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In this issue:
  • Changes to lockdown restrictions on 29 March
  • Support with COVID-19 legislation webinars
  • Post lockdown webinars for event organisers
  • Have you taken part in the Census 2021
  • Healthy boost to Healthy Start Scheme
  • Back the Future Cornwall Climate Action Fund
  • Extended opening hours for Household Waste Recycling Centres
  • Have you got what it takes to become a social worker in children's services in Cornwall?
  • Important links

Voluntary and Community Sector COVID-19 Update - 26 March 2021

Dear colleagues 

Cornwall VSF is delighted to announce its ‘Co-creating Cornwall’s Future’ virtual event, taking place on 11 June.

For many years, the voluntary sector has bridged the gaps in the economy, environment and health sectors of our communities. And since the pandemic hit the UK, we have seen the voluntary sector’s talents, experience and timely support equip individuals and whole communities to overcome adversity.

This event is about shining a light on the examples of co-creation from Cornwall's voluntary sector organisations, and evoking systemic change and best practice for all.

The agenda is starting to take shape, with speakers from Sir Michael Marmot on The Health Gap and its impact, to case studies with outstanding multi-agency work. Each of these will offer best practice and transferrable methodologies to help bring out the gold in Cornwall’s organisations, staff and volunteers.

Over the coming months, Cornwall VSF will invite you to contribute to the event, since at its heart it seeks to represent the sector. It promises dynamic workshops woven with live interviews; inspiring keynote speeches with problem-solving panels; and the inspirational stories of grassroots organisations. It promises to inspire, empower and connect our communities.

The day will culminate in a powerful pledge to work collaboratively for a future all of Cornwall can thrive in.

To read more, visit the Eventbrite page and watch this space for more announcements.

To help shape the event, Cornwall VSF has created a quick poll. Please give your views 

Helen Boardman

Changes to lockdown restrictions on 29 March

The Council is urging residents to make sure they know and follow the new Government rules which come into effect next week. 

Cornwall Council’s Public Health team is warning that those who break or bend the rules risk allowing Covid-19 to creep back into our communities. 

This would not only put the lives of our most vulnerable residents at risk, it would also jeopardise our route out of lockdown and back to doing the things we love. 

In brief, the rule changes from Monday (March 29) are: 

  • People can meet outside, including in private gardens, either with one other household or as a group of six. 
  • The ‘stay at home’ rule will end, but people are encouraged to ‘stay local’ and to keep travel to a minimum. 
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses and tennis courts can reopen, and organised outdoor sport can take place. 
  • Outdoor parent and child groups are allowed with up to 15 parents. 

It is important to note that the rules do not allow people to mix indoors, and there should be no long-distance travelling or overnight stays, which includes single households staying in a second home. 

People are also being reminded that having the vaccine does not give people a green light to ignore the rules as they can still catch and pass on the virus to others. 

For more information visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/letskeepgoing or www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Cornwall VSF has pulled together guidance for voluntary sector organisations on recommencing face-to-face services as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

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Support with COVID-19 legislation webinars

Cornwall Council’s Business Regulatory Support team is running more free support webinars on COVID-19 rules and regulations for businesses, town and parish councils, and voluntary and community groups in March and April.  

The next session, focusing on safe trading for self-contained holiday accommodation will be at 11am on Tuesday 30 March, and you can sign up on Eventbrite

For hairdressers and close contact services the team will be hosting a webinar at 11am on Wednesday 7 April.  You can sign up to the event on Eventbrite

The team are also hosting a webinar session at 11am on Thursday 8 April for retail and hospitality.  You can sign up to the event on Eventbrite

You can also catch up with recordings of previous webinars online. 

If you have any questions that you want to put to the team prior to the webinar, please email them to businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk

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Post lockdown webinars for event organisers

Cornwall Council’s Safety Advisory Group are holding two webinars to provide information to event organisers about maintaining public safety as lockdown eases and there are more opportunities to hold events.  

The webinars, for both small and large event organisers, will share the latest government information on how to organise safe events in line with COVID-19 safety guidelines.   

The first webinar for small event organisers, such as community events, fetes and small group meetings, will be held at 3pm on Wednesday 14 April.  You can sign up on Eventbrite

The second webinar for large event organisers, such as town markets, small concerts and sporting events, etc will be held at 3pm on Wednesday 21 April.  You can sign up on Eventbrite.  

Each session will provide an overview of the latest advice from government and, advice and guidance available to event organisers on the Cornwall Council Event Planning website. Following the events, a fact sheet and Q&A will be published on the event planning section of the Council’s website.  
If you would like to send questions to eventplanning@cornwall.gov.uk before the webinars, we will try to provide answers either before the webinar date or at the time of the webinar. 

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Have you taken part in the Census 2021?

If you haven’t completed your Census yet, don’t worry, you still have time to take part. You will need to use the code provided to you from the ONS which will allow you to go on line and complete the census.

If you need help or support to take part, there’s information about how the VCSE sector can help you on the Cornwall VSF website, including which groups are being targeted for additional support.

Anyone who needs help completing their census form when it arrives in March 2021 or who has not received a census form by 21 March 2021 should visit www.census.gov.uk/help or ring the Census Contact Centre on 0800 141 2021. Language support is available via the language helpline on 0800 587 2021. 

Cornwall Council is encouraging everyone who identifies as Cornish to say it on the census by ticking the box marked ‘other’ under the nationality, ethnicity and language questions and then writing or typing in ‘Cornish’. 

The number of people identifying as Cornish will help influence how services are planned and funded in Cornwall and will also help provide information about how the Cornish are performing as a group across the country.

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Healthy boost to Healthy Start Scheme

From April 2021, the food voucher value for pregnant women and young children in low-income families will be increasing from £3.10 to £4.25.

The UK-wide Healthy Start scheme provides young pregnant women and low-income families with children under the age of four with free vitamins and food vouchers to purchase vegetables, fruit, pulses and cows’ milk. As the name suggests, the scheme helps ensure children have a healthy start in life by boosting family budgets to buy healthier options.

Find out more about the scheme here.

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Back the Future Cornwall - Climate Action Fund

The Council, in partnership with Crowdfunder, has created a pioneering new public donation fund to help raise money for projects and ideas that will help Cornwall become carbon neutral.  

The Back the Future - Cornwall Climate Action fund will enable everyone who visits and lives in Cornwall to make a voluntary contribution towards accelerating our response to the Climate Emergency. 

Donations will help fund projects that will be reducing carbon production; removing carbon from the atmosphere; environmental conservation activity; or increasing community resilience. 

If you're passionate about supporting people in Cornwall to find positive solutions to climate change, you can donate here: Back The Future - Cornwall Climate Action Fund

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Extended opening hours for Household Waste Recycling Centres

Cornwall’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) are to trial extended opening hours.  
 
As part of the trial, all HWRCs, apart from Tintagel, will stay open until 6pm on Wednesdays from 7 April to 4 August.  As Tintagel HWRC is closed midweek, this site only will extend its opening hours on Monday evenings from 12 April to 9 August.  
 
All HWRCs are operating a car number plate system to manage the flow of visitors and enable social distancing in order to protect the health of staff and visitors. We expect the number plate system to remain in place throughout the trial but are keeping the situation under review.   
 
For more information on our HWRCs, rubbish and recycling please visit the recycling, rubbish and waste pages of the Council website.  

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Have you got what it takes to become a social worker in children's services in Cornwall?

Cornwall Council is joining a national campaign to recruit more people into a career in social work, through the Step Up retraining programme.  

The government initiative will see graduates and career changers given the chance to change their lives and get hands on experience, as they become the next generation of social workers.  

There are over 700 vacancies across the UK on the scheme, with five of those in Cornwall, and applications are open now. Students will each receive a bursary of £19,833 over the duration of the programme to support them whilst in training.

The 14-month, full-time programme is for those without a degree in social work and who want to become a social worker. Students can expect to learn through a combination of academic study and real social work experience.

Once completed, graduates will be able to register and practice as a social worker, making a difference by nurturing relationships with families during difficult times and by protecting children.

The Step Up programme runs every two years and applications are open until 7 April 2021. Students can expect to start the programme in January 2022, completing their training in March 2023.

To find out more please visit the Step Up to social work website.  

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Previous issues of the Voluntary and Community Sector Update

You can view previous issues of the Voluntary and Community Sector COVID-19 Update on Cornwall VSF’s website. As this newsletter is now issued on an as required basis, people who are interested in receiving regular sector-specific news should sign up to the Cornwall VSF newsletter here. 

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Important links

Anyone who needs help can request a volunteer by ringing Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 or emailing requestforhelp@volunteercornwall.org.uk

Community volunteers can register with Volunteer Cornwall on their website or by emailing mid@volunteercornwall.org.uk. Volunteer Cornwall will match people who ring up needing help with the community volunteers in their local area – or, if they have more complex needs, with specialist services.

Find out more about Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum, including joining as a Member (which is free), at www.cornwallvsf.org, or email office@cornwallvsf.org

Please send all coronavirus related enquiries or issues to Cornwall Council’s dedicated email address covid19@cornwall.gov.uk. Residents can also ring 0300 1231 118 for any COVID-19 related queries.

There’s an information page on Cornwall Council’s website and a dedicated telephone line 0300 1234 334 specifically for residents who are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group. 

You can see the latest COVID-19 data for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on Cornwall Council’s website.

Support for those living with domestic abuse is available from Safer Futures. People can make a referral online, email saferfutures@firstlight.org.uk or ring 0300 777 4777. There is also refuge and support via the Cornwall Refuge Trust website and their 24 hour helpline 01872 225629.

There’s information about support for those facing hardship or redundancy, including help with food, benefits and council tax, on the Do you need a helping hand? page on Cornwall Council’s website.

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