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COVID-19 updates and guidance

Published : 25/09/20 | Categories: News |

Last updated 25 September 2020

Read Public Health Wales’ daily statement here.

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OTHER NEWS

  • Voluntary organisations in Wales can apply for up to £100,000 from the second phase of the Third Sector Resilience Fund. More information available on the website
  • WCVA will be supporting voluntary organisations that may not otherwise be large enough to qualify to access the UK Government Kickstart Scheme, which provides fully subsidised jobs for young people across the UK
  • Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas has today announced a funding package to support Wales’ sport and leisure sector
  • Organisations in the culture and heritage sector can now apply for financial support from the £53 million Cultural Recovery Fund
  • The new Winter Protection Plan describes Welsh Government’s priorities for health and social care until March 2021
  • Businesses across Wales and England like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas, are being encouraged to have NHS QR code posters visible on entry, so customers who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in
  • The Welsh Government has launched a community survey into the impact of the restrictions imposed by Covid-19 on volunteering through the medium of Welsh and use of the Welsh language

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

Logo with the words Gwirfoddoli Cymru Volunteering Wales
  • 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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