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In this issue:
  • The Cornwall We Want live-streamed event
  • Funding
  • Apply now for funding for projects that support suicide prevention
  • Online funding bid writing course
  • Registering for supermarket priority deliveries for the shielded
  • Mental health wallet card
  • Think 111 - making the right choice for healthcare
  • Help Us Help You survey from NHS England
  • StreetLink
  • Cornwall Council Annual Report
  • Campaigns around rebuilding Britain
  • Newsletters
  • Previous issues of the Voluntary and Community Sector Update
  • Important links

Voluntary and Community Sector COVID-19 Update - 10 July 2020

Dear Colleagues

Welcome to the latest edition of the Voluntary Sector newsletter, prepared for you by Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF) and Cornwall Council. 

We have been producing this newsletter for fifteen weeks, covering hundreds of items of news, and with a mailing list that is now more than 1,100 strong. Our aim has always been to inform, whether providing you with the tools you need to keep your organisations running, or the resources you need to help the people in your communities. 

You have liked the articles around funding, and we have done our best to keep those coming, every week. You have asked us for information around hardship funds for individuals, and we published that last week. And many thanks to those of you who have been our eyes and ears on the front-line, sending items that were important to you and the rest of the voluntary sector for inclusion in the newsletters. 

We have enjoyed covering the topics that you have said were most important to you whether that be food poverty issues, domestic abuse, homelessness or funding. We have endeavoured to make sure that wherever we could, we have brought you both relevant and inspiring information sources to aid you in your attempts to battle through this crisis towards recovery.

Now that the peak of the pandemic has passed, we have taken the decision to step the newsletter down to a fortnightly edition, but with the option to insert extra editions, if the need is there. We plan to reinstate the Cornwall VSF newsletter in September, and will be seeking your views on what should be included in that, going forward. 

In the meantime, we have several funding sources, information around the ‘Think 111 first’ campaign around choosing appropriate health services, a short highlights reel from Volunteer Cornwall and Cornwall Community Foundation about what they have been able to facilitate and do during the pandemic, and a live-streamed event for The Cornwall We Want – join in, ask questions and share your views.

Thank you for coming on this journey with us, navigating this crisis to now find ourselves starting along a road to recovery. We know there is still a way to go, and there may be many bumps in the road, but we are heading in the right direction – together. 

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The Cornwall We Want live-streamed event

There’s an opportunity to join Cornwall Council leaders in an online event to help shape the Cornwall we want for future generations.

Earlier this month Cornwall Council launched its biggest-ever listening project, called The Cornwall We Want, to hear about your hopes and aspirations for Cornwall’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds of residents are already sharing their thoughts and ideas.

The next step is a live-streamed event on Thursday 16 July at 7pm, featuring Cornwall Council leader Julian German, and deputy leader Adam Paynter.

You can sign-up now on the Cornwall Council Facebook page to take part in the event. The event will be streamed live on Facebook, where you’ll be able to follow along and post questions of your own using the hashtag #TheCornwallWeWant.

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Funding

See the latest Cornwall VSF funding roundup, with headline announcements around funding for the cultural sector, domestic abuse support services, and suicide prevention. There’s also a ‘small charity survival fund’, and funding focused on rights and justice from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

First Light and The Women’s Centre Cornwall have both benefited from recent Government funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence services – find out what they’ll be doing, as a result, on Cornwall VSF’s website.

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Apply now for funding for projects that support suicide prevention

Community groups can now apply for funding for projects to support Cornwall’s aim to prevent suicide, especially during the pressures of the lockdown. Cornwall Council and its partner NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group have provided over £70,000 of funding, and community groups can apply for up to £10,000 towards projects that either contribute towards people’s mental health and well-being or directly work towards preventing suicide. Any community group, charity or organisation can apply for the funding, and there’s a particular focus on projects that aim to reduce suicide by middle aged men, by people in treatment services, and by reducing self-harm. The deadline for applications is 31 July.

Anyone who is struggling with their mental health can find information on the support available on the Council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/mentalhealth. Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has also recently launched a new 24/7 open access telephone service for anyone worried about their mental health. Support is available to anyone, regardless of age, all day every day, by calling free on 0800 038 5300. 

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Online funding bid writing course

Cornwall VSF is working closely with Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC) to run some funding bid writing training online to support small organisations. This will be a two day course, run over four mornings, online, in September and October, for a nominal cost of £10. It will cover where to find funding, how to demonstrate evidence of need, how to actually write the bid, and how to evaluate and monitor your funded project, once you are successful. See the VSF website for details. 

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Registering for supermarket priority deliveries for the shielded

There’s still time for people who are currently shielding to register for priority supermarket deliveries ready for when the Government’s food parcel programme ends on 1 August. The deadline for registration is 17 July, and people can sign up online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable or by calling 0800 0288327, the Government’s dedicated helpline. 

Cornwall Council is offering help to anyone who needs assistance with registering for priority supermarket deliveries. Contact the Council’s shielding line on 0300 1233334 for support. 

There’s more information on the help available for shielded residents on Cornwall Council’s website. 

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Mental health wallet card

The pandemic, and the worries and difficulties that it’s brought, mean lots of us are struggling with our mental health. So it’s great to see this virtual wallet card with mental health helpline numbers from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership. You can download the image to your phone so it’s there if you need help in the future, or share it with others on social media.

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Think 111 - making the right choice for healthcare

NHS 111 is a new system for urgent, but not emergency, care. If you need care, call 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk and you will be directed to the most appropriate treatment unit or emergency department, to help prevent long waits with the associated risk of infection in waiting rooms. 

Find out more on the NHS Kernow website. 

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Help Us Help You survey from NHS England

Patients and the public have been offered new choices around accessing healthcare during the pandemic. NHS England is conducting a survey to understand how people used these services, during the pandemic, to better meet future needs. Please take part, and share the link. More details on the Cornwall VSF website or go straight to the survey – closes 31 July.

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StreetLink

Cornwall Council is working with StreetLink to end rough sleeping in Cornwall. Streetlink is a 24/7 website, mobile app and phone line that allows you to send an alert about the location of someone sleeping rough. StreetLink will then pass this information to the Council’s Assertive Outreach Team so they can try to find the person and connect them with support. 

Streetlink will follow this up within ten days to see what action was taken and, if requested, give you an update on what happened as a result of your alert. 

StreetLink doesn’t provide accommodation and isn’t an emergency service. It simply helps to make the connection between someone sleeping rough and the local services that can provide help. 

You can tell Streetlink about someone sleeping rough by:

  • Visiting www.streetlink.org.uk, click ‘Tell us about a rough sleeper’ and fill in as many details as you can.
  • Downloading the mobile app (free from the iTunes and Google Play stores) and follow the same steps as the website.
  • Calling 0300 500 0914.
The more detail StreetLink is given, the better the chance of the individual being found. 

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Cornwall Council Annual Report

Cornwall Council’s Annual Report for 2019-20 is available to view online and chronicles the Council’s key achievements against the five Priorities for Cornwall during the last financial year. As March 2020 was the beginning of lockdown, the Annual Report also reflects the impact on Cornwall and the commitment to bounce forward from the pandemic to tackle climate change and achieve social justice.

This is the first digital only version of the Annual Report produced by the Council, reflecting its aim to become paperless and achieve climate neutrality by 2030.

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Campaigns around rebuilding Britain

There are a number of campaigns around rebuilding better, subsequent to the crisis caused by the pandemic. We're not endorsing one of these above any others, but simply drawing people's attention to them – make your choices about which, if any, you want to support. Both these have a focus on the environment, and VSF is participating in a campaign driven by the Prime Minister looking at the way the voluntary sector can take a more central role in the health and care sector, going forward. 

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Newsletters

Cornwall VSF has collected a series of newsletters from different organisations, with useful information for the people you may be supporting:

  • Neighbourhood policing – information around preventing doorstep crime, parcel scams and COVID-19 scams.
  • Citizens Advice Cornwall (CAC) – information around the services CAC provides, how to contact them, helping to reshape their service, and a new scheme for Not in Employment, Education or Trainings (NEETs) in North and South East Cornwall.
  • Cornwall Rural Community Charity – job vacancies, and a call for people to get involved with the Cornwall Council consultation on their new service for unpaid carers.
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme – Fast track access to Skills Hub training, tourism package for businesses, various webinars, and CLLD funding.

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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.

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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. This email address is monitored seven days a week and will be staffed from 9am-5pm.

There’s an information page on Cornwall Council’s website specifically for clinically vulnerable residents who are in the shielded group.

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.

Cornwall Council’s Coronavirus Funding Resources web page is a roundup of coronavirus funding resources and guidance for charities and community groups. 

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Stay in touch, stay strong, stay safe. 

With very best wishes,

Julian German
Leader of Cornwall Council
Hembrenkyas an Konsel
Helen Boardman
CEO of Cornwall Voluntary
Sector Forum

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