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COVID-19 updates and guidance

Published : 13/10/21 | Categories: News |

Last updated 13 October 2021

Read Public Health Wales’ daily statement here.

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LATEST UPDATES

  • With the Welsh Government announcing its Autumn & Winter Strategy Public Health Wales has put together a booster vaccine FAQ
  • As 12-15 year old’s are now eligible for vaccination NHS Wales has produced a leaflet to answer any questions young people might have
  • The Welsh Government has published an updated Coronavirus Control Plan which aims to to keep Wales open and safe during ‘challenging’ winter ahead
  • The First Minister has announced that people will have to show a NHS COVID Pass to enter nightclubs and attend events in Wales from next month
  • A new £48m package of funding to support social care in Wales has been announced by Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan
  • Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services has released a written statement regarding the JCVI & Chief Medical Officers’ advice on vaccinating 12-15 year olds as well as an announcement about Autumn booster programme
  • We have updated our guidance for community centres based in Wales to provide you with a brief overview of how to restart and deliver services safely
  • The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation have recommend an expansion of the list of specific underlying health conditions for children and young people aged 12 -15 years who are eligible for two doses of COVID-19 vaccine
  • There are still spaces left for The Third Sector Support Wales event discussing the key themes from their recent survey looking at the impacts of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on voluntary organisations in Wales

OTHER NEWS

  • The new phase of the Third Sector Resilience Fund will provide ‘survive’ and ‘thrive’ grant funding for voluntary organisations that are facing existing and new challenges as they deal with the ongoing effects of COVID-19
  • Expanding on the Third Sector Resilience Fund our Governance and Safeguarding Manager, Mair Rigby, hosts WCVA’s podcast in which she’s also joined by our Resilience Officer, Sian Eagar, to discuss the concept of resilience in the voluntary sector
  • We want to hear from you! The Third Sector Support Wales survey to look at the impacts of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on voluntary organisations in Wales is closing soon. This will be followed by an event to touch on the key themes from the survey results
  • Did you have to put your plans on hold because of the pandemic? Alun Jones explains why now is the time to look at growth and income generation
  • During the pandemic more health and social care services have engaged with volunteers than ever before. Fiona Liddell talks about the new Framework for Volunteering in Health and Social Care, designed to support any organisation to involve volunteers
  • As restrictions lift organisations are looking to increase their income generation. There is still funding available through the Social Business Growth Fund to support that growth. But time is running out
  • Following recent JCVI advice, all health boards are now inviting everyone aged 16 or over to be vaccinated
  • Following the move to alert level zero the Welsh Government have issued new guidance for patient-service user facing health and social care workers following potential contact with COVID 19
  • The Chief Medical Officer has given his advice to the First Minister on 21 day review of COVID-19 restrictions

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

Third sector resilience fund for Wales

PHASE 3 FUNDING NOW OPEN - Survive and thrive support for voluntary organisations in Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic

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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