COMMUNITIES 1ST VOLUNTARY SECTOR BRIEFING 9TH MARCH 2021

On Sunday 21 March 2021, everyone in England and Wales will have to fill in the Census questionnaire. Most households will soon start to receive access codes so they can fill in the form online.

The Census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years and started in 1801. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales. It calculates key statistics about who lives in the country – from age to relationship status. It then passes this information on to organisations such as local authorities and charities, so we are better informed as to how to provide services.

It’s important that you fill in your Census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it is more difficult to understand our community’s needs and to plan and fund public services accordingly.

We are currently a hosting centre for Census 2021, so if your clients or someone you know may have difficulty filling in the online form, please get in contact with us so we can assist them. We will be running the hosting centre at our Community Hub, 5 Leeming Road, Borehamwood, WD6 4EB.

Tel: 020 8207 5115

Email: help@communities1st.org.uk.

March is also a time to celebrate and champion the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. On Monday we celebrated International Women's Day; the 2021 theme is #ChooseToChallenge. Celebrations have already started at the yearly Women of the World Festival, normally held at the Southbank but taking place over Zoom this year, until 21 March. 

Many thanks

Stephen Craker

 

Covid Information Champions

To ensure our communities are receiving accurate, up to date COVID guidance, we are engaging with COVID Information Champions, in partnership with Community Help Herts. The information champions disperse accurate, current information through their networks, to keep us informed and safe.

Anyone can be a COVID Information Champion. All you have to do is reach out to your community and share information from Hertfordshire County Council. The information is easily shared through social media, email, text messages and online messaging apps, and can also be printed out and used as a poster.

To get involved email Christine at CIChampion@communities1st.org.uk or call 020 8940 4869.

 

 

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

 

Weekly coffee mornings for member organisations 
Our weekly Virtual Coffee Mornings for voluntary sector organisations are a chance to say hello, tell us what you are working on, what support you need and to hear from other local voluntary sector organisations.  

Every Wednesday at 11am.

The sessions are friendly, informal and hopefully useful.  You don’t have to come every week, come along whenever you are able to.

On 17 March Aya Hastwell, Carers Coordinator from Herts Mind Network is going to lead the session, discussing her experiences of supporting carers during lockdown. Join this informal, conversational session to hear Aya’s experiences of what works and doesn’t work when supporting carers in lockdown. Come along to share ideas,  and learn from the experiences of others.

To register visit www.communities1st.org.uk/calendar

For more information please email memberservices@communities1st.org.uk or phone Christine on 01727 743018.

 

Thinking about your group's volunteering activities?
Contact our Volunteer Centre team who will be able to help you decide which volunteering activities you can do safely, whether in person or remotely. Email volunteer@communities1st.org.uk

 

Shielding for Clinically Vulnerable Residents
A new cohort of residents have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) and have been asked to start shielding. Over 12,000 Hertfordshire residents have been contacted by Hertfordshire County Council and are being advised to register for support. 

Read more.

 

Vaccination milestone passed
Vaccination sites in Hertfordshire and West Essex passed a milestone recently, with over 300,000 people receiving their first dose since vaccinations began in December. Read more.

 

Rapid community COVID-19 testing in
Hertfordshire

Key and essential workers who cannot work from home are being encouraged to book regular rapid Covid-19 tests as part of Hertfordshire’s new community testing scheme.

Read more.

 

Member organisations urgently seeking new space

One of our member organisations urgently needs a new space in the WD6 area. This could be a small storage space, with room for 5 fridges and freezers to operate, or a larger space they can move their entire operation to, which includes the storage space.

For more information please contact memberservices@communities1st.org.uk.

 

Year of Learning briefing document on Case Escalation
Those who are part of the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership are encouraged to use this document as a reference, to help them know when to refer or escalate individual cases. 

Find it here.

 

Charities call on government to create an Emergency Support Fund
The #NeverMoreNeeded campaign has issued an open letter to the Prime Minister, calling for the creation of an Emergency Support Fund for communities and causes as they respond to the growing need for their services.

Supporters believe the Emergency Support Fund is needed to quickly get vital funding out to charities who are struggling to meet increasing demand.

Read more.

 

Protect duty consultation launch

The Protect Duty is a document that aims to make the public safer at openly accessible locations.

Details on how your organisation can respond or contribute to the legislation are included within this document from the Home Office.

Read it here.

 

Barnardo's Safeguarding Children -See, Hear, Respond update
Police officers can prevent families in England with children under 5 from slipping into crisis during Covid-19, by referring them to the See, Hear, Respond Partnership. To refer a family for early support and prevent crisis, please use Barnardo's secure website or call 0800 157 7015.
For more information about this scheme, please email trevor.lawson@barnardos.org.uk.

 

 

TRAINING AND WEBINARS 

 

 

Hertfordshire Community Foundation Webinars

Safeguarding adults at risk- level 1 refresher
Wednesday, 17 March 10.00-12.30 Cost: £15.00

Book here.

 

Re-opening Buildings confidently during Covid
Thursday, 25 March 10.00-12.30 Cost: Free 

Book here.

 

Safeguarding adults at risk- Designated Person
Wednesday, 31 March 10.00-12.30 Cost: £15.00

Book here.

 

Better Boards

This is a comprehensive programme of training developed to improve the effectiveness of Hertfordshire charities. There are up to 10 places available for organisations providing Adult Care Services.

Application deadline for funded programme: 31 March 2021

Find out more.

 

 

The Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership Induction Session

This induction session is aimed at recent starters within external partner organisations. The session enables recent recruits to learn about the structure, work and current priorities of the Herts Sports Partnership. 

Thursday 22 April from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Book here.

 

Acting For Impact - Working Practices And Organisational Culture 
Thursday 18 March – 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Book here.

 

A free 2 day conference hosted by the National County Lines Coordination Centre

This event will provide knowledge and understanding of county lines criminality, including exploitation of both children and vulnerable adults, as well as practical guidance to assist them in providing support and interventions.

Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 March.

Book here

 

FUNDING

Grants for Groups Helping to Tackle Identified Need in Hertfordshire
The HCF Large grants invite applications of up to £5000 from projects that are addressing identified need within Hertfordshire. Successful applications from this programme are funded by a range of the individual, family and corporate funds managed by HCF. Application Deadline: 5pm 13 April 2021 for a panel meeting at the end of May. Read more.

Grants to Promote the Health and Wellbeing of Older People in Bushey and the Surrounding Areas.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to groups working to promote health and wellbeing for older residents of Bushey and the surrounding areas (including Watford, Radlett and Borehamwood). Application Deadline: 5pm 13 April 2021 for a panel meeting at the end of May. Read more.

Funding to Help Young People Volunteer in Response to Covid-19
UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old can apply for grants of up to £500 for actions which directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19. The funding is being made available through the Alec Dickson Trust. Applications must align with Public Health England guidance on how to volunteer safely during the pandemic. The deadline for applications is midday on the 21 March 2021. Read more.

Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme Opens for Applications 

Community groups and schools can now apply for funding of up to £1,000 for projects in England, Wales and Scotland that benefit their local community. The funding has been made available by the Tesco’s Bags of Help programme and can cover a broad range of projects and can be used: to purchase sports kit, litter pickers, camping equipment; improvements to buildings; the development of outdoor space such as a play area or woodland; running a community event or supporting seasonal activities. A public vote determines which groups will receive a grant. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £1,000. There will be a new vote every three months. Read more.

Funding to Support Women’s Organisations During the Covid-19 Pandemic 
Grants of up to £40,000 are available to charitable women’s organisations across the UK working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic. With funds from the Tampon Tax Fund, Rosa UK and Smallwood Trust have collaborated to create the Women Thrive Fund which will enable organisations to respond to the crisis and support women and girls to overcome the barriers they face. Applicants can also ask for an additional 25% of their grant request for costs to strengthen their organisation. Proposals are particularly welcome from organisations working with vulnerable, disadvantaged and/or under-represented groups such as Black and minoritised groups, older women, those with disabilities, and LGBT+. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 25 March 2021. Read more.

New £10 Million Fund to Attract Private Sector Investment in Environmental Projects 
Environmental groups, local authorities, businesses & other not-for-profit organisations in England can bid for a share of a new £10 million Government fund to help develop nature projects to a point where they can attract private investment. The Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund will provide grants of up to £100,000 for nature projects which tackle climate change, create and restore habitats, or improve water quality. The fund, which is being delivered by The Environment Agency on behalf of Defra, will help organisations get specialist advice, engage investors and build capacity to develop their project. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 26 March 2021. Read more.

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund
Charities, schools, and community groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 through the NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund. The fund is available in areas that are local to NFU operations in the UK. Applications are likely to be more successful if they meet one or more of the funds priorities. These are connecting the community; providing care and support to vulnerable members of the community; relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing; and advancing education and experiences for young people. The next closing date for applications is the 31 March 2021. Read more.

Funding for Creative & Mental Health Opportunities for Ethnically Diverse Communities 
The Baring Foundation’s Arts Programme has launched a new Fund supporting projects that promote the use of art to address mental health problems in people from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 are available to charities and not-for-profit arts organisations that focus on offering creative opportunities to people living with mental health problems in ethnically diverse communities across the UK. The type of work funded might include shadowing, internships or apprenticeships, or mentoring or free training opportunities. £500,000 is available in total for this Fund, and the Foundation expects to award in the region of fifteen or more grants. The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 21 April 2021. Read more.

Warburtons – Community Grants Scheme 
Charities and organisations with charitable aims can now apply for up to £400 worth of funding for projects that have a direct and tangible social impact on families and solve significant social issues. Funding is available for projects that meet the following themes: Health, Place or Skills for families in their community. The Community Grant scheme is being made available by Warburtons and is administered by the Charities Aid Foundation. The next closing date for applications in this round is the 10 May 2021. Read more.

Funding of up to £5,000 Available to Tackle Problems within Families
Registered charities that work to tackle family problems or problems facing one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. The next closing date for applications is the 1 September 2021. Read more.

Ocado Foundation for Good
Ocado has launched the Ocado Foundation for Good with BizGive, to support charity and fundraising activities across the UK. The programme will support ‘the many rather than the few’ by providing grants of up to £1,000 to charities, community organisations, community interest companies, academic institutions, and local authorities for community projects which focus their efforts on three core areas: skills for the future, natural resources and responsible sourcing. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, for volunteering, only applications for digital volunteering will be accepted. Applications can be made at any time until the 31 December 2021. Read more.

Funding to Support Grassroots Organisations During the Coronavirus 
In response to the coronavirus, The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis. Grants are available to grassroots organisations serving those affected by the outbreak. Funding can provide support for activities which might include helping vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating, supporting the homeless, providing access to food, medicines or social care, supporting foodbanks, increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries, and bringing exercise indoors. Applications can be made at any time and will be checked on a daily basis. Read more.

 

INFORMATION TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS

 

 

Advice on COVID-19 vaccination

COVID vaccinations

There is a growing resource of locally generated information for people who may be hesitant about having their vaccine, with an emphasis on meeting the information, cultural and language needs of people from Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Visit Hertfordshire and West Essex Health and Care Academy website for more resources. 

The Hertfordshire Care Providers Association have also created lots of resources for residents to learn the facts.

 

Herts Mind Network Courses

In partnership with Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Services, Mind Hertfordshire Network are offering some new courses. These include: 

  • Building Resilience
  • Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing
  • Learning to Accept Change and Uncertainty
  • Overcoming Anxiety and Fear
  • Mental Health and Work

Book here.

 

New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College Spring Timetable

The New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College offer a range of courses including Sleeping Well, Understanding Anxiety, Building Opportunities, and Writing Creatively for Wellbeing. 

Find their spring timetable here. 

 

 

Have your say on walking & cycling improvements
Herts County Council are seeking your views on proposed walking and cycling improvement schemes in Hertfordshire. They are keen to work collaboratively with organisations, businesses and residents to deliver proposals that work best for the local community.

Find more information here.

Residents will have the chance to have their say until 16 March 2021. If you require an alternative format, please email this address or telephone 0300 123 4047.

 

BBC - Headroom - Your Mental Health Toolkit

This BBC resource includes mindfulness tips, relaxing music mixes, inspiring personal stories, mood boosting activities, tips and advice. Try being lulled to sleep by the Sleeping Forecast or get some tips on wellbeing in the Happiness Half-hour.

Find it here.

 

Together Talks: The Natural World: Treating Others With Mutual Respect

This fortnightly series of conversations connects people from across the globe to a range of leading speakers from the worlds of business, volunteering, the charity sector and more. 

Each webinar includes an in-depth conversation around an important topic, a Q & A and a live chat room.

Tuesday 16 March 2021 - 19.05 - 19.45

Book here.

 

Your Care, Your Views

West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust has launched a public engagement programme, to gather feedback on plans to redesign its services.
The proposals for new ways to provide care are being developed alongside rebuild and refurbishment plans for the three hospitals the trust manages; Hemel Hempstead Hospital, St Albans City Hospital and Watford General Hospital.

Find the timetable of meetings here.

 

Colney Heath Chronicles - by Ruth Herman

"Cows (being free spirits) often took it into their heads to wander off from their part of the Heath to exciting places where they weren’t allowed. As soon as they arrived at the forbidden destination they were impounded and were not released until a fine was paid."

The Colney Heath Chronicles are on sale now for £7.50 (excl P&P). To get your copy email jackclemow@gmail.com or call John Clemow on 07803 313 525. 

 

Census 2021

The census is happening on Sunday 21 March. By filling in your census, you will help shape your community for the next 10 years.

 

Get into Construction

Get into Construction is an event taking place on 22 March. It will include resources for participants to take away with them, an action plan to get them into work, follow up contact to keep them on track, and an introduction to major construction employers. 

Find out more.

If you need help filling out your census form, there are lots of resources available. Find out more.

 

Online sessions for unemployed parents

The National Careers Service have organised free online sessions for people with children under 11 years, who are out of work. 

The next session is 30 March 2021. 
Book here.

 

VACANCIES

 

 

Clinical Lead

Part Time - 7 hours per week 

Main Tasks include strategy & team management, clinical & client care, recording, monitoring & reporting.

£37,000 per annum. 

More information and how to apply here.

Closing date: Sunday 28 March 2020

 

Digital Communications and Marketing Officer 

Part Time - 15 hours per week – annual Salary £10,920
Download the job specification here: Digital Communications and Marketing Officer

Peer Support Coordinator 

Part Time - 22 Hours Per Week - annual Salary £16,016
Download the job specification here: Peer Support Co-ordinator Job Spec
To apply for either role please complete the Application form and Demographic form and return to info@hertsviewpoint.co.uk
The closing date for both applications is Friday 19 March at 12PM.

 

Poll Clerks
This role is inside the polling station. Training and PPE will be provided. Payment for this role is £190.

Count Assistants
Training will be provided on arrival at the count centre. Payment for this role is around £80.
If you or anyone you know would be interested please email the elections team on elections@stalbans.gov.uk or call 01727 819318.

 

Hertfordshire County Council: Polling Stations

Hertfordshire County Council have a number of roles available at Polling Stations around the county. These roles include:

  • Polling Station Marshall
  • Poll Clerks
  • Count Assistants

Payment for these roles range from £80 -£190

Email your interest to the elections team at elections@stalbans.gov.uk or call 01727 819318.

 

Expert advisors needed - opportunity from NHS England
The NHS Adult Mental Health team is looking for expert advisors with experience of mental health illness. 

More information about these roles and the application process is available on their Involvement Hub. The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Wednesday 10 March