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COVID-19 updates and guidance

Published : 20/11/20 | Categories: News |

Last updated 20 November 2020

Read Public Health Wales’ daily statement here.

COVID-19 EMAIL UPDATES

If you’d like email updates on the latest COVID-19 news for the voluntary sector in Wales, please sign up here.

LATEST UPDATES

  • Nominations are now open for the 2021 Hearts for the Arts Awards, celebrating local authority and cultural trust arts champions and creative community projects throughout the pandemic
  • Everyone living or working in Merthyr Tydfil will be offered COVID-19 testing, whether they have symptoms or not – as part of the first mass testing of a whole area in Wales
  • As our workforce adapts to the requirements of the coronavirus response, there may be significant demand on the DBS processing service. Our DBS guidance is now stored in one handy place to help you to get people active swiftly but safely
  • With a vaccine for COVID-19 on the horizon, we’re running a webinar to give the sector an update on the proposed vaccine campaign and how you can play a part in supporting this campaign
  • The National Lottery, ITV and STV have teamed up on a new campaign encouraging viewers to miss an episode of their fave TV show to lend a helping hand by volunteering in their community
  • We’ve developed a safeguarding reference tool for volunteers and staff providing support by telephone or video to those who might otherwise be isolated, to help them spot possible signs of abuse
  • Health Minister Vaughan Gething has published a written statement about the COVID-19 vaccine deployment
  • We have now updated our guidance for community centres reopening in Wales

OTHER NEWS

  • The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is launching a new campaign called #ValuingVaccines to help tackle misinformation about vaccines and put the UK in a better place to beat coronavirus when a vaccine for it is found. ABPI is asking for people to get involved in the campaign – there are shareable resources available on their website
  • Our next Safeguarding Community of Practice event will explore what we have learned about safeguarding from the COVID-19 crisis, especially in relation to groups of people who may be experiencing an increased risk of harm or abuse as a result of the pandemic. Register online now
  • An online COVID response map has been developed by Public Health Wales to help agencies, public and voluntary organisations better identify where there may be a need for greater support
  • The new national measures in place after the firebreak allow care home visits to take place – each local authority will advise care home providers about the approach in their area based on their local circumstances
  • WCVA has given evidence to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee on the ‘worrying’ impact of Covid-19 on the sector
  • Following high demand for funding support across the arts and cultural sectors a further £10.7 million will be made available from the Cultural Recovery Fund to support organisations and individuals during the pandemic
  • The Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) is now closed due to unprecedentedly high demand. Don’t worry if you missed out – our Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales is still open to social enterprises (and the rest of the voluntary sector) for financial assistance

COVID-19 GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES

We’ve collated all of our guidance and resources for voluntary organisations in Wales onto this Covid-19 guidance page. Here you’ll find information and advice related to Coronavirus on things like volunteering, funding, trustees and governance, and health and wellbeing.

Two funds to support voluntary organisations during the pandemic

Third sector resilience fund for Wales

Funding to provide cash flow support for voluntary organisations in Wales during the current Covid-19 crisis

Voluntary Services Recovery Fund

A grant scheme for voluntary organisations providing vital support during the Coronavirus crisis. This fund aims to support a fair and just recovery for people in Wales

Important info for volunteers

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  • Individuals who want to volunteer in Wales, should register via volunteering-wales.net
  • Organisations who need volunteer support, please post opportunities on volunteering-wales.net
  • Guidance on volunteering on our guidance page
Go to Covid-19 guidance

BLOGS AND VIEWS

POSITIVE STORIES

MORE GOOD NEWS NEEDED

There hasn’t been a lot of positive news lately – between COVID-19 and the recent devastating floods across Wales, the mood seems pretty sombre across the nation.

What we haven’t been lacking in is stories of resilient communities coming together – for example the news that groups such as Coronavirus Support Blaenau Gwent have been assembling volunteers to help people in need.

We’ll be sharing good news stories and examples of good practise as part of this newsletter. If you know of any other positive stories like this of communities pulling together to cope with COVID-19 then please let us know!

OUR STANCE ON THE CONTINUING PUBLIC HEALTH DEVELOPMENTS

Ruth Marks has written a piece on the role of WCVA and the current focus of our work to support voluntary organisations.

As part of the ongoing response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), WCVA is paying close attention to advice provided by UK Government as well as guidance from Public Health Wales.

We would recommend that everyone follow NHS hygiene advice.

Due to the current advice on the Coronavirus we’ve taken the decision to close our offices. However, all of our staff have been equipped to work from home and we’re still here doing everything we can to support voluntary organisations during this difficult time.

We’re currently suspending all face-to-face training and events, but will continue to deliver online learning where possible.

We will continue to monitor any developments and will inform the voluntary sector of any further action we take as things change.

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