities and the discrimination many still face.

Charites have always been key figures in addressing societal issues but how can we make sure we’re creating real change? It’s easy to write a supportive statement on social media, but we need to back up our words with actions. We now need to look at how we can firmly establish fairness and equality within our own organisations first, addressing all forms of discrimination including racism, sexism, ableism, ageism and LGBTQIA+ rights. We need to remember that charities and our staff and volunteers feel the same unconscious bias as the wider population, and actively work to address this.

We can start by doing what we do best, bringing training to local charities. Communities 1st will be working with local providers to deliver training for the sector in Equality and Diversity over the coming months. We regard it as essential training for ALL organisations to ensure recent events really are a catalyst for real and lasting change in our sector.  We will post details of training in future bulletins.

We know our community can be a force for positive change. We’ve seen volunteers turn up in their hundreds to help people in need because of coronavirus - we can all do our part to ensure that we stand up to the challenge of creating a diverse and representative charity sector where opportunities to work, manage and volunteer are open to all.

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Stay safe, stay well, be kind

Stephen Craker,
Chief Executive, Communities 1st

 

This newsletter is split into the following sections:

  • Communities 1st COVID-19 Information and Support
  • Information to support voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Funding for non-profit organisations
  • Information to support individuals

COMMUNITIES 1st COVID-19 INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

Compassionate Community Connector Programme
Supporting Individuals: People who need help whilst isolated (or someone on their behalf) can complete an online form here or call 020 8207 5115 or email.  

Volunteering: for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others.  Individuals wishing to volunteer their time can sign-up here or call 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups - we are here to help
If you need information, advice or support Communities 1st is here to help.  We can offer advice on issues from fundraising to governance and to managing volunteers.  You can contact us on 01727 743018 or via email: memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and we will prioritise support for your organisation.

On our website you can find a range of resources and support on issues relating to Covid-19, including:

  • Funding sources – we’re updating our funding sources regularly with the latest information
  • Resource Hub – including staffing issues, governance, managing a funding crisis, digital support, safeguarding and other useful resources (operational issues and guidance on working with different sectors of the community)
  • Useful Covid-19 volunteer introduction videos and documents for your organisation and information about mutual aid groups

Kindness Stories
We want to gather stories about positive things that are happening in our local communities.  If you have a Kindness Story that you would like to share please email us: covid19news@communities1st.org.uk #1stcommunities

If you want more information you can visit our website: www.communities1st.org.uk/Covid-19Updates or contact our Voluntary Sector support team on 01727 743018.  

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

Hertfordshire’s Accessibility COVID webpage is now out live on:

What you can and can't do after 4 July
The Government has set out its plan to return to what they call "as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can".

They have produced a guide outlining who can do what where and when.

This guidance includes what venues can or can't be opened, what you can do if you are a clinically vulnerable person and the COVID-19 secure safety guidelines for organisations.

Please note this guidance is only for England.

Click here for the full list.

Join the East of England Mind Regional Network
This network is a collection of sport, physical activity and mental health organisations who will work together to increase the number of groups in their region who are equipped with the skills to support and engage people with mental health problems in physical activity.

  • Collaborate to support and engage people with mental health problems in physical activity
  • Work together to share best practice, provide new learning and increase partnership working

Please email Alicja Polak at a.polak@herts.ac.uk if your organisation would like to get involved. For more information about Mind’s Regional Networks please click here.

Join the East of England Mind Regional Network.

Nominations are now open for this year’s Valuing Volunteer Management Award
The Hertfordshire Valuing Volunteer Management awards are unique because they are nominated for solely by volunteers. If you volunteer for any Hertfordshire based organisation that really values their volunteers and you think they deserve to be nominated for an award – we want your nominations now!

Criteria: The volunteering organisation you’re nominating must have either completed the 6 Point Promise (6PP) or are working towards it.  If they haven't done either of the above, all is not lost.  Get your organisation to sign up with their nearest centre before the closing date below.

Please visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Volunteering-Herts-Awards-2020.

Do take the time to put together a really good quality nomination for the organisation you volunteer with. Show them how much you value their support for the work you do!

Hurry, closing date is 15 July.

Safe re-opening of Hertsmere’s high streets and other commercial areas
A project to facilitate the return to a safe trading environment for businesses and customers in the borough’s commercial sector in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, including a number of in-house Food and Health & Safety related courses for both members of the public, charities and businesses.  Click here for more information.

Re-opening Village and Community Halls post COVID-19 closure
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has published information to help village and community halls reopen once government coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

ACRE’s information sheet looks at how village halls can prepare risk assessments, ensure social distancing once open and introduce effective cleaning regimes. There are also some practical resources including checklists, notices for display in halls and sample terms of hire.

Click here to see the information.

Project to understand veterans' experience of accessing healthcare locally
Healthwatch Hertfordshire is working with the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board, known locally as Hertfordshire Heroes to better understand the veteran’s experience of accessing healthcare in Hertfordshire.

There is relatively little local data on this topic, so to make a difference we need to hear from as many veterans as possible on what is important to you, what you think is working, as well as any barriers you may have faced when accessing healthcare.

To help us understand this, and improve services for the veteran community, click here.

For more information or to request the survey in a different format, please contact Annabel on: 01707 275 978 or email info@healthwatchhertfordshire.co.uk.

Coronavirus and loneliness
The Office of National Statistics has published its analysis of loneliness in Great Britain during the pandemic.

The study looks at two groups:

  • Those with "Chronic loneliness” – who feel lonely “often or always”
  • And those with “Lockdown loneliness” – who said their well-being had been affected during lockdown

Click here to read the analysis.

Charities call for boost to Gift Aid amid pandemic fundraising shortfall
We are supporting a campaign calling on the Government to temporarily increase the level of Gift Aid that can be claimed on donations.

The change would mean that a £100 donation from a UK taxpayer would increase to £133.33 for the charity once Gift Aid had been claimed. This compares to £125.00 as is currently be the case.

The coalition estimates that this move could help charities to access an additional £450 million of much needed cash. It also includes changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme to ensure it benefits all.

Read details of the campaign on the #NeverMoreNeeded website.

Lords Public Services Committee: Discussing the collaboration between volunteers, charities and the private sector
Listen back to the House of Lords Public Services Committee discussion held yesterday (24 June) where the role of charities within the delivery of public services was discussed.

Speakers included Kathy Evans, CEO of Children England and Paul Streets, CEO of Lloyd's Bank Foundation.

Listen again here.

COVID-19 crisis risks UK 'lost generation' of people about to retire
The coronavirus crisis could leave the next generation of retirees significantly poorer and sicker, according to research commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better.

The research, carried out by Ipsos Mori, found that the pandemic risks creating a “lost generation” of older people entering retirement in poor health and without enough money to support themselves in retirement.

Read the full article here.

Plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding
On 22 June two government departments published a press release about their plans to alter the restrictions and support to people who are shielding. We recommend that all VCSE organisations read the press release in order they can adapt their services to the changes and gain an understanding on how it might affect their volunteers and staff. Read more.

#NeverMoreNeeded
The #NeverMoreNeeded website is here and ready for you to use!

To fuel you all with content and activities to keep banging the #NeverMoreNeeded drum, the #NeverMoreNeeded website is now live.

Click here to have a view.

Tag @1stCommunities and @NAVCA (on Twitter) for re-tweets and shares.

Better Business - Inspire KS3 Masterclasses – Business Volunteers wanted
Communities 1st will soon be launching an online webinar version of its Inspire KS3 Schools Masterclasses. Volunteers from a range of professional backgrounds give talks to students at Key Stage 3 (aged between 11 and 14) about their jobs, how they got into them and what it’s like to work in their industries. If you’d like to take part, please click to complete a short questionnaire and we’ll get in touch with more details.

"Invisible" unpaid carers going hungry in lockdown
Research from Sheffield and Birmingham universities suggests more than 100,000 unpaid carers in the UK have had to rely on food banks during the pandemic.

Helen Walker of Carers UK says unpaid carers are at "breaking point".

The study looked at the experiences of people caring for parents and disabled relatives during the lockdown - and found 229,000 unpaid carers were in households where people had "gone hungry".

Read more here.

Spot the Signs suicide prevention
Spot the Signs training sessions are now available to book for June. Click on one of the below links for the date and time you wish to book on to and complete the registration form. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite containing your Zoom link (this may go to your junk email).

The password is: StS2020.

If you have any issues with accessing the spot the signs training, please contact Danielle Flood via Hpft.spotthesigns@nhs.net  

Covid-19: Fundraising key principles and public fundraising guidance
Two new pieces of fundraising guidance by the Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising has been published (25 June) for charities in England. The guidance sets out a responsible framework to help charitable organisations return to fundraising as restrictions are eased, whilst still adhering to social distancing measures.

In particular the guidance provides advice on: 

  • How to plan your future fundraising
  • How to interact safely with the public
  • How to safeguard the public, volunteers and staff
  • How to undertake a risk assessment

The guidance aims to support charities to return to fundraising in a safe and sensitive way.   For more information and to read the published guidance, click here.

Interested in creating a summer holiday support programme for children in your local community?
The Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP) is hosting a webinar to demonstrate everything you need to know about setting up your own local offer; drawing on the success of StreetGames’ Fit and Fed campaign. Both this and HSPs own Fit, Fed & Read projects combat the negative effects of school holidays experienced by vulnerable children regarding hunger, isolation and inactivity.

The webinar will include presentations on how to address fundraising, training, food (access and education), physical activities, monitoring and evaluation, and marketing your project. Following the webinar attendees will also be directed towards a menu of available resources to support you and your ideas.

Webinar details:  Thursday 2 July 2020 2pm to 3.30pm

How to join: The webinar will take place on Zoom, attendees must book their place in advance and can do so here

If you have any questions regarding the above, please email courses@sportinherts.org.uk.

National Youth Activity guidance
The government has published guidance for National Youth. The guidance is contextualised for youth sector organisations and intends to support organisations as they prepare for their reopening of services.

The youth sector includes statutory, voluntary, uniformed and private organisations as funders, commissioners and providers of activities and spaces for young people. The guidance takes into consideration the safety and support needed for young people, staff and volunteers and wider public health considerations for those engaging in youth sector activities.

To read the full guidance click here.

FUNDING

If you would like help with applying for these funds such as a read and review, Christine Halpin and Isobel Hatfield are on hand to help you through, please contact them by email at memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and they will book some time in to work with you.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF): Coronavirus Relief Fund Phase 2 Informed by the results of the local and national surveys/reports on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, HCF have launched their next round of funding to support the voluntary sector and the people of Hertfordshire. They are welcoming applications on a rolling basis for the following:

  • Fast track grants of £1,000 to £5,000 prioritising smaller organisations continuing to meet immediate need
  • Grants up to £10,000 for organisations that have adapted their support services and are looking to the longer-term
  • Grants up to £20,000 for collaborative proposals that see organisations coming together to address specific needs

Click here for more information.

Herts Sports Partnership have produced a funding newsletter which is extremely useful for sports groups and can be found on their website.

It includes both local, national and sport specific funding packages. 

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Action Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that are helping to reduce crime and make Hertfordshire a safer place to live.

www.hertscf.org.uk/pcc-action-fund.

Crowdfund Hertfordshire
Crowdfunder are working with a number of partners across Hertfordshire, helping to make great ideas happen through a combination of expert crowdfunding coaching, events and grants.

Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative in Hertfordshire that needs funding?

For any queries relating to these funds please contact Hertfordshire Community Foundation at ana.siewniak@hertscf.org.uk.

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire

Support for the Homeless Charities and Hospices (England and Wales)
Homeless and Hospice charities can apply for support to help improve their buildings. The support takes the form of grants, free building materials and specialist advice such as, architects, quantity surveyors, project managers and specialist engineers. To be eligible for support organisations must be registered charities, have legal hold on the building in question, either freehold or lease for at least 5 years. The funding is being made available through CRASH the construction and property industries' charity and applications can be submitted at any time.  For more information click here.

Places of Worship (POW): protective security funding scheme
The places of worship (POW) protective security funding scheme is a government commitment in the 2016-2020 hate crime action plan. It provides funding for protective security measures to places of worship and associated faith community centres that are vulnerable to hate crime. Funding closes at 23:59 on 9 August 2020. Find out more.

Art Fund: Respond and reimagine grants
Respond and reimagine grants provide funding to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future. Their next deadline for applications is Monday 6 July. Find out more.

Warburtons
Warburtons supports charities and the community in three ways: with financial support, product donations and the personal involvement of individual people - both Warburton family members and employees. Our main focus is on grass roots activities that have a positive effect on the aspirations, education, skills and employability of young people, as well as projects that are centred on family life, promoting healthier lifestyles and contributing to improvements in the local community.  Find out more.

Wilkinsons - Helping Hands
Helping Hands is a community initiative where each local store has a budget to distribute to projects and schemes within the stores local community.  Find out more.

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS

Hertfordshire Autism questionnaire
The Hertfordshire All-Age Autism Co-production Board together with autism partnerships across the region would like to find out more about how children and adults with autism have coped with the coronavirus lockdown and what support and advice they need as the lockdown is eased.  More importantly, the partnerships are keen to hear about the impact on mental health, anxiety and behaviour, and what services have been helpful over this period. 

The information from this survey will help the partnerships to make sure that autistic adults, children and their families across the region get the help and support they need. 

Click here to complete the survey.

Herts Welcomes Refugees
Herts Welcomes Refugees works with 53 refugee families as well as asylum seekers across Hertfordshire. Most of the families are from Syria and the Covid-19 crisis greatly frightened them, often bringing to the surface memories of past sufferings.

Fortunately, Herts Welcomes Refugees (HWR) had just completed a Crowdfunding project which enabled them to give Chromebooks or laptops to families with children so that they could continue their schooling online. Many parents and children found it difficult to engage in online schooling so HWR suggested lockdown activities as well as online educational resources in English and Arabic. Their Volunteer Coordinator set up a WhatsApp group with weekly meetings for volunteer befrienders so that they can exchange ideas on remote teaching and other activities. HWR’s Local Convenors keep in regular contact with the families in their area to help with problems and to pass on items such as donated games and puzzles and Eid food parcels. They have also managed to continue with their bicycle scheme, fixing and delivering donated bicycles to refugees whilst following social distancing rules.

If you would like more information, please contact Irene at chair@hwsf.org.uk.

What you can do if you feel lonely during the coronavirus outbreak
Every Mind Matters has produced a guidance for people who have suffered from loneliness during lockdown and feeling anxiety about the slow opening up of services and adopting a new normal.  Read the guidance here.

Shaping our future - give us your views on adult care services
Hertfordshire County Council are running a short survey: Adult Care Services Three Year Plan and Priorities to give people an opportunity to comment on how services have been delivered over the last couple of years, where they need to improve and what your priorities are for the future.

The Adult Care Services Three Year Plan runs from April 2018 to March 2021. It informs service plans to ensure that our entire workforce is working to the same ambitious goals, with drive and clarity.

The 5 big areas in this plan are:

  • Information & Advice
  • Connected Communities
  • Valuing independence
  • Caring Well
  • Connected Lives

Please complete the short survey before 31 July 2020.

New research focusing on the experience of rape victims in the criminal justice system
The Victims’ Commissioner is asking victims of rape to share their experiences of the criminal justice system.

Dame Vera Baird QC is asking anyone who has been the victim of rape – and who feels able to – to tell her about their personal experience of the criminal justice system. It does not matter how far the offence progressed in the system, the VC wants to know about what happens at every stage.

Take part in this research here.

Fri 19 Jun 2020

Stronger Together
As we’ve celebrated Small Charities Week, I’ve reflected on lessons learned during the pandemic. As we emerge into a new climate of uncertainty.  One key question that voluntary sector providers have to ask ourselves, is whether our organisation can quickly pivot and scale? Are we up to the task of this change?

The COVID 19 crisis has disrupted life as we know it and put an unprecedented spotlight on the voluntary sector and its services. Being willing to adapt to a new vision has helped many entities survive during this challenging time. Those who recognised that joining forces with like-minded organisations, being stronger together, may find their path to survival and resilience.  It’s comforting to see that many of us in our sector have risen to the pandemic challenge and performed well.

It has made us all assess the way we do things, our services and the changing needs of our clients, and their carers, and it’s imperative we keep pace with the different expectations about receiving services – and different services that may need to be developed.

One of the other challenges we are seeing is that mental health issues are increasing, arising from isolation, loss of income and restrictions of services. Across the sector, we are seeing increased mental health issues among volunteers and staff, caused by fatigue and pressure to deliver where resources don’t exist.

The pandemic has highlighted the need for the voluntary sector to work even more closely together. That we need to adapt and evolve as we are called upon to deliver services differently and deliver new services to cater to needs that we never thought of before.

Vulnerable people miss out when we don’t work together and I believe we can be much stronger together, better equipped to find the answers and deliver better services through collaboration and partnership.

If your group is currently struggling, or is looking at how it adapts and changes to the ‘new normal’, then please do get in touch.

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Stay safe, stay well, be kind

Stephen Craker,
Chief Executive, Communities 1st

 

This newsletter is split into the following sections:

  • Communities 1st COVID-19 Information and Support
  • Information to support voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Funding for non-profit organisations
  • Information to support individuals

COMMUNITIES 1st COVID-19 INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups - we are here to help
If you need information, advice or support Communities 1st is here to help. We can offer advice on issues from fundraising to governance and to managing volunteers. You can contact us on 01727 743018 or via email: memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and we will prioritise support for your organisation.

Compassionate Community Connector Programme
This programme is being co-ordinated by Communities 1st in response to Covid-19 and covers St Albans, Hertsmere, Welwyn/Hatfield, Broxbourne and East Herts. Communities 1st is working in conjunction with many local organisations.

Supporting Individuals: People who need help whilst isolated (or someone on their behalf) can complete an online form here or call 020 8207 5115 or email.

Volunteering: for people who are healthy and at low risk to help others.  Individuals wishing to volunteer their time can sign-up here or call 020 3940 4865 between 1pm – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

On our website you can find a range of resources and support on issues relating to Covid-19, including:

  • Funding sources – we’re updating our funding sources regularly with the latest information
  • Resource Hub – including staffing issues, governance, managing a funding crisis, digital support, safeguarding and other useful resources (operational issues and guidance on working with different sectors of the community)
  • Useful Covid-19 volunteer introduction videos and documents for your organisation and information about mutual aid groups.

Kindness Stories
We want to gather stories about positive things that are happening in our local communities during this #coronalockdown.  If you have a Kindness Story that you would like to share please email us: covid19news@communities1st.org.uk #1stcommunities

If you want more information you can visit our website: www.communities1st.org.uk/Covid-19Updates or contact our Voluntary Sector support team on 01727 743018.  

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

COVID-19 is “having a devastating impact on the poorest groups”
The Social Mobility Commission is calling on the government to establish a dedicated unit to promote social mobility, in a new report accusing the Government of a lack of action to tackle poverty.

The Social Mobility Commission advises the Government but in its latest report says that ministers have made no progress on a third of recommendations made over the last seven years, which covers education and early years support, employment, housing, transport, health and the environment.

The Social Mobility Commission said the outbreak of COVID-19 is “having a devastating impact on the poorest groups”.

INSPIRING LEADERSHIP DURING COVID-19
This webinar will get you to think about the important qualities of a leader and consider how these may have changed since the Covid-19 pandemic. We will discuss the latest leadership challenges and theories, whilst giving you a chance to celebrate your successes and consider positive changes you may want to implement. 

Wednesday 24 June 10.00 - 12.00 BOOK HERE

Thinking about... Merger, during Covid-19
The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) has published 'Thinking about… Merger, during Covid-19' which is for senior staff and trustees of small and medium-sized voluntary organisations.

This report brings together the experiences of a wide variety of voluntary organisations and advisers that have contemplated or carried out mergers to highlight different dimensions of ‘thinking about merger’. It includes:

  • Reasons for thinking about merger
  • Stages in the merger process
  • What makes a successful merger?
  • A collaboration spectrum

Read the report here.

Campaign to end loneliness: Connections in older age
This week is Loneliness Awareness Week. Whether you want to campaign for change in your local community, learn about the latest research and best practice or connect with like-minded people to share ideas, the campaign to end loneliness website hosted by independent age has plenty of ways for you to get involved. Find out more and get involved.

Every Mind Matters has put together some simple tips to help you if you’re feeling lonely during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Talking about coronavirus and poverty
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty.

They have written a report called Talking about coronavirus and poverty: a guide to framing your messages. It might prove a useful tool as you write your funding applications.

This five-step guide to talking about coronavirus and poverty will help you tell stories that inspire action and drive change, with examples of messaging to try.

It draws on existing research on talking about poverty, their framing poverty toolkit and the FrameWorks framing COVID-19 series.  The report can be found here.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) warn of over 1 million more in poverty due to pandemic
The economic fallout of the pandemic could leave 1.1 million more people below the pre-Covid poverty line at year end, including a further 200,000 children, according to analysis by the IPPR think tank.

Without urgent action to protect families from the financial hardship caused by the pandemic, this would bring the total number of children living in poverty in the UK to 4.5 million, an increase of almost 5 per cent.

Read more here.

Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector
This week the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) has published their final report from its Making Diversity Count project which is in collaboration with Voice4Change England.

The report - 'Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector' - does not ask if there is a problem with ‘race’ equity in the charity sector. It has long been known that there is an under-representation of BAME people working in the charity sector, and that under-representation is worse in senior leadership roles. Instead, this report looks to reframe the ‘diversity’ debate, saying that racism is a significant and unresolved issue in the charity sector just as it is in the rest of society.

Download the report here.

As well as reading the report you can listen to a special podcast where Kristiana Wrixon – Head of Policy at ACEVO – talks to Dr Sanjiv Lingayah, lead author and Voice4Change England associate, and Sufina Ahmad, director at John Ellerman Foundation and a member of the ACEVO race advisory group, about the making of the report as well as their personal impressions about the findings and recommendations.

Locality: We were built for this
On 16 June Locality released the report we were built for this: How community organisations helped us through the coronavirus crisis – and how we can build a better future.

It highlights the vital role that community organisations have played in meeting community need and supporting people during the coronavirus crisis. Within the report they call on the government to: support a community-powered economic recovery; create collaborative public services; and, provide support to turn community spirit into community power.  The report highlights that:

  • Community organisations have often been the quickest to mobilise and adapt their services to the crisis – but need support to meet the challenges of the future
  • Community organisations have been the glue that has held together the community response – coordinating and connecting grassroots groups with public and private sector responses.
  • In areas where the public, community and private sector already have strong, collaborative relationships, support was made available faster and has been more effective.
  • Community organisation have been able to harness the upsurge in community spirit – working with and coordinating grassroots groups and hyper-local support.

The report can be downloaded here.

Charity commission: Regulating in the public interest
On 15 June the charity commission published their research exploring the relationship between the public’s view of Charity and charities and the role of regulation; and trustees’ views of public expectations and of the Commission.

It is published in the belief that a better understanding of the public will lead to a more informed discussion about how best to regulate their interest in future. We recommend all charities read the report, both registered and unregistered charities and consider how it might relevant to their own charity’s future delivery and planning. 

Read the report here.

#NeverMoreNeeded
The #NeverMoreNeeded website is here and ready for you to use!

To fuel you all with content and activities to keep banging the #NeverMoreNeeded drum, the #NeverMoreNeeded website is now live. Click here to have a view.

Tag @1stCommunities and @NAVCA (on Twitter) for re-tweets and shares.

Better Business - Inspire KS3 Masterclasses – Business Volunteers wanted
Communities 1st will soon be launching an online webinar version of its Inspire KS3 Schools Masterclasses. Volunteers from a range of professional backgrounds give talks to students at Key Stage 3 (aged between 11 and 14) about their jobs, how they got into them and what it’s like to work in their industries. If you’d like to take part, please click to complete a short questionnaire and we’ll get in touch with more details.

Valuing Volunteer Management Training – recruiting and retaining volunteers
This interactive and engaging course explores the challenges of recruiting, retaining and managing volunteers.  The full day’s course is split into two halves to give participants more choice.  The morning session is focussed on the recruitment process the afternoon is geared towards the ongoing management and motivation of your volunteers.

It’s also a really great opportunity to begin the process of working towards achieving the Valuing Volunteer Management Six-Point Promise. This is a solid affirmation of your commitment to the pursuit of excellence in volunteer management. It gives potential funders evidence of the quality service they look for and potential volunteers can be more confident that they will be valued and supported by your organisation.

Thursday 25 June 2020

Click the links above to book your place or for further information email Volunteering Herts at info@volunteeringherts.uk or call 01707 274861.

Cost:

  • Herts voluntary organisations: £25 half-day or £45 full-day (includes handbook)
  • Statutory organisations: £50 half-day or £90 full-day (includes handbook)

Psychological first aid in emergencies training
Public Health England are providing a free wellbeing course through Future Learn:  Psychological first aid in emergencies training for frontline staff and volunteers: www.gov.uk/government/news/psychological-first-aid-in-emergencies-training-for-frontline-staff-and-volunteers.

Spot the Signs suicide prevention – new dates added
Spot the Signs training sessions are now available to book for June. Click on one of the below links for the date and time you wish to book on to and complete the registration form. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite containing your Zoom link (this may go to your junk email).

The password is: StS2020.

If you have any issues with accessing the spot the signs training, please contact Danielle Flood via Hpft.spotthesigns@nhs.net.

FUNDING

If you would like help with applying for these funds such as a read and review, Christine Halpin and Isobel Hatfield are on hand to help you through, please contact them by email at memberservices@communities1st.org.uk and they will book some time in to work with you.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF): Coronavirus Relief Fund Phase 2
Informed by the results of the local and national surveys/reports on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, HCF have launched their next round of funding to support the voluntary sector and the people of Hertfordshire. They are welcoming applications on a rolling basis for the following:

  • Fast track grants of £1,000 to £5,000 prioritising smaller organisations continuing to meet immediate need.
  • Grants up to £10,000 for organisations that have adapted their support services and are looking to the longer-term.
  • Grants up to £20,000 for collaborative proposals that see organisations coming together to address specific needs.

Click here for more information.

Herts Sports Partnership have produced a funding newsletter which is extremely useful for sports groups and can be found on their website. It includes both local, national and sport specific funding packages. 

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Action Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that are helping to reduce crime and make Hertfordshire a safer place to live.

www.hertscf.org.uk/pcc-action-fund.

Crowdfund Hertfordshire
Crowdfunder are working with a number of partners across Hertfordshire, helping to make great ideas happen through a combination of expert crowdfunding coaching, events and grants.

Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative in Hertfordshire that needs funding?

For any queries relating to these funds please contact Hertfordshire Community Foundation at ana.siewniak@hertscf.org.uk.

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire.

Co-op: Local community fund
The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that their members care about. They want to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually. Delivery stage of the funding is later in the year which is why there is mention of coming together physically

Applications must be completed by midnight on 28 June 2020. If you’re successful, the funding period will begin on 25 October. Your project must either:

  • Bring the community together to help those in need, providing access to life’s essentials such as community spaces, food and bereavement support
  • Support the mental and physical health of others through community wellbeing activities
  • Enable people to develop or share their skills to foster community spirit and build resilient communities for the future

Your project or event must not have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you’re a religious organisation), meet the Co-op’s values, take place or will still be running after November 2021 and benefit your local community.

Eligibility and the application process can be found here.

More details about the fund can be found here.

Historic England: Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund
This is the second fund launched by Historic England to help the heritage sector recover from the effects of the pandemic. The first fund is now closed.

The grant will help fund urgent maintenance, repairs and surveys at some of England’s locally-cherished historic buildings and sites. The work funded will help heritage sites reopen to the public and thrive once again as quickly as possible – subject of course to Covid-19 restrictions.

The process includes an expression of interest (EOI) survey - deadline Sunday 28 June 2020. If your EOI has been successful you will be notified by Monday 27 July 2020 and have to submit a full application - deadline Monday 31 August 2020.

Grants of up to £25,000 will be offered for urgent minor repairs to problems such as damaged roofs, masonry and windows, to hire scaffolding to prevent structural collapse, or to commission surveys necessary to inform urgent repairs. The work funded must be started before Saturday 31 October 2020.

The guidance notes can be found here.

The EOI can be found here.  Further details can be found here.

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS

Alban Weekend 13.1 Challenge
Due to COVID-19 the much-loved annual St Albans Half Marathon event had to be cancelled this year. This local event donates 100% of its profits each year to local charities, plus many runners raise money through sponsorship as well. This means that our local charities and organisations are sadly missing out too!

In the spirit of the event, which has a main race the length of 13.1 miles and to support local charities who need our support at this time – St Albans District Council are launching the Alban Weekend 13.1 Challenge!

This will launch with the Alban Weekend website (www.enjoystalbans.com/albanweekend) and the live event taking place on 20th -21st June on the Alban Weekend Facebook Page.

The ask is for communities to set themselves a 13.1 challenge that benefits their health or wellbeing and once completed to make a donation to a local charity of their choice.  So, whether they run 13.1 kms, do 131 press ups or commit to 13.1 minutes of meditation a day – these are all ways to take part.

How can you get others involved? - Why not reach out to your audience and invite them to get involved and raise money for you. If you encourage them to share their challenges on social too with the #STA131Challenge and #AlbanWeekend.

Interested? - If you are interested in getting involved please email at events@stalbans.gov.uk so they can look out for any social posts we can share.

There is still time to get involved in

Research Opportunity: The impact of coronavirus on food and eating in the East of England
Researchers from across the East of England want to find out how coronavirus and the associated restrictions are affecting how people do everyday activities relating to food, such as shopping, cooking, and eating. They are also interested in how you feel about these changes. The research is being led by Prof. Wendy Wills at University of Hertfordshire.

Who can take part? 

If you are aged 18 or over and at least one of the following describe your household then they want to hear from you:

  • Have infants or school-aged children at home
  • Aged over 70
  • low income, in receipt of state benefits and / or free school meals
  • A key worker
  • Self-isolating because of a health condition

Or are you a professional or volunteer undertaking food or nutrition related work? Including (but not limited to); 

  • Infant feeding advisors
  • School aged children
  • Community dietitians
  • Meals on wheels
  • Local authority or charity (including any Compassionate Community Connector Volunteers)

Please contact Claire Thompson 01707 289345 or email covid19foodstudy@herts.ac.uk to arrange a one to one interview (via phone/video link).  Your help would be much appreciated.

For more details visit www.arc-eoe.nihr.ac.uk/covid-19-projects-innovations-and-information/prevention-and-early-detection-health-and-social-care.

Tue 16 Jun 2020

Voluntary and community groups can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 from a fund operated by St Albans City and District Council.

The money is intended to support projects and activities that benefit the whole community including the most vulnerable people.

Priority this year is being given to projects that will help people recover from the impact of the Covid-19 emergency.

This may include, for example, initiatives to re-establish social networks or improve mental health and wellbeing.

The money comes from the Council’s Community Grants Fund and £55,000 is available to be distributed.

Communities 1st helps the Council administer the fund.

Applications can be made during the six weeks from Tuesday 16 June to noon on Friday 31 July.

Last year, 20 projects received funding and these included: Salaam Women’s Café where BAME women can learn English if it is not their first language and socialise;

Herts Youth Inclusive Football which runs tournaments for young people with disabilities; and

The homeless charity Emmaus for developing IT for residents to access support online.

An online launch event will be held on Tuesday 23 June when advice will be given on how to make an application. Information on this and how to download an application form are available here:

Application form

Application Guidance and Criteria

Advice surgeries will be held via Zoom on:

This year, the total fund will be granted in one round of awards instead of the two administered last year. Applicants will be informed in the late summer if they have been successful.

Groups that have received a grant during the past five years or can show at least one year’s full set of accounts are eligible. Other groups may be pointed towards other sources of funding.

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