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COVID-19 updates and guidance

Published : 05/05/21 | Categories: News |

Last updated 5 May 2021

Read Public Health Wales’ daily statement here.

COVID-19 EMAIL UPDATES

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LATEST UPDATES

  • COVID-19 has forced voluntary organisations to enhance their digital capabilities. Digital Potential is a hands-on programme to empower charities and social entrepreneurs to put users first and get the most out of digital. Apply here
  • Welsh Government have announced the relaxation of COVID restrictions, including the reopening of community centres
  • In India, a second wave of coronavirus is having a devastating impact. Charities that are part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) are responding by providing medical supplies, treatment facilities and logistics support to overwhelmed health services – find out how you can help by visiting the DEC website
  • The pandemic has meant that many organisations have lost income and been forced to cut services, or close entirely. Russell Todd of Grow Social Capital CIC wants to know how the sector can rediscover its resilience. Read on to find out how to get involved
  • Volunteers and people who can’t work from home are now able to order rapid COVID lateral flow test kits online to be sent to their homes. Order yours online here
  • Anyone taking a rapid flow test is encouraged to report their results to the NHS – positive or negative. Use this link to report test results
  • Valuing Vaccines have begun the second phase of their campaign to address vaccine hesitancy. Their website has a range of resources to help you support the campaign

OTHER NEWS

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.

Funding to support voluntary organisations during the pandemic

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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