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In this issue:
  • Funding to work with children and young people
  • Building resilience in the community sector
  • The economic impact of the VCSE sector
  • Violence Against Women and Girls strategy
  • COVID 19 Stakeholder and influencer toolkit
  • Funding opportunities for the sector
  • Supporting children and young people's wellbeing
  • More children in Cornwall eligible for nursery places
  • Contact NHS 111
  • Cornwall needs you now
  • Don't lose your voice
  • Previous issues of the Voluntary and Community Sector update
  • Important links

Voluntary and Community Sector COVID-19 Update - 13 August 2021

Dear Colleagues

Things seem a little quieter at this time of year. This gives us time to reflect. I encourage my team to use part of their Friday afternoon to reflect on the week, and to find learning and set goals for the future.

As many organisations and employees take their annual leave over August, we look to plan the upcoming events, so the third quarter can start with as much community building and support as possible. If you are taking some leave, please be reminded of the importance of both rest and play. Take some time to reflect and celebrate everything you have achieved in the past challenging 18 months.

We want to co-create a more resilient sector. To support this, as always, we welcome your views and case studies on building income generation and sustainable practices into your goals.

If you’re not already a Cornwall VSF member, then please be a part of our community and we’ll send you an invitation to be a part of a campaign to reverse loneliness in Cornwall, and our upcoming events.

Helen Boardman
CEO of Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum

Funding to work with children and young people

Cornwall VSF and Together for Families announce funding support for young people focused organisations.
The aim of the funding support for young people is using whole family approaches targeted at those who have been most disproportionately affected by CV-19 within places most at risk. Find out more

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Building resilience in the community sector

Following a difficult time for organisations in the community sector, Cornwall VSF identifies how those in the sector can build resilience and identify income generating opportunities.

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The economic impact of the VCSE sector

The National Lottery Community Fund has released a report which documents the economic impact of the voluntary sector. Cornwall VSF uses its Charity Search Tool to add some localised data and ask for case studies. Read more

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Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy

Following its consultation period in March this year, the government has released its VAWG strategy. It highlights areas of focus, to support individuals and the organisations working with them. Read more.

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COVID 19 Stakeholder and influencer toolkit

Although most legal restrictions have been lifted, COVID 19 is far from over. The Cabinet Office has released an updated COVID 19 stakeholder and influencer toolkit.

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Funding opportunities for the sector

Cornwall VSF creates a weekly list of funding opportunities for the voluntary sector. You can view the most recent one on Cornwall VSF’s website. It includes funding for projects that:

  • Help communities recover from COVID-19
  • Bring people and communities together
  • Support those in isolation

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Supporting children and young people's wellbeing

We want to provide parents, carers and families with tools, resources and activities that will support children and young people’s wellbeing:

Parent Digital Offer : Headstart Kernow: A suite of multimedia resources to support parents and carers navigate the virtual world and encourage online resilience.

5 Ways to Wellbeing Challenge : StartNow Cornwall: Exciting Summer Challenge designed for children and young people to improve wellbeing, be ready for the new school year and maybe, win some fab prizes!
 
Transition Mission: Transition Mission has been created by a group of young people in Cornwall to support the move to secondary school. Multimedia resource full of great advice and really helpful wellbeing ideas.
 
Wild Summer 2021: This summer’s eagerly awaited activity booklet from the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Partnership. Inside you’ll find lots of idea’s and fun activities to keep children, young people and families busy over the summer holidays. This year’s booklet is very much focused on our environment, being outdoors and connecting with nature
 
Parents and Carers Wellbeing Series: A series of themed multimedia workshops dedicated to expanding understanding in an everchanging world; raising awareness of services and support and promoting constructive, informed conversations.
 
Mental health support for parents and young people - Cornwall Council: A list of local and national mental health and wellbeing support for parents, carers and young people.

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More children in Cornwall eligible for nursery places

More funding is available for nursery places for two-year olds in Cornwall. The extra places are being created, to support children and their parents as part of the recovery from the COVID Pandemic. 

Over the last 12 months children have not received the same type of socialisation with their extended families and friends, as they would have done pre-pandemic.

A total of £693, 186 is being allocated to create the places, which will support speech and language and personal, social and emotional development.

Parents and carers who would like to find out more are being asked to visit www.supportincornwall.org.uk 

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Contact NHS 111

Our local ambulance service is experiencing very high levels of demand. You can help free up the emergency services for those most in need by choosing well when you need medical treatment. 
 
Please only call 999 in a life-threatening emergency. 
 
If you need medical help for something that’s not life-threatening, call 111 any time to find out where you should go and when. Don’t just turn up at a hospital, as you may be directed elsewhere. 
 
Need advice and treatment for a minor illness? Ask a pharmacist for advice. They’re experts in treating minor health issues like colds, stomach upsets, aches and pains. 
 
Take a look at the Choose well page on NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group’s website for more information on accessing local medical services. 

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Don't lose your voice

We’re asking residents in Cornwall to make sure their electoral registration details are up to date so their voices can be heard. 
 
The annual household canvass ensures that Cornwall Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so. 
 
It’s important that residents look out for our voter registration messages so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Cornwall. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections and other polls, simply follow the instructions sent to you. After a successful trial last year, we will be contacting some households by email instead of sending a paper form in the post. If you get one of these emails, please respond to it, even if it is to tell us you’ve moved. 
 
If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post. 
 
People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from Cornwall Council and to check the details carefully. 
Residents who have any questions about registering to vote can contact their local registration team at 0300 123 1115. 

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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.

Cornwall Council has 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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